With a background in Latin American Studies, Dr. Anne Burke worked for several years as a human rights campaigner/lobbyist for Amnesty International, focusing on the development of international human rights law and standards. In 2001 she took up postgraduate study in photography at Falmouth College of Arts and in 2004 started her doctoral research at the University of Ulster.
Anne previously taught at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire.
BA (Hons) Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, King's College London, 1993 Diploma in Public Service Interpretation (Spanish, Law Option), Institute of Linguists, 1997 PG Diploma, Photography: Critical Practice, Falmouth College of Art, 2002 PhD (Practice based – Photography), University of Ulster, 2008 PG Cert in Higher Education Practice, Middlesex University, 2013
Spanish and Portuguese
Anne is responsible for contextual studies modules on BA Photography/BA Graphic Design/BA Illustration programmes as well on MA Photography. She is Director of Studies for four doctoral candidates, including two working through practice and one through public works.
Particular teaching interests include histories and theories of photography and of contemporary art; the representation of violence and trauma; identity and politics; visual anthropology; theories of place and belonging; curatorial practices and practices of art writing.
With a Phd through practice, focusing on photography but incorporating other media, Anne is interested in the relationship of practice to theory and in practices of art writing. Her research is interdisciplinary, and she would welcome practice based or theory only doctoral applications in any of the following areas:
Ethnographic photographs and visual anthropology; photography and national identity; History of photography in Ireland; visual culture and globalization; 'photography education; photography within fine art discourse; place studies; other' histories of photography; practices of art writing.
Key Research Projects
PG Dip Photography: Critical Practice Tamamina: I could never let you go. An exploration of the dynamics of globalization as experienced by migrant sea-farers manning an obsolete ship moored on the River Fal, Cornwall Related Output: 2002 - Exhibition, with book (see texts on www.photography-anneburke.co.uk)
Performing ethnography: the photograph as measure of difference on the Aran Islands. Historical analysis of three ethnographic archives of the Aran Islanders, by Haddon and Brown (1890s), John Middleton Synge (1900-04) and Robert and Frances Flaherty (1932-4), with parallel field work exploration through practice of emerging themes. Related Outputs: 2007, PhD thesis and exhibition of practice component: Intersections: exploring encounter on the Aran Islands - Riverside Theatre, Coleraine 2008, 'Intersections: integrating photographic practice and historical enquiry', Journal of Media Practice, Vol 9.2, p127 – 138, Intellect 2010. 'Framing the Archive: The Photographs' in Treasures of the National Folklore Collection, Dublin, Four Courts Press
Practice as Research Collaborations
Naomhóg na Tinte/Tent Naomhóg An ongoing collaboration with three Irish artists (Danny Sheehy, Poet, Brendan Begley, Musician; Liam Holden, Painter), consisting in long rowed journeys by sea, including the North West Coast of Ireland, from Sligo to Rathlin, across the Irish Sea to Iona, and from Brandon Hill in Kilkenny to Mount Brandon in Kerry. Research incorporates, linguistic continuities, place studies, myths and material culture, the voyager as storyteller, cultural and political significance of the sea. Media: image, sound recordings and text.
2011: 'Am I seeing what I'm believing' Chapter in Expedition: Land/Water and the Visual Arts, University of Plymouth Press 2013: Participation in Kilkenny Arts Festival.
A collaboration with Anthony Lyons in the context of the Binaural Nodar sonic arts residency in Northern Portugal for which we were selected and completed in April 2013. The theme of the residency was Sacred Sounds and through our work we focused on visual and sonic resonances of ancient routes and pathways.
April 2013: Installation (sound, visual media and materials) in the Public Laundry, as part of Festival Program.