Dr Emily Jay Nicholls is a sociologist interested in HIV, archival practice, expertise, health policy and activism. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London on Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH). The project is funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) and seeks to explore the “uses of the past” in HIV policy and activism.
Emily’s work has engaged with the relation between professional and lay expertise, biomedical technologies and clinical practice, sexuality and sexual practice, and the emotional entanglements and responsibilities of qualitative research. Her work is situated within Science and Technology Studies (STS), although it’s something of a complicated relationship.
Emily recently co-convened the Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) Salon series for 2018-2019 on Ecologies of Care, which explored the turn to care in Science and Technology Studies. She is also currently planning the 2019-2020 Salon series with co-convenors Fay Dennis and Jade Vu Henry and is an active and founding member of the newly established CISP Sex and Drugs Working Group.
She was awarded her PhD in Visual Sociology in 2017 from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her thesis was entitled: The Making of an AIDS archive: an account of expertise, inter/disciplinarity, and the process of researching and considered the various forms of expertise employed and fostered in the course of creating an archive of the UK HIV/AIDS epidemic. Her PhD was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Her CV is available on request.