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Dr Rupert Ashmore

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Rupert is an art and design historian whose research spans fine art, photography, film and digital media. His research projects have focused on the use of visual media to construct and disseminate narratives of cultural memory in northern British and European communities, and how the communal use of photography, film and internet media enrich spaces with meaning and value.

He is currently investigating how photography can recuperate notions of social justice and citizenship for marginalised groups in the face of austerity, social abjection and populist media narratives.

Rupert’s teaching experience encompasses practice, history and theory in art and design, media, and cultural studies. He completed his doctoral thesis in 2011, examining the filmic and photographic portrayal of the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease epidemic and the collapse of the County Durham mining industry from the late 1970s.

Rupert Ashmore

Campus Address

Lipman Building

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Introduction: Layered Landscapes, Holt, Y., Ashmore, R. 27 Feb 2020, In: Arts
  • Layered Landscapes: Cultural Investigations in Northern British Edgelands: Special issue of Arts, Ashmore, R., Holt, Y. 1 Sep 2019
  • Time and Mobility in Photographs of the Northeast Industrial Landscape, Ashmore, R. 9 Sep 2019, In: Arts
  • Shetland on YouTube: Youth Film in the Northern Isles, Ashmore, R. 16 May 2018, Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago, New York, Taylor & Francis
  • 'Far isn't Far': Shetland on the internet, Ashmore, R. Oct 2013, In: Visual Studies
  • 'Suddenly There Was Nothing’: foot and mouth, communal trauma and landscape photography, Ashmore, R. Aug 2013, In: Photographies
  • Landscape and Crisis in Northern England: The Representation of Communal Trauma in Film and Photography, Ashmore, R. 6 Jan 2011
  • The county with the hole in the middle, Ashmore, R. 5 Nov 2010, In: Visual Culture in Britain

PGR Supervision

  • David Gardener Brands of War - When wartime propaganda collaborated with commercial advertising. Start Date: 13/03/2018
  • Alexander Boyd ‘Tir nan Neo- Làthaireachd – The Land of Absence Exploring the photographic documentation, dissemination, and interpretation of the Scottish Clearances and their aftermath. Examining postcoloniality, militarism and the effects of cultural trauma on Scottish identity and its legacy today. Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Alexandra Hughes Wilding Photographs: Exploring the turbulent and affective qualities of the material phenomenon of photography Start Date: 13/12/2018 End Date: 29/06/2021


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