Dr. Jonathan Stafford
Research team member in the project Archipelagic Imperatives. Shipwreck and Lifesaving in European Societies since 1800
- 2018-2021: Arts and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, Department of History
- 2015-2018: Lecturer, Media and Cultural Studies, Nottingham Trent University
- 2011-2013: Associate Lecturer, Art History and Theory, Kingston University
- 2011-2015: PhD, ‘A Maritime Modernity: The culture of global travel aboard the steamships of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company’, Kingston University
- 2009-2011: MA Cultural and Critical Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London
- 2002-2005: BA Hons Photography, Nottingham Trent University
- Maritime History, Culture and Theory
- Historical Geographies of Maritime Mobility, particularly in relation to Imperialism and Globalisation
- The Visual and Material Culture of coastlines
- History and Theory of Art, particularly representations of the maritime landscape
- Social and Cultural Theory, particularly in relation to Modernity and Imperialism
- Imperial steam: Modernity on the sea route to India, 1837–74 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2023) (forthcoming)
Articles and book chapters
- ‘Home on the Waves: Domesticity and Discomfort Aboard the Overland Route Steamship, 1842-1862’, Mobilities, 14 (2019), 578-595.
- ‘Breaking Open the Container: The Logistical Image and the Spectre of Maritime Labour’, in Van Gelder, H and Streitberger, A, (eds.) ‘Disassembled Images’: Allan Sekula and Contemporary Art (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2019).
- ‘A Sea View: Perceptions of Maritime Space and Landscape in Accounts of Nineteenth-Century Colonial Steamship Travel’, Journal of Historical Geography, 55 (2017), 69-81.
- Stafford, J, and Umbach, M, ‘Photographs, Jews, and Nazis: The Politics of a Visual Archive, historically and today’, in Ashkenazi, O, and Kaplan, T, (eds.) Jewish History and Memory through Photography (New York: SUNY Press, 2023).
- ‘“With all the eloquence of ineffable woe”: Spectacle and sympathy in the origin myth of British coastal lifesaving’ at the University of Exeter Maritime History Seminar Series, 19 October 2022
- ‘Representing Maritime Logistics: Allan Sekula's infrastructural image’ at 'Infrastructural Narratives', Birkbeck, University of London, 15 October 2022
- ‘Representing technological change at Sea: J.M.W. Turner and the steamship "revolution"’ at ‘ European Sea Spaces and Histories of Knowledge’, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 22-23 June 2022
- ‘The visual culture of shipwreck and the moral spectator’ at ‘Moral Seascapes. Modern Transformations of the Imagery of Shipwreck’, Universität Wien, 20-21 May 2022
- ‘Maritime Art and the Shipwreck Spectator as Moral Subject’ at ‘The Cruel Sea: Death and the Sea - Historical Perspectives’, Universität Düsseldorf, 23 April 2021
- ‘Slow Modernity: The culture of time in colonial steamship mobilities’ at ‘Encounters: the coincidence of space, time, and subjectivity’, University of Cambridge, 16-18 September 2019
- ‘The Myth of Social Acceleration: Monotony and global mobilities’ at ‘Mobilities and Transformation: Understanding Societies, Economies, and Environments on the Move’, the University of Salzburg, 1-2 February 2019
- ‘Shipwreck and Workers: Allan Sekula, maritime logistics and representation’, at the Centre for Research in Visual Culture Seminar Series, University of Nottingham, 14th November 2018
- ‘The Coastal Resort Town as a Counterculture of Modernity’ at the 17th International Conference of Historical Geographers, University of Warsaw, 15-20 July 2018
- ‘Breaking Open the Container: The Logistical Image and the Spectre of Maritime Labour’ at ‘Disassembled Images: Contemporary Art After Allan Sekula’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, 2-4 March 2017
- ‘Labour and the Sea: Capitalist Modes of Exploitation in the Nineteenth-Century Logistics Revolution’ at ‘The Arts of Logistics’, Queen Mary, University of London, 3-4 June 2016
- ‘Writing the Ocean in the Age of Mechanical Propulsion’ at the London Group of Historical Geographers Seminar Series, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 12 January 2016