journal: spring plan and working papers

I am very happy in the new communal space I was allocated, especially as my desk is very near the radiator.

While I initially had planned to write a paper on feminist epistemologies for January and another on methodological issues of feminist studies of media and technology,

I changed course (they were too general and I wanted to concentrate on some reading I did not have the time to during the autumn term). One paper I worked on is on intersectionality, especially about its methodological implications. I am looking at how

intersectionality as a theory transforms social research methodology, examining the link between intersectionality as an epistemological strand in feminism and as production of knowledge with the research process (I use Leslie McCall’s typology of studies of intersectionality).

The other paper I have been working on is on queer methodologies- in particular how has ‘queer’ been used (and could be used) in research. This includes an exploration of existing work that uses queer studies-how the researcher emerges from the study, what kinds of methods are actually used and what the limitations are. The paper concentrates in methods and includes mostly studies of sexuality. (I look into Halberstam’s ‘Female Masculinities’, Driver, Susan. Ed. (2008) ‘Queer Youth Cultures’  and Kath Browne’s various papers- and Seidman’s (1996) collection ‘Queer Theory +Sociology’- the paper is not intended to be an overview, just a selective approach about the issues that may arise when doing research). There is short discussion about ‘queering’ and I am in parallel thinking about what ‘queer’ means to me (whose first language is not English), about queer geographies and diasporas-but these are not discussed in depth in the paper.

I am planning to do some work on ‘queering’ (in relation to other studies apart from sexualities) in the spring term. Apart from that, my reading plan is primarily focused on technoscience (Barad, Braidotti, Butler, Deleuze and Guattari, Haraway, McNeil, Annemarie Mol, Sunden, Lykke and others)- also using the Lancaster ‘researching technoscience’ reading list – and the stockholm resources. I am taking a social research course this term -on qualitative methods- so I plan to write my paper in April on methodological issues of feminist technoscience studies.


McCall, L. (2005) ‘The Complexity of Intersectionality’, Signs 30(3): 1771–800.

Sociological Research Online, Volume 13, Issue 1, <

2 thoughts on “journal: spring plan and working papers

  1. debi

    hey Aristea

    its debi here – who you met at the Rethinking women’s movements conference in november….

    its kinda random how i stumbled on your blog but i’m glad i have otherwise i probably wouldn’t have heard about the birkbeck event on the 13th….i think i might go to that if i can, cos i am in london that day anyway with my band, drunk granny (we are playing in the evening).

    im currently an independent scholar so its good for me to able to tap into knowledge politics wherever possible, so thanks for being geeky and blogging about your research. I think its really exciting that so many people are reading the technoscience/ materialist feminist stuff and engaging with it at the moment, i think there’s alot of potential for shifting our relation to the world and knowledge in more gritty, embodied ways that really break down dualistic, alienated systems (the base of all evil for me, in my naive analysis….)

    anyway ramble. i might see you on the 13th?

    take care


    1. Aristea Fotopoulou Post author

      great great debi, happy to see you here and glad this blog has accomplished a purpose (circulate info). I am
      actually coming over on the 13th so we’ll see each other if you go-and definitely when you play brighton on the 20th!


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