Organiser profiles and sponsors

Katja May

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Katja is a second year PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of English,University of Kent.

Her interdisciplinary research project is titled “The Politics of Needlework: Stitching, Writing and Social Transformation.” She is interested in needlework, particularly quilting, as a practice within feminist political activism. Methodologically, her PhD looks at a number of different case studies to explore the idea of textuality and politics: African-American women and quilting; ​the situation of garment workers in South Asia; an Afghan-European embroidery initiative and contemporary feminist political activism from the Aids Memorial Quilt to the Women’s Marches.

Katja has organized and delivered a feminist craftivism workshop as part of the Gender, Sexuality and Sensory Symposium 2017. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to explore the symposium’s themes through designing and making a small felt badge.

Her wider research interests include queer studies, material culture, affect, and activism. She is also a member of the Gender, Sexuality and Culture research cluster with the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at Kent.

Angela Matthews

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Angela is a second year part time PhD candidate in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Kent. Her research is on how emotions influence and contribute to decisions in law and policy making in the UK. She uses frameworks from philosophy, religion, and social theory to identify ‘where’ emotions are and how effectively they are used by citizens and government when campaigning for and forming the policies and laws that uphold social justice and human rights in the UK.

She is also the Policy Manager at a non-profit disability organisation, Business Disability Forum, and is qualified in equality and human rights law. Her work at Business Disability Forum includes advising businesses and Government on disability inclusion and anti-discrimination law; contributing to Government inquiries on disability related topics; and leading projects on researching disability and disabled people’s lives. She also sits on advisory panels for a number of academic health and disability related research projects.

Angela’s wider academic research interests include political theologies; religion and the body; and theology and human flourishing.



This event is kindly sponsored by:

  • Gender, Sexuality and Culture Cluster, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent
  • Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, School of English, and Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing (all University of Kent)