My PhD and subsequent research was on aspects of mid-twentieth century British art, but I have since become interested in a wide range of images and visual practices framed by the idea of visual culture. These interests have led most recently to work on relationships between visual images and conflict, with a particular emphasis upon the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I am currently working on a long-term project looking at visual representations of the situation in Israel/Palestine. I am also interested in collaborations with creative visual producers and have recently completed a book with the Israeli artist David Reeb entitled Between States (Black Dog Publishing, July 2015).
The Visual Social Media Lab and the Picturing the Social project present rich opportunities to explore the multiple ways that images are being used on social media platforms. I am particularly excited about the diverse backgrounds of the research team and the possibilities for combining art historical approaches, such as iconography, with methods deriving from Information Science and Media Studies.