Current PhD Students

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Here are some profiles of our current PhD students

 

 

Alexander, James

Supervisors

Brian Alleyne and David Oswell

Alvarez Lopez, Valentina

Supervisors

Bev Skeggs and Michaela Benson

Thesis Title

Meanings and Values in Domestic Reproductive Practices among Chilean Working Class Women

Armstrong, Miranda

After 10 years of a varied working life, including roles as a recruitment researcher and a voluntary sector project worker, I returned to education in 2010 when my young son began primary school. After an Access course, I studied for a BSc in Sociology at the University of Surrey and an MSc in Social Research Methods at the London School of Economics. 

I am also a writer who has produced and edited copy for commercial publications and contributed writing to national press, including Pride Magazine and The Evening Standard. I now maintain a personal blog

Contact

m.armstrong(@gold.ac.uk)

Supervisors

Les Back and Yasmin Gunaratnam

Thesis Title

Experiences of Mothering and Emergence into Manhood in Black, Inner-City Single Parent Families

Research Question 

This thesis examines how lone mothers of African and Caribbean origin have raised sons to adulthood and how these sons have emerged into manhood. Sole parenting of male children by women has long been viewed as inadequate while historically social science scholarship and public discourse has pathologised the Black family, lone mothers within them in particular. The prevalence of this family form in certain Black populations has been implicated within a range of social problems, from inner city ‘riots’ to educational ‘underachievement.’ While these claims are generally unsubstantiated, empirical evidence available to either contest or contextualise these longstanding assumptions are emergent at best.

This research aims to produce constructive knowledge by centralising mothers’ and sons’ voices and perspectives. It strives to fully understand how and why some lone mothers and their sons succeed or survive despite social pitfalls while others do not. It takes seriously the role of the social conditions in people’s biographies but also focuses upon the worldviews, capitals and resources that enable people to overcome these. A rich and in-depth account of participants lived experiences will be developed through biographical narrative interviews and visually conveyed through a photo elicitation project.

Research Interests 

I am interested in exploring how experiences of the family and of certain positions in the life course are shaped by ‘race’, class and gender. 

Teaching

Graduate Trainee Tutor, SOC51007A Policing the State, 2017-2018

Conferences 

May 2016 ‘Reimagining lone motherhood’, part of Reproductive labour: Parenting beyond patriarchy, at Goldsmiths Graduate Festival 2016, Goldsmiths, University of London

November 2015 ‘Searching for reflections of oneself’ at Telling it like it is: Reflecting on the academic experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic university students University of Greenwich

Awards

ESRC PhD scholarship from the Goldsmiths/Queen Mary Doctoral Training Centre

Goldsmiths Graduate Fund Award (won jointly) for event, Reproductive labour: Parenting beyond Patriarchy

‘LSE Masters Award,’ a full masters scholarship from the London School of Economics

The Asher Tropp Prize for the best overall undergraduate performance from the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey

Joint winner of The Sociology Dissertation Prize from the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey

Baxter, Kiri

Supervisors

Bev Skeggs and Rebecca Coleman

Thesis Title

What's the' Matter' of Women in Sport? Bodies, senses and boundaries

Berrios Huerta, Maria

Supervisor

Alberto Toscano and Vikki Bell

Bhatti, Meena

Supervisors

Brett St. Louis

Borges Simoes Doe Reis, Jose

Supervisors

Alberto Toscano and Brian Alleyne

Brentjes, Rana

Supervisors

Brian Alleyne and Dorothee Wierling (Die Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Hamburg)

Burton, Sarah

Supervisors

Michaela Benson and Heidi Mirza

Thesis Title

Exploring Power and Legitimacy in the Making of Sociological Knowledge: A Study of the Craft of Writing

Carter, Adam

Supervisors

Vik Loveday and Monica Greco

Thesis Title

Laughter's Entanglement: Comedy taste, consumption and laughter

Chike-Michael, Ayobola

Supervisors

Caroline Knowles and Michaela Benson

Thesis Title

Nigerian UK Transmigrants: an Investigation of transnational practices through the lived experiences of London-Lagos 'Bridgers'

Cieszewska-Wong, Maria

Supervisors

Les Back and Yasmin Gunaratnam

Thesis Title

How Does Transnational Family Care Function in the Case of Aging Relatives? A case study of pre European Polish migrants and their aging relatives back in Poland

