Mariam Motamedi-Fraser BA (Hons), PhD

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Mariam Motamedi-Fraser BA (Hons), PhD

My research focuses on the theoretical, methodological and ethical implications of recent developments in the sciences of animal cognition and behaviour for social science thinking (i.e. for the kinds of concepts and theories deployed in the social sciences; for the relations of animals to social science teaching and research; etc.).

Conversely, I am exploring the contributions that social scientists might be able to make to the animal sciences. I have a special interest in animal anecdotes and their implications for scientific thinking.

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. My dog, Monk, accompanies me on both these modules.

I am apprenticed to The Dog Hub in Euston and am doing an ABTC-accredited Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Management. My most recent article is Dog words; or, how to think without language (2019, Sociological Review). I am co-supervising, with Les Back, Lisa Rabanal's thesis on 'The lives (and deaths) of South London Staffies: oppression, agency, and social intersectionality.'

Research Interests

At its broadest level, my research history has been preoccupied with 'sense-making' – that is, with 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. In Word: Beyond Language, Beyond Image (2015), I investigated the senses that humans make of words when they are abstracted from language, and the senses that words make of them.

Word identifies and discusses 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 2019).



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.

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