Siobhan Angus is an art historian, curator, and organizer. Specializing in the history of photography and the environmental humanities, her current research explores the visual culture of resource extraction with a focus on materiality, perceptions of nature, and environmental justice. Her scholarship also engages with the history of capitalism and labor, settler colonial studies, temporality and scale in the geological turn, and the relationship between art, science, and industry. Her book, Camera Geologica, is forthcoming with Duke University Press. At the heart of her research program lies an intellectual and political commitment to environmental, economic, and social justice.
Angus is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Carleton University.
Prior to joining Carleton University, Angus was the Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art at Yale University, where she was also a visiting scholar at the Yale Center for British Art. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Culture from York University, where her award winning dissertation analyzed how photography and landscape painting chronicled, celebrated, and challenged the transformations enacted by extractive capitalism and settler colonialism on the Canadian Shield. Her dissertation was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Her research has been published or is forthcoming in Environmental Humanities, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Radical History Review, GeoHumanities, Capitalism and the Camera (Verso, 2021) and October.
Angus is a board member of the Workers Arts and Heritage Center, on the editorial board of Communication and Race, and sits on the advisory board of the Intersecting Energy Cultures Working Group. She is a former co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Literature, and Culture, a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada, and a member of the steering committee for the Yale Environmental Humanities program. Angus has worked on major exhibitions of modern and contemporary art at the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Center, among others.
Her research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, the Council for Canadian American Relations, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, the Science History Institute, the Paul Mellon Centre, and the Yale Center for British Art. She lives and organizes in Ottawa, ON.
siobhan.angus [@] carleton.ca or @SiobhanAngus