Dr Laura Clancy and Dr Sara De Benedictis
Sara De Benedictis is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Brunel University London. Her research interests are in gender, reproduction, class, postfeminism, austerity and popular culture. Sara has worked on projects that hinge on examining gendered bodies in contemporary culture. She passed her ESRC funded PhD in Cultural Studies at King’s College London in 2016. Her thesis was an audience study of birth depictions. Sara was a research assistant on a project that explored maternal representations at the London School of Economics & Political Sciences and a research fellow on a Wellcome Trust grant, Televising Childbirth. Currently, Sara is working on a Brunel funded research project,The Period Poverty Project. She has taught at various institutions on Sociology, Cultural Studies and Media Studies. Prior to starting her PhD, Sara worked in the UK women’s sector. You can follow Sara on Twitter.
Conference Liaison Officer
Sarah is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Sociology at City, University of London. Her research areas include social theory, political sociology, representations of the intellectual and practices of knowledge production, with particular relation to cosmopolitanism and multilingualism. Sarah completed her Ph.D., Crafting the Academy: Writing Sociology and Disciplinary Legitimacy, at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has studied English Literature and Sociology at the universities of Newcastle, Cambridge, and Glasgow. She has published widely on sociology and the politics of knowledge, including a contribution to the 50th anniversary special issue of Sociology, ‘Becoming Sociological: Disciplinarity and a Sense of Home’. Sarah is a member of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network, as well as a convenor of the British Sociological Association Early Career Forum. You can follow Sarah on Twitter.
Stacie Allan received her PhD in French literature from the University of Bristol in 2017. Her doctoral project explored how early nineteenth-century women writers wrote against the fixed notions of gender and nationhood that underpinned post-Revolutionary French society. Her first book Writing the Self, Writing the Nation was published by Peter Lang in 2019. Stacie currently works at the University of Oxford as Evaluation Officer in Clinical Neurosciences, where she plays a leading role in the department’s Athena SWAN application. Within this role, she is conducting a mixed-methods research project called ‘Dr and Dr: A Study of Female Clinical Academics in Neurosciences’. This study aims to understand the cultural and systematic barriers that women face in clinical academic careers. At Oxford, Stacie has set up a fund to help staff offset the costs of paying for care when attending professional development events; and organised a series of academic and public events on gender and neurosciences. Alongside this work, Stacie is also a freelance translator and travel writer. You can follow Stacie on Twitter.
Zahra Khosroshahi is completing her Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia. Her research looks at the representation of women and gender politics in contemporary Iranian cinema. Zahra is interested in how the visual medium challenges systems of power, and how film specifically functions as a form of resistance in Iran. As a feminist media scholar, Zahra’s research seeks to de-westernize film theory and to explore a more intersectional and inclusive feminism. In addition to her research, as part of her engagement efforts, Zahra has been involved in various projects to make Iranian films accessible for a wider public audience. She believes that stories have the ability to humanize, build bridges and create connections. You can follow Zahra on Twitter.
Veronika is currently OeAD-Lektorin at the University of Oxford and close to submitting PhD thesis which investigates supermodern spaces in contemporary British and Canadian women’s writing. She is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory, Canadian literature and women’s writing. She is also on the executive committees of The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA).
You can follow Veronika on Twitter.
Essay Competition Officer
Carli is a sociologist, feminist and ethnographer and much of her work grapples with issues pertaining to contemporary social, spatial and geopolitical (im)mobilities particularly in relation to educational (in)equalities. She is currently a Research Fellow in the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods at the University of Glasgow.
Carli has conducted research, taught and has been a visiting scholar in both the Southern (South Africa 2017; Tanzania 2016; India 2015; and Ghana 2013) and Northern (America 2017; Canada 2015; and China 2014) hemisphere. Prior to Glasgow, Carli held positions at the University of Sussex and the University of Warwick. Her ESRC PhD (Warwick) was an ethnography of working-class students at an elite university. She is passionate about the sociological imagination, feminist research and teaching and inclusivity within academia and serves as a co-convenor of the British Sociological Associations Early Career Forum. You can follow Carli on Twitter.
Sabrina Moro is a PhD candidate in Cultural and Media Studies at Nottingham Trent University. Her research explores the complex interactions between gender/sexuality politics, rape testimonies, feminism and contemporary celebrity cultures. In addition to her thesis, Sabrina designs and runs participative workshops aimed at an audience beyond academia. She provides training and critical commentaries on contemporary media cultures and representations of gender, sexuality and consent in films and TV series. You can follow Sabrina on Twitter.
Rebecca Finkel is an urban cultural geographer and currently is Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader in Events Management in the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Her main field of study centres on gender, social justice and events management. Research is framed within conceptualisations of cultural identity, gender performance in sport, and resistance to globalisation, as well as mapping human rights and planned events, currently focusing on the links between sex work, human trafficking and mega sporting events. Rebecca also coordinates (along with Dr Kate Sang) Scottish Feminist Academics.
Carina Hart is an Assistant Professor in English Literature at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She has previously taught at Nottingham Trent University and the University of East Anglia, where she completed her PhD in 2012. Carina has published on Romantic poetry, A. S. Byatt, gender and the fairy tale, and her current research looks at Kant’s aesthetic theory, physiognomy and beauty in Gothic fiction.
Book Prize Coordinator
Kehinde Olowookere is a Lecturer in HRM at Coventry University. Her research investigates the management and experiences of disability within the workplace, with particular focus on how difference is constructed within normative organizational contexts. Her research interests also include the management of equality and diversity in the workplace and identity construction at work.
Small Grants Scheme Officer
Alison Wheatley is a Research Associate at the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, working on an NIHR-funded project to develop an intervention for people with dementia with fall-related injuries. Her research interests are in medical sociology (particularly ageing and life-course, dementia, tissue donation, and assisted reproduction), technologies of the body, gender, sexualities, and kinship. She gained her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2016; her thesis is titled ‘Good Soldiers, Good Guys, and Good Parents: The Meanings of Donation and Donated Tissue in the Context of the Danish Donor Sperm Industry
Treasurer (until summer 2019)
Maria is currently a Reader in Education at Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton. Although I have been a member of FWSA for years I have only recently become a member of the Executive in the capacity of Treasurer
Bethan Archer is a PhD student and Associate Lecturer at Lancaster University. Her research is interdisciplinary, using feminist ideas across Gender & Women’s Studies, Media & Cultural Studies, and Literature. Her PhD combines feminist and queer theory to work to creating a new framework for exploring sibling incest in contemporary, fiction, TV and film. You can follow Bethan on Twitter.
General Executive Member