Claux Ferrand, Denise

Supervisors

Bev Skeggs and Paul Halliday

Corble, Alice

Supervisors

Mariam Motamedi-Fraser and Nirmal Puwar

Thesis Title

The Changing Public Forms and Value(s) of Libraries in Austerity Britain

Dabiri, Emma

Supervisors

Les Back and Rebecca Coleman

Thesis Title

Mixed Race after Identity

Dabrowski, Vicki

Supervisors

Bev Skeggs and Rebecca Coleman

Thesis Title

Young Women's Lived Experience of Austerity

Da Silva, Marina

Supervisors

Michael Guggenheim and Alberto Toscano

Thesis Title

The Concept of 'Visual pollution' on Public Space and its Relation to Social Dynamics

De Sutter, Adrien

Supervisors

Monica Greco and Martin Savransky

Eist, Katharina

Supervisors

Vic Seidler and Monica Greco

Eleftherakos, Ioannis

Supervisors

Caroline Knowles and Monica Sassatelli

Thesis Title

The Effect of the on-going Greek Recession on Two Neighbourhoods in Central Athens

Fernandez Ossandon, Rosario

Supervisors

Vikki Bell and Sara Farris

Thesis Title

Domestic Labour in Chile: performing intimacy, memory and the nation

Ghahremani, Ibrahim

Supervisors

David Hirsh and Kirsten Campbell

Thesis Title

A Sociological Study of the Ways in Which Iranian Elites Have Interpreted Western Political and Social Theory in the Development of 'Liberal Islam'

Gilbert, Holly

Supervisors

Nirmal Puwar and Vikki Bell

Thesis Title

On Memory and Place: Photography as a Practice of Mapping spaces of Postmemory

Gouldstone, Sian

Supervisors

Nina Wakeford and Caroline Knowles

Green, Secorro

Supervisors

Michaela Benson and Brett St. Louis

Thesis Title

The Black Middle Class in London: Agency, power and community

Halasz, Katalin

Supervisors

Nirmal Puwar and Nina Wakeford

Thesis Title

The Making of the White Woman

Harpin, Julie

Supervisors

Bev Skeggs and Marsha Rosengarten

Henneke, Laura

M.Sc. Urban Design, M.Arch. Architecture

Thesis: Arab Migrants in the City of Yiwu – The Impact of the New Silk Road on Chinese Urban Development

B.Sc. Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

TU Berlin, Germany Thesis: Dry Stone Wall Constructions in the Cevennes, France

Laura Henneke is a visual sociologist specialised in urbanism. She studied Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the Technical University of Berlin, completed a dual degree Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design at the Technical University of Berlin and Tongji University Shanghai, and is currently doing a University of London-funded PhD in Visual Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her main research interests are the migration of transnational traders to and from China, the New Silk Road / Belt and Road Initiative, architectures of logistics and transportation, and visual research methods. She is co-founder of Present Spaces, a collaborative unit at the intersection of research, design, sociology and urbanism, and an active member of the CUCR as well as the PhD Migration Reading Group.

Contact

l.henneke(@gold.ac.uk)

Supervisors

Caroline Knowles and Emma Jackson

Thesis Title

The New Silk Road: China’s rising impact on Socio-Spatiality in City Fringes

Research Question

On the 18th of November 2014, a train began its 8000 miles maiden voyage from Yiwu, East China to Madrid. Its arrival, 21 days later, strikingly demonstrates Europe’s presence in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), also referred to as ‘the New Silk Road’. It is China’s grand strategy to expand its influence by means of ambitious infrastructure projects across its borders, into territories beyond. This proposed research asks: What is the visible and invisible impact of the China-Europe train route on the urban landscapes it passes? From selected vantage points in cities’ fringes, my research methods will engage with sites, where the train, commodities, people, and the built environment intersect. Using interviews, observation through still and moving image making, as well as spatial mapping, this study puts local social and spatial dynamics in context with the economic logics driving them. The project contributes to study on globalisation by bringing new forms of it to our gaze, and further to literature on the social impact of BRI, analysis of which is dominated by economists and experts of international relations who overlook its social and spatial dimensions.

Research Interests

  • Globalisation
  • Transportation Networks
  • Belt and Road Initiative / The New Silk Road
  • Transnational migration
  • Chinese diaspora

Publications 

Henneke, L. (2017) ‘Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Rising Impact on Socio-Spatiality in European Cities’, Mapping China Journal, 1(1), pp. 116–123.

