Dr. Julia Winckler

Julia is course leader of the MA course Digital Media, Culture & Society and also teaches on the BA Photography course. Julia considers teaching to be the best part of her job at the University of Brighton. Despite having worked here since 2004, Julia continues to discover new and rewarding ways of teaching and facilitation. Julia has often been nominated for teaching awards (in the inspirational teaching award category and for the Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning award).

Julia supervises MA dissertations (including practice-based), a module on participatory media production for social change that takes a global and historical perspective to collaborative practice and research methods. She also teaches on the photography course where she runs a  module on reactivating photographic archives.

She also teaches into a journalism module, which highlights the importance of socially engaged photography and active citizenship.

Just prior to working at the University of Brighton, Julia taught photography at Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. Between 2009-2011 she was a teaching fellow at the University of London, SOAS, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, where she enjoyed running an MA Media Production module, co-convened and developed with Jens Franz.

Most of Julia’s solo and collaborative projects have had educational and participatory elements. As an art education consultant with artists undergoing training to become educators, Julia has coached them to develop curricula that inspire and encourage students’ creativity and independence through the arts. Much of her work is interdisciplinary and engages with communities outside of Academia and in many parts of the world who she works with and learns from. Through her affiliation with the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice and the Centre of Memory, Narrative and Histories Julia exchanges resources and knowledge on a regular basis.

For PhD applicants:

I am interested in supervising both traditional and practice-based Phds.

Phd proposals welcome that interact with any of the following:

Working with Archives and Collections: Photographic archives, Community archives, Museums, Private Collections

Memory Studies: Postmemory, transnational memory, cultural memory, communicative memory, personal memory

Art practice as research: visual, creative and ethnographic research methods/photo voice/photo elicitation/digital media technologies, site-specific interventions

Co-production of knowledge: popular education methodology, participatory methods, oral history, histoire croisée methodology

Photography and activism: community art practice (global, historical & contemporary)

Photographers in Exile in Britain: contributions made by emigrés to the field of Applied Arts

Visual mythologies mobilised  in the construction of utopian visions of place and ways of living during the interwar period