Identities, Subjectives and Inequalities research theme

The Identities, Subjectives and Inequalities (ISI) theme draws together researchers from diverse academic disciplines to foster work that examines the ways in which inequalities, identities and subjectivities are produced through social practices, discourses and in individuals’ reckonings of their selves and the world they inhabit.

Areas of expertise

Members of the theme are undertaking research in a number of areas including:

  • Medical anthropology
  • Sexuality studies
  • Gender
  • Feminist theory
  • Theories of the body
  • Nationalism
  • Politics and international relations
  • Youth, health disability, class and social movements
  • Psychotherapy and mindfulness
  • Cross-cultural comparison
  • Visual methods
  • Social psychological approaches
  • Qualitative methodologies

Current research projects

Current research projects undertaken by members of the theme include:

  • “The Moving Mothers Project: Alterity under Austerity: Exploring Improvement of Maternal Mental Health Using a Participatory Dance Therapy and Performance Project” Dr Michal Nahman. AHRC Connected Communities Research Grant, (with Professor Debra Salmon ,partners at Derby University, Cardiff, and community organisations: Dance Voice Uk and Single Parents Action Network.) Submitting May 2015.
  • Egg donors across borders: Examining experiences of egg donors across Europe and India, Nahman, M. British Academy/Leverhulme grant, with Dr Francoise Shenfield (European Society for Human Reproduction, ESHRE), Professor Sharmila Rudrappa (University of Texas, Austin). To be submitted in 2016.
  • FGM, An Arts Based Project and Intervention, Dr Aida Abzhaparova
  • Tillie Curran, Child, Youth, Family and Disability Research

  • Exploring empowerment and disempowerment in representations of embodied femininities: exploring key cultural representations of women and the ways in which young women read and negotiate these representations in their day-to-day lives. The project is concerned with  (i) how these  representations articulate ideas and values about women, power, agency, appearance and body management and (ii) how they might impact on young women’s sense of embodied subjectivities, health, well-being, empowerment and aspirations. Employing discourse analysis they are currently focusing on contemporary media representations of high profile women in business and politics, advertising using plus-size models and  post-feminist representations of ‘the sexually agentic woman’. (Helen Malson and  Irmgard Tischner)
  • ‘Digitised bodies’: the use of new medical imaging technologies (DMIT) for personalised medicine: exploring the bioethical and policy implications of digital imaging heath screening services and their significance as socio-cultural practices in (re)configuring consumers’ and patients' embodied subjectivities (Helen Malson and Julie Kent)

External partners

  • Professor Sarah Franklin, external academic advisor
  • Professor Susan Hogan, Derby University


  • Bristol ReproSoc-currently meets to discuss work in progress, with colleagues from University of Bristol and Cardiff University.
  • Tillie Curran runs the Child, Youth, Family and Disability Network.
  • Visual Social Sciences is a cross-UWE network of academics working in film and photography run by Dr Dave Green.
  • Michal Nahman is convenor of the Gender, Science and Technology stream of Social Science in the City. Next event is going to be around the topic of film and science fiction.
  • Helen Malson is a director on the ‘People with Eating Disorders’ Health Integration Team (HIT) which is currently preparing a full application for HIT status.
  • Helen Malson is a Consulting Editor for the international journal Feminism and Psychology.

Contact the theme leader

For further information about the theme, please e-mail Dr Michal Nahman.

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