Professor Goddard has worked in the fields of economic and political anthropology, with a particular emphasis on gender and class. A critical perspective on work and labour links her early research on outwork, factories and families in Naples (Gender, Family and Work in Naples, Oxford: Berg, 1996) with her current work as part of an interdisciplinary team that is researching work, skills and models of development in the steel industry (MEDEA – Models and their effects on Development Paths). A very different perspective is explored through her current writing on the work of the political and the production of alternative publics in Argentina.
Professor Victoria Goddard has been involved in teaching and designing courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, covering a range of areas including Gender and Development, Political and Economic Anthropology, the Anthropology of Food and Anthropological Research Methods and Research Design.
Professor Goddard convenes the following programmes:
She teaches on Introduction to Social Anthropology, Anthropological Methods and Research Design.
Areas of supervision
Current PhD students supervised:
- Eirini Chrysocheri, "Memory and place: Alexandrian Greeks"
- Ricardo Greene-Flaten, "Negotiating Space: Domestic workers in gated communities in Buenos Aires, Argentina"
- Dionysia Manesi, "Being Greek, Going Queer: Performing Female Homoerotic Subjectivity in Contemporary Greece"
- Elisabeth Saleh, "Families of the Lebanese Vine: the kinship-land nexus/ Naming the land: trademarking tradition in Kefraya"
Completed MPhil/PhD Students:
- Emma Felber, "From centre to margin: memory, mobility and social change in a Bolivian town"
- Theodoros Rakopoulos, "Anti-mafia Livelihoods: production and social change around workers' cooperatives in Sicily"
- Michael Paganopoulos, "Land of the Virgin: An ethnographic study of monastic life on Mount Athos"
- Gerti Wilford, "Contested Memories: Divided and United in Berlin"
New Beginnings between Public and Private: Arendt and Ethnographies of Activism
Day, Sophie E.
Demonstrating Resistance: participation and politics in the Marches of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo
This Is History: Nation and Experience in Times of Crisis - Argentina 2001
Gender, Family and Work in Naples
‘Two sides of the same coin: world citizenship and local crisis in Argentina’.
‘The paradoxes of belonging in the age of the internet. Time and feeling in cyberspace’
’Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me: the power of words in the making of a new public sphere’
Sociedad civil y estado en la lucha por la memoria. El caso argentino.
Genere, donna e lavoro a Napoli. In Cultura Popolare a Napoli e in Campania nel Novecento
Professor Goddard has a long-standing interest in the study of gender, in particular with regard to work and activism. Her work on subcontracting in Naples and the questions arising regarding work and production at the boundaries of the formal and informal areas of the economy has a strong focus on gender and kinship, including household divisions of labour and the transmission of skills.
In the Neapolitan research she explored the relationships between families, households and networks in relation to the activities of outworkers, factory workers and small-scale enterprises in the shoe and garments industries ("Gender, Family and Work in Naples", 1996; ‘Genere, donna e lavoro a Napoli’ in ‘Cultura Popolare a Napoli e in Campania nel Novecento' (ed.) A. Signorelli in "Napoli e la Campania nel Novecento, Diario di un Secolo", 2003).
The themes of the Neapolitan research are central to the EU FP7 project that is coordinated by Professor Goddard. MEDEA ("Models and their Effects on Development Paths: an Ethnographic and Comparative Approach to Knowledge Transmission and Livelihood Strategies") focuses on the steel industry in four countries (Argentina, Brazil, Slovakia and Spain), tracing the trajectories of the industry in these four cases and providing ethnographic detail regarding the continuities and discontinuities of the experience of work, the transmission of skills and knowledge, as well as perceptions of security and insecurity in relation to the labour market.
This interdisciplinary project combines the theoretical and methodological approaches of anthropologists, sociologists, economists and mathematicians based in universities and research centres in Italy, Spain, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, Argentina and Brazil, to explore the effects of discursive and abstract models through qualitative analysis and computer simulation modelling.
A different approach to work is pursued in her current writing on informal politics in Argentina that focuses particularly on forms of action that emerged and developed in the context of human rights activism and the politics of memory (‘New beginnings between public and private: Arendt and ethnographies of activism’, in "Cultural Dynamics 2010", with Sophie Day; ‘Demonstrating resistance: politics and participation in the marches of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo’, in "Focaal", 2007) .
This interest feeds into and has been extended through her participation in an international research network on language and new technologies funded by the CNRS and coordinated by the University of Le Havre and the University of Rouen. This collaboration has encouraged an exploration of the uses of the internet as a site for the production of meaningful action (’Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me: the power of words in the making of a new public sphere’, in Foued Laroussi (ed.) "Code-switching. Languages in Conflict and Electronic Writings", 2011; ‘The paradoxes of belonging in the age of the internet. Time and feeling in cyberspace’, in Fabien Liénard and Sami Zlitni (eds) "La communication électronique: enjeux de langues" , 2011.
Professor Goddard has pursued research on learning and the acquisition of skills in both academic and non-academic environments. This research was carried out as part of an EU Leonardo project (with Mara Benetti, 'Donne ed Informatica - report teorico', Leonardo da Vinci programme (RTF format, download) on Women and Computer Science: Access to the Information Society and, with Dr Bonnie Vandesteeg, through research funded by the LSTN Centre for Learning and Teaching – Sociology, Anthropology and Politics and an HEA special subject area (C-SAP) and an HEA award for research on the transition from A level to University.