Eileen Little

Eileen Little



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Research interests

I am interested in photographic narrative, image and text, the audio-visual, the photographic bookwork, identity politics, representation, philosophy of photography, history and memory, trauma theory and affect in art. 

Arts-based practices having emerged in recent years as an alternative methodological genre for the acquisition of a PhD qualification has afforded me the opportunity to combine writing about photography with consolidating my practice in the form of digitally animated films. 

At present I am specifically working on the relation of the Maternal to the photographic Punctum in post-traumatic cultures, and engaged in thinking and writing around both mourning and privacy in relation to social media — particularly the changing idea of what constitutes human dignity, shown photographically, constantly, combined with comments and likes — with outputs that include illustrated academic essays and conference presentations.


2016 Presenter Moving Stills in association with University of the West of England and Watershed Arts Centre
2015 Presenter: APHE, Notthingham Trent University
2015 Presenter: “On the Verge of Photography” Central St Martin’s, London
2015 Maternal Structures in Creative Practice, London Southbank University
2015 Pictures, Places and Living Memory, Mary Ward House, London
2015 Fast Forward: Women in Photography, Tate Modern
2014 Psychoanalysis & Photography, University of Westminster
2014 Presenter: Vasily Grossman’s Heritage: Originality of a 20th century classic 12th -14th September
2012 Presenter: 2-day event Beyond Representation, London Southbank University
2010 Presenter at 2nd Global Conference on Genocide, University of Sussex, Brighton, England 28th June-1st July 2010
2012 Life and Fate, Oxford University
2010 Witnessing History Holocaust Testimony from the Scrolls of Auschwitz to the Present Friday University of Leeds
2009 Concentrationary Memories. University of Leeds


2017 “Derived from the Written” symposium chair, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
2017 reviewer for HEA Fellow Review Panels
2016 Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff presenter/discussion of Susan Steinberg’s 2015 film Mirrors to Windows: The Woman as Artist to coincide with Rose Wylie retrospective.
2015 Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff presenter/discussion of Estate: A Reverie by Andrea Luka Zimmerman for The Jarmin Awards, supported by the Arts Council of England.
2011 Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff gallery talk for Tim Davies’ solo exhibition 50th Year to Heaven.
2007 ffotogallery, Penarth, Gallery Q&A for Richard Page’s solo exhibition What We Already Know



Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (UK)
APHE (Association of Photography in Higher Education UK)
CIRI Research Institute
eCPR research centre
College Art Association (USA)
Society for Photographic Education (USA)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

University of Colorado, Boulder, MFA, "even when you're in, you're out" (photographic text/installation and performance)


Award Date: 19 Apr 2023

English & History, BA (HONS)


Award Date: 19 Oct 2022

practice-led , Ph.D., Encountering Traumatic History through the Autobiographical, University of Leeds


Award Date: 8 Jul 2014

External positions

Teeside University

1 May 20151 Jul 2019

External Examiner, Southbank University



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