Sociology

Dan Godshaw

Sociology

PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC +3)
School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: (Im)mobile masculinities at the border: identity, power and personal relations in UK Immigration Removal Centres

My doctoral research seeks to better comprehend the under-researched terrains of masculinity and immigration detention in the UK and explore the gendered, intersectional and multiscalar dynamics of identity, power and personal relations that operate in these hidden carceral spaces. By developing recent theory on masculinities and detention, the project will expand understandings of gender, transnational migration and belonging. The research design – a qualitative mixed methods engagement with people inside and outside of detention – will enable me to examine how everyday lived experiences in detention are tied to broader gendered issues including state power and citizenship, border controls and the international securitisation of migration. 

Research supervisors: Dr Katharine Charsley, Dr Naomi Milner

Professional memberships / Positions held: Migration Research Group, Gender Research Centre, Citizenship and Ethnicity Centre, Gender Reading Group Co-Convenor, Refugee Tales (http://refugeetales.org/) Organisational Committee 

E-mail: dan.godshaw@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: @DanGodshaw

Elena Sharratt

Sociology

PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
College of Social Sciences & International Studies, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Embodiment and intersubjectivity within the online ‘Transabled’ community.

My research focuses on the online ‘transabled’ community. Often described as suffering from ‘body integrity identity disorder’ (or BIID), the individuals who make up this community share the collective desire to amputate a healthy limb, feeling that it does not belong to them. Informed by posthumanist, ANT and STS perspectives, I am investigating the ways in which being part of an intersubjective community shapes the narratives that surround this phenomena and how the experience of digitally mediated sociality informs notions of the body as hybrid and (re)makeable. 

Research supervisors: Professor Susan Kelly

E-mail: es488@exeter.ac.uk

Louise Toller

Sociology

PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
College of Social Sciences & International Studies, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: Liminal illness: the experiences of young people with ME

My interest lies in edges and boundaries, intersections and overlaps, and how we treat the people and things that inhabit these fuzzy, uncertain areas.  I am currently exploring these issues in relation to chronic illnesses, especially conditions that are unpredictable, invisible, and/or contested.  Such conditions refuse to conform to binary understandings of the world, making them difficult for us to conceptualise, understand, or even believe in.

My research focuses on ME/CFS in young people, and the impact that uncertainty and ambiguity has on their lives.  This includes its episodic character, issues of in/visibility, dis/ability, and medical/classificatory ambiguity, and social responses.  

Research supervisors: Dr Hannah Fairrimond, Professor Susan Kelly

E-mail: lt328@exeter.ac.uk