Staff details

Position Research Fellow
Department Sociology
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Monk is a black Labrador. He has accompanied Mariam Motamedi-Fraser to Goldsmiths since September 2015, when he was seven months old. He comes to staff and student meetings, and to the lectures and seminars on Mariam's third year option module, Thinking Animals, and on her MA option, Animals in Theory and Practice. Monk's role is to help sensitise both Mariam and students to the lessons that animals can teach, even – or perhaps especially – in unusual contexts (Oliver, 2009, Animal Lessons).

Monk has participated in many training sessions at The Dog Hub, where Mariam is a volunteer apprentice. Like most Labradors, who were originally bred for hunting and fishing, and who are hard-working and companionable, Monk enjoys the energy and shared focus required for training. He loves to 'work' for a ball, and any game that involves his sniff will have his full attention. Compared to humans, who have six million olfactory receptor cells in their noses, dogs have between two hundred million and one billion (depending on breed). They also have more than eight hundred different kinds of receptors. In celebration of this glorious nose, Monk and Mariam are currently learning about scent work, trailing and tracking. 

Given that he is virtually waterproof (webbed toes, rudder tail, double-coat), Monk has a curious dislike of rain.




Motamedi-Fraser, M. 2017. Word: Beyond Language, Beyond Image. London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 9781783481422

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

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

Edited Book

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

Edited Journal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2019. Dog words; or, how to think without language. Sociological Review, 67(2), pp. 374-390. ISSN 0038-0261

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fraser, Mariam. 1999. Classing Queer: Politics in Competition. Theory, Culture and Society, 16(2), pp. 107-131. ISSN 0263-2764

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

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

Conference or Workshop Item

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

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


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

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

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


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