DLS: Photos and Phantasms

Decolonizing the Learned Society (DLS): Photos and Phantasms exhibition (1998) and geographical knowledge-making.

 

Informed by my doctoral research and recent discussions regarding decolonizing the academy, curricula, and museum collections (Array & Mirza 2018; Johnson, Joseph-Salisbury, & Kamunge, 2018), I am interested to critically and constructively investigate the role of the learned society in decolonizing disciplinary knowledge-making activities. I am especially keen to explore the extent to which anticipatory decolonizing archives and education activities from 20 years ago might give critical insights across contemporary decolonizing education discussions by focusing attention on the Royal Geographical Society / British Council’s 1998 photographic exhibition Photos and Phantasms: Harry Johnston’s photographs of the Caribbean, which I worked on as an intern between undergraduate and postgraduate study.

 

Front cover to the exhibition catalogue of the Royal Geographical Society / British Council's 1998 exhibition Photos and Phantasms, curated by Dr Petrine Archer-Straw
Front cover of the exhibition catalogue of Photos and Phantasms: Harry Johnston’s photographs of the Caribbean (1998), curated by Dr Petrine Archer-Straw and produced by the Royal Geographical Society and the British Council.  (Image: A Jamaican Artisan, cat. no c855b, Royal Geographical Society picture library).