Colleen Skidmore, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Arts - History & Classics Dept
Email
colleen.skidmore@ualberta.ca
Address
Ring House No. 2
9303 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

I am a photography historian and Professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta. My education includes a BA from the University of Saskatchewan, an MA from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from the University of Alberta, as well as executive education programs in university leadership and crisis management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Kennedy School.


In addition to teaching and research, I have also served in a variety of roles in senior academic administration, including appointments as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Alberta. Currently, I am engaged as Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Alberta Press.


Research

My research lies in the history of photography in Canada c.1860-1940, with a particular interest in women's photographic practices and archives of women in photography. 

Geographically, my work has focused on two regions: One is Quebec where the archives of the Notman Studio of Montreal, one of North America's largest and most successful studios and which employed many women are located, as are the archives of the Sisters of Charity of Quebec, which for many decades had its own photography studio in the convent in Quebec City.

The other region is Alberta, where women photographers, writers, and artists were abundant between the opening of the CPR to public travel in 1886 and the start of the Second World War. Photographs and graphics of women were also abundant during that time. The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff is especially notable for its vast archive of women's photographic work in the Rocky Mountains. Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press, Mountain Cairns Series,l 2017) and This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada (University of Alberta, Press, Mountain Cairns Series, 2006; third printing 2016) draw on the wealth of materials located in public and private archives and collections in Banff, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Connecticut, and elsewhere.

Announcements

Book talk, Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press, 2017), at the Canadian Mountain Network Mountain Festival, University of Alberta, December 7, 2017. 

Book talk, Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press, 2017), at the Jasper-Yellowhead Museum and Archives, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Book launch and lecture, Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography (University of Alberta Press), at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Thursday, September 28, 2017.

This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada exhibition at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, June 18 - October 15, 2017.

Publications

This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada
Author(s): ed. Colleen Skidmore
Publication Date: 2006
External Link: http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/135-9780888644664-this-wild-spirit
"Imaging the West: Hugo Viewegar and the Autochrome in Canada," History of Photography 27 (Winter 2003), 342-348.
Author(s): Colleen Skidmore
Publication Date: 2003
Publication: History of Photography
Volume: 27
Issue: Winter 2003
Page Numbers: 342-348
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03087298.2003.10441269
“Photography in the Convent: Grey Nuns, Québec, 1861"
Author(s): Colleen Skidmore
Publication Date: 2002
Publication: Histoire Sociale/Social History
Volume: 35
Issue: Winter 2002
Page Numbers: 279-310
External Link: http://hssh.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/hssh/article/view/4456
“Women Workers at Notman’s Studio: Young Ladies of the Printing Room.”
Author(s): Colleen Skidmore
Publication Date: 1996
Publication: History of Photography
Volume: 20
Issue: Summer 1996
Page Numbers: 122-128
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03087298.1996.10443634
The Art of Dorothy Knowles: Greenbergian Femininity
Author(s): Colleen Skidmore
Publication Date: 1992
Publication: Woman's Art Journal
Volume: 13
Issue: Spring/Summer 1992
Page Numbers: 10-14
External Link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1358253?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
Searching for Mary Schäffer: Women Wilderness Photography
Author(s): Colleen Skidmore
External Link: http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/894-9781772122985-searching-for-mary-schaffer