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ePortfolio of Hannah Ayres

Profile

I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at Warwick. I previously obtained a BA (Hons) in History at the University of Winchester in 2016. I went on to further obtain a MA in History at the University of Winchester in 2017. During my MA I conducted research into how museums were portraying sixteenth and seventeenth century witchcraft in the UK, Europe and America.

Research

Interests: Public history; community history; queer history; LGBTQ+ communities; memory studies; queer theory; visual sociology; gender and sexuality.

History permeates people's everyday lives in several ways. One of the most powerful is through public historical re/presentation in public-facing institutions such as museums. Museums, which are often publicly funded, have a large impact on what history gets remembered and internalised in the public consciousness. This research project aims to investigate queer historical re/presentation in museums in the UK. I also want to understand the ways in which queer individuals and communities create, react to and possibly internalise these re/presentations.

I use 'queer' as a term in my project in three ways:

  • As an umbrella term that can yield more productive conversations around inclusivity and exclusivity over the more traditional LGBTQ+ moniker.
  • As an indicator of that which opposes the norm.
  • As a verb to deconstruct 'logics and frameworks' and dismantle 'the dynamics of power and privilege' (Young, 2012:127).

My methodological approach aligns closely with queer and feminist methodologies. I am using what Halberstam terms a 'scavenger methodology', bringing methods together in an interdisciplinary manner. I aim to co-produce data with my participants and reject a 'god-like' researcher position. My methods involve a combination of discourse analysis, ethnography, field-notes, observation, semi-structured interviews, focus groups and a visual method called photovoice. Photovoice allows participants to communicate how they identify with objects, text, spaces etc. through the medium of photography.

My supervisors are Dr Cath Lambert and Dr Meleisa Ono-George.

Writing

Guidance

  • Queer Pedagogy & Gender Diversity (Podcast & Slides)
    • This guidance was created as part of Dr Charikleia Tzanakou's case study for Plotina (Promoting gender balance and inclusion in research, innovation and training). The case study 'Developing a postgraduate level online module on gender and research' demonstrates how to develop material to train scientists to consider gender aspects in their research.
  • Support for Trans & Gender-diverse Students and Learning in the Academic Context
    • This was a collaborative project between myself and Sam Parr (Campaign & Liberation Advisor from Warwick's Students' Union). This work was made possible by Prof. Gwen van der Velden's National Teaching Fellowship award funding and support. I also had Lisa Drummond, WIHEA Administrative lead, to thank for help in putting the resource together.

Blog Posts

Conference Papers

2020/21

  • UPCOMING Irish Sexualities and Gender Research Network (ISGRN) Postgraduate and Early Career Symposium on Queer Methodologies - 26th-27th November 2020
    • Photovoice: re/presentation, accidental queerness and the creation of queer space

2019/20

  • Warwick PG Podcast - 2020
    • Queer(in)g History with Erin Geraghty, Sue Lemos & Hannah Ayres

2018/19

  • Cambridge Gender and Sexuality History Graduate Conference, 2019 (Cambridge, UK)
    • Paper title: Queering Public History: Identity and Community
  • Department of History Postgraduate Conference, 2019 (Warwick, UK)
    • Paper title: Queering Public History: Identity and Community

Teaching

2020/21

University of Warwick

2019/20

University of Warwick

Guest Lecture

  • Coventry University - Module: Living on the Edge: The Geographies of Marginalisation
    • 8/11/19 - 11am-1pm - Title of lecture: 'I can see queerly now...': Time, Space and Re/presentation

2018/19

University of Warwick

  • Teaching assistant on the module Queering Sociology. This module, convened by Dr Cath Lambert, looks at what 'queer' is and what it does as well as its benefits and limitations to sociological research.

Talks

2020/21

2019/20

  • Title: Queertoons
    • This is the second episode of the Queer Heritage Forum's #Pride2020 programme. Nick Cherryman is joined by myself and Jamie Sergeant to discuss queer cartoons and animation. We discussed Adventure Time, Powerpuff Girls, One Punch Man, Disney villains, Bojack Horseman, and Steven Universe.

  • Title: Reading Images: Queer Re/presentation and Identity
  • Title: So, where are we now?: Queer re/presentation in museums
    • This talk was given as part of a monthly update session for the LGBTQ+ Tour Guides at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

2018/2019

  • Queer Selfhoods: Sodomy Trials and Gay Sub-Culture in Eighteenth-Century England

Interviews

Funding and Awards

2018/19

Memberships

Hannah Ayres

Hannah dot Ayres at warwick dot ac dot uk