Elizabeth Edwards (historian)

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Elizabeth Jane Mary Edwards, FBA (born 24 February 1952) is a visual and historical anthropologist.


Born on 24 February 1952, Elizabeth Jane Mary Edwards[1] is Professor Emerita of Photographic History at De Montfort University; Curator Emerita at Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford; Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford; and Honorary Professor in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. In 2017 she was appointed the Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Professor at the V&A Research Institute, London.[2] Her focus of research is the relationship between photography, history and anthropology, and includes investigations of photography and historical imagination, the social practices of photography, and the materiality of photographs.[3][4]

Edwards was previously the Director of the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) at De Montfort University, and was the Curator of Photographs at Pitt Rivers Museum and lecturer in visual anthropology at the University of Oxford,[5] and Professor at the University of the Arts London.[3] She was featured as one of the major writers on photography of all time in 'Fifty Key Writers on Photography'.[6]

In 2015 Edwards was elected to Fellow of the British Academy.[7] She was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for Visual Anthropology (American Anthropological Association) in 2014.[6] Edwards is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and was vice-president between 2009 and 2012.[6] She is also a past Chair of the Museum Ethnographers Group.[4] In 2020, Edwards was given the J Dudley Johnston Award of the Royal Photographic Society.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Edwards, Elizabeth (2014), "Between the Local, National, and Transnational: Photographic Recording and Memorializing Desire", in De Cesari, Chiara; Rigney, Ann (eds.), Transnational memory : circulation, articulation, scales, Berlin, ISBN 3110359022
  • Edwards, Elizabeth (2014), Photographic Uncertainties: Between Evidence and Reassurance, vol. 25, History and Anthropology, pp. 171–188, ISSN 0275-7206
  • Durden, Mark, editor (2012), Fifty Key Writers on Photography, Key Guides, Routledge, ISBN 978-0415549448
  • Edwards, Elizabeth (2012), The camera as historian : amateur photographers and historical imagination, 1885-1918, Objects/histories., Duke University Press, ISBN 0822351048
  • Edwards, Elizabeth (2010), Raw histories : photographs, anthropology and museums, Materializing culture, Berg, ISBN 9781859734971
  • Christopher Morton and Elizabeth Edwards, editors (2009), Photography, Anthropology and History: Expanding the Frame, Ashgate, ISBN 978-0-7546-9800-5
  • Edwards, Elizabeth (1992), Anthropology and photography, 1860-1920, Yale University Press in association with the Royal Anthropological Institute, London, ISBN 9780300059441


  1. ^ "Edwards, Elizabeth Jane Mary", Who's Who (Oxford University Press, December 2017). Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "RPS Collection expands the V&A collection of photography". Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b Institute of Advanced Study. "Institute of Advanced Study : Professor Elizabeth Edwards". Durham University. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b About DMU. "Elizabeth Edwards, Photographic History Research Centre, School of Media and Communication". De Montfort University (DMU). Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Museum staff who contribute to research and academic teaching in the University". Pitt Rivers Museum. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Elizabeth Edwards | De Montfort University - Academia.edu". dmu.academia.edu. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Professor Elizabeth Edwards". British Academy. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2016.

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