Sri-Kartini Leet is a Senior Lecturer in Photography and Subject Leader for BA (Hons) Photographic Practice.
Having studied photography at Goldsmiths College, University of London, she extended her knowledge of photographic practice and theory towards a PhD (2001), which examined the significance of the photograph in relation to a series of issues that surround its status as both an arbiter of 'the real' and as an icon of personal memory and identification.
In 2012 she won the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award for her book, Reading Photography: a Sourcebook of Critical Texts, 1921-2000. This edited collection of more than 100 essays explores the ambiguous 'meanings' of photography that are tied to its roles and functions within a variety of cultural contexts, covering a diverse range of image production and consumption.
Sri-Kartini is interested in the study of photography as part of visual culture and providing a framework within which students can consider the complex roles of the photographic image in historical and contemporary contexts. My teaching aims to develop a critical awareness and understanding of the photograph as a means of representation.
Modules she teaches include:
- Photography and Visual Culture
- Professional Studies and Professional Development Portfolio
- Practice Exhibition
Sri-Kartini Leet's research covers both photographic practice and theory. Particular areas of interest include photography and the city, ideas of the everyday, and photography within a larger cultural context with reference to documentary modes of practice, migration and identity.
She has recently explored photography's relationship to nature in her research project, "Nature as Construct: A Conservation Project in Singapore". The resulting photo essay, which featured in the special edition of Photography and Culture(Berg/Bloomsbury), entitled Wasting Nature: Ecocriticism and Photography (Spring 2013) studies the theoretical, historical and interdisciplinary dimensions of ecocriticism and photography. Furthermore, the project reflects upon the ways in which photography participated in conservation movements and how photographers contribute to ecological consciousness.
Sri-Kartini Leet also recently investigated the complexities of diaspora – the experience of setting up a home outside of one's homeland – through her photo essay, "A Passage Through Place: Migrant Homes in London" (Visual Ethnography Journal, July 2013).
My research interests include photography and its applications to anthropology; the representation of ethnic identities and migration; and constructions of place and our relationship to the everyday through photography. I welcome any interest from independent, motivated students. Please contact me direct with a proposal if you would like to study at the University of Northampton.
Current Research Students
John Sunderland, PhD Candidate
Thesis title: In Flux: Land Photography and Temporality
John Sunderland is researching the subject of landscape, photography and change. He was awarded a University of Northampton studentship of approximately £40,000 on the subject of "Emerging Environment – Expanding Media – Evolving Identity", with an expected completion date of 2014.
Andrew Langford, PhD by Publication Candidate
Andrew Langford is researching photography's contribution to our cultural understanding of the relationship between humans, land and nature. The expected completion date of 2014 will include a published text (title TBC).
- Leet, S.-K., Fowley, C., Katz, S. and Coley, T. (2015) Homeplaces: photography, migration and memory. Invited Presentation presented to: Inaugural Age-Friendly Universities Conference, Dublin City University, Ireland, 02-03 November 2015. (Unpublished)
- Leet, S.-K. (2014) Archives, art and text - 'I dream of home': constructing an archive of the intangible. Paper presented to: Anthropology and Photography Conference, British Museum, London, 29-31 May 2014. (Unpublished)
- Leet, S.-K. (2014) I Dream of Home. Exhibit at: I Dream of Home. Avenue Gallery, The University of Northampton, April 2014.
- Leet, S.-K. (2013) A Passage through place: migrant homes in London. Visual Ethnography. 2(1) 2281-1605.
- Leet, S.-K. (2013) Nature as construct: a conservation project in Singapore. Photography and Culture. 6(2), pp. 235-243. 1751-4517.
- Leet, S.-K., (ed.) (2011) Reading Photography: a Sourcebook of Critical Texts, 1921-2000. London: Lund Humphries. 9780853319764.
- Leet, S.-K. (2008) Photograph. Exhibit at: Through the Lens: RWA 1st Open Photography Exhibition. Royal West of England Academy of Arts (RWA), Bristol, 8 June – 20 July 2008.
- Harper, J., Langford, A. W., Wenden, B., Leet, S.-K. and Kitchener, B. (2007) In-transition. J Gallery, Moulton, Northampton, 24 March - 13 April 2007.