The Newsletter 61 Autumn 2012

Visualising history and space in the Basel Mission Archives

Guy ThomasAnke Schürer-Ries

Research on historical images and their interdependencies has been well under way for almost three decades. Distinct aspects of the materiality and the relational character of images continue to surface as the role of archives as repositories for these delicate materials is profoundly put to the test.1 Images, both historical and more recently in digital form, find themselves in a tremendous, perhaps second phase of the pictorial turn, and relevant research is in the eye of the storm. The role of historical, but also modern digitised and born-digital images, has brought about a want for access to, and understanding of, the image as a key icon of cultural heritage.

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