Image: Lantern slides from the Collections taken by Panel 8 Photography
Over the past few months, the Society’s seven current PhD students have continued to carry out their research on the Collections, as well as several associated activities related to their projects.
Katie Vann, who started her project on historical photographs, Indigenous knowledge and heritage in Guyana last September, has successfully completed an initial survey of the Society’s Guyanese photography collections. She is now developing a series of online workshops in the Rupununi, southwest Guyana, and is planning to travel there in February for six months.
George Tobin, whose research places geographical relief models in the culture of modern geography, has been undertaking a placement at the Society. He will be giving a Be Inspired talk on Monday 22 November exploring the fascinating collection of relief models held at the Society which represent a significant component of Dudley Stamp’s life work. He will also discuss the creative and engaging ways which defined Stamp’s approach to the teaching of geography throughout the mid-20th century.
Alice Oates, who is exploring the governance of Antarctica focusing on the Halley research station, presented her PhD research at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2021, participated in an international workshop on Antarctica and colonialism, and took part in a Pint of Science event on Exploration untold in October.
Beth Williamson, whose project seeks to understand how the Society tackled the problem of 'orthography', and Catriona Sharples, who is researching the role of the West India Regiments in projects of circum-Atlantic colonial science in the 19th century British Empire, begin their studies this term and are currently settling in.
To date the Society has hosted 16 PhD students carrying out collaborative research on our Collections, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Find out more about the Collaborative Doctoral Awards.