Luke Keogh, Ph.D.

4A Lab Fellow

Luke Keogh is a curator and historian. In 2011, he received his PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. His research and writing have received many awards and fellowships, including the International Curatorial Fellowship from the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Deutsches Museum, Munich (2013-2014), the Gerda Henkel Research Scholarship (2014-2017), the Sargent Award from the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (2015-16) and the Redmond Barry Fellowship from the University of Melbourne and the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne (2017-18). Luke was one of the curators on the internationally acclaimed exhibition Welcome to the Anthropocene: the Earth in our Hands (Deutsches Museum, Munich, 2015-17). From 2014 to 2019, he has conducted a major research project on the global environmental history of the Wardian case, a portable greenhouse for moving plants. His book The Wardian Case: How a Simple Box Moved Plants and Changed the World is published by the University of Chicago Press in 2020.

  • environmental history
  • global history
  • Australian history (incl. Australian Aboriginal History)
  • Heritage and museum studies

The Wardian Case: Artefact of the Anthropocene

4A Laboratory: Art Histories, Archaeologies, Anthropologies, Aesthetics

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