Professor Sasha Roseneil
Professor of Sociology and Social Theory
Room 202, 26 Russell Square
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
Tel: 020 3073 8362
Fax: 020 7631 6312
- Sasha Roseneil is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research. She is also Assistant Dean (Research) in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy.
- Prior to coming to Birkbeck, she was Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Leeds (2000-2007), where she was also the founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (1997-2004).
- She has been Professor II in the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo since 2005, and from 2007-2011 was Deputy Scientific Director of FEMCIT – an EU Framework 6 integrated project on 'Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: the impact of contemporary women's movements'.
- Professor Roseneil was one of the founding editors of the journal Feminist Theory, and is now Honorary Co-Founding Editor. She is co-editor of a new book series "Gender, Diversity and Citizenship" which is launched by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. She is on the editorial boards of Amity: The Journal of Friendship Studies, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Social Movement Studies and Women's Studies International Forum.
Research and teaching
- External research projects and networks:
- Being Together: remaking public intimacies (Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo)
- FEMCIT - Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: the impact of contemporary women's movements
- The Common Ground Research Group
- Past research projects:
- CAVA: ESRC Research Group for the Study of Care, Values and the Future of Welfare (1999-2005)
- Sasha Roseneil was one of the grant-holders of CAVA within which she lead three projects. Care, Friendship and Non-Conventional PartnershipCollective Voices on Care, Diversity and Family LifeCare, Friendship and Non-Conventional Partnership Revisited
- Greenham Common: Sasha Roseneil has carried out research on the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and on its feminist and queer politics, which was published as Disarming Patriarchy: Feminism and Political Action at Greenham (Open University Press, 1995) and Common Women, Uncommon Practices: The Queer Feminisms of Greenham (Cassell/ Continuum, 2000).
- She recently took part in a Guardian Debate to explore the legacy and contemporary relevance of Greenham on the 25th anniversary of its establishment. Listen to the podcast online or download the MP3 file.
- She was also involved with making a Guardian Film about Greenham, YourGreenham (dir. Beeban Kidron, 2007), which can be viewed at www.yourgreenham.co.uk.
- She is taking forward this aspect of her research as part of the Common Ground Research Group. This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration, with archaeologist Yvonnne Marshall, and artist Lucy Orta, and partners from English Heritage, Plymouth Arts Centre and the Women's Library, as well as women who lived at Greenham. Its aim is to carry out an archaeology and oral history of, and artistic re-engagement with, the material culture of the Peace Camps.
- Relations and practices of gender, sexuality, intimacy and friendship
- Subjectivity, self, relationality and personal life
- Social theory - particularly feminist, queer, psychoanalytic and sociological theory
- Politics, collective action, social movements, public cultures
- Citizenship, social politics, care and welfare
- Methodologies and research practice - particularly comparative and cross-national research; biographical-narrative research; psychoanalytically informed psychosocial research; ethnography; feminist and queer approaches; combining qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Sasha Roseneil welcomes applications from PhD students and visiting research students who wish to do research on any of the following topics: analysis of changing relations of gender, sexuality, intimacy and sociability; social theory - particularly feminist, queer, psychoanalytic and psycho-social theory; the study of collective action, social movements, cultural politics and public cultures.
