Mariam Motamedi-Fraser BA (Hons), PhD

Staff details

Position Reader
Department Sociology
Email m.motamedi-fraser (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 2204
Mariam Motamedi-Fraser BA (Hons), PhD

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).

 

Research Interests

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). 

Publications

Book

Word: Beyond Language, Beyond Image
Motamedi-Fraser, M. 2017. Word: Beyond Language, Beyond Image. London and New York: Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN HB 978-1-7834-8142-2; PB 978-1-7834-8143-9

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

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

Edited Book

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

Edited Journal

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

Book Section

'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

Geo-Archive
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

Once Upon a Problem
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

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

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

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

Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

`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

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

Conference or Workshop Item

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

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

Digital

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

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

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

Project

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

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