POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
Dr Adele Mason-Bertrand
Along with the PI, the Postdoctoral Fellows are working on Work Package 2 (WP2): Map across theme: qualitative analysis, Work Package 3 (WP3): Map across bodies – Garment reconstructions and Work Package 4 (WP4): Map across makers – Interviews with inventors.
Adele Mason-Bertrand holds an MA in Social research and completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Sheffield. Her longitudinal research project Cosplay: An Ethnographic Study of Subculture and Escape examined the cosplaying subculture, whose members emulate characters from geek media using intricate costumes.
Using participatory methods, she constructed and wore cosplay’s subcultural dress in the field to understand cosplay through the eyes of its members. Her research investigates how clothing is used to subvert and perpetuate established social norms and examines how those who wear non-normative items of clothing are treated by wider society.
Adele specialises in the use of qualitative research methods, with a particular interest in ethnography, visual methods as well as innovative and creative research approaches. Her wider research interests include: sex and gender, queer studies, race and ethnicity, deviance and cultural studies.
She has also been involved in research investigating how the arts and cultural engagement can facilitate social connectedness and contribute towards positive wellbeing. She has led ethnographic participatory projects examining the impact of music engagement on marginalised groups and has facilitated interactive art installations to showcase how research can be translated into practice.