- She has supervised PhD students working on a range of topics, including:
- Choosing a Self? Young Women, Identity and Individualization in Late Modernity
- An Analysis of the Social Construction and Regulation of Women's Same-Sex Relationships in Finland in the 1950s
- Lesbian Genders: A Sociological Investigation of Contemporary Sexual Identities
- Modernizing Sexuality: A Socio-Historical Analysis of the Regulation of Sexuality in Switzerland
- Women's Activism and Identities in the Animal Rights’ Movement
- Identity and Representation: Disability, Gender and Soap Opera
- Gender Identities and Practices of Gender: A Study of Shopping
- Identities, Care and Intimacy in Transgender Communities
- Globalization, Work and Gender Identities: an ethnographic study of women in Indian call centres
- Identities and Experiences of Long Term HIV+ Survivors
- A History of Revolutionary Feminism in Leeds
- Sexuality and Cultural Change: Advertising and Popular Culture
- Aesthetics and the Transgender Body
- Sexuality, social movements and social change: The LGBT Movement in Portugal
- Gender and Generation: Women’s Experiences of the Transition from Socialism in Bulgaria
- Identity, experience, knowledge: a study of consciousness raising groups and practice 1965-1985
- Heteronormativity, gender, family and place: a biographical narrative study in Milton Keynes
- Queer (in) Poland: Discursive formations of “gay identity” (in the nation/al/ist context)
- Making meaning: a study of young people turning 30
- Retreats, workshops and gay men's projects of self
- Histories of sexuality in Romania before and since 1989
- Young women and memories and meanings of feminism
- Social work, children, publics and the media: a psychosocial study.
- Birkbeck Graduate Seminar in Social Research (PhD)
- The Tenacity of the Couple Norm (with Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan forthcoming.
- Beyond Citizenship: feminism and the transformation of belonging, (edited) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan forthcoming.
- Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women's movements, gender and diversity, Basingstoke, Palgrave forthcoming (edited with Beatrice Halsaa and Sevil Sumer) 2012.
- Social Research after the Cultural Turn, Basingstoke, Palgrave (edited with Stephen Frosh) 2012.
- Globalisation and Social Movements, Basingstoke, Palgrave (edited with Pierre Hamel, Henri Lustiger-Thaler and Jan Nederveen Pieterse), 2001.
- Common Women, Uncommon Practices: The Queer Feminisms of Greenham, London, Cassell/ Continuum, 2000.
- Practising Identities: Power and Resistance, Basingstoke, Macmillan, (edited with Julie Seymour), 1999.
- Consuming Cultures: Power and Resistance, Basingstoke, Macmillan (edited with Jeff Hearn), 1999
- Disarming Patriarchy: Feminism and Political Action at Greenham, Buckingham, Open University Press, 1995.
- Stirring It: Challenges for Feminism London, Taylor and Francis (edited with Gabriele Griffin, Marianne Hester, Shirin Rai), 1994.
- Researching Women’s Movements, Women’s Studies International Forum 35: 2012 (with Margaretta Jolly)
- New Contexts for Collective Action: The Politics of Parenting, Partnering and Participation, Social Politics, Vol. 11, No. 2, Summer 2004, pp.184 (with Fiona Williams)
- Beyond the Conventional Family: Intimacy, Care and Community in the 21st Century, Current Sociology ,Vol. 52, No. 2,2004, pp.180 (with Shelley Budgeon)
- Ethical Relationality: Agency, Autonomy, Care, Feminist Theory, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2003, 115pp (with Linda Hogan)
- Gendering Ethics, The Ethics of Gender, Feminist Theory Vol. 2, No. 2, August 2001, 109pp (with Linda Hogan)
- Rethinking Citizenship: Gender, Sexuality and Citizenship, Citizenship Studies, Vol. 5, No. 3, November 2001 pp.101
- ‘L'accent sur l'amitié: la place de l'amitié dans le féminisme et dans les recherches féministes’, Nouvelles Questions Feministes, Vol. 30, No. 2. September 2011:56-75.
- ‘Researching Women’s Movements: an introduction to FEMCIT and Sisterhood and After’ Women’s Studies International Forum 35: 2012L 125-128 (with Margaretta Jolly)
- ‘Using Biographical Narrative Methods to Research Women’s Movements’ Women’s Studies International Forum 35: 2012:129-131.
- 'Criticality, Not Paranoia: a generative register for feminist social research’, NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 2011, 19, 2.
- 'Intimate Citizenship: a pragmatic, yet radical, proposal for a politics of personal life', European Journal of Women's Studies, 2010, 7.
