Re-imagined Communities: Understanding the Visual Habitus of Transcultural Photographs

Photography and the Greater Middle East

Tuesday, November 29, 2016| Clephan Building, room 2.30, 4-6pm

Open to all – just turn up!

carolineCaroline Molloy (PhD Candidate at the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, Birkbeck, University of London) will deliver the second talk in this term’s Research Seminars in Cultures of Photography series.

The autumn 2016 seminar series is dedicated to the theme of Photography and the Greater Middle East. Caroline Molloy’s talk, Re-imagined Communities: Understanding the Visual Habitus of Transcultural Photographs, will explore migrant transcultural identities. Caroline will discuss her ongoing MPhil/PhD research that explores how the photographic studio can contribute to migrant identity formation. Using the London-Turkish community as a case study, her research draws from multi-sited ethnographic research within the photo-digital studio. Looking at the photo-digital studio photograph as a discursive cultural object, Caroline considers the “anthropology of the image” in relation to cultural practices within the community and relevant scholarly literature. She builds on existing literature that explores the impact of the diaspora on migrant communities, raising questions about imagined communities, nation-ness and identity formation. In her talk, Caroline will argue that the photographic studio is a transformative site, where the construction of cultural and cross-cultural identity is performed. In doing this, she will reason that the identities performed are neither specifically English nor Turkish, but an alchemy of what one of her research participants called “London-Turkish identity”.

In case of queries contact Dr Gil Pasternak



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