Featured work

Books
Lupton D, Southerton C, Clark M and Watson A (2021) The Face Mask in COVID Times: A sociomaterial analysis. De Gruyter. A monograph exploring of the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, focusing on how face masks were rolled out (and resisted) across the world.

Watson A (2020) Into the Sea. Leiden: Brill. This sociological novel follows a group of young adults living in Sydney, Australia, as they live through everyday tedium and tumultuous international events.

Peer-reviewed research articles
Watson A (2021) Writing sociological fiction. Qualitative Research. OnlineFirst 18 January 2021. This article focuses on the methodological question of how sociological imagination may be crafted in and with fiction.

Watson A, Lupton D and Michael M (2021) Enacting intimacy and sociality at a distance in the COVID-19 crisis: the sociomaterialities of home-based communication technologies. Media International Australia 178(1): 136-150. This article reports on findings from a video ethnography project and identifies how digital devices and software supported and enhanced intimacy and social connection throughout the first months of the pandemic.

Kirby E, Watson A, Churchill B, Robards B and LaRochelle L (2021) Queering the map: stories of love, loss and (be)longing within a digital cartographic archive. Media, Culture and Society. OnlineFirst 21 January 2021. This article explores stories posted to queeringthemap.com that, rather than being for a general audience, seem to have someone specific in mind — like notes left in a special book in the library, in the hope that someone will find it because they were thinking about you too.

Watson A and Lupton D (2021) Tactics, affects and agencies in digital privacy narratives: a story completion study. Online Information Review 45(1): 138-156. This paper explores how Australians feel about digital privacy, using a novel creative method where participants completed short fictional stories about different privacy scenarios.

Watson A (2020) Methods braiding: A technique for arts-based and mixed-methods research. Sociological Research Online 25(1): 66-83. This article introduces an innovative mixed methods technique that brings together insights from/for qualitative and arts-based research.

Watson A and Bennett A (2020) The felt value of reading zines. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. OnlineFirst 12 Sept 2020. Part of a special issue on the cultural sociology of reading, this article explores the meaning of zines, by drawing on a small collection of zines and interviews with Australians who make and read them.

Lupton D and Watson A (2020) Towards more-than-human digital data studies: Developing research-creation methods. Qualitative Research. OnlineFirst 14 July 2020. This article offers a theoretical framework and a set of creative approaches for exploring the sociomaterial and affective dimensions of personal digital data.

Byron P, McKee A, Watson A, Litsou K and Ingham R (2020) Reading for realness: porn literacies, digital media and young people. Sexuality & Culture. OnlineFirst 8 December 2020. This paper considers the limitations of dominant approaches to researching young people’s uses of porn.

Baker S, Buttigieg B, Cantillon Z, Pavlidis A, Rodriguez Castro L and Watson A (2020) Getting students to ‘do’ introductory sociology: Analysis of a blended and flipped interactive workshop. Journal of Sociology. OnlineFirst 8 July 2020. Authorship order is alphabetical. This article reflects on the implementation of a blended and flipped classroom for a first-year sociology unit.

Watson A (2016) Directions for public sociology: Novel writing as a creative approach. Cultural Sociology 10(4): 431-447. This article argues that novel writing presents sociologists with a process and medium through which they can expand their work for a more public, engaging, affective, and panoramic sociology.

Editing
Fiction as Research – Writing Beyond the Boundary Lines, an invited Special Issue of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. Published April 2021.

Essays
Watson A, Clark M, Southerton C and Lupton D (2021) Fieldwork at your fingertips: creative methods for social research under lockdown. Nature, career column. March 3.

Lupton D, Watson A, Southerton C and Clark M (2020) From scary pumpkins to bridal bling, how masks are becoming a normal part of our lives in Australia. The Conversation. October 30.

Watson A (2019) Possessed by a Sense of the TrapOverland. November 21.

Recent invitations
April 30 2021. Keynote, COVID-19 social research methods, University of Vienna.

March 25 2021. Seminar, Queering the Map: Stories of love, loss and (be)longing within a digital cartographic archive. Gender/Sexuality/Culture Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series, University of Melbourne.

Nov 25 2020. Chair, “Plenary: Sociological Insights for the Now Normal.” Annual conference, The Australian Sociological Association.

Nov 5 2020. Seminar, “Autoethnography.” Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher sessions, The Australian Sociological Association.

Sept 4 2020. Paper, with Deborah Lupton and Mike Michael. “From workplaces to smart home/work spaces: insights into the affective and requisitional presence of domestic digital technologies during COVID-19.” Living in, With and Beyond the ‘Smart Home’ symposium, ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

August 28 2020. Seminar, “Sociological Fiction.” Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series, University of Western Australia, Perth..

July 31 2020. Workshop, “Zines for Data Justice.” Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, Princeton University, New Jersey USA.

Zines
So Fi Zine. ISSN 2209-3028. So Fi Zine is an open access publication for social science and arts cross-disciplinary inquiry.

AKE Zine. A collaborative, critical feminist art/research experiment about affect, knowledge and embodiment.

Latest conference papers
2020. Ash Watson, Deborah Lupton and Mike Michael. Being Together in Crisis: Digital Co-Presence and Intimacy During COVID-19. Digital Intimacies 6 ‘Connection in Crisis.’ University of Technology Sydney. December 7.

2020. Brady Robards, Ash Watson, Emma Kirby, Brendan Churchill and Lucas LaRochelle. Queering the Map: Physical Traces and Digital Places of Queer Lives. Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference. Online. October 26.

2019. Ash Watson and Deborah Lupton. Developing Research-Creation Methods for Understanding Personal Data Practices, Feelings and Imaginaries. The Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, ‘Disrupting Data Injustices: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable’. UNSW Sydney, Australia. December 2.

Podcasts
2020. Ash Watson on using Zoom to conduct home visits. Unlocking Lockdown: Doing Fieldwork in a Pandemic. Culture, Politics and Global Justice, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

YouTube
2020. Book Launch — Into the Sea. The Australian Sociological Association annual conference.
2020. Social Science Fiction. Social Sciences Week Australia. Supported by The Sociological Review and Vitalities Lab, UNSW.
2020. Zine Making as a Method. Breaking Methods Webinar Series, Vitalities Lab UNSW Sydney.
2020. Methods Braiding. Breaking Methods Webinar Series, Vitalities Lab UNSW Sydney.

Creative writing
2020. MothsBaby Teeth Journal.
2019. Home is a Jade Egg. Brain Drip.
2018. Allen KeySo Fi Zine, edition 3.
2018. Folded Up. Pink Cover Zine, edition 1.
2017. 10 Scenes in London, 2017, So Fi Zine, edition 1.
2017. Joan Didion’s Recipe BookBareknuckle Poet Annual Anthology Vol. 2.
2016. Single Beds Make Sleepovers DifficultSCUM Magazine.
2016. Men Are Not From Mars (the death of an almost-relationship), Getamungstit.
2016. Joan Didion’s Recipe BookBareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters.
2016. Crossing the Red Line, Getamungstit.
2016. The Top Job: Reflections on Australia’s First Female Prime Minister, Getamungstit.
2014. The Glitter Strip-Down, Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture.
2014. Stone, Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture.
2013. Happy Never After, Talent Implied: new writing from Griffith.
2013. Vajazzled, Talent Implied: new writing from Griffith.
2013. Graffiti Revolution, Talent Implied: new writing from Griffith.
2011. Untitled, The Splash.