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The Australian National University

Elisa deCourcy

Research Fellow

Dr Elisa deCourcy is a cultural historian with a broad interest in the use and development of visual technologies mainly during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She was awarded her PhD in 2014 for a thesis that examined the photography of early twentieth century English explorers in Africa and Central Asia. Elisa was a keynote speaker at the 2013 New South Wales History Week, ‘Picture This’, state forum. After her doctorate was conferred, she worked as an intern in the photography curatorial department of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and as the research officer for the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University. Elisa is particularly interested in early travel photography, photography and cross cultural masquerade, and nineteenth century visual experimentation and appropriation. She has spoken and published about her research in Australia and abroad. Along with Martyn Jolly she is working on an extended project about the exceptional transnational career of daguerreotypist and magic lanternist James William Newland (1810-1857). She is also working on a project about Britons in north Africa, comparing 'explorers' from the period before the Second World War to individuals travelling through the region in the Age of Instagram.

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