As a sociologist, I’m interested in the patterns, relationships, environments and social structures of contemporary society. I have expertise in arts-based and qualitative research methods, and in social theory on affect, relationality and biopolitics. I’m passionate about using creative approaches to better understand the complexity of experience, and am developing a sociological research program focused on arts and design – particularly the links and loops between epistemology and politics, and aesthetics and ontology. My current projects span sociological fiction, design platforms, and creative practices.
So Fi Zine
I am the creator and editor of So Fi Zine (ISSN 2209-3028), an open access sociological fiction zine. Submissions are currently open for edition #5. Since launching, So Fi Zine has reached over 5,000 readers with 23,000 views across 85 countries. The zine has contributions from field leaders including Patricia Leavy, Howard Becker, Les Back, Nirmal Puwar, Raewyn Connell, and Michael Burawoy (forthcoming). Editions of So Fi Zine have launched at the London Radical Bookfair and the MCA Zine Fair, Sydney.
Queering the Map
Focusing on relationships between design, space and storytelling, this project explores peoples’ experiences with Queering the Map, a micro-storytelling, map-based website featuring community-generated content—a design platform where individuals anonymously geolocate their experiences, memories and histories on an online global map. This project explores how people ‘do’ community through a digital storytelling platform.
Fiction @ TSR
I am the Fiction Editor for The Sociological Review. TSR seeks high quality fiction that is considered, reflective and attuned to these sensitivities, that is sociological in style, scope and sensibility – work that imaginatively extends sociology’s study of society into fiction. TSR is seeking submissions of sociological short stories that critically and creatively explore the social as well as the politics and consequences of sociology itself.
Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment
This project explores contemporary developments in critical feminist arts/research methods. With masterclass participants, we explore ways of practically extending critical and feminist social research with art – specifically with photography, sociological fiction and zine making. These arts practices are valuable for opening up how we critically explore, analyse, collaborate on, and share experiences and understandings of the social world. As part of this project, Laura Rodriguez Castro, Samantha Trayhurn and myself produce AKE Zine.
Sociological Fiction Novel
I am completing my first sociological fiction novel, which I created as part of my doctoral project on fiction, Spinoza, individualism and creative public sociology. I was awarded my PhD in October 2018.
Frances St Press
I founded and run Frances St Press, an independent online publishing platform for arts and social science cross-disciplinary inquiry. Titles include So Fi Zine and AKE Zine, a collaborative and interdisciplinary critical feminist/arts publication.