Dr. Shireen Walton is a digital/visual anthropologist, based at the Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL)
Shireen has a BA (First Class Hons./ MA Thompson Prize) in History from University College London (UCL), and an MPhil and DPhil in Social Anthropology (St. Antony’s college) from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Camera Iranica: Popular Digital Photography in/of Iran looked at popular digital photographic practices in Iran, with a particular focus on Iranian photoblogging (blogging with digital photographs) as an emergent form of transnational Iranian visual/digital communication.
Alongside her research on Iran, Shireen studies developments and continuities in the medium of photography, and its networked sociality in a digital age. In her on-going work,, she continues to explore creative & collaborative digital and visual methods for ethnographic research, representation and communication.
Prior to joining the Anthropology department at UCL Shireen worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre of Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) University of Oxford on the mixed methods research project ‘Immigration Narratives in the British Press’.
At the University of Oxford, Shireen co-facilitated the Oxford Digital Ethnography Group (OxDEG) (2013-2016); an interdisciplinary hub hosted between the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Oxford Internet Institute for conversations about ethnography and qualitative digital research in heavily mediated worlds. She was also a founding core member of the recently launched #socialhumanities TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) network at the University of Oxford, which explores the implications of social media for society, culture and communication.
Research interests: Material and visual culture; media and social change; digital ethnography (theory, methods and practice); digital photography; social media; popular documentary practices; art and aesthetics; theatre & performance; social imaginaries; migration studies; mobilities Areas: The Middle East; Persianate societies & Europe [UCL Anthropology department profile]