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Shaping Public Perception: Polish Illustrated Press and the Image of Polish Naturalists Working in Latin America, 1844–1885 (2023)


This article will investigate the ways in which Polish illustrated press contributed to communicating and reporting the work of Polish émigré naturalists working in Latin America to the Polish general public living in the Prussian, Russian and Austrian partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth 1844–1885. It examines the ways in which illustrations were used to shape the public's opinion about the significance of these migrants’ scientific achievements. The Polish illustrated press, its authors and editors were instrumental in shaping the public's perceptions of the reach of Polish scientists, and exploring their impact on broader scientific debates, thereby situating Polish people and their work in a global context. The didactic and opinion-making role of the illustrated press was highly influential among Polish audiences during this period, at a time when the survival of Polish identity, culture, language, and education was uncertain. Illustrated weeklies were one of the vectors through which high science was made accessible to the Polish public. A study of pictures in Polish illustrated press will help to explain how they contributed towards shaping the images in the public eye of naturalists’ scientific work, and discourses about science and its actors more broadly.

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Authors & Contributors
Anderson, William D., Jr.
Bleichmar, Daniela
Botkin, Daniel B.
Brockliss, Laurence W. B.
Brückner, Martin
Cañizares-Esguerra, Jorge
Archives of Natural History
Acta Historica Leopoldina
History of Science
Science in Context
Beaumont Publishers
Editrice Bibliografica
Island Press [for] Shearwater Books
Johns Hopkins University Press
Liverpool University Press
Princeton University Press
Science and society
Natural history
Visual representation; visual communication
Science and art
Humboldt, Alexander von
Canestrini, Giovanni
Carr, Jeanne C. Smith
Delany, Mary
Gilibert, Jean-Emmanuel
Holbrook, John Edwards
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
20th century, early
Early modern
17th century
20th century
Latin America
Paris (France)
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
Natural History Museum (London, England)
Smithsonian American Art Museum

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