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Shaping Natural History and Settler Society

Mary Elizabeth Barber and the Nineteenth-Century Cape

Authors: Hammel, Tanja

  • Explores the intertwined relationship between science, gender and settler colonialism in the nineteenth century 
  • Reconstructs the neglected history of Mary Elizabeth Barber’s scientific work in South Africa, shining light on the work of an important woman naturalist 
  • Contributes to growing research on the involvement of the South in global knowledge networks and the role of knowledge production in colonial dispossession
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This book explores the life and work of Mary Elizabeth Barber, a British-born settler scientist who lived in the Cape during the nineteenth century. It provides a lens into a range of subjects within the history of knowledge and science, gender and social history, postcolonial, critical heritage and archival studies. The book examines the international importance of the life and works of a marginalized scientist, the instrumentalisation of science to settlers' political concerns and reveals the pivotal but largely silenced contribution of indigenous African experts. Including a variety of material, visual and textual sources, this study explores how these artefacts are archived and displayed in museums and critically analyses their content and silences. The book traces Barber’s legacy across three continents in collections and archives, offering insights into the politics of memory and history-making. At the same time, it forges a nuanced argument, incorporating study of the North and South, the history of science and social history, and the past and the present.

About the authors

Tanja Hammel works in the History Department at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Her PhD dissertation, on which this monograph is based, received the annual faculty award for the humanities at the University of Basel in 2018.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-36

    Hammel, Tanja

  • African Farmers and Medicinal Plant Experts

    Pages 39-74

    Hammel, Tanja

  • African Naturalists, Collectors and Taxidermists

    Pages 75-99

    Hammel, Tanja

  • Gender, Class and Competition

    Pages 103-146

    Hammel, Tanja

  • Proving and Circulating the Theory of Natural Selection

    Pages 147-185

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shaping Natural History and Settler Society
Book Subtitle
Mary Elizabeth Barber and the Nineteenth-Century Cape
Authors
Series Title
Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Limited
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22639-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22639-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22638-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 360
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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