Vitalities Lab Newsletter Number 7

6 February 2020

The Vitalities Lab is led by SHARP Professor Deborah Lupton, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. Team members are Dr Ashleigh Watson, Dr Clare Southerton and Dr Marianne Clark. Further details here.

New academic publications

Clark, M. I., & Thorpe, H. (2019). Towards diffractive ways of knowing women’s moving bodies: A Baradian experiment with the Fitbit/motherhood entanglement. Sociology of Sport Journal, Online first

Clark, M. I., Costas-Bradstreet, C., Holt, N. L., & Spence, J. C. (2019). Parental perceptions of a national program that funds sport participation for low-income children and youth in Canada. Leisure Sciences, 1-17.

Thorpe, H. & Clark, M.I. (2019). Gut Feminism, new materialisms and sportwomen’s embodied health: the case of RED-S in endurance athletes. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2019.1631879

Thorpe, H., Clark, M. & Brice, J. Sportswomen as ‘biocultural creatures’: understanding embodied health experiences across sporting cultures. BioSocieties (2019).

Barbour, K., Clark, M.I., & Jeffrey, A. (2019). Expanding understandings of wellbeing through researching women’s experiences of intergenerational somatic dance classes. Leisure Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2019.1653354

Southerton, C. and McCann, H. (2019) ‘Queerbaiting and real person slash: the case of Larry Stylinson’, in J. Brennan (Eds.) Queerbaiting and Fandom: Teasing Fans through Homoerotic Possibilities, University of Iowa Press, pp. 161-163.

Lupton, D. (2019) ‘Things that matter’: poetic inquiry and more-than-human health literacy. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, online first. doi:10.1080/2159676X.2019.1690564

Lupton, D. (2020) Better understanding about what’s going on’: young Australians’ use of digital technologies for health and fitness. Sport, Education and Society, 25(1), 1-13.

Lupton, D. (2020) The story completion method and more-than-human theory: finding and using health information. Sage Research Methods Cases, available online at

Lupton, D. (2020) The Internet of Things: social dimensions. Sociology Compass, online first.

Lupton, D. (2020) Teaching and learning guide for: The Internet of Things: social dimensions. Sociology Compass, online first. doi: org.10.1111/soc4.12777

Other publications

The AKE zine, volume 3, edited by Ash with Laura Rodriguez Castro and Samantha Trayhurn with the AKE Collective, was published.

The latest edition of ‘SoFi’ magazine (#6), edited by Ash and guest-edited by Deborah, was published. Its theme is more-than-human theory and future-oriented research.


Ash presented and co-ran an invited workshop, ‘Affect, Knowledge and Embodiment: A Critical Feminist Arts/Research Workshop’ at the Australian National University on 21 November 2019.

Deborah gave a keynote at the 5th Australian Food, Society and Culture Network symposium, ‘Data, diets, digitalism: emergent food research methodologies’, University of Sydney, 15 November 2019, talking about her research on digital food cultures.

On 18 November 2019, we held a second ‘Re/imagining Personal Data’ workshop. In this one, we experimented with two new creative writing methods: Data Letters and Data Kondo. A post about the method and process can be found here.

Data Letters and Data Kondo activities

Clare gave a paper entitled ‘Intimate things: rethinking distraction in the “addictive” reach for the smartphone’ at the Dangerous Consumptions conference held at UNSW Sydney, 21-22 November 2019.

Ash gave an invited talk on the topic of ‘Post-PhD – What’s next?’ at the TASA Postgraduate Day, Western Sydney University, 25 November 2019. She also gave an invited keynote and workshop on creativity and methodological innovation in the sociology of familial and intimate relationships at the TASA Families and Relationships Thematic Group event, Western Sydney University, 29 November 2019.

Workshop activities at the TASA Families and Relationships workshop

The TASA Health Day, Western Sydney University, 29 November 2019, was on the theme of digital health. Deborah gave a keynote workshop, inviting participants to create ‘postcards from the future’ related to imagined digital health technologies. Clare gave a presentation on her project about intimacy and queer sex education on YouTube.

All Vitalities Lab team members attended the Disrupting Data Roundtable held by the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and the Data Justice group at UNSW on 2 December 2019. Deborah and Ash gave presentations on innovative research methods to elicit people’s understandings and feelings about their personal data, and Clare acted as a discussant for one of the sessions.

Deborah gave a presentation on creative methods at the Re/humanising Automated Decision-Making Network symposium, Monash University, 13 December, joining other members of the network at the its first meeting. The network is funded by the Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes members from Sweden, Denmark and Finland as well as from Australia.

Media appearances

Deborah’s research on fat politics was was quoted in article on fat stigma published on the ABC Life website

Vitalities Lab visitors

Professor Roger Burrows, Newcastle University, UK, gave a guest seminar presentation about his research on British attitudes to Brexit, 18 November 2019. Dr Alexandra Ryborg Jonsson and Professor Susanne Reventlow, both from the University of Copenhagen, visited on 2 December 2019 to meet with Deborah to talk about mutual research interests.

We welcomed two visiting fellows: Associate Professor Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki from 29 November 2019 to 22 January 2020 and Dr Vicki Harman, University of Surrey from 6 to 17 January 2019. During Vicki’s stay, she gave a workshop discussing the visual arts methods she used in her research on female survivors of domestic violence.

Deborah introducing Vicki Harman at her workshop on visual art in research


Published by Deborah Lupton

I am SHARP Professor and leader of the Vitalities Lab in the Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney

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