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: Recent work on New York includes the book The Art of Life and Death: Radical Aesthetics and Ethnographic Practice (2017: HAU Malinowski Monograph Series: University of Chicago Press). "The Art of Life and Death explores how the world appears to people who have an acute perspective on it: those who are close to death. Based on extensive ethnographic research, Andrew Irving brings to life the lived experiences, imaginative lifeworlds, and existential concerns of persons confronting their own mortality and non-being."
Other recent work includes the experimental art/anthropology research project "New York Stories" that researches and represents 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.
See here for recent interview and links: http://blog.wennergren.org/2013/06/interview-dr-andrew-irving-new-york-stories/
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)
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”
Lee Gallagher: The Journey Back Home: Processes of Recovery and Disjuncture in Traumatic Brain Injury
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)
Kriston Jackson: Everyday Aesthetics on the Vernacular American Roadside (co-supervised with Drama)
Completed (1st Supervisor)
2017 JongMin Jeong: Healing the brain through sensory stimulation and activities
2017 Alessandra D’Onofrio Imaginary Tales from either Shore: undocumented Egyptian migrants in Milan (co-supervised with Drama)
2017 Shotaro Wake: Empathy and stigma: their consequences for cancer survivors
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)
2017 Karen Waltorp: Mirror Images The smartphone as relational device and real virtuality among young Muslim women in Copenhagen
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.