POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Dr Katja May
Along with the PI, the Postdoctoral Fellows are initially working on Work Package 2 (WP2): Map across theme: qualitative analysis. They will also be central to the development of Work Package 3 (WP3): Map across bodies – Garment reconstructions and Work Package 4 (WP4): Map across makers – Interviews with inventors.
Katja May recently completed her PhD at the University of Kent. Her interdisciplinary research project Everyday Textures: Practices of Needlework, Meaning-Making and Socio-Political Transformation explored what types of political acts the everyday performance of needlework and its narrative renderings make possible. Using an inventive methods approach, she has examined quilting, home dressmaking, embroidery and knitting in the context of a transnational feminist politics of solidarity. Her wider research interests include: affect, practice theory, feminist activism, and protest cultures.
Katja has over ten years of experience in sewing and as a quilting tutor. Her quilts have been on display in in the UK and Germany. She has facilitated multiple feminist craftivism sessions and is passionate about disseminating research results through innovative means of engagement and demonstration.