Siobhan Angus specializes in the history of photography and the environmental humanities. Her current book project, Camera Geologica, 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, the dialogue between photography and painting, and the relationship between art, science, and industry. At the heart of her research program lies an intellectual and political commitment to environmental, economic, and social justice.
Her research has been published in Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Radical History Review, and Capitalism and the Camera (Verso, 2021) and is forthcoming in Geohumanities and October. Angus 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 research was funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and she was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the highest academic standing at the graduate level. In 2021-2022, she is a visiting scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, the Haas Fellow at the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Science History Institute, and the William H. Helfand Visual Culture Program Fellow at the Library Company of Philadelphia. 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.
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, Sotheby’s, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Center. 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. She is a co-editor of The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Literature, 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.