Henneke, L. (2015) ‘Harmony Through Commerce - How Yiwu Embraced Islam’, MONU Magazine, pp. 42–48.

Teaching

Goldsmiths, University of London Course Tutor London, visual urban sociology course taught to 2nd year Sociology students.

Grants

2018: Newton Fund under the UK-China Joint Research and Innovation Partnership Fund

2017: Goldsmiths, University of London MPhil/PhD Scholarship 2017

Talks

Henneke, L. (2017) ‘Yiwu: Starting Point of the New Silk Road’. Navigating Urban Life: Mobilities, Goldsmiths, University of London, 30 November.

Henneke, L. (2017) ‘Yiwu, first stop on the New Silk Road: Shifting social and spatial dynamics in China’. Department of Sociology and Human Geography Lunch Seminar, University of Oslo, 18 October.

Henneke, L. (2017) ‘Roundtable Discussion’. Migrant Cartographies: Cities, Circuits & Circulations, Goldsmiths, University of London, 12 May.

Henneke, L. (2017) ‘Yiwu's Wholesale Market of Small Commodities: The Beginning of the New Silk Road’. Transnational Production Spaces, Habitat Unit, Technical University Berlin, 21 February.

Hickman, Timothy

Supervisors

David Oswell and Brian Alleyne

Thesis Title

Cyberbullying Experiences and Perspectives Amongst Gypsy and Traveller Young People

Jensen, Nele

Supervisors

Marsha Rosengarten and David Reubi (Kings College, University of London)

Thesis Title

What Matters, Where and How: evidence-informed policy newtorks and the making of knowledge in global health

Kenehan, Rachel

Supervisors

Les Back and Emma Jackson

Thesis Title

Young Men's Experience of Long Term Imprisonment 

Kinghan, Jacqueline

Supervisors

Kate Nash and Brian Alleyne

Thesis Title

Lawyers Changing Lives: A Narrative History of Progressive Lawyering in the UK

Lagos Rojas, Felipe

Supervisors

Alberto Toscano and Brian Alleyne

Thesis Title

Misadventures of Latin American Marxism: Intellectual Journeys towards the Deprovincialization of Marxist thought

 

Le Vay, Lulu

Lulu Le Vay started out as deputy editor of Sleazenation in the mid-90s, propelling her into a busy career as a music and lifestyle writer for The Face, i-D, Jockey Slut and Xray through to the Guardian Guide, The Independent, The New Statesman and The Observer.

Alongside print journalism Lulu has also been a senior researcher on Channel 4’s The Jo Whiley Show, and has been a freelance reporter for Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Alongside writing she has also worked in PR, artist management and social media. She has recently won an award for her blog content for fitness group, Gymbox.

As a lover of music, Lulu also has a career as a DJ, playing regularly in London and across the UK and Europe. Lulu also lectures in music, sociology and journalism, and is a course creator and unit writer for a number of organizations. 

Lulu is a regular panelist at industry events, having spoken alongside the likes of Miranda Sawyer, Clara Amfo, and Roisin Murphy. She is also a copywriter and qualified subeditor.

Contact

Sop01llv(@gold.ac.uk)

Supervisors

Bev Skeggs and Rebecca Coleman

Thesis Title

Representations and responses to surrogacy in the reproduction of the family

Research Question

This thesis explores representations and responses to surrogacy on TV and film. It examines how conventional notions of ‘the proper family’ are reproduced. Through textual analysis and audience research, this research explores how conventional ideals of family are constructed, and how female viewers interpret such values. A specific focus is on how narratives are articulated through varying genre devices, and how particular televisual techniques shape the viewer’s perceptions of not just surrogacy as a practice, but its place within normative family and motherhood. 

The thesis used textual and empirical methods. It demonstrates how dominant textual narratives are steered by the depiction of the heterosexual infertile characters as non-normative, in need of transformation into genetic mothers, through surrogacy or the miracle of natural pregnancy enabled by heterosexual love. Same-sex parenting and homosexuality are articulated as more acceptable when positioned within compulsory monogamy. Through the employment of queer theory as an analytical tool, conventional notions of family, motherhood and femininity are exposed, as any positions outside of this ideal are portrayed as ’failing to comply’.

