The Team

PhotoDemos Collective is a group of six researchers.

Naluwembe Binaisa

Naluwembe Binaisa researched photography in Nigeria for PhotoDemos. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research and professional expertise seeks to understand the intersections of mobilities, belonging and citizenship within Africa and the diaspora. Her recent work has focused on urban Africa through the lens of photography and digital technologies within gender and generational dynamics. Her work is committed to research enquiry that de-centres development discourses and centres Africa’s epistemologies. Naluwembe’s work has been published in international peer-reviewed journals as well as shared through community participatory events. Her research experience includes the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Europe.

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Vindhya Buthpitiya

Vindhya Buthpitiya researched photography in Sri Lanka for PhotoDemos. She works at the intersection of conflict and visual culture, examining war, photography, death and civilian resistance in northern Sri Lanka, considering the local and global aftermaths of civil conflict through the making and moving of images. Vindhya is a lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. She has over a decade of research and policy experience in the international development sector spanning post-war reconciliation and community-environment relationships. Vindhya is also the curator of the Museum of Religious Freedom, Sri Lanka.

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Konstantinos Kalantzis

Konstantinos Kalantzis researched photography in Greece for PhotoDemos. He is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Thessaly and a fellow in Comparative Cultural Studies at Hellenic Studies Center, Harvard University. He works on the intersections of visual culture and political imagination and has extensive fieldwork experience in rural and urban Greece in which he incorporates visual practices. He is the author of Tradition in the Frame (IUP, 2019) and director of the ethnographic films Dowsing the Past (2014) and the Impossible Narration (2021). His work has appeared in journals including Comparative Studies in Society and History and American Ethnologist and he has edited the special issue “Uncertain Visions” in Visual Anthropology Review (2016). He has held a Mary Seeger O’Boyle postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University and has taught as a lecturer at San Francisco State University, UCL, Panteion and the University of Bern. He has also worked in museum curation and has organized workshops and conferences that explore the crossroads of visuality and politics. He is a recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s 2019 JB Donne Essay Prize on the Anthropology of Art. 

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Christopher Pinney

Christopher Pinney researched photography in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh for PhotoDemos. He is Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London. His research interests centre on the art and visual culture of South Asia, with a particular focus on the history of photography and chromolithography in India. His publications include Camera Indica (1997), Photos of the Gods (2004), The Coming of Photography in India (2008), Photography and Anthropology (2011), and The Waterless Sea (2018). He was Principal Investigator on the European Research Council Advanced Grant ‘PhotoDemos’.

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Ileana L. Selejan

Ileana L. Selejan researched photography in Nicaragua for PhotoDemos. She is a Lecturer in Art History, Culture and Society at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on photography and documentary practices in Central America. She was previously a Research Fellow with the Decolonising Arts Institute and Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, and Associate Researcher in the Department of Anthropology at UCL. Between 2014 and 2016 she was the Linda Wyatt Gruber ’66 Curatorial Fellow in Photography at The Davis Museum at Wellesley College. She received her PhD in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and was granted the 2012–13 Joan and Stanford Alexander Award from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her work has been published in journals including Visual Studies, photographies, Photography & Culture and The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology.

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Sokphea Young

Sokphea Young researched photography in Cambodia for PhotoDemos. His research interests cover the areas of activism, civil society, visual media and political development in Southeast Asia. His research has been published in journals including South East Asia Research, Journal of Civil Society, and Asian Politics & Policies, and as book chapters and working papers. He is the author of Strategies of Authoritarian Survival and Dissensus in Southeast Asia (2021). Prior to his commitment to an academic career, Young worked for 10 years in human rights, social and environmental due diligence, impact assessment, international development as a programme manager, researcher and consultant for international development agencies and private consulting companies in in Southeast Asia.

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