Professor of Feminist Studies, School of Law and Social Sciences
Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research
Maria is Professor of Feminist Studies and co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research
Maria Tamboukou (BA, MA, PhD) is Professor of Feminist Studies, co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research and co-editor of Gender and Education, a major international journal in the sociology of gender and education.
In summer 2010 she was invited to Australia as an eminent international visiting scholar funded by the Australian Academy of Humanities and in September 2010 she was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Institute for Educational Research at Griffith University, Australia. Maria has held visiting research positions in the USA, New Zealand and Greece and is involved in a number of national and international research associations, networks and European academic exchange projects.
Maria’s research develops in the areas of critical feminisms, auto/biographical narratives and foucauldian and deleuzian analytics. Writing feminist genealogies is the central focus of her work. She is the author of four monographs, three co-edited volumes on research methodologies and more than fifty international journal articles and book chapters. She has published in journals in a range of disciplines, including feminist studies, narrative, life writing and qualitative research, the sociology and history of education, critical geography, cultural studies and critical psychology. Maria’s work is innovative in the areas of gender, narrative and auto/biographical studies and has attracted considerable national and international attention. Her work has been extensively cited and many of her articles have been reprinted in well-established readers in the sociology and history of education, as well as in research methods in the social sciences.
Maria has developed a strong national and international reputation across a range of disciplines. She has been invited speaker in a series of national and international research meetings, symposia and conferences by sociologists, historians, feminist and narrative scholars, cultural and educational theorists, political scientists and critical psychologists. Amongst the places she has given conference papers are the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Spain, Greece, Germany, France, Norway, the Netherlands, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa, the United States, Australia, China and the UK.
Maria has an extensive experience of supervising and examining PhD students in the UK and abroad, including Australia, Germany, Sweden, South Africa and Turkey. She has been invited to run workshops, master classes, seminars and specialist courses in a number of universities in the UK and abroad, including Sweden, Belgium, Greece, South Africa, USA, Australia and New Zealand Her co-edited books as well as many of her articles have been included in reading lists, archives and academic networks as well as in a number of postgraduate courses on research methodologies in the UK and abroad.
Undergraduate modules in the BA Hons Sociology Programme
Postgraduate modules in Narrative Research
Current Research Students (MPhil/PhD)
Doctoral Students (completed)
Writing histories of the present is the central focus of Maria’s work, currently configured as an assemblage of feminist genealogies:
I. Technologies of the Female Self: Women in Education
This was a doctoral project, which looked into women's constitution as subjects within the social milieu of education. Amongst the publications deriving from this project is the monograph, ‘Women, Education and the Self: a Foucauldian Perspective’ (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2003), which works both as a genealogical study of women in education in the UK and as a guide to the foucauldian genealogical method per se. Related to this monograph is the book ‘Dangerous encounters: genealogy and ethnography’ (Peter Lang 2003), a collection co-edited with Stephen J. Ball, which explores the methodological and theoretical relationships between the epistemology of ethnographic research and the practices of Foucault’s genealogical method.
II. In the Fold Between Life and Art: a genealogy of women artists
This was an AHRC funded project which looked into art as a dynamic area of social action creating conditions of possibility for nomadic subjectivities to emerge. A number of journal articles and three monographs have emerged from this project: 'Nomadic Narratives: Gwen John’s letters and paintings. New York' (Peter Lang 2010); 'In the Fold Between Power and Desire: Women Artists’ Narratives' (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2010) and 'Visual Lives: Carrington's Letters, Drawings and Paintings' (British Sociological Association, Auto/biography monograph series 2010).
The books and the articles highlight the dynamics of spatiality in the constitution of the female self in art, particularly focusing on complex interrelations between art education, social class and spacetimematter entanglements.
III. Background with needles: a genealogy of the seamstress
This is a British Academy funded life-history research project, which traces, collects, archives, analyses and discusses auto/biographical narratives of home-based dressmakers and women working in the garment industry. The project spans a range of geographies, histories and disciplinary fields and focuses on the force of narratives in illuminating interrelations between women’s labour and its memory, personal, domestic and public spaces, migration histories, political activism, adult education and women workers' forceful intervention in the cultural and intellectual life of the twentieth century. There is currently a paper in the journal History of Education, 'Educating the Seamstress: Studying and Writing the Memory of Work'.
IV. Love, Gender and Agonistic Politics
This project looks into epistolary narratives of women political theorists and activists, including Rosa Luxemburg, Emma Goldman, Rose Pesotta and Hannah Arendt, and explores links between politics as action and love as an existential force. The project involves archival research at the New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division with Rose Pesotta's papers and at the University of California Berkeley with Emma Goldman's papers. There are currently three papers from this project: ‘Love, Narratives, Politics: Encounters between Hannah Arendt and Rosa Luxemburg’ in Theory, Culture and Society; 'Good night and good-bye: temporal and spatial rhythms in piecing together Emma Goldman’s auto/biographical fragments' in the British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Yearbook and ‘Imagining and living the revolution: an Arendtian reading of Rosa Luxemburg's letters and writings’, forthcoming in Feminist Review.
(2013) A Foucauldian Approach to narratives. In M. Andrews, C. Squire and M. Tamboukou (Eds.) Doing Narrative Research. London: Sage, 88-107. (first edition 2008)
(2013) with Squire C., Andrews, M. ‘What is narrative research? In M. Andrews, C. Squire and M. Tamboukou (Eds.) Doing Narrative Research. London: Sage, 1-26. (first edition 2008)
Reprints and Translations
(2014) ‘Narrative Phenomena: Making Cartographies of narrative research’ in "Psykososialt arbeid. Fortellinger, medvirkning og fellesskap". Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk (translated in Norwegian)
Professor Maria Tamboukou is available to speak to the media about feminist issues particularly with reference to education. She is co-editor of the journal: Gender and Education and is available to speak about the philosophies of Foucault and Deleuze.
Ordinary/Extraordinary: Narratives, Politics, History: Open Democracy
Location: Room EB.1.110, Docklands Campus
Telephone: 0208 2232783
Contact address: School of Law and Social Sciences (LSS), Centre for Narrative Research
Docklands Campus, University Way, London E16 2RD