Sociological Fiction


Into the Sea is an experiment in sociological imagination. Published in June, 2020, in Brill’s award-winning Social Fictions Series, the novel explores the promises and fictions of ‘the Australian way of life’ through the lives of a group of young people living in Sydney.

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Writing Sociological Fiction: a methodological article on the poetics and aesthetics of writing fiction in/as/for sociology. Includes discussion of Into the Sea, So Fi Zine, and Fiction @ The Sociological Review.
Methods Braiding: a methodological technique for mixing methods across the qualitative, quantitative and arts-based research spectrum. Includes a discussion on the production of Into the Sea.
Directions for Public Sociology: Novel Writing as a Creative Approach. An article published in Cultural Sociology on sociological fiction and public sociology.


The panel “Sociological as Literature”, part of the 2021 Czech Sociological Society annual conference, took place on June 22 2021. You can watch the whole session here:

On November 26 2020, Shanthi Robertson launched Into the Sea in on online event, part of The Australian Sociological Association’s annual conference. You can watch the video of the launch here:

Social Science Fiction — a workshop held for Social Sciences Week Australia on September 9, 2020.
Sociological Fiction — an invited seminar for the Anthropology and Sociology seminar series at the University of Western Australia, held on August 28, 2020.

Places to submit:

So Fi Zine is an indie publication for sociological fiction, poetry, visual art, and other creative works — a place for people who want to write creatively and make art based on their studies and research. Standing against the exclusive practices of academic publishing, the zine is free to read online and offered in a DIY print format.

Fiction @ The Sociological Review is a short story series for high quality fiction that is sociological in style, scope and sensibility — work that imaginatively extends sociology’s study of society into fiction.

As in the journal, we are interested in work that is ‘demonstrably alive.’ Send us stories that illustrate, illuminate, translate, examine, unfold, flip, and stress. Submit fictional interventions that ‘pose questions about the conditions of possibility.’

Fiction as Research – Writing Beyond the Boundary Lines. A Special Issue of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal guest edited by Dr Ash Watson and Dr Jessica Smartt Gullion. Submissions are now closed. Anticipated publication date is February 2021.

Riffs Vol 5 Issue 1: Popular music fiction

The next issue of Riffs will bring together work that uses fiction to critically explore issues within popular music and to communicate this to a wide audience. Deadline for a title and 300-word synopsis of the proposed work – 4th October 2020. Please also include your name, a short bio and contact email.

Up to ten contributions will be published online and in limited edition print in July 2021.

Other stuff:

AKE Zine collaboratively explores the themes of affect, knowledge and embodiment through the feminist arts/research methods of photography, collage, blackout poetry and fiction writing. Find out more about the AKE workshops and read the zines here.

My Goodreads List: including the novels I read while writing Into the Sea.

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