The 20th Century saw an explosion of tourism at home and abroad, and with it the invention of the postcard.
Much like social media today, postcards were powerful visual tools in constructing ideas of place and identity, communicating political messages, and re-enforcing ideas of Empire. These souvenirs also opened-up the world for many people, providing windows to far-flung places and escapism from working structures.
Join us to hear from Dr Seonaid Rogers, Dr Susan Mains and Sue John, chaired by V&A Dundee Curator Mhairi Maxwell who will use postcards as a starting point from which to consider global histories, national narratives and identities.
About our speakers: Dr Seonaid Rogers is a historian of visual culture, tourism and narratives of national identity. Her work on postcards has included a Fellowship at the Kluge Centre at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
Sue John is a PhD History Researcher at the University of Glasgow, examining the material culture of the suffrage movement, with a particular focus on anti-suffrage postcards mass-produced by private manufacturers. Sue is also Director of Operations, Resources and Enterprise at Glasgow Women’s Library, the UK’s sole Accredited Museum dedicated to women’s history.
Dr Susan P. Mains is a Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Law, at University of Dundee. Her work examines transnational identities and media representations of mobility, borders, and social justice in the context of Caribbean migration, creativity in Jamaica and Scotland, urban landscapes and heritage tourism.
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