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Education and Qualifications
October 2001 – March 2006: PhD - Dismantling Mantelpieces: consumption
as spectacle and shaper of self in the home, School of City and
Regional Planning, Cardiff University
2002: Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) in Social Science Research
Methods, Research and Graduate School, Cardiff University
2001: MSc (Distinction) in Housing, School of Planning, Oxford
1995: BA (Joint Hons) Classics and English, Keble College, Oxford
Awards and Distinctions
Short listed for The Sociological Review Fellowship 2007
2001-2005: ESRC research studentship award (R42200134124)
1999-2000: ESRC postgraduate award (K00429923410) [as Mrs Rachel
1991-1995: Keble College academic scholarship
2006: Dismantling Mantelpieces: narrating identities and materialising
culture in the home, Sociology 40 (4): 717-733.
2007: Objecting Relations: the problem of the gift, The Sociological
Review 55 (1): 124-143.
2007: Focal Points: framing material culture and visual data,
Qualitative Research 7 (3): 355-374
Under Revision: Making History: Mass Observation Archive, Cultural
Practice and Sociological Method. For Sociological Research Online.
June 2007, February 2007; March 2005; April 2004: Radio Four
interviews on Thinking Allowed with Laurie Taylor.
2005: Dismantle Your Mantelpiece and See What You Find, The
Papers and Presentations at Conferences, Seminars and
August 2005: Dismantling Mantelpieces: framing material culture
and visual data. American Sociological Association Annual Meeting,
July 2002: Burning Down the House: a consideration of consumption
as director of mantelpiece displays in the home.
European Network of Housing Researchers Annual Conference, University
April 2007: The Power of Corridors: Building identities, unseen
spaces and work places in the interstices of an institution.
British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University
of East London.
April 2007: Presentation and workshop on Multimodality and Audience
CAQDAS Network Conference, Royal Holloway College, University
November 2005: Genius Loci: locating genealogies on the family
mantelpiece. Seminar Series: Centre for Family Research, University
of Cambridge (by invitation).
October 2005: “No More Ballerinas”: the problem of the gift.
‘Doing Family’ Seminar Day: School of Criminology, Education,
Sociology and Social Work, Keele University (by invitation).
September 2005: The Massed Past Mantelpiece: Mass Observation
and Method. ESRC New Scholars’ Symposium, Goldsmiths College,
University of London.
December 2004: Focal Points, Vocal Points: public and private
aspects of domestic display.
Seminar Series 2004-2005: Centre for Women’s Studies, York University
March 2004: Reading Rooms.
British Sociological Association Annual Conference, York University
December 2002: Left on the Shelf: focusing on mantelpieces and
the meaning of home. British Sociological Association Gender and
Consumption Study Group Workshop, London Metropolitan University
September 2001: Dismantling Mantelpieces: a pilot study of the
meaning of mantelpiece display in Britain.
Housing Studies Association Annual Conference, Cardiff University
Local and Departmental
March 2005: The Problem of the Gift.
Culture/ Subject/Economy Research Group, Cardiff School of Social
May 2004: Past and Future Narratives: narratives embedded in domestic
display. Social Display Interdisciplinary workshop, Cardiff School
of History and Archaeology
2003, 2004: Seminar presentation. Seminar series 2003-04; 2004-05,
Cardiff School of History and Archaeology
May 2003, 2004, 2006: Annual papers based on PhD thesis.
University of Wales Postgraduate Geography Conference, Gregynog
2001-2004: Annual presentations in PhD presentation series, Cardiff
School of City and Regional Planning