What Would Indigenous Taxonomy Look Like? The Case of Blandowski's Australia


  • Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll University of Cambridge, UK


In 1862, Wilhelm von Blandowski produced The Encyclopedia of Australia as a large visual atlas of 142 plates dedicated to a comprehensive representation of the continent Australia.

Author Biography

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, University of Cambridge, UK

Dr. Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll runs a British Academy research project on classification at Cambridge University and is currently a Humboldt Fellow in Berlin. She wrote her PhD at Harvard University on indigenous taxonomies and recently completed her monograph Art in the Time of Colony, which will appear in 2014 in Ashgate’s series on Empires and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-2000. Khadija’s research and teaching interests are the history of nineteenth-century science and art; practices of natural history; museum display cultures; sensory ethnography and the collecting of material culture; curatorial interventions and site specific art; gender and post-colonial studies; historiography and the writing of history; classification and taxonomy; ekphrasis and the relation between verbal and visual representation.