Library Research Grant from the Getty Foundation

Using the Getty’s rich collections of lithographic and photographic albums featuring views of Algeria, I aim to reveal some of the ways in which the Algerian landscape was brought into a larger idea of the French nation as policies of land reform formulated in the metropole were increasingly being applied in the colonies. Building on John Zarobell’s work in Empire of Landscape: Space and Ideology in French Colonial Algeria (2010), my project looks at manifestations of state institutions on the ground through literal and symbolic reformulations of place. This research will complement the existing chapters of my dissertation, each of which takes up a distinct landscape to reveal the ways it was undergoing reform—and how those reforms were being depicted, challenged, or negotiated through representation.