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Visiting Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
Spoken languages
English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Spanish
Areas of expertise
  • Experimental methods
  • Visual culture & art practices
  • Protest politics
  • Memory and violence
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East
  • North Africa



PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Mark R. Westmoreland is Associate Professor of Visual Anthropology in the  Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University where he coordinates the Visual Ethnography specialisation. Professor Westmoreland formerly served as co-editor of Visual Anthropology Review before co-founding the Writing with Light journal for anthropological photo-essays. His work engages both scholarly and practice-based approaches at the intersection between art, ethnography, and politics. He has written extensively on the interface between sensory embodiment and media aesthetics in on-going legacies of contentious politics. In Lebanon, he addresses the crucial role experimental documentary practices play in addressing recurrent political violence, while in Egypt he has focused on the activist mode of resistance-by-recording in mass street protests.


Selected publications


  • Westmoreland, Mark R. “Rubbed the Wrong Way: Making Ethnographic Film Against the Grain.” Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers 91 (2005): 59–82.
  • “Catastrophic Subjectivity: Representing Lebanon’s Undead.” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics 30, no. Trauma and Memory (2010): 176–210.
  • “Making Sense: Affective Research in Postwar Lebanese Art.” Critical Arts 27, no. 6 (November 2013): 717–36.
  • “Mish Mabsoota: On Teaching with a Camera in Revolutionary Cairo.” Journal of Aesthetics & Culture 7 (December 8, 2015).
  • “Street Scenes: The Politics of Revolutionary Video in Egypt.” Visual Anthropology 29, no. 3 (May 26, 2016): 243–62.




Mark R. Westmoreland is currently developing a new multimodal collaborative project that aims to facilitate critical visualities around ‘landscape of extraction’ in Ghana.

Mark R. Westmoreland