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    Place, gender and the making of natural history: Hannah im Thurn in British Guiana, 1895-1897

    Albuquerque, S. and Martins, Luciana (2018) Place, gender and the making of natural history: Hannah im Thurn in British Guiana, 1895-1897. Journal of Historical Geography 62 , pp. 1-14. ISSN 0305-7488.

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    Abstract

    In 1895, the forty-year old Hannah im Thurn (née Lorimer) embarked on a new life as a colonial wife in the tropics, having just married the explorer and administrator Everard im Thurn. She accompanied her husband on a two-year sojourn in British Guiana, where they lived in Morawahanna, a remote settlement near the Venezuelan frontier. This paper contributes to a broader historical geography of the field sciences by providing a glimpse into relations across the porous boundaries between the private and the public, the domestic and the official, that shaped the production of natural history knowledge in the colonial context. By piecing together evidence from family letters, photographs, drawings and sculptures produced in British Guiana, we seek to make Hannah’s presence in the historical record – and in Everard’s scientific and administrative life – more visible. In particular, the paper contributes to the increasing body of work on gender and science which has begun to unravel the entangled histories of personal partnerships that have shaped modern science.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Colonial frontier, History of science, Gender, Botany, Sculpture, Anthropology
    School: School of Arts > Cultures and Languages
    Depositing User: Luciana Martins
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 16:37
    Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 14:02
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/21741

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