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Miss Catherine Duxbury (part-time)

E-mailclduxb (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)

 One should be warned, Catherine Duxbury left school with average exam results. Influenced by the works of Orwell, Haraway and Marx, she decided to make a run for it at University, not before having several misguided attempts (Geography and Psychology included). She was, in her youth, annoyed at the totalitarian nature of the English education system, that she thought that doing a degree at first was antithetical to her (delusional sense of) creativity. Until, she did her MA degree and now her PhD. This allowed her to push the doors of perception in ways that she has found productive. Her time outside of formal education has been fuelled by reggae, punk, metal, rock and animals, which have endowed her with many a life skill and a superior portion of cultural capital beyond any strict adherence to a 9-5 lifestyle. Apart from her aforementioned musical tastes and dabbles into psychoactive ‘research’ during her youth, she is also a strict vegan, loves animals and owes her life to three cats and a dog named Freya.


September 2008 – June 2009 University of East London
PGCE PCET (Post Compulsory Education and Training)
• Teaching in Further education: 16-19 year olds
• Teaching Sociology A-level (AS/A2), Teaching Psychology A-level (AS/A2)
• Teaching BTEC Health and Social Care (Level 3)

October 2006 - 7th September 2007, University of Essex.
MA Sociology
• Dissertation title: Framing Process, Collective and Personal Identities of a local
Environmental Social Movement (awarded a distinction)

2002-2005 University of Huddersfield
BSc. (Hons) Psychology: Upper Second Class (2.1)
• Dissertation Project: Beyond Borders: Creativity in the Visual Arts

Research interests
  •  Critical Animal Studies
  • Posthumanism
  • Feminism, specfically Ecofeminism & Feminist animal studies
  • Feminist science studies
  • cultural studies
  • Philosophy and history of science
  • Ecotherapy/Ecopsychology
  • mental health/illness
  • Animal Rights
  • Environmentalism
  • Sociology of nature/environment
  • Social Movements esp. ESMs.
  • Media
  • Veganism/feminist veganism
Teaching responsibilities

 29/08/11 – present H.E. Teaching, Colchester Institute, Essex.
• BA/FdA Health and Social Care, Early Years and
• Modules: Research Appreciation and Critiquing, Study Skills, Professional Development through Research, Pan-European Education and Care, Introduction to Research Awareness, Health and Wellbeing
• Supervising dissertation students
• Marking assignments
• Moderating/IV work
• Personal tutor

September 2011/12 – 2013/14 University of Essex
Graduate Teaching Assistant/Personal Tutor (2012/2013 academic year)
• Media, Culture and Society
• Marking coursework/exam scripts
• Personal Tutor (2012/13) for 1st year undergraduates

18/05/09 –29/08/13 F.E. Teacher Colchester Institute, Essex:
• BTEC Health and Social Care years one and two (level 3) & Course Leader for introductory diploma (2009-2011)
• One-to-one tutorials and pastoral support
• IV-ing and Quality Management of level 3 year one programme


 Women and Animals: Theoretical Perspectives, Essex Graduate Journal of Sociology
(October 2012)

SupervisorColin Samson
Thesis titleAnimals, Gender & Science: Social and Cultural Histories of the nonhuman, 1948-1965

 To think about the historical relationship between animal experimentation and gender may appear to be a misnomer. However polarised these two concepts are seen to be, previous scholarship has addressed the intersections of race, gender, class and animality. The most prominent work covering these seemingly disparate concepts is by Carol J Adams, Donna Haraway , Lynda Birke and Joanna Bourke . Haraway examined the historical constructions by science of nonhuman primates since the 19th Century and its relationship to interpretations of gender and race. She used concepts from cultural studies to explain scientific practice and its claims to knowledge. On the other hand, Birke and Bourke consistently address issues concerning the overlapping of gender, science and animals. With Birke situating her work ahistorically and Bourke addressing historical accounts of the connections between gender, race, class and animals.

This thesis gives an alternative account of animals, gender and science compared to the ones above. I focus on Britain from 1948-1965, the period proximately following the Second World War. During this time the machinery of the State was not only operated by politicians and bureaucrats, but also by scientists and ‘experts’ . The State had intimate links with business and science ; scientists became complicit in the decisions affecting the nation . With this in mind, money not only was directed into the welfare state, but also, into the creation of a vast military-industrial complex . Animals played a leading role in this and consequently animal experimentation flourished. The State and scientists worked together to compete in a bipolar world of ever advancing technologies that enhanced human health and welfare but which also envisioned our destruction . I argue that scientific experimentation on animals creates knowledge about the nonhuman that is a product of culture and consequently one that overlaps with conceptions of gender. Despite science’s claims for objectivity, I contend that scientific research on animals is a part of culture. Furthermore, this culturally created knowledge about the animal intersects with discourses about the role of women in society. I call these intersections ‘ontological entanglements’ . Guided by close analysis of archival sources, I show how sexism towards women in this period, overlapped with conceptions and treatment of animals under experimentation. Hence, my project traces these scientifically influenced judgements about animals in order to show how science is culturally embedded and influenced by gender norms.


  • 10/03/12: Animals in Society Postgraduate Conference, University of Exeter, Title of paper: Fighting Cocks and Abject Bitches, Women and animals Theoretical Perspectives
  •  Staff-Student Liaison Seminar, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, 10th October
    2012: Masculinist Tropes and Sadistic Patriarchy: Liminal Nature and a Trip to the Stars,
  • Postgraduate Sociology Conference, Department of Sociology, University of Essex, 2013:
    The Animal Body in Vivisection, 1965-1970.

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