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Katherine Harrison

Katherine Harrison


I am a postdoc at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, engaged in a project called '"Relive the passion – Find your affair”: infidelity and intimacy online'. This is part of the "New Media - New Intimacies" three-year collaboration project between scholars at Roskilde University, University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark, and in cooperation with the public service station DR.

I currently divide my time between Copenhagen University and Lund University, Sweden, where I am a researcher at the Department of Gender Studies. In Lund I am part of a project financed by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation titled “The Rise of the New Big Science: Opportunities and challenges for nations, universities and science” (2015-2018). My part of this project focuses on big data and data management. You can read more about this project here


Primary fields of research

My research expertise and interests lie in the field of feminist cultural studies of technoscience, with a particular interest in digital media and technologies. Within this, my interests centre around norms that constitute/limit/define gendered, sexualised bodies. I work with critical perspectives on knowledge production, focusing on the "situatedness" of knowledge to enquire into who and what is included/excluded from dominant paradigms and representations.

Both my doctoral dissertation and my postdoctoral research have examined concrete examples of this using a variety of analytical and methodological tools.

My previous research projects include a study of an incident database used by the Swedish rescue services and an exploration of the ways in which websites of Danish sperm banks and fertility clinics mediate changing ideas of kinship.

Areas of expertise:

  • feminist cultural studies of technoscience
  • digital and social media
  • co-constitutive, material-discursive entanglements of humans and technologies
  • feminist and queer theory
  • cultural studies
  • feminist Science and Technology Studies
  • normcritical perspectives on health, gender and the body



2014: Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Course convenor and primary lecturer for the “Gender and Sexuality in Scandinavia”, "Familes Without Borders: From Adoptions to Transnational Desires" and “New Media and Changing Communities” courses (undergraduate level)

2013: University of Southern Denmark
Lecturer on the “Thematic Cultural Analysis” course (master's level), . Responsible for one third of course, titled "Intimacy and Online Culture".

2013 – 14: Center for Gender Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Guest lecturer on feminist Science and Technology Studies.

2011 – 2012: Unit of Gender Studies, TEMA, Linköping University, Sweden
Course developer, convenor and lecturer for the online course “Introduction to Intersectional Gender Studies, Policy and Politics in a Globalized World” (undergraduate level)

2009: Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Graduate teaching assistant for “Literary Theory” course (undergraduate level)

Selected publications

  1. E-pub ahead of print

    “Relive the passion, find your affair”: revising the infidelity script

    Harrison, K., 8 Sep 2017, In : Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Who is the assumed user in the smart city?

    Harrison, K., 23 Dec 2016, Designing, Developing, and Facilitating Smart Cities: Urban Design to IoT Solutions. Angelakis, V., Tragos, E., Pöhls, H. C., Kapovits, A. & Bassi, A. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 17-32 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    ‘No thought of gender’: bodily norms in Swedish rescue services incident reporting

    Harrison, K. A. B., May 2015, In : Gender, Work and Organization. 22, 3, p. 211-220 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Online negotiations of infertility: knowledge production in (in)fertility blogs

    Harrison, K. A. B., 2014, In : Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 20, 3, p. 337-351 45 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  5. Detecting bodily and discursive noise in the naming of biotech products

    Harrison, K. A. B., 2010, In : European Journal of Women's Studies. 17, 4, p. 347-361 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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