The research with different audiences was conducted through focus groups, using clips from a selection of popular mainstream texts featuring surrogacy storylines – across sitcom, soap, reality TV and Hollywood mom-com. These texts were shown to three groups of women of different ages, professional, cultural and class backgrounds – mothers and non-mothers. Despite the adherence to hetero-norms that drive the narratives in the texts, what has emerged in the audience data are desires to see alternative, and less predictable, happy endings that not only position infertile female characters more positively, but which celebrate alternative formations of kinship situated outside of heteronormative monogamy and the genetic tie. The research respondents consider alternatives as meaningful, if not more reflective of contemporary structures of family.

This research reveals the temporal gap between mainstream texts, which uphold the white, heteronormative, genetically-reproduced family as the ideal, at a time when forms of families are continually diversifying, and when more women are choosing alternative life paths outside of marriage and motherhood. 

Research Interests

Cultural articulations of reproductive technologies, particularly surrogacy, Emotion and affect in television studies and Queer theory and the media

 

 

Levy, Claire

Supervisors

Les Back and Alex Rhys-Taylor

Lulu, Ashjan

Supervisors

Mariam Motamedi-Fraser and Alberto Toscano

Thesis Title

Anti-Colonial Resistance and Subjectivity Palestinian Hunger Strikers in Captive Revolution

McShane, Brian

Supervisors

Vic Seidler and Brian Alleyne

Maurer, Sandra

Supervisors

Abby Day and Adam Dinham (STACS Department)

Thesis Title

Religious Minority Student Experience and Student Faith Activism in HE

Merz, Sibille

Sibille holds a BA in Political Science from the Free University in Berlin, Germany, an MA in Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy from the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths and a doctoral fellowship by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation. She has taught on core modules in the department and at the University of Warwick, and has worked in third sector organisations in Europe, India and Palestine alongside her studies.

Contact

sibille.merz(@gold.ac.uk)

Supervisors

Brett St. Louis and Nirmal Puwar

Thesis Title

The heterogeneous Caucasian: Indian biologies between proximity and distance in transnational biomedical research

Research Question

This research project examines how, if at all, the concern over ‘racial’ disparities in drug response inflect the transnationalisation of biomedical research, focusing on the Indian clinical trial industry. Drawing on archival and qualitative interview data with scientists and regulators, and engaging with an extensive body of literature that has critically engaged the resurgence of racial biology in the postgenomic era, it examines how scientific ideas about race and ethnicity are put to work, translated and redefined when they ‘travel’ transnationally. Situated at the interface of the sociology of race and (postcolonial) science and technology studies, the project excavates the different scientific, political and economic factors shaping the incessant occupation with racial classifications, and determining which population differences are considered valuable but not others.

Research Interests

Sociology of race and ethnicity; science and technology studies; biopolitics; post-colonial theory and critical globalisation studies

Nicholls, Emily

Supervisors

Monica Greco and Marsha Rosengarten

Thesis Title

Enacting HIV in the Archive

Osborne, Andrew

Supervisors

Alberto Toscano and Sara Farris

Thesis Title

Can Arise Chicago Foster Political Participation Amongst Low-Wage Workers of Different Ethnicities and Develop Interethnic Solidarities Under One Roof?

Pacho, Agata

Supervisors

Monica Greco and Marsha Rosengarten

Thesis Title

Enactments of HIV in an HIV Outpatient Clinic: A study of practices, knowledges and experiences of HIV treatment in the presence of biomedical technologies

 

Palma Irarrazaval, Felipe

Supervisors

Nirmal Puwar and Monica Sassatelli

Palmer, Rachel

Supervisors

Yasmin Gunaratnam and Monica Greco

Perriam, Jessamy

Supervisors

Daniel Neyland and Michael Guggenheim

Thesis Title

Demonstrating Disruption: How digital technologies demonstrate disruption in everyday life

Rivera, Ignacio

I am currently a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths University. I completed my MA in musicology at Universidad de Chile and my undergraduate studies in sociology at Universidad Católica de Chile. My research in Chile focused on oral poetry, folklore traditions, and the experience of female folklore singers. During the last three years, I have researched on the production of translocal identities in Latin American festivals in the UK, using concepts from performance theory (liminality, performativity). I am also an amateur musician and I have used the music and the song as a methodological tool to approach social reality and to conduct participatory research.

