Research Publications

Journal Articles
Forthcoming. Watson A, Lupton D and Michael M. Enacting Intimacy and Sociality at a Distance in the COVID-19 Crisis: the Sociomaterialities of Home-based Communication Technologies. Media International Australia.

Watson A and Bennett A. 2020. The felt value of reading zines. American Journal of Cultural Sociology [Published OnlineFirst September 12, 2020].

Lupton D and Watson A. 2020. Towards more-than-human digital data studies: developing research-creation methods. Qualitative Research [Published OnlineFirst July 14, 2020. Watch a webinar that discusses this project here].

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 [Published OnlineFirst July 8, 2020. Authorship order is alphabetical].

Watson A. 2020. Methods Braiding: A technique for arts-based and mixed-methods research. Sociological Research Online 25(1): 66-83 [Published OnlineFirst May 30, 2019. Watch a webinar about methods braiding here].

Watson A. 2016. Directions for Public Sociology: Novel writing as a creative approach. Cultural Sociology 10(4): 431-447 [Published OnlineFirst April 26 2016. Most-Read Cultural Sociology article for April 2016].

Seminars and Workshops
September 9 2020. Workshop (solo). Social Science Fiction. Social Sciences Week Australia. Supported by The Sociological Review and the Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney. Online.

August 28 2020. Invited talk (solo). Sociological Fiction. Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series, University of Western Australia, Perth.

July 31 2020. Invited workshop (solo). Zines for Data Justice. Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, Princeton University, New Jersey USA. Online.

Feb 18 2020. Invited workshop (Watson A, Rodriguez Castro L and Trayhurn S). Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment: A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Workshop. University of Melbourne, Melbourne.

Nov 29 2019. Invited Keynote (solo). Creative Practices in Social Research: A history and trajectory. Creativity and Methodological Innovation in the Sociology of Familial and Intimate Relationships. TASA Families and Relationships Thematic Group event. Western Sydney University, Parramatta.

Nov 21 2019. Invited workshop (Watson A, Rodriguez Castro L and Trayhurn S). Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment: A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Workshop. Australian National University, Canberra.

Oct 29 2019. Invited workshop (solo). Collaborative Zine Making for Brokered Dialogue. The Big Anxiety Festival, SPHERE (Sydney Partnership for Health Education Research and Enterprise), and Black Dog Institute. UNSW, Sydney.

Sept 9 2019. Workshop (solo). Algorithmic Micropolitics: a zine making workshop. UNSW, Sydney.

July 19 2019. Workshop (Watson A, Rodriguez Castro L and Trayhurn S). Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment: A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Workshop. Griffith University, Brisbane.

16 Nov 2018. Workshop (Watson A, Rodriguez Castro L and Trayhurn S). Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment: A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Masterclass. Monash University, Melbourne.

Non-Traditional Research Outputs
Into the Sea. Leiden/Boston: Brill. Category 1 solo major original creative work: textual work. A peer-reviewed sociological novel, major NTRO textual work, published by academic press Brill in their award-winning Social Fictions Series.

So Fi Zine. ISSN 2209-3028. Category 1 major original creative work: textual work. So Fi Zine is a field-leading creative publication for social science and arts cross-disciplinary inquiry. Six editions have been published and further editions are forthcoming. The zine has published over 150 original creative contributions, reached over 8000 unique readers with over 30,000 hits, and is on sociology curricula in Australia, the USA and the UK.

AKE zine. ISSN 2651-8724. Category 1 minor original creative work: textual work. Produced with Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro and Samantha Trayhurn. AKE zine is a collaborative creative output that brings together feminist research from arts-based sociology, visual ethnography, and creative writing. Three editions have been published with further editions forthcoming.

Selected Conference Papers
Ash Watson, Deborah Lupton and Mike Michael (invited paper). 2020. From workplaces to smart home/work spaces: insights into the affective and requisitional presence of domestic digital technologies during COVID-19. ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society symposium, ‘Living in, With and Beyond the ‘Smart Home”. September 4.

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

Ash Watson. 2018. Sociological Fiction and the Neoliberal Imaginary. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) 2018 National Conference, ‘Precarity, Rights and Resistance’. Deakin University, Melbourne Australia. November 22.

Ash Watson. 2018. Fiction as Method. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and Western Sydney University Institute for Culture and Society, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, and Graduate Research School workshop for postgraduates and ECRs, ‘Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research’. Western Sydney University, Parramatta Australia. February 15.

Ash Watson. 2017. Braiding a ‘Society Ethic’ with Spinoza and Sociological Fiction. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) 2017 National Conference, ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’. University of Western Australia, Perth Australia. November 30.

Ash Watson. 2017. Social Science and Fiction: Fiction Writing as a method and analytical tool. Birmingham City University PGR Studio workshop, ‘Experimental Approaches to Writing Research.’ Birmingham City University, Birmingham UK. June 9.

Ash Watson. 2017. Bringing the Artefact-Exegesis PhD Model to Sociology. University of York Department of Sociology symposium, ‘Traversing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Social Research’. University of York, York UK. May 25.

Ash Watson. 2017. Fiction as Public Sociology. Public Sociology Lunchtime Seminar Series.Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh UK. February 13.

Ash Watson. 2016. Writing a Sociological Novel: a four dimensional approach to exploring the social world with fiction. University of York Department of Sociology symposium, ‘Fiction and the Social Imaginary’. University of York, York UK. March 14.

Book Reviews
2019. ‘Spark’ by Patricia Leavy, Cultural Sociology, 13(4): 528-529.
2019. ‘Spark’ by Patricia LeavyThe Qualitative Report24(5): 1052-1054.
2018. ‘Migrant City’ by Les Back and Shamser Sinha, Journal of Sociology, 55(1): 184-186.
2016. ‘Girlhood and the Politics of Place’ by Claudia Mitchell and Carrie Rentschler, Children, Youth and Environments Journal, 26(2): 157-158.

Podcasts and YouTube
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.
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.

2020. Our Digital Workspace. Vitalities Lab blog, Vitalities Lab UNSW Sydney.
2020. Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment workshop. Vitalities Lab blog, Vitalities Lab UNSW Sydney.
2019. On Algorithmic Micropolitics – a zine-making workshop, Living with Personal Data project blog, Vitalities Lab UNSW Sydney.
2019. An interview with Patricia Leavy, So Fi Zine edition #5.
2019. Creativity and So Fi Zine, The Australian Sociological Association.
2018. Reviewing Sociological FictionThe Sociological Review blog.
2018. Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research, The Australian Sociological Association blog.
2017. Writing Sociological Fiction and Making So Fi Zine, British Sociological Association Postgraduate Forum.
2017. Making So Fi, a sociological fiction zineThe Sociological Review blog.
2017. Postgraduate Day, TASA Conference 2016Nexus, The Australian Sociological Association.
2016. An Interview with Sociologist Patricia LeavyThe Sociological Imagination blog.
2016. Some Thoughts on ‘Sociological Fiction’The Sociological Review blog.

2020. Book inspired by PhD, Redland City Bulletin.
2020. Creator Interview: Writer Ash Watson. Baby Teeth Journal.
2017. Featured Member Profile: Ashleigh Watson, The Australian Sociological Association: Postgraduates blog.
2016. Sociological Research Questions interview, Griffith University, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science.
2016. Endeavour Fellowships awarded to Griffith researchers, Griffith News.
2016. Ashleigh wins Endeavour Research Fellowship, Griffith News.