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Dr. Gary Bratchford

Senior Lecturer in Photography

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Media Factory, ME330

+44 (0) 1772 89 3045

Gbratchford@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: TV, Film and Photography

Gary is a Senior Lecturer within the Photography department. His research interests include visual activism and creative nonviolent resistance, the visual culture of contested spaces and the intersection between visually orientated practices and the sociological sphere. Bratchford is a bored member of the International Sociological Association’s (ISA) Visual Sociology Working group, co-editor of their publication and sits on the scientific committee for the international photography conference, Contemphoto, Turkey.

Gary is research active within the Photography Research Group

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Gary is a Senior Lecturer within the Photography department, based in the School of Film, Media and Performance. His research interests include visual activism and creative nonviolent resistance, the visual culture of contested spaces and the intersection between visually orientated practices and the sociological sphere. Gary is a board member of the International Sociological Association’s (ISA) Visual Sociology Working Group, co-editor of their publication and sits on the scientific committee for the international photography conference, Contemphoto, Turkey.

Broadly interested in the various intersections between Visual Culture, Politics and Violence, Gary’s specific research interests fall into two distinct categories:

Firstly, the politics of visibility in relation to uneven power dynamics and specifically the Israeli-Palestinian conflict/Israeli occupation. The basis of this research is product of Gary’s fully funded, AHRC awarded PhD, entitled ‘Visual Activism in Israel, Gaza and the Palestinian Occupied Territories’. The the thesis explored the relationship between visibility-making practices by Palestinian, Israeli and International anti-occupation organisations, activists and artists in a post 2005 context with specific focus given to online communication and new media technologies. Part of Gary's ongoing research is to further develop the term Visual Activism, focusing on the relationship between new media technologies and the presentation and circulation of activist imagery as a politically engaged performance. As a constitutive act, I argue that Visual Activism helps to form political subjectivities and conceptual frames for visual activist practices to be read and understood internationally.

The second area of interest examines how Sociology and Visual Studies combined can be used to conceptualize how futures are being presented, mediated, performed, designed, narrated or imagined through a range of visual practices. Emphasising the importance of visibility and communication, my research focuses on the representation of varying social spheres, communities, environments, state and non-state actors both on and offline.

More recently, Gary has started to explore how to develop teaching/methodological tools at the cross-section of visual and mobile methods, urban studies, social interactionism and social practice theories in an effort to further develop the field of Visual Sociology.

Ph.D. Visual Culture, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016

M.A. War, History and Culture, University of Manchester, 2010

PGDE Generic Education for FE with a specialism in Media Studies, 2010

B.A. (Hons.) Film, Media and Photographic Practice, Manchester Metropolitan, 2006

Academic roles and responsibilities:

 

Projects

Participatory photography project with the Open- Eye, Liverpool as part of the Cultural Shifts 2017-18 project. Exhibition and final outputs due late 2017.

A photography survey of Ancoats, New Islington and Miles Platting – visual and social semiotics (On-going).

 

Research

External Affiliations and Roles

Gary is a member of the International Sociological Association (ISA) and an elected board member of the Visual Sociology Working Group (2014-2018) and co-edits the Visual Sociology Newsletter. He is also a member of the International Visual Sociology Association and a member of the Association of Photography in Higher Education (APHE).

Conferences

Imagining Futures Through the Visual. The Third ISA Forum of Sociology – July 10-14, 2016, Vienna, Austria.

‘Ecology of an Online Archive: Visual Activism and Political Visibilities in Israel/Palestine’, 03 International Conference of Photography and Theory 2014: Photography and Politics and the Politics of Photography. Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus. 5-7/12/2014

‘Negotiating Representation in Israel & Palestine’, Envisioning Peace, Performing Justice: Art, Activism, and Cultural Politics in the History of Peacemaking, Peace History Society, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA. 24-26/10/2013

‘Negotiating Representation in Israel & Palestine’, Representation, Politics and Violence, 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference, CAPPE, University of Brighton, UK. 11-13/09/2013

‘Visual Activism and the Photo-essay in the Occupied Territories’, The Aesthetics of Activism – Strategies of Visibility, IVSA 2013 Annual Conference: The Public Image, Goldsmiths, London, UK. 8-10/07/2013:

‘Politics of Visibility: Contemporary Landscape Photography in Israel and the Occupied Territories’, Politics of Photography, Contemphoto: International on Contemporary Photography, Nâzim Hikmit Cultural Centre, Istanbul, Turkey. 12-15/06/2013

‘Visual Activism in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: New Media Technologies, Witnessing & Visual Citizenship’, Visual Activism & Social Justice, The Second ISA Forum of Sociology, UBA, Buenos Aries, Argentina. 1-4/08/2012

‘Hiding the Human Catastrophe: Bare-life, New Media and Digital Activism’, Platform for Presentations, MIRIAD Research in Practice Postgraduate forum, Manchester Metropolitan University. 06/10/2011

Invited Talks/Guest Speaker


Guest Speaker - 1st International Workshop on Visual Research for Doctoral Students, University of Padua (Italy) - organized by the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA) and the Doctoral School in Social Sciences (University of Padua). 9/09/2015

Guest Speaker - Public Lecture – “Conflict and Compassion: Frames of War and Human Rights in Israel”, Asia Manchester Triennial (ATM) programme, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. 8/11/2014

Guest Speaker - Public Seminar – ‘The Politics of Visibility and my Research Pathway: Contemporary Landscape Photography in Israel and the Occupied Territories (And How I Arrived at this Point)’, Tent’s Public Pedagogical Platform for Presentation Seminar Session. 08/10/2013

Sessions/conferences organized:

The 2nd International Workshop on Visual Research for Doctoral Students, University of Central Lancashire, UK [forthcoming, March, 2017].

Towards more visual research methodologies? (Co-session with WG03), The 1st RC33 Regional Conference on Social Science Methodology: Asia (2017 RC33 Regional Conference) held on September 11 - 14, 2017 in Taipei.

Imagining Futures Through the Visual. The Third ISA Forum of Sociology – July 10-14, 2016, Vienna, Austria.