I am interested in looking at how young sexualities in post-industrial South Wales are liberated and restricted by the webs of relations from which they emerge. I want to move away from social constructionist notions of free-floating individuals, who freely negotiate their position in the social world, by considering how forces beyond our experience and control may restrict or liberate our possibilities of becoming-other. By taking a post-humanist approach, I wish to develop an understanding of sexuality that decentres the human-subject by accounting for how both human and non-human actors work together to unfold possibilities of becoming-sexual. I will be interested in how place, space, materiality and technology shape the possible negotiations of sexual positions.
Start date:October 2015
Research Topic:Post-industrial young sexualities in South Wales
Research Supervisor:Matthew Williams and Valarie Walkerdine
Supervising school:School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship