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Professor of Sociology, Science & Technology & Director of the Science & Technology Studies Unit (SATSU), University of York, UK.
Having studied English Literature as an undergraduate, I then trained and worked as a nurse for ten years. As a medical ward sister, I won a fellowship to do a PhD at Edinburgh, which I completed in 1994, published as The Conduct of Care, shortlisted for the BSA Philip Abram’s Memorial Prize. Having worked at Keele University in Nursing and the Centre for Social Gerontology I took up a lectureship in Sociology at the Cardiff School of Social Sciences in 1999, progressing to chair in 2009. I joined Sociology at York in 2016.
My research focuses on the cultural, social and existential effects and affects for how science & medicine are done. I work ethnographically, from the bedside, inside the clinic, across to the laboratory and the home, and back again. Subjects include the new genetics, reproduction, development and ageing. My work examines everyday processes of inclusion and exclusion, and tracks how people, technologies and other non-humans are assembled and made to mean. I am especially interested in the worlds people make together and the biopolitics they are entangled in and circulate.
Making contributions at the leading edge of social theory, I have written about the constituting of classes, motility, extension, aboutness, naturecultures, care in biomedicine, dwelling, the politics of imagination, body-world relations and class, often incorporating analyses of writers, such as Philip Larkin, and artists, such as F,rida Kahlo and the sculptor Olivia Musgrave. Currently, I am exploring the notion of the Threshold as well as Entanglement.
I have published many articles and books, including The Gene, The Clinic and The Family: Diagnosing Dysmorphology, Reviving Medical Dominance, winner of the 2014 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness annual book prize. My current work investigates the biology of ageing, and how humanist, trans and post-humanist ideas get played out in the making and unmaking of social worlds.
I have held 3 visiting chairs at Sidney University, University of California San Francisco, and the Humanistic University, Utrecht. I was a longstanding member of the editorial board of The Sociological Review, and until recently editor of the journal Sociology of Health and Illness.
I have recently published Intimate Entanglements with Daniel López Gómez and am currently writing a new book for Routledge, Biopolitics and the Limits to Life: Ageing, Biology and Society in the 21st Century, as well as co-editing a special issue for New Genetics and Society on contemporary developments in Alzheimer’s research (with Richard Milne & Shirlene Badger).
2009-2018 Biology & Society at the Limits of Life
2019 - Interspecies entanglement in clinical end of life care, with Vanessa Ashall. The Wellcome Trust Small Grants in Humanities and Social Sciences
2016-18 Biology and Ageing. With Carrie Friese (LSE). Funded by University of York Department of Sociology.
2013-2018 - ESRC Early Detection of Dementia. Wales Integrative PhD Programme in Neurodegeneration (WIN) studentships x 5 studentships (Team: Andrew Lawrence & Kim Graham, Psychology & Neuroscience, Cardiff University). (Co-PI)
2018-19: Mentor – Gareth Thomas - Counter-Configurations of Disability: A Qualitative Study with Parents of Children with Down’s Syndrome.
The Sociological Review Foundation Start Grants.
2018-21: Mentor – Neil Stephens – Big Tissue & Society. Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.
2017-18: Mentor – Dr Meritxell Ramírez-i-Ollé. The Sociological Review Fellowship. The Sociological Review Foundation.
2010-15: Mentor – Alexandra Hillman Ethics in practice: An ethnographic study of decision-making and their implications in dementia care (Team: Tony Bayer, Medicine and Ruth Chadwick, Cesagen). Wellcome Trust Bioethics Fellowship.
2010-15: Grantholder and Mentor – Dr Rachel Hurdley. Rethinking openness, space and organisations. Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship.
I welcome applications from candidates across any of my research interests. I have supervised 23 doctoral students, 13 of whom have been externally funded, including by NIHR as well as the ESRC, and have examined 16 doctorates at home and abroad.
Latimer, J. & López Gómez, D. (eds.) (2019) Intimate Entanglements.The Sociological Monograph Series. London: Sage.
Latimer, J. (2019) Science Under Siege? being alongside the life sciences of ageing, giving science life. The Sociological Review. 67(2): 264-286.
Latimer, J. and López Gómez , D. (2019) Affects, more-than-human intimacies and the politics of relations in Science and Technology. The Sociological Review. 67 (2): 247-263.
