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. Volume 4 of AKE Zine is out now.

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 most recent AKE workshop took place Tuesday February 18, 2020, at Melbourne University, hosted by the School of Political and Social Science and the HSIF. This workshop will drew on the following excerpt, ‘shifting realities… acting out the vision or spiritual activism’, from Gloria Anzaldúa and AnaLouise Keating’s this bridge we call home.

Previous workshops in this series have been held at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australian National University in Canberra, Griffith University in Brisbane and Monash University in Melbourne.

Read volume three of AKE Zine here! Download a DIY print* version of volume three here! This was made on November 21, 2019, at Australian National University, hosted by the Gender Institute and School of Sociology. During this workshop we collaboratively drew from Quinn Eades’ chapter ‘Écriture matière: a text that matters‘.

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.

*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 Ash Watson is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society at UNSW Sydney. She is the creator and editor of So Fi Zine, and Fiction Editor of The Sociological Review.

Dr Laura Rodriguez Castro is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. Her research focuses on the intersections between decolonial feminisms, anti-racism, memory and rurality. She is also interested in arts, visual and participatory methodologies. Laura’s book with Palgrave Decolonial Feminisms, Power and Place: Sentipensando with Rural Women in Colombia (2021) explores how rural women enact and imagine decolonial feminist worlds. 

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.

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