Production, Provenance, Identity: ‘Made in Sheffield’ as a Cultural Trope

Production, Provenance, Identity: ‘Made in Sheffield’ as a Cultural Trope

My last blog post looked at the various building names, businesses and artworks that have been inspired by Sheffield’s industrial heritage. In this post, I want to consider one specific aspect of this referencing of history, namely the use of the term ‘Made in Sheffield’….

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Remade in Sheffield: The Legacy of an Industrial Past in the City’s Names and Images

Remade in Sheffield: The Legacy of an Industrial Past in the City’s Names and Images

For my third participant observation exercise, I decided to photograph the places I could think of in Sheffield that referenced the city’s industrial past. The reason for this was that one of my case studies – the dairy Our Cow Molly – frequently references the…

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Looking Up: Engaging with history and the built environment

Looking Up: Engaging with history and the built environment

I’m going to see it as a positive sign that the sun always seems to shine when it’s time for me to go out and do some participant observation… Last week I went out with my camera into the countryside, to explore some of the…

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Ethnography update: Walking with my camera

Ethnography update: Walking with my camera

As I walked down off the ridge, on open moorland just outside Sheffield, I passed a man leaning on a stick. We said hello, and remarked on the unseasonably sunny weather that day, and the beauty of the landscape. After a few minutes chatting, I…

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The Iconic Image on Social Media: A Rapid Response to the Death of Aylan Kurdi

The Iconic Image on Social Media: A Rapid Response to the Death of Aylan Kurdi

Extended summary by Olga Goriunova This post introduces our rapid response report following the death of Aylan Kurdi and the images that were circulated. This post was fully updated in line with the introduction in the published report. For further information, please get in touch…

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Training the Eye: The Fourth International Visual Methods Conference

Training the Eye: The Fourth International Visual Methods Conference

I was fortunate to attend some of the presentations at this year’s International Visual Methods Conference held in Brighton, from the 16th to the 18th of September. As well as the panel featuring my colleagues at the Visual Social Media Lab — entitled “Visual Digital Methods: Developing…

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Graduation day: Gowns, photos and the manufacturing of anxiety

Graduation day: Gowns, photos and the manufacturing of anxiety

I recently graduated, and the dominant feeling that day was relief. I spent the day thinking “Thank goodness my PhD is over, and I can get on with my life again!” The rest of the day I was just enjoying the theatre of wearing the…

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Polish and Rust: The Use of Images in the Online Discussion of Margaret Thatcher’s Death

Polish and Rust: The Use of Images in the Online Discussion of Margaret Thatcher’s Death

When Margaret Thatcher died in April 2013, the reaction on Twitter was varied and often extreme. Hatred and contempt mingled with tributes, demonstrating that her legacy continues to be a site of struggle. ‘The Death of Thatcher on Social Media’ is a project, part of…

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Looking, Listening and Researching: Using Ethnography as a Visual Method

Looking, Listening and Researching: Using Ethnography as a Visual Method

The Visual Social Media lab was on tour again this week, when I gave a presentation about Imaging Sheffield to the Visual Methods and Ethnography workshop at Edinburgh Napier University. This workshop looked at innovative ways in which visual materials can be used in ethnographic…

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Technology, discourse and learning from students

Technology, discourse and learning from students

I gave my first lecture yesterday to the MA Researching Social Media module at Sheffield University. It was about using discourse analysis to examine the ways in which photography – and technology use more broadly – is discursively constructed online. After going through some of…

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