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Research Profile

Miss Sophie Davies 


Position:PhD Student
School:Social Sciences

Address:1-3 Museum Place, Cardiff

Qualifications

  • 2007-10: BSc Econ Sociology - Cardiff University
  • 2010-11: MSc Social Science Research Methods - Cardiff University (Distinction)
  • MSc Thesis Title: (Re)Imagining Ageing: An Ethnographic Exploration of Biogerontology

Research Interests

  • ageing, anti-ageing, immortality
  • posthumanity/transhumanity
  • the implications of science and technology
  • sustainability
  • alternative ‘green’ subcultures/nature-cultures
  • social movements
  • ethnography/anthropology
  • existential phenomenology/philosophy

PhD Topic / Area

Title: An Ethnographic Exploration of the Biological Study of Ageing

Using an ethnographic approach, I am exploring the emergence of the scientific field of 'biogerontology' (the biological study of the ageing process). Whilst I seek to understand the 'science' that is being done to slow/stop the ageing process as well as why and how it is being done, I am interested in the management of the social, cultural and ethical aspects of the science. I am also interested in scientists' re-categorisation of ageing as a disease and why and how shared cultural understandings of ageing are being re-configured according to this re-categorisation.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Year 1 - Introduction to Anthropology
  • Year 3 - Power, Culture and Identity

Supervisors

Prof Joanna Latimer

Dr Ian Welsh