am Professor of Visual Culture at the Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at the Manchester School of Art, where I am Head of Research Degrees and Head of Ethics. I like to regard myself as a classically trained art historian whose interests have moved to graphic representations of conflict found in print and new media. I have focussed at various times on Vietnam, the Falklands, Communism and its aftermath in Eastern Europe, and the First World War. At the core of my research is a fascination with imagery on the peripheries, the ephemeral and a Warburgian interest in the survival of images. Currently, I am working on a long-term project: A Socialist Imaginary. Graphic Imagery and the Left in Britain 1890-1960.
I’m delighted to be working with such a broad disciplinary team, not least because the project will develop methodologies for harvesting imagery from social media for further research.