Writing



Novels
Watson A (2020) Into the Sea. Leiden: Brill.

Monographs
Lupton D, Southerton C, Clark M and Watson A (Forthcoming – June 2021) The Face Mask in COVID Times: A sociomaterial analysis. De Gruyter.

Peer-reviewed research articles
Watson A (2021) Writing sociological fiction. Qualitative Research. OnlineFirst 18 January 2021.

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.

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.

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.

Watson A (2020) Methods braiding: A technique for arts-based and mixed-methods research. Sociological Research Online 25(1): 66-83.

Watson A and Bennett A (2020) The felt value of reading zines. American Journal of Cultural Sociology. OnlineFirst 12 Sept 2020.

Lupton D and Watson A (2020) Towards more-than-human digital data studies: Developing research-creation methods. Qualitative Research. OnlineFirst 14 July 2020.

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.

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.

Watson A (2016) Directions for public sociology: Novel writing as a creative approach. Cultural Sociology 10(4): 431-447.

Essays
2020. Deborah Lupton, Ash Watson, Clare Southerton and Marianne Clarke. From scary pumpkins to bridal bling, how masks are becoming a normal part of our lives in Australia. The Conversation. October 30.

2019. Possessed by a Sense of the TrapOverland. November 21.

Editing
Fiction Editor, The Sociological Review. 2018 – present.

Guest editor with Jessica Smartt Gullion, Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal Special Issue “Fiction as Research: Writing Beyond the Boundary Line”. Spring 2021.

Editorial Board Member, The Sociological Review. 2020 – present.

Editorial Board Member, Authora Australis. 2020 – present.

Zine Series
So Fi Zine. ISSN 2209-3028. So Fi Zine is an open access publication for social science and arts cross-disciplinary inquiry. Since launching in mid 2017, the zine has published over 175 original creative contributions across eight editions, reached >9k readers with >35k hits, and is on sociology curricula in Australia, the USA and the UK. Guest editors include Patricia Leavy, Howard Becker, Les Back, Nirmal Puwar, Michael Burawoy, Raewyn Connell, Deborah Lupton, Rob Shields and Ruha Benjamin.

AKE zine. ISSN 2651-8724. 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. Four editions have been published through workshops hosted by Monash University, Griffith University, the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne.

Blogs
2020. Time in the ‘Time of Corona‘ with KM Kjær, C Southerton and M Clark. Vitalities Lab blog, Vitalities Lab UNSW Sydney.
2020. Our Digital Workspace. Vitalities Lab blog, Vitalities Lab UNSW Sydney.
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.
2016. An Interview with Sociologist Patricia LeavyThe Sociological Imagination blog.
2016. Some Thoughts on ‘Sociological Fiction’The Sociological Review blog.

Short fiction
2018. Allen KeySo Fi Zine, edition 3.
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. Joan Didion’s Recipe BookBareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters.
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.

Poetry
2020. MothsBaby Teeth Journal.
2019. Home is a Jade Egg in my Mouth. Brain Drip.
2018. Folded Up. Pink Cover Zine, edition 1.
2014. The Glitter Strip-Down, Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture.

Non-fiction
2016. Men Are Not From Mars (the death of an almost-relationship), Getamungstit.
2016. Crossing the Red Line, Getamungstit.
2016. The Top Job: Reflections on Australia’s First Female Prime Minister, Getamungstit.
2014. Stone, Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture.

Speaking



Invited Talks
Nov 25 2020. Plenary chair, with plenary members David Rowe, Alphia Possamai-Inesedy, Catherine Robinson, Dan Woodman and Julia Cook. Sociological Insights for the Now Normal. The Australian Sociological Association annual conference.

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

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”, ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. Online.

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

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

Feb 18 2020. Workshop, with Laura Rodriguez Castro and Samantha Trayhurn. Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment: A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Workshop. University of Melbourne, Melbourne.

Nov 29 2019. Keynote. 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 25 2019. Workshop. Post-PhD Pathways. Postgraduate Day, The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, Western Sydney University, Parramatta.

Nov 21 2019. Workshop, with Laura Rodriguez Castro and Samantha Trayhurn. Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment: A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Workshop. Australian National University, Canberra.

Oct 29 2019. Workshop. 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.

Conference Papers (selected)
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.

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

2018. Ash Watson. Fiction as Method. ‘Modern Methodologies: Developments in Doing Sociological Research’, The Australian Sociological Association and Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Australia. 16 February.

2017. Ash Watson. Braiding a ‘Society Ethic’ with Spinoza and Sociological Fiction. ‘Belonging in a Mobile World’, The Australian Sociological Association, Perth, Australia. 30 November.

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

2017. Ash Watson. Fiction as Public Sociology. ‘Public Sociology Lunchtime Seminar Series’, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. 13 February.

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

2015. Ash Watson. Thinking-Writing Affect: Spinoza, Sociological Imagination, and Trajectory of Self. ‘Researching and Measuring Emotions and Affect in Contemporary Society’, Contemporary Emotions Research Network, University of Wollongong, Sydney, Australia. 25 September.

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.