Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment

A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Workshop Series (and zine!) brought to you by Dr Ashleigh Watson, Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro, and Samantha Trayhurn

In this workshop series, we explore ways of practically extending critical and feminist social research with art – specifically photography, sociological fiction and zine making. These arts practices are valuable for opening up how we critically explore, analyse, collaborate on, and share experiences and understandings of the social world.

The workshop involves talks on participatory visual methods, sociological fiction, and zine making. You can read the talk abstracts here. Talks are followed by a practical workshop, where participants collaboratively experiment with each of these methods to explore themes of affect, knowledge, and embodiment. We produce a zine on the day, a ‘curated sociology’ of photography, research writing and fiction interventions, to be published with Frances St Press. AKE Zine is a collaboratively produced critical feminist arts/research publication (ISSN 2651-8724 [Online]).

The next AKE workshop will take place on Thursday November 21, 2019, at Australian National University, hosted by the Gender Institute and School of Sociology. Find more information and register here. During this workshop we will be drawing on Quinn Eades’ article ‘Écriture matière: a text that matters‘.

Previous workshops in this series have been held at Griffith University in Brisbane and Monash University in Melbourne.

Read volume two of AKE Zine here! Download a DIY print* version of volume two here! This was made on July 19, 2019, at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research in Brisbane. Making this volume we collaboratively draw on this lecture by Sara Ahmed.

Read volume one of AKE Zine here! Download a DIY print* version of volume one here! This was made on November 16, 2018, at Monash University in Melbourne. Making this volume we collaboratively drew on Audre Lorde’s essay The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.

*The zine is A5 size. For best results, print two pages per sheet (i.e. two A5 zine pages per one A4 print page), print double sided and flip along the short edge.

The AKE workshop series is suitable for established social researchers as well as postgraduate students who are interested in a practical introduction to these arts/research methods. Participants do not need prior experience in these practices – just enthusiasm! If you’d like to bring AKE to your university, please get in touch at

Dr Ashleigh Watson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vitalities Lab, UNSW Sydney. She is the creator and editor of So Fi Zine, the Fiction Editor of The Sociological Review, and Secretary of The Australian Sociological Association.

Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro is a Resident Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Her research focuses on the intersections of decoloniality, feminisms and rurality. She is also interested in visual, participatory and arts/research methodologies.

Samantha Trayhurn is undertaking a Doctor of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University as part of the ARC funded Other Worlds: Forms of World Literature project. Her work has appeared in Overland, Westerly, LiNQ Journal, eTropic, Hecate and others. She is the creator and editor of Pink Cover Zine.