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Paula Roush

Senior Lecturer

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    Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media

Paula Roush is a photographer and founder of She is the author of several photobooks investigating how consciousness becomes a photographic object, including Hypnotic Highway, Nothing to Undo, Bus-Spotting and Super-Private.

Paula’s work has been featured in numerous publications including: Dear Aby Warburg: What can be done with images?; Dealing with Photographic Material, Order and Collapse: The Lives of Archives and Watching Europe and Beyond: Surveillance, Art and Photography in the New Millennium. works in the intersection of art, design, photographic practice and the ‘everyday’ experience of visual communication – in food, fashion, well-being, education and space regeneration. msdm editions and publications are in many public collections including Victoria & Albert Museum’s National Art Library, London and Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York. They’ve also been recognised by Kassel and Arles photobook awards and Sheffield International Artists’ Books Award.

As a Senior Lecturer of BA Photography at LSBU, Paula leads research associated with photographic practice and its integration into graduate and undergraduate levels. This includes Photography and the Gallery and Self-Publishing and the Photobook modules.

See Paula's research profile.

Research interests

Art research practices and theories, with a particular focus on its intersections with social media and free culture education networks.


  • Artists approaches to archives, especially photographic archives, and counter-archival strategies
  • Youth cultures, notably gender aspects, and online-offline post-subcultures as academic and artistic/photographic subject
  • Artists publications, self-publishing practices, and print on demand digital press, especially the photobook
  • Performativity and surveillance space, webcamming and web spectatorship
  • Social media, the classroom of the read-write web, with a focus on social networking and micro-blogging as part of the teaching and learning tool kit
  • Second life as an art/research/teaching environment and field work/ photographic research in immersive virtual worlds
  • Digital writing, academic blogging and performative dissertations
  • Research art practices, artists' uses of ethnographic methods and auto-ethnography

Essays in books

From webcamming to social life-logging: intimate performance in the surveillant-sousveillant space. Chapter in Conspiracy dwellings: surveillance in contemporary art. Edited by Pam Skelton and Outi Remes. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Forthcoming April 2010.

Publishing friends: social publishing networks and learners as produsers. (with Ruth Brown). Chapter in Educational social software for context-aware learning: collaborative methods and human interaction. Edited by Niki Lambropoulos and Margarida Romero. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2009.

Spaces, visibilities and transcultural flows: diasporic strategies in the local worlds. Essay in Mundos Locais Local Worlds. Edited by Paula Roush & Lucia Marques. Lagos: Centro Cultural de Lagos, 2008. Download the catalogue pdf or read the essay at scribd.

Essays in journals

Download fever

Photography, subcultures and online-offline counter-archival strategies. Photographies Vol. 2, No. 2, September 2009. Visual essay in Photographies Journal, Vol. 2 Photography and Education Special Issue and Symposium Issue. Eds. Andrew Dewdney and Martin Lister. Taylor & Francis.

Social Networking and Authentic Engagement

Students as "Produsers" (with Ruth Brown) Learning & Teaching e-Journal, Issue 1, Volume 1. View full paper online (lsbu members only). Download essay [pdf] 288KB.

Between snapshots and avatars

Using visual methodologies for fieldwork in Second Life (with Ming Nie & Matthew Wheeler). Journal of Virtual Worlds Research Volume 2, Number 1 (April 2009): Pedagogy, Education and Innovation in Virtual Worlds. Interactive Online Exhibits and Demonstrations. Download essay [pdf]

Francis Alys: The Clandestine way

Pedestrian everyday under CCTV or how to walk the path of least surveillance. Dardo Magazine n.4 feb-may (2007) 138-155. Download the essay [pdf] or read it at scribd.

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