Living with Personal Data
I am currently working as a postdoc with Prof Deborah Lupton (UNSW) and Prof Mike Michael (Exeter) on the project ‘Living with Personal Data: Australians’ Understandings and Practices‘ (DP190100959). The project takes a sociological approach to exploring how Australians in various social groups make sense of and ‘live with’ their personal digital data – the digitised information generated when they go online, use mobile devices and apps, smart home technologies or move around in public spaces embedded with digital sensors. We are using innovative methods to explore people’s understandings of and engagements with their personal data and data futures.
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. QTM is a design platform where individuals anonymously geolocate their experiences, memories and histories on an online global map. Working with Dr Emma Kirby, Dr Brady Robards, Dr Brendan Churchill and QTM founder Lucas LaRochelle, this project seeks to analyse the ways people make (queer) sense and meaning with the site.
Taking a cultural sociological approach to zine culture, this project with Prof Andy Bennett explores the meaning of reading zines. We consider the salience of the materiality of the zine, as an DIY, anti-mainstream and anti-profit publication, considering the contemporary print and digital publishing landscape.
So Fi Zine
I am the creator and editor of So Fi Zine (ISSN 2209-3028), a sociological fiction zine. Since launching, So Fi Zine has reached over 7,000 unique readers with 28,000 views across 90 countries. The zine has contributions from field leaders including Patricia Leavy, Howard Becker, Les Back, Nirmal Puwar, Raewyn Connell, Michael Burawoy, and Deborah Lupton. Editions of So Fi Zine have featured at the London Radical Bookfair, the National Young Writers Festival Zine Fair, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Zine Fair, Sydney.
Fiction @ The Sociological Review
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
AKE is an ongoing workshop and zine project exploring contemporary developments in critical feminist arts/research methods. With workshop participants, Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro, Samantha Trayhurn and myself explore ways of practically extending critical and feminist social research with art — specifically with participatory visual methods, 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.
If you’d like to find out more about any of these projects, you can contact me below.