My work explores 'sense-making' – how different kinds of theoretical, political, methodological, ethical and affective sense is/can be made, and with what implications – at the very edges of disciplines and other domains. The event in science, failure in sociology, are examples. My most recent book, Word: Beyond Language, Beyond Image (2015), investigates the senses that humans make of words when they are abstracted from language, and the senses these words make of them. I identify and discuss such non-linguistic word encounters in, for example, social theory, religions, and in debates about disability, photography, art, and gesture. I have recently developed the core argument of Word in relation to dogs (see 'Dog words; or, how to think without language,' Sociological Review, forthcoming).
My current research is on animals, with a particular focus on the theoretical, methodological and ethical implications of recent developments in the sciences of animal cognition and behaviour for the social sciences, and also for animal/human relations more broadly. I teach a third-year undergraduate option module entitled Thinking Animals, and an MA Module called Animals in Theory and in Practice: Philosophy, Agency, Ethics. I am apprenticed to The Dog Hub in Euston and am doing an AdDip that covers all aspects of canine life (from evolution and genetics through to individual behaviour and social environment).
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