Sophie Day is on research secondment to Imperial College London (0.5 FTE) until 2017.
Professor Sophie Day studied at Cambridge University, Stanford University, Ca., and the London School of Economic and Political Sciences, where she completed a PhD on spirit possession in Ladakh, North India. She holds an honorary chair at Imperial College, London in the School of Public Health, where she is currently seconded half time. She was awarded the Eileen Basker Prize and the Wellcome Medal for Anthropology as Applied to Medical Problems for her 2007 monograph, 'On the Game: Women and Sex Work'. London: Pluto Press.
Professor Day is conducting research in the Patient Experience Research Centre that she established with Professor Helen Ward at Imperial College London, and continues to work on projects concerning Ladakh and emerging from her collaboration in the UK on the cultural life of numbers and data, and in the Centre of the Body, Goldsmiths. She teaches the anthropology of health both to Imperial and Goldsmiths students.
See Sophie Day's Ladakh Portraits from her doctoral fieldwork in the early 1980s here.
Sophie Day teaches (2015-16): Anthropology of Health, Medicine and Social Power; Research Design and Methods (1st year research students, with Victoria Goddard) and the Individual Project (3rd year undergraduate, with Gavin Weston).
Areas of supervision
Sophie Day supervises research students in the anthropology of health, and in a wide range of topics related to kinship, labour and temporality. She is also interested in students researching Ladakh (India).
Current MPhil/PhD students supervised:Kate Cooper, Migration and the London sex industry
Claude Jousselin, 'Remembering turbulent times: accounting for Adult ADHD through the reconstruction of childhood'
William Tantam, 'Black River United: how football frames the relationship between younger and older men in a rural Jamaican community'
Muzna Al-Masri, 'Political Theatre: Football and Contestation in Beirut' (2nd supervisor)
Catherine Nugent, working title, 'Superfast organising? How the Communication Workers Union is responding to rapid economic and technological change' (2nd supervisor)
Lilies of the Field: Marginal People Who Live for the Moment,
Day, Sophie E.; Papataxiarchis, Evthymios ; Stewart, Michael and Papataxiarchis, Akis, eds. 1998. Lilies of the Field: Marginal People Who Live for the Moment,. Westview Press Inc. ISBN 978-0813335315
Demographies in Flux
Day, Sophie E.. 2012. Demographies in Flux. In: R Fardon; J Gledhill; O Harris; T Marchand; M Nuttall; C Shore; V Strang and R Wilson, eds. The Sage Handbook of Social Anthropology. 2 London: Sage, pp. 2007-2038. ISBN 9781847875471
Ethics between Public and Private: Sex Workers’ Relationships in London
Day, Sophie E.. 2010. Ethics between Public and Private: Sex Workers’ Relationships in London. In: M Lambek, ed. Ordinary Ethics: anthropology, language, and action. NY: Fordham University Press, pp. 292-309. ISBN 9780823233175
Wolfenden 50: revisiting state policy and the politics of sex work in the UK
Day, Sophie E.. 2008. Wolfenden 50: revisiting state policy and the politics of sex work in the UK. In: V Munro and M Della Giusta, eds. The Supply / Demand Dynamic in Prostitution. Rarnham: Ashgate, pp. 51-66. ISBN 978-0-7546-7150-3
Visions of Ladakh: Nicola Grist, 19 April 1957 - 26 August 2004
Day, Sophie E.. 2008. Visions of Ladakh: Nicola Grist, 19 April 1957 - 26 August 2004. In: M van Beek and F Pirie, eds. Ladakhi societies: continuity and change in anthropological perspective. 20 Leiden: Brill, pp. 29-40. ISBN 1568-6183
'Threading time in the biographies of sex workers'
Day, Sophie E.. 2007. 'Threading time in the biographies of sex workers'. In: Janet Carsten, ed. Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 172-193. ISBN 978-1405154239
'Biological Symptoms of Social Unease: the Stigma of Infertility in London Sex Workers'
Day, Sophie E.. 2001. 'Biological Symptoms of Social Unease: the Stigma of Infertility in London Sex Workers'. In: Soraya Tremayne, ed. Managing Reproductive Life: Cross-Cultural Themes in Fertility and Sexuality (Fertility, Reproduction, and Sexuality). 1 Oxford & NY: Berghahn Books, pp. 85-103. ISBN 978-1571813176
