My research interests lie broadly in the theoretical, methodological and political/ethical implications of recent developments in the animal sciences for social science thinking about animals and vice versa. My book, Dog Politics: Species Stories and the Animal Sciences, is forthcoming with Manchester University Press, February 2024 (hardback and open access initially). I teach two modules: Thinking Animals, at undergraduate level, and The Ethics and Politics of Animals, at Masters level. This is a core course on the MA Ecology, Culture, and Society. I live with Monk, a black Lab, who also co-teaches with me (in his own way). I welcome PhD students in the field of Animal Studies in particular.
- PhD, Lancaster University
- BA Hons, Social and Environmental Studies, Liverpool University
Teaching and Supervision
Publications and research outputs
Motamedi-Fraser, Mariam. 2024. Dog Politics: Species Stories in the Animal Sciences. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526174802
Fraser, Mariam. 1999. Identity without Selfhood: Simone de Beauvoir and Bisexuality. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521623575
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
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 and Zaker, Farniyaz. 2015. Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation. Theory, Culture and Society, 32(3), pp. 115-134. ISSN 0263-2764
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. 2003. Material theory: Duration and the Serotonin Hypothesis of Depression. Theory Culture & Society, 20, pp. 1-26. ISSN 02632764
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
Further profile content
Seeking for Story, artistic research film project by Ashkan Sepahvand, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. Epistolary and in-person collaboration with the artist Ashkan Sepahvand on the Mirdrekvandi Archive at the Bodleian Libraries leading to a film, which includes spoken excerpts from my extensive writing on this archive. The film (60 mins) will premiere in February 2024 at Modern Art Oxford.
What A Mouse Knows, Museum of Comedy, London. Provided mentorship for the writer and was involved in the organisation of this professional theatrical production. Writer: Maisie Tomlinson. Director: Ed Madden (Globe, The Southwark Playhouse, National Theatre). Actors: Ian Drysdale, Nancy Crane, Lydia Larson.
Migrating Dreams and Nightmares, Goldsmiths (2015-2016) and Warwick University (2016-2017). Co-initiated and co-organised with Nirmal Puwar (Sociology). Exhibition and related events (international, national, local, and pedagogical) explored bodily, visceral, emotional and affective expressions of migration.
A Work-in-Process, Goldsmiths. Initiated by myself, co-organised with Andrea Phillips (Curating). The project brought together staff and students in the Curating and Sociology Departments. Students chose artist-architect Marjetica Potrc to design a structure – which turned out to be wind turbines - that embodied the intellectual profile of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process.
Conferences and talks
Indian Animal Studies Collective, 'Table Talk' series
Is there an ethics of endurance?
Workshop on Environmental Change And Ritualized Relationships With The Other-Than-Human World, Berkeley.
Challenging reason? The passions and passivity of animals
Conference on Emotion, British Animal Studies Network Conference, Glasgow.
Expert Reviewer in Animals, Humanities and Social Sciences Expert Review Group, Wellcome Trust.