Noemie Oxley

Assistant Professor

  • Department: Communication, Media and Culture
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Noémie Oxley is an Assistant Professor in Global Communications at The American University of Paris and a researcher at the Centre de Recherche sur les Arts et Language at the EHESS (Paris). She has been teaching at AUP since 2015. Her research focuses on amateur videos shot in situations of crisis and the visual culture of war in the post 9/11 era. She received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the EHESS and in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University in London. Her dissertation examined the role of the soldier on the Iraq War battlefield through the study of videos shot by American troops posted on YouTube. As part of the National Research Agency (ANR) funded project “Violence and sortie de la Violence” (FMSH, Paris), she is currently investigating representations of counter-insurgency warfare in traditional Western media after the Iraq War, as well as amateur videos shot by different actors involved in these terrains and uploaded to social media.


Oxley, N. (2017). “The Real Nasty Side of War”: Exploring the Embodied Experience of American Soldiers on the Frontline in Iraq through Their YouTube Videos. IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication & Film, 4(1).

Larcher, J. and Oxley, N. (2015). "Dilemmes actuels de l’ethnographe à la caméra", Anthrovision, 3.2. ; DOI : 10.4000/anthrovision.1582

Conferences & Lectures

June 2018: “Visualizing Spatial Injustice and Exploitation” University of Kent. Communication: “Videos shot by U.S. soldiers in Iraq: resisting to media and military visualizations of the war”

November 2014: Co-organizer, International Conference: “Rencontres Annuelles d’Ethnographie”, EHESS, Paris. Co-leader of the panel “The documentary relation: ethnography through images” (“La relation documentaire : une ethnographie par l’image”), EHESS, Paris.

December 2013: Conference PhotoIIAC 2013. Communication : “the experience of war in Iraq in the amateur videos shot by American soldiers”, EHESS, Paris.

July 2012: EASA International Conference, Paris, Uncertainty and Disquiet 
Co-Organization of the panel: “The visual in times of uncertainty: experience lived, experience recorded” 

March 2011: ASCA International Conference and Workshop 2011, University of Amsterdam: Practicing Theory: Imagining, Resisting, Remembering. Communication: “‘US Army Destroy Iraqi Mosque’: Approaching the Experience of Modern Mediated Warfare Through the Critical Analysis of a Video Shot by an American Soldier in Iraq”. 


CRAL: Centre de Recherche sur les Arts et le Language 
ANR (Agence Nationale pour la Recherche) funded research project: "Violence et sortie de la Violence", FMSH, Paris 

Research Areas

* Visual culture

* Popular Culture

* Social movements and social media

* Digital ethnography 

* Visual anthropology and documentary 

* Film theory 

* History of art 

* Amateur videos practices in crisis situations 

* History and theory of media and war 

* Research areas: United States, United-Kingdom, Canada, France and Ital

Curriculum Vitae