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.
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).
Archives, stories, words, modes of sense-making
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
`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