Emily Nicholls

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Emily Nicholls

Emily is a Postdoctoral Researcher on EUROPACH: Distentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health. The Project is funded by Humanties in the European Research Area (HERA) and while the UK team are based at Goldsmiths, the project is a joint effort between Goldsmiths researchers and research teams based at Humboldt University (Germany); Jagiellonian University (Poland); and University of Basel (Switzerland).

Research Interests

Emily's doctoral thesis in Visual Sociology was supervised by Monica Greco and Marsha Rosengarten and submitted to Goldsmiths Sociology department in September 2016. Previously, she studied BA Sociology and Cultural Studies and MA Social Research also in the department. She is also currently an Associate Lecturer in the department and teaches on two undergraduate second year core modules, Making of the Modern World and Central Issues in Sociological Analysis.

Her doctoral thesis, entitled: The Making of an AIDS archive: expertise, inter/disciplinarity, and the process of researching, considered the various forms of expertise employed and fostered in the course of creating an archive of the UK HIV/AIDS epidemic. In doing so, it followed a clinician who had taken up the task of creating the archive and who later came to establish a relationship with a heritage institution in the name of the archive's construction. While Emily had intended to undertake a research project employing insights from Science and Technology Studies in order to concern herself with the sorting practices performed by an archivist on the materials, she came instead to attend to an initmate and personal space in the making of the archive. Maintaining the process of researching and the personal journey which the research became within the text, the thesis attends to questions concerning the different kinds of expertise involved in and fostered during the process of establishing the archive. This includes the expertise of the clinician who initiated the archive, the archivists from the hertiage institution and her own as the researcher in following it.