Dr. Jelena Stojkovic

Lecturer – Photography



Dr. Jelena Stojković is Lecturer in History and Theory of Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth. She holds PhD in Photography (University of Westminster), MA in Art History (SOAS) and BAs in Japanese and Arabic Language and Literature (University of Belgrade). Before joining AUB Jelena was a Japan Foundation Research Fellow associated with the University of Tokyo and taught at the University of the Arts London (Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Arts and London College of Communication). She also delivered several specialised courses at the Photographers’ Gallery (London), including Photography in Japan.

Professional practice

Jelena teaches across history and theory units on BA (Hons) Photography: History of Photography (Level 4), Research Project (Level 5), Major Research Project and Extended Major Research Project (Level 6). She also contributes to the practice units on the course, including Appropriation and Photography (Level 4), Image and the Page (Level 5) and Major Project (Level 6).

Professional memberships

  • Association for Art History
  • British Association for Japanese Studies


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)


  • Daiwa Foundation Small Grant (2016–2017)
  • Japan Foundation Fellowship (2012–2013)
  • Japan Foundation Exhibitions Abroad Support Programme (2011–2012)

Research Specialism

Jelena specialises in transnational approaches to visual arts and cultures, with a specific focus on art and photography in Japan. Her research interests include history and theory of photography, crossovers between fine art, film and photography and their relationship to technology, as well as performative modes of photographic practice.

She publishes and presents her research widely, and is currently completing a monograph titled The Impossible Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Photography in 1930s Japan (forthcoming from Bloomsbury). 

Recent publications:

Vision Without the Eye: Following the Material of Abstract Photography (book chapter). In: Pavoni, A. (et al), SEE, London: University of Westminster Press, 2018, pp. 39-69.

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art (exhibition review). Source: The Photographic Review, No. 94, 2018, pp. 52-53.

Documentary Across Disciplines, ed. Erica Balsom and Hila Peleg (book review), Visual Resources, Vol. 32, No. 3-4, 2016, pp. 314-317.

Image After Image: Reconsidering the Fabric of Slideshows (guest editor). PhotoResearcher, No. 24, ESHPh European Society for the History of Photography, 2015.

For a City to Come: The Material of Takuma Nakahira’s Photography (article). Lo Squaderno, Vol. 35, 2015, pp. 17-21.

Recent conference and public presentations:

Hasselblad Foundation (Gothenburg), Lecture: ‘Images of Images:  The Photographic Thinking in 1960s and ’70s  Japan,  2019.

Japan Society (at the Swedenborg Society, London), Lecture: ‘Images with and without Texts: The Photographic Magazine in 1930s Japan’, 2018.

The Barbican Centre (London), Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival, Panel Discussion: ‘The Tremors of the Japanese New Wave’, with: Dr Isolde Standish, Dr Julian Ross and Dr Jennifer Coates, 2018.

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Courtauld Institute of Art, Masahisa Fukase’s Ravens launch (MACK), 2017.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, The Masters of Japanese Photography, exhibition programme, 2017.

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