'The Politics of Risk Among London Prostitutes'
Day, Sophie E.. 2000. 'The Politics of Risk Among London Prostitutes'. In: Pat Caplan
‘Verging on the Marginal: Modern Amazonian Peasantries
Nugent, Stephen. 1998. ‘Verging on the Marginal: Modern Amazonian Peasantries. In: Sophie E. Day
Picturing Ladakhi nomads over the span of a generation
Day, Sophie E. and Leizaola, Ricardo. 2012. Picturing Ladakhi nomads over the span of a generation. Visual Anthropology Review, 28(2), pp. 133-151. ISSN 1058-7187
The re-emergence of ‘trafficking’: sex work between slavery and freedom
Day, Sophie E.. 2010. The re-emergence of ‘trafficking’: sex work between slavery and freedom. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16(4), pp. 816-834. ISSN 13590987
New Beginnings between Public and Private: Arendt and Ethnographies of Activism
Day, Sophie E. and Goddard, Victoria. 2010. New Beginnings between Public and Private: Arendt and Ethnographies of Activism. Cultural Dynamics, 22(2), pp. 137-154. ISSN 0921-3740
Renewing the War on prostitution: The spectres of ‘trafficking’ and ‘slavery’
Day, Sophie E.. 2009. Renewing the War on prostitution: The spectres of ‘trafficking’ and ‘slavery’. Anthropology Today, 25(3), pp. 1-3. ISSN 0268540X
'Maids, Migrants and Occupational Health in the London Sex Industry'
Day, Sophie E.; Cooper, K.; Green, A. and Ward, H.. 2007. 'Maids, Migrants and Occupational Health in the London Sex Industry'. Anthropology and Medicine , 14(1), pp. 41-53. ISSN 1364-8470
What happens to women who sell sex? Report of a unique occupational cohort
Day, Sophie E. and Ward, H.. 2006. What happens to women who sell sex? Report of a unique occupational cohort. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 82(5), pp. 413-417. ISSN 1368-4973
Declining prevalence of STI in the London sex industry 1985 to 2002
Day, Sophie E.; Cooper, K.; Green, A. and Ward, H.. 2004. Declining prevalence of STI in the London sex industry 1985 to 2002. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 80(5), pp. 374-379. ISSN 13684973
A prospective social and molecular investigation of gonococcal transmission
Day, Sophie E.; Ward, Helen; Ison, Catherine; Martin, Iona; Ghani, Azra C; Bell, Gina; Kinghorn, George; Weber, Jonathan and Garnett, Geoff. 2000. A prospective social and molecular investigation of gonococcal transmission. The Lancet, 356(9244), pp. 1812-1817. ISSN 0140-6736
'Risky business: health and safety in the sex industry over a 9 year period'
Day, Sophie E.; Ward, H. and Weber, J. 1999. 'Risky business: health and safety in the sex industry over a 9 year period'. Sexually Transmitted Infections , 75(5), pp. 340-343. ISSN 1368-4973
'Sexual Networks: The Integration of Social and Genetic Data'
Day, Sophie E.; Ward, H.; Ison, Catherine; Bell, Gina and Weber, J. 1998. 'Sexual Networks: The Integration of Social and Genetic Data'. Social Science and Medicine , 47(12), pp. 1981-1992. ISSN 0277-9536
Professor Sophie Day is currently working on concepts and relations of care in the NHS and on translational research (supported by the Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre & the Imperial College Healthcare Charity). She has also been engaged in documenting, digitalizing and returning images from her 1980s fieldwork to Ladakh, North India (with Dr Leizaola, supported by the British Academy), and compiling biographies of houses. She has recently completed a collaborative project (with Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford, Sociology) supported by Intel Research on new numeracies. Earlier in the 2000s, she completed a restudy of sex work in London (supported by the Wellcome Trust), and a European project on HIV prevention among prostitutes (supported by the European Commission).
Within the anthropology of health, she has worked on sexual & occupational health, idioms of care, patient journeys and pathways, new technologies and spirit possession as well as the ethical and political lives of institutions.
Sophie Day presented two photographic exhibitions on Ladakh in 2011, one in Leh (Ladakh) and one at Goldsmiths. You can see a virtual copy of the first one entitled Leh (1981-2010): The Span of a Generation here.