Dr Nina Wakeford's sociological work focuses on the development of visual sociology through inventive methods and practice-led research. Her early sociological work included ethnographic investigations of technosocial environments in the 1990s, including work on 'cyber queer'. More recently she has become interested in the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and art practice. She is the co-editor of Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social (Routledge, 2012) a collection which explores, amongst other things, how research might better work with openness and ambiguity.
As an artist she makes work that begins with unfinished business of past social movements, and the challenges of revisiting the energies that these movements created. She is interested in how to enact demands through material engagements, the way in which identification and disidentification are forged, modes of empathy and inhabitation, and the risks of staying loyal/respectful to the kinds of materials that initiate the work.
Recently, drawing on a personal collection of feminist materials from the 1970s and 1980s, Nina has made a series of film and performance works that involve singing as a way of attaching herself to objects or images. Recent performances have been shown at the British Film Institute, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Wellcome Collection. She is currently working on a commission for Art on the Underground (2018-20).
Nina Wakeford convenes the MA Visual Sociology.