Dr Patrick Brian Smith

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Patrick Brian Smith

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University Fellow


Patrick Brian Smith is a University Fellow in the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology at the University of Salford. He completed his PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University in 2020 and was previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick. He is currently working on a project entitled Counter Evidentiary Futures. His research interests include documentary theory and practice, spatial and political theory, forensic media, and human rights media activism. He has taught courses on visual culture, film and media histories, documentary theory, and activist media cultures. His book Spatial Violence and the Documentary Image is forthcoming from Legenda/MHRA. He is the director of the Emergent Nonfiction Lab and co-convener of the BAFTSS Documentary SIG. His work has been, or will be, published in journals such as JCMS, Discourse, Media, Culture & Society, NECSUS, Afterimage, and Mediapolis.

Areas of Research

new media, forensics, human rights, open source investigation, spatial theory, documentary media, visual culture