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Caroline Molloy

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Caroline is a Senior Lecturer in Photography, at Coventry University, and holds a Senior Fellowship at Higher Education Academy. Alongside of this she is an Arts and Humanities PhD research student at Birkbeck, in the Centre of Photographic theory and history, UoL. The working title of her thesis is ‘Entangled objects: Exploring the visual habitus of transcultural photography.’ She has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, and has been trained in oral histories by the British Library. She regularly writes about photography for Photomonitor, 1000words and New West-Midland Arts.

Research Interests:
Her research interests are in the Politics of Representation, Transnational Identity: home/place and space. Photography, Visual Anthropology, Visual Culture, Visual Sociology, Visual Methods, Vernacular and Archives. 

She has spoken at a number of national and international conferences and research centres about her research, such the Transnational Family symposium, which she organised in association with the Family Ties Network, at Coventry University (2018), the encountering difference symposium Transnational Identity Art and Nation research centre, in assoc. w. Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon colleges of art, graduate school (2018). The University of Lisbon, Portugal, University of Bedfordshire, Format photography Festival (2017). The International Association of Photography and the Everyday, Nicosia, Cyprus, Lisbon consortium: Transvisuality conference, MeCCSA annual conference on communities, Christchurch Canterbury University, the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) de Montfort University, Leicester (2016) and the Visualising Histories symposium at UWE (2013). Out of these papers, there are 2 peer reviewed articles currently due for publication. She was nominated for #RPS100Heroines (2018) and participated with 209women in parliment. Her work has been shown in the ‘family of no-man’ exhibition at Arles Photography festival (2018), the Jaipur Photo festival (2017) and was part of the Leverhulme funded Oxford Diaspora Arts Program (2014), with an accompanying publication (2015).

Caroline contributes to theory, practice & professional practice on BA Photography, Coventry University and was a level tutor (2012-17). She is a lead academic on 2 flagship open learning classes, and drawing from professional experience, lead on across-level professional mapping modules. She led the team that won the Coventry Excellent Award: Student Employability Initiative and was shortlisted for the Association of Photographer in Higher Education teaching award (2018) and was shortlisted for the APHE teaching award (2018). She is a University champion for internationalisation and intercultural learning and has organised a number of national and international trips. She was the school lead for online international learning projects and was shortlisted for the Wharton-QS Stars reimagine education award (2016).

Academic Development:
In (2015/16) she was a participant on the research development program at Coventry University (2015/16) and recipient of research SEED funding (2016). She has been lead academic on 2 European regional funded Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Network (KEEN) collaborative learning projects and an academic contributor on co-funded Coventry University & (EDRF) Creative Enterprise project. She was part of the BA Photography semesterisation re-write team (2016/17), reader on MA MCC validation (2015/16) and part of the BA Photography re-write team (2014/15).

Academic Leadership:
Caroline is the chief external examiner at the Institute of Photography, Falmouth University and external examiner BA Photography, Falmouth University (2016-20) and external examiner on BA Photography, at Christ Church Canterbury (2017-21). She sat on the revalidation panel for BA Digital Photography, Ravensbourne (2018), the validation panel for BA Photography, University of South Wales and was a grant application reviewer for the Leverhulme Trust in (2016). She currently sits on the Course Development Approval Review (CDAR) panel and ethics committee, at Coventry University.

Prior to her academic career, Caroline ran a photographic editorial practice, she was a contributor to a number of leading UK and international clients, including The Telegraph magazine, The Sunday Times, Red, Marie Claire, Glamour and Premiere magazine. She was recipient of the Conde Nast Vogue Award, and received a commendation in the Elle Portrait Award. She has participated in 3 Arts Council and British Council funded residencies.

Education/Academic qualification

Photography, MA, Royal College of Art

30 Sep 199230 Jun 1994

Visual Anthropology, MA, Goldsmiths College, University of London

1 Oct 200930 Sep 2011

Higher Education Professional Practice, Postgraduate Certificate, Coventry University

10 Dec 201330 Sep 2014

External positions

External panelist - revalidation panel, BA Digital Photography, Ravensbourne University London

30 Jan 201830 Mar 2018

External examiner BA Photography, Canterbury Christ Church University

1 Oct 20171 Aug 2021

Chief external examiner, Institute of Photography, University of Falmouth

1 Oct 20161 Aug 2020

Grant Reviewer, Leverhulme Trust

30 Sep 201530 Nov 2015

External Panelist - validation panel, University of South Wales

28 Feb 201530 Mar 2015

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Research Output 2014 2021

209women - Madeleine Moon

Molloy, C., 5 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press)

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition


3365 days

Molloy, C., 31 Jul 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchExhibition

Original Work

Rethinking the Photographic Studio as a Politicised Space

Molloy, C., 30 Jul 2018, (Submitted) Developing a Sense of Place: Models for the Arts and Urban Planning. Weedon, A. & Ashley, T. (eds.). London School of Economics, p. In Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

urban planning

The Studio Photograph as a Conceptual Framework

Molloy, C., 1 Nov 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Membrana. (In-press), p. (In-press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Studio Cartographies: Auto-ethnography as a research methodology

Molloy, C., 24 Feb 2017, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper