I am currently working on a number of projects that span sociology, arts and understanding design. As a sociologist, I’m interested in the patterns, trends, relationships, and social structures of contemporary society. I’m enthusiastic about using arts-based and creative methods, as well as qualitative research, as these help us better understand the complexity of experience. Building on my PhD research into affect and creative public sociology, I’m interested in networks, platforms and speculative design – particularly the link and loop between aesthetics and ontology.
So Fi Zine
I am the creator and editor of So Fi Zine (ISSN 2209-3028), an open access sociological fiction zine. Since launching, So Fi Zine has reached over 4,750 readers with 21,500 hits across 80 countries. The zine has contributions from field leaders including Howard Becker, Raewyn Connell, Les Back, Michael Burawoy (forthcoming), Nirmal Puwar and Patricia Leavy. Editions of So Fi Zine have launched at the London Radical Bookfair and the MCA Zine Fair, Sydney.
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.
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.
Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment project
In late 2018, I started a collaborative project on critical feminist arts/research methods with Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro and Samantha Trayhurn. 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 we produce AKE Zine.
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.