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.
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.
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.
PHD RESEARCH STUDENTS
Current (1st Supervisor)
Alessandra D’Onofrio Imaginary Tales from either Shore: undocumented Egyptian migrants in Milan (co-supervised with Drama)
Shotaro Wake: Empathy and stigma: their consequences for cancer survivors
JongMin Jeong: Healing the brain through sensory stimulation and activities
Rosa Sansone: The Social Formation of the Mediterranean Sea: An Ethnographic Perspective on Movement and Perception across Lampedusian Waters
Lana Askari: Homemaking: Return dynamics of Kurdish diaspora
Paloma Yanez Serrano: Sensorial Experiences of the Agro City: The case of Spain’s “Plastic Sea”
Current (2nd supervisor)
Angelica Cabezas Pino: Audiovisual Strategies to overcome stigma among men with HIV in Chile (co-supervised with Drama)
Jose Farjado Escoffie: A journey with the native potato: from local knowledge to luxury consumption
Veronica Castro: Santo Daime (co-supervised with Drama)
Completed (1st Supervisor)
2016 Ximin Zhou: Between Promises and Uncertainty: An Anthropological Study of Roads
2016 Paola Garnica: Visual perception and urban life: Mexico City
2015 Ruth Gibbons: It's all of these Puzzle Pieces: The representation and the manifest discourse of dyslexic experience.
2015 Martha Dietrich-Ortega: Sensing prison: the bodily and imaginative aspects of imprisonment among female prisoners in Peru
2014 Camilla Morelli: Movement, Materiality and Imagination: world-making and knowing amongst Matses children of Amazonian Peru
2013 Carolina Corral: Indefinite Sentence. The enduring presence of imprisonment in the lives of former inmates in Mexico
2013 Giovanni Spissu: The People of Long Street, Cape Town
2012 Natalie Araujo: Sin dejar: the cosmopolitan negotiations of Colombian migrants in London
2011 Penny Moore: Living a Musical Life: Musicians, Music-Making and the Creation of Space in Vienna
2010 Alyssa Grossman: Choreographies of Memory: everyday sites and practices of remembrance work in post-socialist, EU accession-era Bucharest
Completed (2nd Supervisor)
2015 Placido Munoz Moran: Street art, cultural identity and public space in Barcelona
2015 Rachael Gore: Rhythmic horizons: mapping sound in London
2014 Michael Atkins: Looking for business: social and visual ambiguity of men that sell sex on the street
2013 Andrea Gasper: Conceptions of the visual in the contemporary design world: an ethnography in a design studio in Milan.
“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