|Staff position||A Cultural History of Women and Animals 1945-1991
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September 2009 – Present University of Essex
PhD Sociology – in progress (beginning September 2009 part time)
• A Cultural History of Women and Animals in the UK: Gendered Lives, Gendered Bodies, 1945-1991
• Includes an analysis and consideration of how the powers of the scientists, governments and the media constructed the animal body in terms of feminine sexuality and the influence this had on perceptions of nature in the cultural milieu.
• Chapters include: The Use of Animals in the Space Race: 1945-1961, The Animal Body in Vivisection: 1965-1981
• Methods in include; narrative analysis, discourse and visual analysis
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)
September 2006 - 7th September 2007, University of Essex.
• Dissertation title: Framing Process, Collective and Personal Identities of a local Environmental Social Movement (awarded a distinction)
• The dissertation involved interviewing members of the Friends of the Earth local activist community. Once the interviews were transcribed analysis could begin, using narrative analysis and the Voice-Centred Relational Method. To understand the group the dissertation involved looking at the personal identities of each activist and their collective identities, as well as the cognitive schemas they employ in their activism. The main question addressed in the dissertation was to understand how identities embellish and buttress framing processes and if the two analytically distinct concepts are interrelated.
• Supervisor: Professor Ted Benton.
• Courses taken: The Global Environment and Social Movements, Society and the Environment, The Dynamics of Globalisation, Ethnography, Research Design, Contemporary Debates in Sociology
2002-2005 University of Huddersfield
BSc. (Hons) Psychology: Upper Second Class (2.1)
• Dissertation Project: Beyond Borders: Creativity in the Visual Arts
• To interview visual artists to understand their perception of creativity and put it into a specific cultural context. Analysis of creativity in the context of the definition of the self and the signs and symbols in a given society
• Supervisor: Dr Dave Robinson
1st Year Media, Culture and Society