- 'Situating the Greenham Archaeology: an autoethnography of a feminist project', Public Archaeology, 2009, Vol.8, No.2-3: 225-245 (with Yvonne Marshall and Kayt Armstrong).
- 'Haunting in an age of individualization: subjectivity, relationality and the traces of the lives of others', European Societies, Vol. 11, 2009: 411-430.
- 'Neue Freundschaftspraktiken: Fursorge und Sorge um sich im Zeitalter der Individualisierung’, Mittelweg 36, Juni/ Juli 2008: 55-69.
- 'Queer Individualization: the transformation of personal life in the early 21st century’, NORA: Nordic Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 15, Issue 2 and 3, August 2007: 84-99.
- "Viver e amar para la da heteronorma: uma analise queer das relacoes pessoias no seculo XXI", Revista Critica de Ciências Sociais, 76: Dezembro 2006:33-51 or, view in English.
- 'On Not Living with a Partner: Unpicking Coupledom and Cohabitation', Sociological Research Online, Volume 11, Issue 3, September 2006.
- 'The Ambivalences of Angel's "Arrangement": a psychosocial lens on the contemporary condition of personal life', The Sociological Review, 54,4, 2006:846-868.
- 'Kulturen von Intimität und Fürsorge jenseits der Familie – Persönliches Leben und gesellschaftlicher Wandel zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts', Feministischen Studien, Nov. 2005 (with Shelley Budgeon).
- 'Why We Should Care About Friends: An Argument for Queering the Care Imaginary in Social Policy', Social Policy and Society, 3:4, 2004:409-419.
- 'Valeurs publiques en matiere de parentalite et de couple', Cahiers Marxistes, No. 228, Aout- Sept. 2004: 77-98 (with Fiona Williams).
- "Public Values of Parenting and Partnering: Voluntary Organizations and Welfare Politics in New Labour’s Britain", Social Politics, Vol. 11, No. 2, Summer 2004:181-216 (with Fiona Williams).
- 'Cultures of Intimacy and Care Beyond the Family: Personal Life and Social Change in the Early Twenty-First Century”’, Current Sociology , Vol. 52, No. 2, 2004:135-159 (with Shelley Budgeon).
- 'Queer Frameworks and Queer Tendencies: Towards an Understanding of Postmodern Transformations of Sexuality’, Kvinder, Køn & Forskning (Danish Journal of Gender Studies), 1, 2003, 18-34.
- 'Speaking of Sexuality and Subcultures: A Conversation between Judith Halberstam and Sasha Roseneil’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vo1. 3, No. 3, 2001:423–434.
- 'Queer Frameworks and Queer Tendencies: Towards an Understanding of Postmodern Transformations of Sexuality’, Sociological Research Online, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2000:1-19. http://www.socresonline.org.uk/5/3/roseneil.html
Chapters in edited books
- The Vicissitudes of Post-Colonial Citizenship and Belonging’ in Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging (ed Sasha Roseneil) Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 forthcoming.
- ‘Doing Feminist Social Research after the Cultural Turn: an argument for criticality and phronesis’, in Sasha Roseneil and Stephen Frosh (eds), 2012 Social Research after the Cultural Turn Palgrave: 16-35.
- ‘Social Research after the Cultural Turn: a (self-)critical introduction’, in Sasha Roseneil and Stephen Frosh (eds) Social Research after the Cultural Turn Palgrave (with Stephen Frosh):1-15.
- ‘Remaking Intimate Citizenship in Multicultural Europe’ in Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women’s movements, gender and diversity (ed. Beatrice Halsaa, Sasha Roseneil and Sevil Sumer), Palgrave, 2012 (with Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova).
- ‘Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe’, in Remaking Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: women’s movements, gender and diversity (ed. Beatrice Halsaa, Sasha Roseneil and Sevil Sumer), Palgrave, 2012 (with B. Halsaa and S. Sumer).
