Amanda Crawley Jackson

Dr Amanda Crawley Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sheffield. She is also Faculty Director for Impact and External Engagement in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Amanda’s research focuses on the representation and understanding of space in literature, contemporary visual art and philosophy. She has published on 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. 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. 

Amanda led the 2018 Railway Cultures project, in collaboration with the National Railway Museum in York and currently leads the Co-Constructive Humanities project, running in collaboration with The Hepworth Wakefield and 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).