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.'
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).
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. 2014. Words and Walls, Texts and Textiles: A Conversation. Theory, Culture and Society, pp. 1-20. 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