Contact

i.rivera(@gold.ac.uk)

Supervisors

Vikki Bell and Monica Sassatelli

Thesis Title

“The performance of Latin American identities in translocal space: The case of ‘El Sueño Existe’ festival, Wales”

Research Question

My thesis focuses in the ways in which contemporary Latin American festivals in the UK contribute to the process of transmitting and performing. I am interested in the study of artworks and cultural expressions performed in festivals and how they contribute to recreate an idea of Latin America and generate community and belonging. The main questions of the research is: How do Latin American festivals participate in acts of transmitting and performing identity in translocal space? I argue that Latin American festivals are performative events that contributes to processes of identity formation through the reproduction and suspension of normativity. I am use as case study ‘El Sueño Existe’, a  festival of Latin American music and politics that takes place every two years in Machynlleth, Wales. Set up in 2005, this festival commemorates the legacy of Chilean artist Víctor Jara and the New Chilean Song. The research includes an analysis of El Sueño Existe Festival taking in consideration the perspectives of Chilean diaspora, musicians, political activists, Welsh residents and other people who have participated in this event.

Research Interests

Sociology of culture, sociology of music and art, popular poetry, gender, festivals, performance studies 

Teaching

Designed and taught undergraduate course ‘Sociology of Music’. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2014.

Publications

Rivera, I. (2014) ‘Las Cantoras Populares en el Encuentro de Raíces de Portezuelo’. Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Cultural y las Artes, FONDART REGIONAL, Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Gobierno de Chile

Rivera, I. (2013) Book Review: ‘Mario Rojas. El que sae, sae: crónica personal de la cueca brava’. In: Resonancias 33 p. 171-173.

Rivera, I. (2011) Roles y estructuras de género en la práctica del canto popular femenino. In Revista Chilena De Literatura [Online], 0(78).

Grants and Awards

Awarded with a scholarship from the Chilean National Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies, to pursue the MPhil & PhD in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Sept 2014-Sept 2018.

FONDART Research Projects Grant. Chilean Council for Arts and Culture. Research about the role of popular female singers in the traditional Festival of Portezuelo, Chile. 2014.

FONDO DE LA MUSICA Projects Grant. Chilean Council for Arts and Culture. Production of music CD of Irene Belmar, a female Chilean singer. 2014.

Conference Presentations

‘Chilean Exiles in a Welsh festival: memory, justice and healing’ The UCL Americas Research Network Third Annual Conference, London, May 2017.

‘New Chilean Song and Victor Jara in translocal space: lifestyles and repertoires of the musicians of El Sueño Existe Festival, Wales’. Society for Latin American Studies Conference 2017, Glasgow, April 2017.  

‘Latinoamerican Music, Aesthetics and Politics in the Global Stage: The Case of 'el Sueño Existe' Festival in Wales‘. Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna Austria. July, 2016.

‘Community, ethnicity and memory in Latin American festivals in London: a general review’ PILAS Conference 2016, Newcastle, June, 2016.

‘From Folklore to Hybridisation: the case of traditional female singers in the Festival of Portezuelo, Chile’. PILAS Conference 2015, University of Cambridge, June 2015.

'Reflections on discourses of Latin American culture and hybridization’. Society for Latin American Studies Conference 2015 Aberdeen, April 2015

 

Pulini, Ilaria

Supervisors

Michaela Benson and Emma Jackson

Thesis Title

Life in the London district of Kensington: Change and continuity

Regis, Tissot

Supervisors

Abby Day and Alex Rhys-Taylor

Thesis Title

Gentrification and Radicalisation in East London

Rondel, Louise

Supervisors

Alex Rhys-Taylor and Nirmal Puwar

Thesis Title

Powerfully Beautiful, Beautifully Powerful: The co-constitution of bodies and cities in the beauty salon

Rourke, Robert

Supervisors

Yasmin Gunaratnam and Mariam Motamedi-Fraser

Thesis Title

Habitual Favourites: A Quasi-Object Sensory Sociology of Autism

Sadikoglu, Rahme

Supervisors

Yasmin Gunaratnam and David Hirsh

Thesis Title

Identity Formations and Intangible Cultural Heritage in Post-War Cyprus

Shippie, Michelle

Supervisors

Brett St. Louis and Les Back

Thesis Title

Museum of Sensory Absence: Black Post War Migrant Experience of Race and Racism

Smith, Harriet

Supervisors

Michael Guggenheim and Alison Rooke

Thesis Title

How We Are With Animals

Stephens, Virginia

Supervisors

Michael Guggenheim and Francis Pine (Anthropology Department)

