Academia

In 2020 I gained a distinction in my master’s degree in Gender, Media & Culture within the Sociology department at Goldsmiths University of London, and in 2018 I gained an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at King’s College London.

I have experience in an array of qualitative research methods, especially those of autoethnography, interviewing, archival work and digital research. Generally, my research focuses in academia are feminist theory, critical disability and crip theory, queer theory and critical race theory. More specifically, I’ve researched on trans exclusion within mainstream British feminism, the socio-affective components of medical notes when compared to the patients’ own writing on their illnesses, the anti-racism inherent in pursuits of prison abolition, medical patriarchy and feminised bodies’ experiences of the medical-industrial-complex, and the concept of rest as a pathway to disability and racial justice. I created a site for my research on medical patriarchy, which you can find here.

My master’s thesis, titled The rest of us: looking at the concept of ‘rest’ and rest as resistance via crip cultural productions, explored the concept of rest and rest as a vehicle to liberation for disabled and racialised peoples. The background was grounded in literature from crip and disability studies, as well as critical race theory, feminist bioethics and anti-capitalism. My methodology was rooted in cripness – necessarily being flexible, reflexive and attuned to the complexity of life and research. For the research methods I interwove analysis of crip cultural productions, secondary collections of interviews with crip artists/activists (mainly podcast interviews) and autoethnography of my own experiences of disability and my interpretations of the CCPs.
The three main chapters of the research looked at Sick Woman Theory, disabled body-minds and racialised body-minds.

I presented a paper summarising this dissertation at the 2020 Criposium symposium co-run by King’s College London Disability and Intersectionality reading group and SOAS Crip Feminist reading group. My paper titled The rest of us: questioning who is seen as deserving of rest, and why rest must be democratised for any crip utopian future was an early version of the thesis described above. I received positive feedback and enjoyed the Q&A that took place virtually after the presentation. Please see a link to my video presentation of the paper below.

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