Friese, C. & Latimer, J. (2019) Entanglements in health and wellbeing: working with model organisms in biomedicine and bioscience. Medical Anthropology Quarterly. DOI: 10.1111/maq.12489. Open Access
Strathern, M. and Latimer, J. (2019) In Conversation. The Sociological Review. 67 (2): 481-496.
Hillman, A. & Latimer, J. (in press) Somaticization, the making and unmaking of minded persons and the fabrication of dementia. Social Studies of Science.
Latimer J. (2018) Repelling Neoliberal World-making? How the Ageing-Dementia Relation is Reassembling the Social. The Sociological Review, 66(4):832-856.
Latimer, J. (2018). Afterword: Materialities, Care, ‘Ordinary Affects’, Power, and Politics. Sociology of Health & Illness, 40(2): 379-391.
Latimer, J. (2017) Review of Donna Haraway’s Manifestly Haraway. The Cyborg Manifesto. The Companion Species Manifesto. Companions in Conversation (with Cary Wolfe). Posthumanities 37. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Theory, Culture & Society. 34 (7-8):245-252.
Hillman, A. and Latimer, J. (2017) Cultural representations of dementia. PLoS Med14(3): e1002274. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002274
Müeller, R., Hanson, C., Hanson, M., Penkler, M., Samaras, G., Chiapperino, L., Dupre, J., Kenney, M., Kuzawa, C., Latimer, J., Lloyd, S., Lunkes, A., MacDonald, M., Meloni, M., Nerlich,B., Panese, F., Pickersgill, M., Richardson, S., Rüegg J., Schmitz, S., Stelmach, A., and P.-I. Villa (2017) The Biosocial Genome? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Environmental Epigenetics, Health and Society. EMBO Reports: Science & Society. http://embor.embopress.org/content/early/2017/09/20/embr.201744953
Latimer, J. & Thomas, G. (2015). In/exclusion in the clinic: Down's syndrome, dysmorphology, and the ethics of everyday work in the clinic. Sociology, 49(5): 937-954.
Latimer, J. & Munro R. (2015) Unfolding Class? Culture, modernity and uprooting. Special Issue: The Great British Class Survey. The Sociological Review. 63: 415-432.
Latimer, J. (2014) Nursing, the politics of organization and the meanings of care. Journal of Research in Nursing 19 (7-8) 537-545). doi: 10.1177/1744987114562151
Latimer, J. (2013) Being alongside: Rethinking relations amongst different kinds. Theory, Culture and Society, 30: 77-104 & Online First
Latimer, J. & Miele, M. (2013) Naturecultures? Science, Affect and the Non-human. Theory, Culture and Society, 30: 33-50 & Online First
Latimer J. & Munro R. (2018) Generalizability. In: The International Handbook of Interdisciplinary Research Methods, edited by Celia Lury et al. London: Routledge.
Latimer J. & Munro R. (2016) About ‘Aboutness’: Extensionality, Dwelling and the Turn to Language In: Letiche H. G. Lightfoot and J.-L. Moriceau (eds.) Demo(s), Pp71-84. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Cox, L; Mason P., Bagley M., Steinsaltz D., Stefanovska A., Bernjak A., McClintock P., Phillips A., Upton J., Latimer J. and Davies T. (2nd Author) (2014) Understanding Ageing: Biological & Social Constructions. In: Alan Walker (ed.) The New Sciences of Ageing. Bristol: Polity Press. Pp.25-76
Latimer, J. (2018) Living with Trees: Naturecultures, time and molecular intimacies. https://entanglingyork.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/living-with-trees-joanna-latimer/
Latimer, J. (2017) Becoming-Rendered: On being caught in-between thresholds. Threshold. https://thresholdyork.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/becoming-rendered-on-being-caught-in-between-thresholds/
Latimer, J. (2017) Slowing things down? The problem of people becoming (in)formed in a world of triggers rather than thresholds. Threshold. https://thresholdyork.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/slowing-things-down-the-problem-of-people-becoming-informed-in-a-world-of-triggers-rather-than-thresholds/
Latimer J. & Munro, R. (2017) The Politics of the Threshold: Power, motility, and endless ‘passing’. Thresholds. https://thresholdyork.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/the-politics-of-the-threshold-power-motility-and-endless-passing/
Stigma. Thinking Allowed. BBC Radio (January 2018) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09pmbdf