Kathleen (Kate) Davidson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Art History at the University of Sydney. Previously, she was Curator of International Photography at the National Gallery of Australia. Recent publications include: Photography, Natural History and the Nineteenth-Century Museum: Exchanging Views of Empire (Routledge, 2017); ‘Speculative Viewing: Victorians’ Encounters with Coral Reefs’ in Grace Moore and Michelle Smith (eds.), Victorian Environments (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); ‘Photography and the Triumph of Science in European Vision and the South Pacific’ in Jaynie Anderson, Christopher R. Marshall and Andrew Yip (eds.) The Legacies of Bernard Smith (Power Publications, 2016); ‘Colonial Science and Photographic Portraits’ in Judy Annear (ed.) The Photograph and Australia (Art Gallery of NSW Press, 2015); ‘Connecting the Senses: Natural History and the British Museum in the Stereoscopic Magazine’, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century (19: 2014).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Nineteenth-century visual culture; history of photography; intersection of art and science; empire studies; museum studies.