Regional specialisations East Africa (inc Kampala, Uganda) and New York City.
Topical interests Death; Illness and Medical Anthropology; HIV/AIDS; Interior Dialogue, Memory and Imagination; Visual, Sensory and Bodily Perception; The Anthropology of Time; Art, Performance and Aesthetics; Experimental Methods and Collaborative Anthropology; Existential and Phenomenological Anthropology; Urban Anthropology and Spatial Perception.
See here for further information of my current work in Visual and Sensory Anthropology www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/disciplines/socialanthropology/visualanthropology/projects/teachingstaff/irving/
New York City: I have recently been working on an experimental art/anthropology research project supported by a grant from the Wenner Gren Foundation and the ESRC entitled "New York Stories". The aim of "New York Stories" is to research and represent how different modes of inner expression--including interior dialogues, unarticulated moods, imaginative lifeworlds and emotional reverie--constitute peoples lived experience of urban life and mediate social-cultural spaces but remain hidden beneath the surface of public activities.
For a recent write up about this research in Scientific American see here http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/brainwaves/2013/04/29/mrs-dalloway-in-new-york-documenting-how-people-talk-to-themselves-in-their-heads/
Africa: I am currently developing British Academy and methods@manchester funded research project in Kampala, Uganda under the collective theme of Rethinking Media/Reclaiming Personhood. The aim is to consider how socially marginalised persons who through death, disease or other dislocating experiences can re-establish social and existential continuity and become included in community and society through different kinds of media practices. The projects use visual and other sensory media and collaborative forms of self-representation to address questions of research, representation, ethics and empowerment and set up a different kind of social life.
PhD supervision I welcome PhD projects across a broad range of anthropological themes, especially those that place special emphasis on the following areas: Death; Illness and Medical Anthropology; HIV/AIDS; Interior Dialogue, Memory and Imagination; Visual, Sensory and Bodily Perception; The Anthropology of Time; Art, Performance and Aesthetics; Experimental Methods and Collaborative Anthropology; Existential and Phenomenological Anthropology; Urban Anthropology.
“The Man Who Almost Killed Himself” (collaboration with Josh Azouz, Don Boyd HiBrow Productions and BBC Arts)
Edinburgh Festival (Aug 7th-11th 2014)
BBC Arts (Aug 10th 2014),
BBC IPlayer (Aug 2014- Aug 2016)
Odeon Cinemas (Aug 11th 2014)
2013 New York Stories: Lives of Other Citizens
2010 School Outreach in Uganda (Health Education Film made for National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda)
2009 Railway School HIV Sensitisation (Health Education Film made for National Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda)
2009 Kaleidoscope: Hands and Neighbourhood
2016 “Wandering Scholars: Or How to Get in Touch with Strangers” Österreichisches Museum
für Volkskunde, Vienna
2016 “Bridges: A New Sense of Scale” Ethnography in the Expanded Field. New School, New
2015 “Live Edition” Plataforma Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2012 “The Lives of Other Citizens” SOMA Arts Gallery, San Francisco. Multi and Interactive
Media, inc film, sound and digital technologies