Dr Sara Dominici

Lecturer in Cultural Studies

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My research interests include photographic history and theory; historiography of photography; the relationship between cultural technologies, media and modernity; mobility and visuality from the late nineteenth-century; archival theory and practice; media history; and, more broadly, the interdisciplinary study of visual culture and cultural studies.

I have taught at the University of Westminster since 2010. I am a Lecturer in Cultural Studies and Course Leader for the MA in Art and Visual Culture. I previously studied at La Sapienza University, Rome (Laurea quinquennale in Scienze della Comunicazione, Cattedra di Sociologia delle Arti e della Moda 2004) and at the London College of Communication (FdA in Photojournalism, 2006), and hold an MA in Visual Culture (2010) and a PhD (2014) from the University of Westminster. I also previously worked as a photographer and photo editor in both commercial and non-profit organisations.

I am the Course Leader for the MA in Art and Visual Culture. I teach on the MAs in Art and Visual Culture, and Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture. I am Module Leader for the core modules Visual Culture: Production, Display and Discourse and the Art and Visual Culture Dissertation, and for the option modules Engaging the Archive and Representing World Cultures. I also supervise MA dissertations in Art and Visual Culture; Cultural and Critical Studies; and Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture. At BA level I am the Module Leader for Photography in London and Art and Society on the Study Abroad programme. Additionally, I have designed and delivered a number of workshops on visual research method, and engagement with archive and museum collections, and summer schools.

I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

My research interests include photographic history and theory; the relationship between cultural technologies, media and modernity; mobility and visuality from the late nineteenth-century; archival theory and practice; media history; and, more broadly, the interdisciplinary study of visual culture and cultural studies.

I recently completed a monograph entitled Travel Marketing and Popular Photography in Britain, 1888-1939: Reading the Travel Image (Routledge, 2018). The book aims to make a contribution toward understanding how popular participation in the production, dissemination and consumption of photographic images, specifically those that pertained to the experience of travelling, challenged and subverted the dominant visual culture of travel in Britain. In analysing the popularisation of photography between 1888 and 1939, it seeks to understand how this intersected with the social and cultural changes that saw the emergence and development of mass consumer culture and tourism marketing from the late nineteenth century. As the book shows, the relationship between popular photography and travel marketing was shaped by the different desires and expectations that consumers and institutions projected onto photography, in what became, effectively, a struggle over the interpretation of the travel image itself.

My current research looks at the interaction of cultural and media technologies from the late nineteenth century. I am focusing, specifically, on the intertwined development of new forms of mobility and visuality that cycling and developments in camera technology made possible, and how this shaped/was shaped by the experience of modernity. During this time, these new technical forms became increasingly popular against the backdrop of the experience of living in a modern metropolis; my research investigates people’s engagement with such technologies within a new social and cultural landscape.

In 2017 I was the convenor of the symposium Researching, Writing and Exhibiting Photography, which brought together academics, artists and curators interested in exploring how these three activities are central to the production of our knowledge about photography (more information at http://rwepsymposium.weebly.com/).  

I am a member of the European Society for the History of Photography and of the Società Italiana per lo Studio della Fotografia. I have published in journals including History of Photography and Photography and Culture.

2018

‘Cyclo-Photographers’, Visual Modernity, and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s–1890s (2018)
Dominici, S. 2018. ‘Cyclo-Photographers’, Visual Modernity, and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s–1890s. History of Photography. 42 (1), pp. 46-60.

2016

The PTA: Promoting Swiss Tours, 1888-1939 (2016)
Dominici, S. and Maitland, R. 2016. The PTA: Promoting Swiss Tours, 1888-1939. Annals of Tourism Research. 60, pp. 31-47.

2015

Tourist photographers and the promotion of travel: the Polytechnic Touring Association, 1888–1939 (2015)
Dominici, S. 2015. Tourist photographers and the promotion of travel: the Polytechnic Touring Association, 1888–1939. Photography and Culture. 8 (3), pp. 297-323.

2018

Travel Marketing and Popular Photography in Britain, 1888–1939: Reading the Travel Image (2018)
Dominici, S. 2018. Travel Marketing and Popular Photography in Britain, 1888–1939: Reading the Travel Image. New York and Abingdon, Oxon Routledge.

2014

The democratisation of photography and the promotion of tourism: the Polytechnic Touring Association (1888-1939) (2014)
Dominici, S. 2014. The democratisation of photography and the promotion of tourism: the Polytechnic Touring Association (1888-1939). PhD thesis University of Westminster Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

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