Dr. Mark R. Westmoreland is Director of the Leiden School of Visual Ethnography at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University and serves as the co-editor of Visual Anthropology Review. He is an award-winning filmmaker and has published widely in both scholarly journals and art catalogues.
His current book project, Catastrophic Images, shows how experimental documentary practices play a crucial role in addressing recurrent political violence in Lebanon. As a co-recipient of a research grant from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, his current project focuses on the cultivation of radical political aesthetics and the generative potential of video activism in the Middle East.
Westmoreland has expertise in visual ethnography and contemporary Arab visual culture, with particular research interests in the interface between sensory embodiment and media aesthetics in on-going legacies of contentious politics. Accordingly, his work explores the epistemological possibilities and productive frictions at the intersection between art and ethnography. He thus aspires to combine the tradition of ethnographic filmmaking with new digital practices in order to cultivate interdisciplinary practice-based visual research methods.
- Street Scenes: The Politics of Revolutionary Video in Egypt, Visual Anthropology, Special Issue: Visual Revolutions in the Middle East, Volume 29, Issue 3 (2016)
- Mish Mabsoota: On teaching with a camera in revolutionairy Cairo, Journal of Aesthetics & Culture 7: 1-11 (2015)
- Introduction: Leviathan and the Entangles Lives of Species, Visual Anthropology Review 31(1): 1-3. (2015)