Dr. Shireen Walton

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Anthropology
Email shireen.walton (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr. Shireen Walton

I am a digital-visual anthropologist, specialising in media and social change, visual and material culture, mobilities, migration, and urban and digital ethnography, in & between the ‘Middle East’ and Europe. I have carried out ethnographic research in Iran, the UK, Italy, and online, and am interested in visual-digital experimental approaches in/for anthropology. Before joining Goldsmiths, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Teaching Fellow in Material and Visual Culture at UCL Anthropology.

Academic qualifications

  • DPhil Anthropology, University of Oxford 2015
  • MPhil Social Anthropology, University of Oxford 2012
  • BA (Hons) History, UCL 2008

Teaching and Supervision

Research interests

My research broadly engages with digital and visual practices in everyday life, with a focus on images, photography, media, social and political change, age and generational experiences, and mobilities and migration.

My doctoral research looked at popular and visual cultures, photography, social media and youth in Iran and in the Iranian diaspora in the UK, highlighting how Iranian photobloggers capture, reflect, and refract images and imaginings pertaining to the country in the post-revolutionary, and digital era.

My postdoctoral research explored the role of smartphones and the experience of age(ing) in urban everyday life in Milan, Italy; including transnational relationships, care practices, and
(inter-)generational experiences as part of a collaborative global European Research Council funded project, ‘The Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing’ (ASSA) at UCL. As part of this project I carried out 16 months of urban + digital ethnography between 2018-2019 in an inner-city neighbourhood in Milan, working with a range of people, including Sicilian, Egyptian, and Hazara communities. My forthcoming monograph of this work, Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Italy, will be published in 2021 with UCL Press as part of the ASSA book series.

I am also particularly interested in digital and visual experimental methodologies in/for ethnographic research, topics on which I have published and am continuing to explore in my teaching and research.

Further profile content

Professional projects

Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing (ASSA) https://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/assa/