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Mariam Motamedi-Fraser BA (Hons), PhD

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Department Sociology
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Mariam Motamedi-Fraser BA (Hons), PhD

Mariam Motamedi-Fraser joined the department in 1999. At that time, Mariam's research was primarily focused on a family of concepts - facts, values, ethics, process and event – which Mariam explored mainly with reference to sociology and science, but also with reference to other fields including art and music. This work developed into an interest in the relations between disciplinary (especially sociological) materials, methods and experiences.

In 2008, Mariam took two and a half years leave to research an archive on 20th century Iranian-British relations in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Mariam's current research focuses on archives, stories, words, and different modes of sense-making. Her book, Word: Beyond Language, Beyond Image, was published with Rowman and Littlefield in September 2015. Mariam is co-director of the Methods Lab with Nirmal Puwar. As well as her academic publications (see below), Mariam has written for Ibraaz, Jadaliyya and Pages (Safheh). She is on the editorial board of the journal New Formations.

Teaching

Mariam teaches in the areas of visuality, archives, stories (with Yasmin Gunaratnam), and the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences (with Brett St. Louis).

Areas of supervision

Mariam has co-supervised five PhDs to completion on the topics of ageing and identity (Neil Brown); bodies and images (Rebecca Coleman); the sense and sensation of body modification (Natasha Stilwell); corporate social responsibility (Vanessa Arena); transitioning (Elena Gonzalez-Polledo).

Mariam is currently co-supervising Alice Corble's thesis on libraries (with Nirmal Puwar), Robert Rourke's thesis on the sensual worlds of autism (with Yasmin Gunaratnam), and Ashjan Ajour's thesis on anti-colonial resistance in Palestine (with Alberto Toscano).

Research Interests

Archives, stories, words, modes of sense-making

Publications

Book

Word: Beyond Language, Beyond Image
Motamedi-Fraser, M. 2017. Word: Beyond Language, Beyond Image. London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN HB 978-1-7834-8142-2; PB 978-1-7834-8143-9

The Body: A Reader
Fraser, Mariam and Greco, Monica. 2004. The Body: A Reader. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-34007-6

Identity without Selfhood: Simone de Beauvoir and Bisexuality
Fraser, Mariam. 1999. Identity without Selfhood: Simone de Beauvoir and Bisexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521623575

Edited Book

Inventive Life: Approaches to the New Vitalism
Fraser, Mariam; Kember, Sarah and Lury, Celia, eds. 2006. Inventive Life: Approaches to the New Vitalism. London: Sage. ISBN 9781412920360

Edited Journal

Inventive Life: Approaches Towards a New Vitalism
Fraser, Mariam; Kember, Sarah and Lury, Celia, eds. 2005. Inventive Life: Approaches Towards a New Vitalism, Theory Culture and Society, 22(1). 0263-2764

Book Section

'Locating the Archive: the search for "Nurafkan"'
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2015. 'Locating the Archive: the search for "Nurafkan"'. In: Anthony Downey, ed. Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East. London and New York: I.B .Tauris. ISBN 978-1-784-53-4110

Geo-Archive
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2013. Geo-Archive. In: Nasrin Tabatabai and Babak Afrassiabi, eds. Seep. 9 Rotterdam: Pages, pp. 1-11. ISBN 978-90-821190-0-8

Once Upon a Problem
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2012. Once Upon a Problem. In: Les Back and Nirmal Puwar, eds. Live Methods. London: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 84-107. ISBN 1444339591

Facts, Ethics and Event
Fraser, Mariam. 2010. Facts, Ethics and Event. In: Casper Bruun Jensen and Kjetil Roedje, eds. DELEUZIAN INTERSECTIONS: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, pp. 52-82. ISBN 978-1-84545-614-6

Pathological Normality
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2000. Pathological Normality. In: Charles Campbell and Suhail Malik, eds. Front. Don Projects, pp. 39-74. ISBN 978-0953904303

Lose Your Face
Fraser, Mariam. 1997. Lose Your Face. In: Phoebe Davidson and Bi Academic Intervention, eds. The Bisexual Imaginary: Representation, Identity and Desire. London: Cassell, p. 38. ISBN 0-304-33744-7

Article

Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam and Zaker, Farniyaz. 2014. Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation. Theory, Culture and Society, pp. 1-20. ISSN 0263-2764

Once Upon a Problem
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2012. Once Upon a Problem. The Sociological Review, 60(S1), pp. 84-107. ISSN 0038-0261

Standards, Populations, and Difference
Fraser, Mariam. 2009. Standards, Populations, and Difference. Cultural Critique, 71, pp. 47-80. ISSN 0882-4371

Experiencing Sociology
Fraser, Mariam. 2009. Experiencing Sociology. European Journal of Social Theory, 12(1), pp. 63-81. ISSN 1368-4310

Introduction: Intimacy in Research
Fraser, Mariam and Puwar, Nirmal. 2008. Introduction: Intimacy in Research. History of the Human Sciences, 21(4), pp. 1-16. ISSN 1461720X

Facts, Ethics and Event
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2008. Facts, Ethics and Event. Sociology Working Papers, pp. 1-33.

The ethics of reality and virtual reality: Latour, facts and values
Fraser, Mariam. 2006. The ethics of reality and virtual reality: Latour, facts and values. History of the Human Sciences, 19(2), pp. 45-72. ISSN 1461720X

Event
Fraser, Mariam. 2006. Event. Theory, Culture & Society, 23(2-3), pp. 129-132. ISSN 0263-2764

Making music matter
Fraser, Mariam. 2005. Making music matter. Theory Culture & Society, 22(1), pp. 173-189. ISSN 14603616

Material theory: Duration and the Serotonin Hypothesis of Depression
Fraser, Mariam. 2003. Material theory: Duration and the Serotonin Hypothesis of Depression. Theory Culture & Society, 20, pp. 1-26. ISSN 02632764

What is the matter of feminist criticism?
Fraser, Mariam. 2002. What is the matter of feminist criticism? Economy and Society, 31(4), pp. 606-625. ISSN 14695766

The nature of Prozac
Fraser, Mariam. 2001. The nature of Prozac. History of the Human Sciences, 14(3), pp. 56-84. ISSN 1461720X

Visceral futures: bodies of feminist criticism
Fraser, Mariam. 2001. Visceral futures: bodies of feminist criticism. Social Epistemology, 15(2), pp. 91-111. ISSN 0269-1728

Creative affects
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2000. Creative affects. New Formations, 39, pp. 55-69. ISSN 0950-2378

`The Face-Off Between Will and Fate': Artistic Identity and Neurological Style in de Kooning's Late Works
Fraser, Mariam. 1998. `The Face-Off Between Will and Fate': Artistic Identity and Neurological Style in de Kooning's Late Works. Body & Society, 4(4), pp. 1-22. ISSN 1357-034X

Feminism, Foucault and Deleuze
Fraser, Mariam. 1997. Feminism, Foucault and Deleuze. Theory, Culture & Society, 14(2), pp. 23-37. ISSN 0263-2764

Conference or Workshop Item

Experience and Sociology
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2007. 'Experience and Sociology'. In: Experience and Sociology. Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom.

What Matters?
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2007. 'What Matters?'. In: Sociology Working Papers. Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom.

Digital

Feminism, Foucault, Deleuze
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2014. Feminism, Foucault, Deleuze.

Locating the Archive
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2013. Locating the Archive.

New Light from the Middle East
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2012. New Light from the Middle East.

Project

A Work in Process
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2005-2008 A Work in Process.

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