Anthony Downey

Anthony Downey

Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa

Birmingham School of Art
0121 331 5970

Dr Anthony Downey is Professor of Visual Culture in the Middle East and North Africa (Birmingham City University), with a specific research focus on practice-based research, digital methodologies and knowledge production in visual cultures. In his capacity as Cultural and Commissioning Lead, he is a Co-investigator in a four year £2.2 million GCRF project (funded by Arts Humanities Research Council) that focuses on education, visual culture, and digital methods in Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan (2020-2024). This award followed on from a 2019 AHRC Development Award (2019-2020).

Anthony is Associate Director of Research for External Funding (where he supports funding application development) and co-convenes the Art Activisms research cluster at Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts (BICA). He supervises PhD students with a focus on art practices in the Middle East and Global South, digital cultures and methodologies, pedagogical practice, migration and displacement, institutional critique, and the politics of contemporary art. He is an editor at two peer-reviewed journals, Third Text (Routledge) and the Journal of Digital War (Palgrave MacMillan), and, as of 2021, sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Memory, Mind & Media (Cambridge University Press). He is the series editor for Research/Practice (Sternberg Press).

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