I am a transdisciplinary researcher in the Social Sciences. My research brings together critical theory, psychoanalysis, feminist/new materialist theory and art. I experiment with artistic, self-reflective and ethnographic methods in order to construct psychosocial theories that are able to acknowledge sensual, repressed, fluid or unstable realities. I focus particularly on the critical and epistemological potential of liminal experiences such as experiences of political transitions, migration, pregnancy and artistic production.
I have been awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to publish a book on my theory of post-communist thresholds (Communist Ghosts, 2021, Palgrave). The book examines how we can imagine and speak about new and better worlds if we work through experiences that are shaped by the breakdown of Soviet-type communism. And I am a co-initiator of a network of artists, curators and social theorists who explore how recent encounters with ruptures in neoliberal routines, such as the Covid 19 pandemic or climate change, have revived and rearranged desires and fears associated with communism (www.communisthauntings.com).
I welcome proposals for PhDs on topics related to my research interests:
• Contemporary art
• Aesthetic epistemologies
• Threshold experiences and experiences of rupture
• Transgenerational trauma
• Post-communist and communist experiences
• Quantum Physics and its application in psychosocial studies
• Psychoanalysis and art
• Transnational Feminism
University of Essex