Thesis Title

Unravelling Organisational Closure: Working oneself out of a job in Kosovo's Development Practice

Strasser, Anita

I am an urban photographer / visual sociologist based in south-east London. I studied Photography at the London Institute (now LCC), completed a Master’s in Photography and Urban Cultures in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, and am currently studying towards a PhD in Visual Sociology. I am a member of Urban Photographers Association, International Visual Sociology Association, International Association of Visual Urbanists and the Centre of Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths. I have exhibited widely in (inter)national solo and group shows, and have organised and curated many of those exhibitions as well. I am also co-organiser of the symposium Engaging in Urban Image Making hosted by CUCR Goldsmiths. For more information please see here 

I also have a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from King’s College, London, and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I have been working as a Language and Academic Support Tutor on various programmes at University of the Arts London, including the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC. This involves supporting students whose first language is not English through their courses and help them prepare for their (mostly written) assignments.

Contact

Anita.Strasser(@gold.ac.uk)

Supervisors

Alison Rooke and Alex Rhys-Taylor

Thesis Title

Spaces of Exclusion: investigating the impact of regeneration and austerity programmes on the every-day life of council estate residents in Deptford south-east London

Research Question 

This study utilises dialogical photographic research to explore the relationship between culture-led urban regeneration, austerity and the hidden injustices experienced by working class residents in Deptford to investigate how this process can build social capital for those involved. It is concerned with both the politics and aesthetics of culture-led regeneration. The cultural industries are central to making space for the creative middle-class, deploying culture as a convenient resource for capital growth, and promoting areas such as Deptford as creative quarters and possessing working-class multicultural authenticity to professionals and investors.

To counter this, a photographic dialogical aesthetic, an art practice-led research methodology informed by action research, is proposed. This explores possibilities of involving local residents who provide this authentic experience but feel marginalised by cultural regeneration in the image-making process to make politically and visually invigorating images with a long-lasting impact. It has the potential to create an inclusive process and cultural space for dialogue, action and reflection.

Research Interests

My main research interests are urban communities, the regeneration and gentrification of London, the representation of class, visual research methods and participatory photographic practice. 

Publications

2014/15 The Visual Urbanist, published by The International Association of Visual Urbanists, UK

2013 Backyard, issue 3, published by Backyard Publications, London

2013 Street Signs 2012/13, published by the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, University of London

2012 The London Villages Project, book published by London Independent Photography

2012 Royal Hill, self-published book

2011 Deptford High Street, self-published book

2010 - 2014  fLIP, issues 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 27, published by London Independent Photography

2010 Third Greenwich Annuale, book published by The Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich, London

2003/04 Tanečny listy (Magazine for Dance), Prague

2002/03 STREET Fashion Magazine, issues 21, 22, 24, published by UCM-Verlag, Salzburg, Austria

2002 Official UK Guide to Drama Training 2002, published by The Conference of Drama Schools, UK

Scholarships and Awards

2017   AHRC CHASE doctoral studentship for PhD research

2016  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

2015  Goldsmiths Sociology Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement for the MA Photography and Urban Cultures Programme

2005  Kulturcapitalfonds Latvia (VKKF): scholarship for the documentation of theatre research project Synthesis of Voice and Movement, Latvia, Riga

2003  Kultur Land Salzburg – scholarship for one month residency in Vilnius Arts Academy, Lithuania

Conferences and Talks

2017 Organiser of Engaging in Urban Image-making: Symposium: Goldsmiths CUCR, London

2017 How are we relevant? Let’s talk about our area! Panel Discussion: Deptford Lounge, London

2017 Tales of Two Homes: Beckenham Photographic Society, London

2016 Using photography to facilitate social cohesion within a community: Symposium: Memory, Place, Photography, Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa, Lisbon

2015 Approaching the street: perspectives on social photography: Urban Photo Fest, Goldsmiths, London

2015 The Elephant’s Journey and the Creative City: Grounding Immobilities: Embodiment, Ephemera, Ecologies Workshop (presented by EASA Anthropology & Mobility Network @ Anthromob), Instituto de Ciências Sociais de Lisboa, Lisbon

2015 Family Photography: Beyond Representation and Towards Affect and Becoming: CSM Photography Conference ‘21st century Photography: art, philosophy, technique, Central Saint Martins, London

