Dr Katja May

Staff details

Position Postdoctoral Researcher
Department Sociology
Email katja.may (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Katja May

As Postdoctoral Fellow on the ERC funded Politics of Patents (POP) project, Katja conducts qualitative analysis of the POP clothing patent archive and interviews with inventors. With over ten years experience in sewing and quilting, she also reconstructs garments from the archive along with the POP team as part of their research into speculative sewing and inventive methods.

Her interdisciplinary doctoral research at the University of Kent explored what types of political acts the everyday performance of needlework and its narrative renderings make possible. Using an inventive methods approach, she has examined quilting, home dressmaking, embroidery and knitting in the context of a transnational feminist politics of solidarity.

Katja has facilitated multiple feminist craftivism sessions and is passionate about disseminating research results through innovative means of engagement and demonstration.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, University of Kent 2020
  • MA, University of Kent 2015
  • BA, Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany 2014