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Larsson, Åsa Bharathi
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Larsson, Å. B. (2016). Colonizing Fever: Race and Media Cultures in Late Nineteenth-Century Sweden. (Doctoral dissertation). Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Colonizing Fever: Race and Media Cultures in Late Nineteenth-Century Sweden
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The dissertation focuses on visual representations of the colonial world in late nineteenth-century Sweden. Situated at the intersection between postcolonial studies, visual culture studies and cultural histories of media, the study has a threefold aim. Firstly, it aims to draw attention to the presence of a colonial discourse in empirical material, the majority of which has not received attention before. Secondly, it analyzes these visual representations of the colonial world, in an expanding media culture in late nineteenth century. Thirdly, it explores how a mutual vision of the European colonial project and its civilizing mission was created via visual strategies and descriptions. The material comprises a wide range of media, visual arts, ephemera and illustrated press.

“Part One: Race and Scientific Media – The Vanadis Expedition 1883–1885” analyzes the scientific Vanadis expedition of 1883–1885. I show how the expedition established a mutual vision of the European colonial project and its civilizing mission through its ambitions in trade, diplomatic relations and sciences. It was established in numerous media such as the press, travel journals, photography, illustrated press, photo albums, ephemera and visual arts. The ethnographical survey conducted measurements of the Indigenous populations and a racial photo archive was established.

“Part Two: Race and Popular Media – Shows, Exhibitions and Attractions” analyzes contemporary entertainments such as the Wild West performances, ethnological exhibitions and wax displays. These acts, I argue, created a mutual vision of the European colonial project and its civilizing mission. For example, in the Wild West performances a narrative of life on the “last frontier” was seen as a fight for life between the White settler and the American Indian. In the ethnological exhibitions a mutual vision of the European colonial project and the civilizing mission was construed in the specific performances of the Indigenous people, which displayed a population on the “lowest ladder of civilization”. The Oriental Maze Salons differed from the above since they aimed to evoke fantasies of the Orient.

“Conclusion” discusses the main results of the dissertation and proposes further research. The last part “Coda” reflects on contemporary postcolonial issues as related to nineteenth-century media cultures.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv, 2016. p. 311
Series
Mediehistoriskt arkiv, ISSN 1654-6601 ; 32
Keywords
media cultures, race, late nineteenth century, visual representations of the colonial world, colonialism, Sweden, postcolonial theory, urban everyday life, scientific expeditions, entertainment
National Category
Art History
Research subject
History of Art
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-287650 (URN)978-91-981961-6-0 (ISBN)978-91-981967-6-4 (ISBN)
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Public defence
2016-05-20, Ihresalen, Thunbergsvägen 3H, Uppsala, 10:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-25 Last updated: 2016-09-01Bibliographically approved
Larsson, Å. B. (2014). Iscensättningar av koloniala erfarenheter på cirkus och i mänskliga zoon: Svenska affischer i mediesystemet kring 1900. In: Marie Cronqvist, Patrik Lundell & Pelle Snickars (Ed.), Återkopplingar: (pp. 237-263). Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Iscensättningar av koloniala erfarenheter på cirkus och i mänskliga zoon: Svenska affischer i mediesystemet kring 1900
2014 (Swedish)In: Återkopplingar / [ed] Marie Cronqvist, Patrik Lundell & Pelle Snickars, Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv , 2014, p. 237-263Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Mediehistoriskt arkiv, 2014
Series
Mediehistoriskt arkiv, ISSN 1654-6601 ; 28
Keywords
visuell kultur, mediesystem, Skandinavien, sekelskiftet 1900, ras, kolonialism
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Art
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-236296 (URN)978-91-981961-2-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-11-17 Created: 2014-11-17 Last updated: 2014-11-17
Larsson, Å. B. (2013). Staging the White Colonial Explorer: Visual Representations of Science and the Scientist on the Vanadis Expedition 1883-1885. Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, 83(4), 1-18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Staging the White Colonial Explorer: Visual Representations of Science and the Scientist on the Vanadis Expedition 1883-1885
2013 (English)In: Konsthistorisk Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-3609, E-ISSN 1651-2294, Vol. 83, no 4, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2013
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Art
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210766 (URN)10.1080/00233609.2013.851114 (DOI)000327369800002 ()
Available from: 2013-11-14 Created: 2013-11-14 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Larsson, Å. B. (2011). "Det är underligt att man är i Afrika.": Siri Derkerts vistelse i Algeriet 1914 (1ed.). In: Mats Rohdin & Annika Öhrner (Ed.), Att alltid göra och tänka det olika: Siri Derkert i 1900-talet (pp. 93-135). Stockholm: Kungliga biblioteket
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Det är underligt att man är i Afrika.": Siri Derkerts vistelse i Algeriet 1914
2011 (Swedish)In: Att alltid göra och tänka det olika: Siri Derkert i 1900-talet / [ed] Mats Rohdin & Annika Öhrner, Stockholm: Kungliga biblioteket , 2011, 1, p. 93-135Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungliga biblioteket, 2011 Edition: 1
Series
Acta Bibliothecae regiae Stockholmiensis, ISSN 0065-1060 ; 81
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
History of Art
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188764 (URN)978-91-7000-279-3 (ISBN)
Projects
Projekt arkiv Derkert
Available from: 2012-12-19 Created: 2012-12-19 Last updated: 2013-11-14Bibliographically approved
Larsson, Å. B. (2009). Andra kartor, andra kroppar: sekelskiftets kvinnliga konstnärers avbildningar av de andra. Valör (01), 28-39
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Andra kartor, andra kroppar: sekelskiftets kvinnliga konstnärers avbildningar av de andra
2009 (Swedish)In: Valör, ISSN 0283-751X, no 01, p. 28-39Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala University, 2009
National Category
Art History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-143650 (URN)
Available from: 2009-01-01 Created: 2011-01-24 Last updated: 2011-03-14Bibliographically approved
Larsson, Å. B. (2009). Felicia Tolentino, Porträtt av ett landskap: Vera Friséns gestaltning av naturen i Västerbotten. Valör (02)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Felicia Tolentino, Porträtt av ett landskap: Vera Friséns gestaltning av naturen i Västerbotten
2009 (Swedish)In: Valör, ISSN 0283-751X, no 02Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2009
National Category
Art History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-143651 (URN)
Note
AvhandlingsrecensionAvailable from: 2009-02-10 Created: 2011-01-24 Last updated: 2011-05-12Bibliographically approved
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