2014 From Observation to Interaction: Beckenham Photographic Society, London

2013 From Observation to Interaction: Mirage, Kent

2001 Nudes: Redeye (Association of Photographers), Manchester

Projects and Solo Exhibitions

2015 - Tales from the Stone Sea:  a visual ethnography of every-day life in this mountain range in the Austrian Alps - work in progress

2015  Oxenham House Neighbourhood Project: Oxenham House, Deptford, London

2014  Deptford High Street: Deptford Lounge, Deptford, London

2012  Royal Hill: The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, London

2010  Deptford High Street: St Nicolas Church, Deptford, London

2009  Eipprova 19: Galerie in der Zone (Arts Festival), Dritte Welt Laden, Saalfelden, Austria

2008  Eipprova 19: Eipprova Street Festival organised by The Urban Institute, Eipprova 19, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2008 Eipprova 19: Kavarna SEM (café at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum), Ljubljana, Slovenia

2005  Balticolours (impressions of the Baltics): Fotoklubs, Riga, Latvia

2004  A Season in The Ponec: organised by Tanec Praha (international contemporary dance festival), The Ponec Theatre, Prague

2003  Nudes: Gallery Na Farkane, Prague

2002  Nude and Fashion Photography: Caledonian Café, Prague

2002  Dance and Theatre Photography: Caledonian Café, Prague

2000  Male Nudes: Galerie Juettner, Vienna

1998/99 Homo-erotic photography: Centaurus (art shop), London            

Group Exhibitions

2016  Memory of Places: Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa, Lisbon

2015  Framing Urban Narratives: The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, London

2015  Greenwich Annuale #8: The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, London

2014  21 Years of Urban Change in Deptford: Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths, London

2014 50 Years of Goldsmiths Sociology: New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, London

2013  A Loose Traverse: The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, London

2013  RPS-UPF competition (Royal Photographic Society – Urban Photo Fest), The Greenwich Gallery, London

2013  Greenwich Annuale #6: The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, London

2012  The London Villages Project (LVP): Goldsmiths College, London

2012  Our Villages (Lewisham / Greenwich LVP group): The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, London

2012  The London Villages Project as part of Deptford X (Contemporary arts festival): Deptford Train Station, London

2011  Redundancies: as part of Crossing Lines, The Greenwich Gallery, Greenwich, London

2011  Nudes: as part of Misty Moon Exhibitions, Tank, Ladywell, London

2011  Brockley Max 2011 (Arts Festival): Ladywell Tavern and Hop Scotch Café (Brockley), London

2011  Misty Moon Exhibitions: Tank, Ladywell, London

2010  LIP 22nd Annuale: Strand Gallery, London

2010  Greenwich Annuale #4: Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich, London

2010  Deptford High Street: (work-in-progress) as part of Crossing Lines, Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich, London

2010  Open Salon: Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich, London

2009  CW II (multi-media project by UK artist Adam Ramejkis): Grad Tivoli (International Centre for Graphic Art), Ljubljana, Slovenia

2006  CW I (multi-media project by UK artist Adam Ramejkis): Kirkby Gallery, Merseyside

2005  The founding of the ‘Anna Lindh EURO Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures’: Alexandria library, Egypt

2005  Synthesis of Voice and Movement: Latvian Academy of Music, Riga, Latvia

1999  Home-erotic photography: Centaurus, London

1998  Female Nude: as part of end of year exhibition, London Institute, London

 

Takahashi, Kaoru

Supervisor

Michaela Benson

Thesis Title

Biographies of Migration: diverse trajectories of settlement among Japanese women in South East London

Takala, Ville

Supervisors

Roger Burrows and Evelyn Ruppert

Thesis Title

The Neoliberalisation of Social Data? Official statistics in the age of Big Data

Tascioglu, Irem

Supervisors

Vikki Bell and Alberto Toscano

Thesis Title

Constituent Power, Politics of Exception and the Failed Revolution: Trials Against the Military Junta in Turkey (1980)

Thomas, Philippa

Supervisors

Les Back and Michael Guggenheim

Thesis Title

'Enstranging' Criminology

 

Thongmuang, Chaturawit

Supervisors

Marsha Rosengarten and Brian Alleyne

Thesis Title

Queering Thai Sexual Identity and Culture in Digital Societies: A Sociological perspective

Tonhati, Tania

Supervisors

David Oswell and Kate Nash

Thesis Title

Family life in the Context of Migration: Brazilian transnational family rituals

Trifuoggi, Mario

I was born in Naples in 1986. My second hometown is Rome, where I studied political science and international relations, and worked for a few years. Later on, I committed myself to sociology. After having moved to London and earned a master’s from the LSE, I started my PhD at Goldsmiths. Besides urban sociology, my area of interest includes epistemology and social theory.  

