Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson is Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Previously, she was Faculty Director of Knowledge Exchange & Impact (Arts and Humanities) and Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield. 

Amanda’s research focuses on the representation and understanding of space in literature, contemporary visual art and philosophy. She has published on contemporary art practice in France, Algeria and Morocco, as well as on French writers Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Georges Perec. Her current research project is a monograph entitled Post-Traumatic Landscapes.

Frequently working in collaboration with artists, photographers and other practitioners, she has curated a number of exhibitions and written essays for artists’ books and catalogues. Her most recent exhibition was Invisible Wounds: Landscape and Memory in Photography, at the Graves Gallery in Sheffield (UK). In 2013-2016, she led the Furnace Park project in Sheffield, which hosted a series of exhibitions, concerts, outdoor cinema events, artists in residence, talks and workshops. 

Working in partnership with forumZFD in Kosovo, she led on Landscapes of Repair, a project exploring practices of urban repair in the aftermath of trauma.

Amanda led the 2018 Railway Cultures project, in collaboration with the National Railway Museum in York; the Modern Natures cross-sector symposium with The Hepworth Wakefield; and From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism with the Kelham Island Industrial Museum.

“Amanda Crawley Jackson […] is from the French Department at the University of Sheffield, whose occursus project was based in and around Furnace Park, a vacant lot in Netherthorpe, Sheffield. Crawley Jackson is determinedly not an artist or photographer, but uses photography as a tool for notation in her regular blogging; she has frequently worked in tandem with artists to investigate the city.”

(Joanne Lee, ‘Vaguely Northern: In Between In England”, in Chris Goldie and Darcy White [eds.], Northern Light: Landscape Photography and Evocations of the North, Columbia University Press/Transcript, 2017).