Marsha Rosengarten BA, Grad Dip Communications, MA, PhD

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Marsha Rosengarten BA, Grad Dip Communications, MA, PhD
Process-oriented theories, Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Theory (Butler), Queer Theory, Sexuality, Ethics.  

My academic career began in Australia as a mature age student after working in the non-government welfare sector on employment, housing and planning issues and thinking I wanted to make films. The more study I took—BA, Graduate Diploma in Communications with major in film and video production,  MA (by Research Thesis), PhD—the more engaged I became with the realm of ideas and ability of theory to turn the world I had assumed upside down or, at least, round about.


At the postgraduate level I contribute to the core courses of Theory, Concepts and Methods I & II in the MA Social Research and contribute to the core course ‘Gender, Affect & the Body’ in the MA Gender, Media and Culture. On some occasions I teach an option ‘Data Made Flesh’ which examines contemporary debates occurring in the social sciences/humanities that are linked to developments in the fields of biomedicine, biotechnology and science. At  undergraduate level, I teach an undergraduate option ‘Sex, Drugs and Technology,’ incorporating the work of Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Giles Deleuze and others under the heading of Science and Technology Studies.

Areas of supervision

Process-oriented theories, Science and Technology Studies, Feminist critiques of matter, Sexuality, Ethics and Biomedicine.  I currently supervise six students covering topics ranging from the establishment of an archive on the history of HIV/AIDS in the UK,  the enactment of frequent attendance in Chilean primary care, enactments of HIV in UK and Polish clinical environments, an ethnography of HIV in a specialist antenatal clinic, Palestinian women’s experience of imprisonment, and   multisexual citizenship and human rights.

Research Interests

I am especially interested in the possibilities afforded by process-oriented theories, including those identified with Science and Technology Studies (STS) for rethinking/reframing perceived challenges in the fields of health and medicine. In this sense my interest is primarily methodological although always motivated and responsive to a perceived empirical. Areas of special interest include the calculative and performative/exclusionary work of ‘gold’ standard randomized control trials, the materialization of the human immunodeficiency virus through diagnostic technologies and especially visualising technologies, innovative modes of ‘play’ in gay sexual cultures in dealing with HIV risk.  

Brocher Foundation (2014) in collaboration with Martin Saveransky and Prof Dan Neyland, Implementation Award. International Sympoosium: 'Is it feasible to conceive of ‘situated efficacy’?: A symposium on the distinction between efficacy and effectiveness in HIV health and medical research'. To be held in Geneva, February 2015

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant (2014. w/M. Savransky), Project: 'Towards a Concept of Situated Efficacy: An Alterntative Mode of Collaboration between Social Science and Biomedicine'.