- 'Heteronormativity, Intimate Citizenship and the Regulation of Same-Sex Sexualities in Bulgaria' in R. Kulpa and J. Mizielinska (eds) De-Centring Western Sexualities: Central and Eastern European Perspectives Ashgate Press, 2011 (with Mariya Stoilova).
- 'Intimate Citizenship and Gendered Well-Being: the claims and interventions of women's movements in Europe', in A Woodward et al (eds) Social Movements: Gendering Well-Being Ashgate Press, 2011 (with Isabel Crowhurst, Tone Hellesund, Ana Cristina Santos and Mariya Stoilova)
- 'A transformacao da cicadania intima em Portugal: contributos dos movimentos pela igualdade de genero e sexual', Actos do Congresso Feminista UMAR, Portugal, 2009 (with Ana Cristina Santos).
- 'Intimate Counter-Normativities: a queer analysis of personal life in the early 21st century', in M. O'Rourke and N.Giffney (eds) The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory Ashgate Press, 2009
- 'Vivere ed amare oltre i confini della normatività eterosessuale. Le relazioni personali nel XXI secolo’ , in L. Trappolin (ed) Per una sociologia dell'omosessualità Rome: Carocci, 2008.
- 'The Coming of Age of Feminist Sociology: some issues of theory and practice for the next twenty years’, in S. Delamont and P. Atkinson (eds) Gender and Research London: Sage, 2008 (reprinted British Journal of Sociology article).
- 'Cultures of Intimacy and Care beyond “the Family”: personal life and social change in the early 21st century’, in A. Diduck (ed) Marriage and Cohabitation Ashgate Publishing, 2008 (with Shelley Budgeon) (reprinted Current Sociology article)
- 'Why We Should Care about Friends: an argument for queering the care imaginary in social policy' in B. Hale, D. Pearl, E.Cooke and D. Monk (eds) The Family, Law and Society: Cases and Materials (6e) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 (reprinted Social Policy and Society article).
- 'Sutured Selves, Queer Connections: rethinking intimacy and individualization’ in C. Howard Individualization: a political sociology of contemporary personhood Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007.
- 'Foregrounding Friendship: feminist pasts, feminist futures’, in K. Davis, M. Evans and J. Lorber (eds) The Gender and Women’s Studies Handbook, London: Sage, 2006:322-341.
- 'Living and Loving beyond the Boundaries of the Heteronorm: personal relationships in the 21 st Century’, L. Mackie, S. Cunningham-Burley and J. McKendrick (eds) Families in Society: Boundaries and Relationships, Policy Press, 2005.
- 'The Heterosexual/ Homosexual Binary: Past, Present and Future’, in D. Richardson and S. Seidman (eds) The Lesbian and Gay Studies Handbook, London: Sage, 2002, pp. 27-44.
- 'Time and Tide: Memories and Metaphors – Moments and Movement’ in B. Halsaa, H. Rømer Christensen, A. Saarinen (eds) Crossing Borders: The Re- mapping of Women’s Movements at the Turn of the 21st Century University Press of Southern Denmark, 2004, 346-353.
- 'A Moment of Moral Remaking: The Death of Diana, Princess of Wales’, in F. Webster (ed), Culture and Politics in the Information Age: A New Politics? London, Routledge, 2001, pp.96-114.
- 'The Shifting Global Frames of Collective Action' in P. Hamel, H. Lustiger-Thaler, J. Nederveen Pieterse and S.Roseneil (eds) Globalisation and Social Movements, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001, pp.1-20 (with P.Hamel, H. Lustiger-Thaler, J. Nederveen Pieterse).
- 'The Global, the Local and the Personal: the dynamics of a social movement in postmodernity’, in P. Hamel, H. Lustiger-Thaler, J. Nederveen Pieterse and S.Roseneil (eds) Globalisation and Social Movements, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2001, 89-110