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Stephanie Hartle

Stephanie Hartle BA (Hons), MA

Senior Lecturer/Course Leader BA Photography


I am the Course Leader of the BA Photography programme in the Department of Media Arts and Communication. I teach the history and theory of photography and currently lead the Second Year critical and contextual modules. My main research interests are aesthetics and politics in contemporary art practice.


In addition to leading the BA Photography programme at Sheffield Hallam I also have a role as Collaborative Course Leader for our provision with The Sheffield College and Trafford College Group.

My undergraduate teaching focuses on the diffuse nature of contemporary photographic practice and its relationship to other mediums, disciplines and visualising technologies.

My research involves examining the intersection between aesthetics and politics, including the strategies of re-enactment and re-staging in contemporary art practice. My specific focus has been the case study of Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave, centred around an examination of Walter Benjamin's concept of 'left-wing melancholy' as an approach to the critique of capitalism. This area of research has developed recently to consider more closely the increasingly significant role of the visual in visual activism. Currently I am working as co-editor on a forthcoming anthology exploring the relationship of art, protest and resistance.

Senior Lecturer

Specialist areas of interest

Visual Culture


Department of Media Arts and Communication

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject Area - Media and Photography

Courses taught - BA Photography

Modules taught - 

Photography: Analogue Practices

Photography: Concepts and Questions

Photography: Research and Reflection

Photography: Critical Research Project


Conference papers

Hartle, S. (2018). Landscape and trauma in Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave. In Northern Light: Critical Approaches to Proximity and Distance in Northern Landscape Photography, 2 July 2018 - 3 July 2018.


Hartle, S. (2020). ‘To Weave the Mirror's Magic Sights’: Mimesis and Posthumanism in the Virtual Selfie. Presented at: "Mirror, Mirror: Perceptions, Deceptions, and Reflections in Time"

Hartle, S. (2017). Digging up the Left-Wing Corpse: Reenactment andMelancholia in Jeremy Deller's The Battle of Orgreave. Presented at: The Left Conference : Photography and Film Criticism, Lisbon, Portugal, 2017

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