I've just finished working as the Research Associate on the Imaging Sheffield study, which is part of the Visual Social Media Lab’s Picturing the Social project at the University of Sheffield. This study uses an ethnographic approach to consider a variety of photographic sharing practices on social media. My PhD research looked at the connection between photographic practice and social discipline, by examining how the devaluing of certain types of photograph (such as selfies) or behaviour (such as the pouting ‘duckface’) within popular discourse is used to classify and marginalize women. I also considered how involuntary pornography (sometimes called ‘revenge porn’) features a distortion of feminist goals of choice’ in order to legitimize victims’ humiliation and punishment. Prior to commencing my PhD, I was a photography demonstrator at the University of Salford, and worked as a photographer at a high-street portrait studio. You can read some of my findings in these two publications: Burns, A. (2015) ‘Self(ie)-Discipline: Social Regulation as Enacted Through the Discussion of Photographic Practice’, International Journal of Communication. Available at: https://mypublications.shef.ac.uk/viewobject.html?id=711802&cid=1 Burns, A. (2015) ‘In Full View: Involuntary Pornography and the Postfeminist Rhetoric of Choice’, in: Nally, C. and Smith, A., Twenty-first Century Feminism: Forming and Performing Femininity, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
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