Contact

mtrif001(@gold.ac.uk)

Supervisors

Michaela Benson and Emma Jackson

Thesis Title

Negotiating Porous Space: Urban Informality and Street Life in Naples’ Historic Centre   

Research Question

This thesis explores the relationship between everyday practices of space and informal forms of governance in Naples. By means of an ethnography of the city’s street scene, it analyses the spatial logic of government and the frames of legitimacy that define urbanism in spaces of contention like that one under scrutiny, wherein informal institutions compete with the state for territorial control. Conceptualising the street as a field, the thesis investigates the forms of sub-cultural capital that regulate the negotiation of acceptable and non-acceptable uses and users of urban space; the aim is to reconcile the phenomenology of Naples’ informal urbanism with the city’s political economy (with particular regard to the production and exchange of protection, which is notoriously overshadowed by organised crime). To this purpose, the thesis focusses on the everyday life of one of the most ill-famed neighbourhoods of the historic centre, exposing how alternative practices of urban space are enacted, negotiated, and sometimes contested. To add historical depth to the study, a diachronic analysis of the territorial dynamics of different institutions engaged in the local process of urban governance (e.g. state actors, NGOs, criminal networks) complements the ethnography of the neighbourhood. The research design builds upon the thesis’ analytical framework, which discusses how the struggle of the Italian state over territorial control in the south of the peninsula has generated hybrid forms of urban governance upheld by informal stakeholders. Along the lines of the extended case method, the field-based approach is intended to investigate the link between this case study and the macro-historical forces at play in the Italian North-South socioeconomic divide. Ultimately, the thesis seeks to extend the case study to other scholarship of informality at the intersection of postcolonial and urban studies, rejoining a broader conversation about the nature of cities and the geography of theory.

Publications

Trifuoggi, M. (2015), “A Tale of Reverse Deviance: Non-compliant Spatial Practices in the Land of Gomorrah”, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 35 No. 11/12, pp. 828-240.

Paper Presentations

Trifuoggi, M. and Varriale, A. (2017), “The Informal Housing Question: Contemporary Squatting in Central Naples”, RC21 Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 11-13 September.

Trifuoggi, M. (2017), “Orientalism in One City? On Doing Ethnography in Naples”, RGS-IBG Annual Conference, Royal Geographical Society, 29-1 August-September.

Trifuoggi, M. (2017), “Negotiating Porous Space: Urban Rituals and Neighbourhood Conflict in the Historic Centre of Naples”, BSA Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 4-6 April.

Trifuoggi, M. (2016), “Habitus and Place: Notes for a Spatialised Theory of Practice”, BSA Bourdieu Study Group Inaugural Biennial Conference, University of Bristol, 4-6 July.

Trifuoggi, M. (2015), “A Tale of Reverse Deviance: Non-compliant Spatial Practices in the Land of Gomorrah”, ECPR Standing Group on Organised Crime 1st General Conference, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, 11-12 December.

Departmental seminars

Trifuoggi, M. (2016), “The Regeneration of Confiscated Assets as Social Opposition to Mafia Governance”, University of Bath, 3 March.

Vivaldi Macho, Lieta

Supervisors

Vikki Bell and Monica Greco

Thesis Title

Abortion in Chile: Bio-politics and Contemporary Feminist Resistance

 

Weston, Dean

Supervisors

Michael Guggenheim and Les Back

Thesis Title

Imaging Encounters: Towards a Wordless Sociology

Williams, Viktoriya

Supervisors

Evelyn Ruppert and Marsha Rosengarten

Thesis Title

"Making Data Tell its Story": Data science as a professional project

Yang, Shih-Ming

Supervisors

Mike Featherstone (ICCE Department) and Alex Rhys-Taylor

Thesis Title

Tea, its Transnational Taste and Branding

 

Yekta, Semire

Supervisors

Daniel Neyland and Evelyn Ruppert

Thesis Title

Social Construction of Online Fraud

Zschomler, Danny

Supervisors

Bev Skeggs and Adam Dinham (STACS department)

Thesis Title

A Road to Prosperity: Localised Pentecostal Transnationalism on the Old Kent Road