I began experimenting with graphic methods in 2017, first cartoons and comics, then illustration and collage. I call the work I do graphic social science ie: using graphic forms to work with and share my data and to illustrate the work of fellow academics. Click.below for project summaries and links to their galleries.
This graphic novella emerged from the findings of the project Living and Working in Lockdown. What's gender got to do with it? For this qualitative researcher, the scale of response to the survey (n=543) was a) gratifying but b) somewhat overwhelming! Five Survive Lockdown is a way of exploring the complexity and particularity of the lived experiences embedded in those data. read more
A visual critical auto-ethnography in the form of a scrapbook, combining map and memoir and structured within a creative cartography of Global North and Global South. go to gallery Carruthers Thomas, K. (2021) Being between binary: Personal narratives and power geometry: A visual essay. Sexualities. Published online 27 April. https://doi.org/10.1177/13634607211013665
“I’ve Seen You”: A Conversation about the Transformative Potential of Working in Partnership in The Power of Partnership (2018-2019)
In 2018, Dr Jennifer Fraser and Moonisah Usman (University of Westminster) commissioned me to produce visual notes of a staff/student discussion on collaborative working. My drawings of the individuals involved in the discussion and of the key themes addressed, became part of the group's chapter included in the edited collection The Power of Partnership (eds. Mercer-Mapstone and Abbott) published by The Center for Engaged Learning. You can see the published chapter here. For individual drawings. go to gallery Fraser, J. et al (2019) "I've Seen You": A Conversation about the Transformative Potential of Working in Partnership. In L. Mapstone-Mercer and S. Abbott (eds.) The Power of Partnership: Students, Staff and Faculty Revolutionizing Higher Education. Elon: Center for Engaged Learning
My Brilliant Career? An Investigation (2018)
This graphic essay was produced in a large scale (4 x A2 panels) comic format and conformed to the structural conventions of an essay or article. It communicates the findings of the Gender(s) at Work research project and features three 'characters' embodying the glass ceiling, the glass escalator and the glass cliff. go to gallery