Kerstin Hacker

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Photography

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Art

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Photography

Research Supervision:Yes

Kerstin Hacker is a practice researcher / photographer challenging existing visual knowledge about the African continent. Her work encourages viewers to contemplate the economic development of Africa.

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Kerstin Hacker’s research focuses on southern African photography, with particular focus on developing visual practice research capacity in Zambia. Her research aims to support the rapidly expanding art and design sector in Zambia and wishes to addresses the lack of subaltern voices in the visual representation of the African continent.

Hacker argues that photography has the capacity to play a critical role in developing alternatives to colonial and neo-colonial visual narratives, and contribute to wider philosophical and cultural debates.

Hacker has extensive experience in curriculum development and course management at Anglia Ruskin University and is an award winning photographer, lecturer and researcher.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Czech

Research interests

  • (Re)negotiating the colonial library through photographic practice
  • Diversifying the visual library
  • Collaborative photographic exhibition projects
  • Art and Design education in Low Income Countries

Areas of research supervision

Visual Representation of low income countries, challenging the colonial ‘visual library’


Teaching Awards and Fellowships
  • Dean’s Award Joint CSA course leader award for innovative employability strategies, Anglia Ruskin University, January 2018
  • Made a Difference Award ‘Outstanding Supervisor’ Anglia Ruskin University 2017
  • Made a Difference Award ‘Learning Community’, Anglia Ruskin University 2017
  • Made a Difference Award, Anglia Ruskin University 2014
External Examiner Duties
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Falmouth University


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education), Thames Valley University, 2007
  • Research Methods Post Graduate Diploma, Thames Valley University, 2005
  • MA Photography, Faculty for Film and Television, Academy for Performing Arts, (FAMU) Prague, Czech Republic. Title: Osameli ve Vlasti/Einsame Heimat – Photographic Essay of Sudenten Germans in Czech Republic
  • BA Photography, Faculty for Film- and Television, Academy for Performing Arts, (FAMU) Prague, Czech Republic

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Honorary Fellow of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)
  • UK proposer of Photo of the Year Award – UNICEF
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the German Photography Society (DGPh)
Peer Reviewer
  • Visual Communication, Sage Publishers
  • Celebrity Studies, Routledge

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Research and Innovation Collaboration Fund (£4000), Anglia Ruskin University, 2019
  • Sabbatical Research scheme (£10000), Anglia Ruskin University, February to May 2017
  • Research Assistant funding / UG Researcher Scheme, Anglia Ruskin University, 2014 – 2017, 2019
  • Educational Partnerships in Africa Grant (£60000), British Council, Sep 2009
  • Educational Partnerships in Africa Travel Grant (£3000), British Council, March 2009
  • Czech - German Foundation for the Future Grant for Einsame Heimat, 1999
  • Robert Bosch Foundation Grant for exhibition Einsame Heimat, 1999
  • Alexia Foundation, 2nd Prize World Peace and Cultural Understanding Prize, USA 1994
  • Emma/agfa 1st Prize Female Photojournalist of the Year, Germany 1994

Selected recent publications

Hacker, K (2020). The potential of progressive artistic collaborations - Diversifying photographic narratives in Zambia, Vestiges Journal (open access), ISSN: 2058-1963 (upcoming)

Hacker, K. (2019) Generation Z in Uncertain States Issue X

K. Hacker (2018) Generation Z in Photomonitor (

Hacker, K (2018) Mill Road Cemetery in Contemporary Cambridge, Ruskin Arts Publication: Cambridge

Hacker, K. (2018) Generation Z: Visual Self-Governance through Photography. In Lam, C.and Raphael, J. (Ed.) Personas and Places Waterhill Publishing: New York

Hacker, K. (2017) Fostering visual Self-Governance in ZambiaCUSP Blog

Hacker, K. (2015) Maternity Ward in The Eye of Photography

Recent presentations and conferences

  • European Conference of African Studies, Panel Convener and presenter, Edinburgh University (11-14. June 2019)
  • Contested Discourses of Africa Rising: The struggle for control of the image of the foreign partner British Academy symposium, University of Leeds (10/12/2018)
  • Post-representative Participations: Engaging with Civic Action in Times of Digital Citizenship Conference, University of Brighton (16/11/2018)
  • ASAUK (African Studies Association) 2018 Biannual Conference, Media and Politics stream, University of Birmingham (11-13/09/2018)
  • Bridging Gaps Conference, Fostering Visual Self-Governance in Zambia, University of Western Australia, CMCS Research Group, Perth (10/12/2017) - Best Paper Award