Abstract: A significant body of literature has shown how visual culture and urban spectatorship were important facets of modernity, yet we know little about how experiences of looking were shaped by gender. This talk explores various instances of deliberate looking by women and the optical technologies they employed, often with remarkable confidence and enthusiasm - from the humble lorgnette to the photographic lens. In doing so, it sheds light on the role of vision in shaping women's sense of subjectivity, and their experiences of the modern city.
Sasha Rasmussen is a cultural historian, whose research sits at the intersection of gender and sensory history. She is in the final year of her doctorate at St Hilda's College, University of Oxford.
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