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.
She is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the History of Art at Yale University and an incoming Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Carleton University. In 2021-2022, she is the Haas Fellow at the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Science History Institute, the William H. Helfand Visual Culture Program Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia, and 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. She was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the highest academic standing at the graduate level. 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 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 Sotheby’s. She has curated exhibitions of working class material culture at the Workers Arts and Heritage Center and archival photographs at the University of Toronto. She is a collaborator on the SSHRC funded research-creation project, Ink and Oil: Canadian and Chinese Collaborative Perspectives on Nature and Culture, hosted through the University of Alberta and Zhengzhou University of Light Industry. From 2013-2015, she was the public programs coordinator at University College at the University of Toronto, where her programming received a Gold Medal from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Recently, she collaborated on a virtual herbarium for Ni Dakinan at Timiskaming First Nation that identifies traditional plants, documents their medicinal uses, and charts their climate change vulnerability.
She is on the steering committee for Yale Environmental Humanities program, a co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment and Culture, a board member of the Workers Arts and Heritage Center (WAHC), and a member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC) where she is part of the Anti-Racism and Equity Working Group.
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 Tkaranto (Toronto) and Quinnipiac (New Haven).
siobhan.angus [@] carleton.ca or @SiobhanAngus