24 Jan 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building


Dr Paul Halliday (Goldsmiths University)
Facilitator: Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa (University of Cambridge)

Presentation followed by a reading group discussion.
Our reading lists will form the basis of an open discussion. They should take attendees approximately two hours to complete. For more information about readings, please contact Jessica A. Fernández de Lara Harada and Katherine A. Mato.

The presentation and reading group will explore how the camera functions as an optical device to reproduce or challenge claims about alterity. We will focus on how images and optic technologies – from humanitarian photography to drone surveillance – have served to reinforce or cast into doubt commonly accepted categories of difference, across political, cultural, technological, and racial divides.


Dr Paul Halliday is Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths University. He is a photographer, film-maker and urbanist who originally trained in photojournalism and fine art film, and did postgraduate studies in social anthropology, archaeology and art history at Goldsmiths, Oxford and Cambridge. He has worked on photographic projects including a twenty-year project about London’s streets and public places, a project focusing on urban objects and materialities, and a recently completed project about global spaces and the collapse of geographic certainty. His professional experience includes directing a Channel 4 documentary about the far-right in London, local government media consultancies, photojournalism and corporate photography, and he is a former media adviser at the British Refugee Council and currently a director of Photofusion.


Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow in Social Sciences at Downing College, Cambridge. Monica's research has primarily developed around three areas: the lived experience of ‘race’ and racism; feminist theory and the interconnections between beauty, emotions and racism; visual methodologies and applied research collaborations. She has focussed on Mexico and Latin America more broadly. The interest in researching the 'qualities' of the lived experience of racism, has taken her to the study of the everyday, the relevance of emotions and affect, as well as issues around visibility and embodiment. Now she is exploring issues of institutional and structural racism as well as the challenges for anti-racist action in mestizo (racially mixed) contexts.



  • Wall, T., & Monahan, T. (2011) Surveillance and violence from afar: The politics of drones and liminal security-scapes. Theoretical Criminology, 15(3), 239-254.
  • de Laat, S., & Gorin, V. (2016) 3 Iconographies of humanitarian aid in Africa. HPG, 15.
  • Moreno Figueroa, M. G. (2008) Looking emotionally: photography, racism and intimacy in research. History of the Human Sciences, 21(4), 68-85.
  • Ahmed, S. (2014) ‘The Affective Politics of Fear.’ In Cultural politics of emotion.  Edinburgh University Press.
  • Haraway, D. J. (1989) ‘The Persistence of Vision.’ In Primate visions: Gender, race, and nature in the world of modern science. Psychology Press.
  • Lippard, L. R. (1997) The lure of the local: Senses of place in a multicentered society (p. 9). New York: New Press.
  • Mbembe, A. (2003) Necropolitics, translated by Libby Meintjes, Duke University Press.
  • Poole, D. (1997) Vision, Race, and Modernity: A Visual Economy of the Andean World, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. (Introduction only).


Open to all.  No registration required
Part of Power and Vision: The Camera as Political Technology Research Group Seminar Series

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