PhotoAlexandra Sherlock

BA (Hons) Textile Design: 1998-2001 Nottingham Trent University: 2:1
MA Material and Visual Culture (Department of Anthropology): 2009-2010 University College London: Distinction

email: a.sherlock@sheffield.ac.uk

Alex's blog and academic portfolio: www.alexandrasherlock.wordpress.com

Thesis title / scope of research

Alex was the postgraduate researcher for the ESRC-funded research project 'If the Shoe Fits: Footwear, Identity and Transition' which finished in 2013. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis, the research for which was conducted parallel to the project. A graduate of the Material and Visual Culture MA programme at University College London, she takes an anthropological approach to shoes with a particular focus on popular representations, embodiment and materiality. Alexandra has conducted field research at the head office of Clarks International and her doctoral thesis uses Clarks Originals shoes, for example the Desert Boot, Wallabee and Desert Trek, to explore the relationship between representations and embodied experiences.

Supervisor(s)

  • Professor Jenny Hockey
  • Dr Victoria Robinson

Publications

Peer reviewed articles:

 Hockey, Jenny; Robinson, Victoria; Dilley, Rachel; Sherlock, Alexandra, 2014, The Temporal Landscape of Shoes: A Life Course Perspective, The Sociological Review, Wiley-Blackwell, open access, available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-954X.12154/abstract

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2013, Larger than Life: Digital Resurrection and the Re-enchantment of Society, The Information Society, Vol. 29, Issue 3, Taylor and Francis, Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01972243.2013.777302#.U1ka9ShQMeE

Hockey, Jenny; Dilley, Rachel; Robinson, Victoria; Sherlock, Alexandra, 2013, Worn Shoes: Identity, Memory and Footwear, Sociological Research Online, Sage Publications, Vol. 18, Issue 1, Open access available at: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/18/1/20.html

Book sections:

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2012, Footwear: Transcending the Mind-Body Dualism in Fashion Theory, in Brownie, Barbara; Petican, Laura and Reponen, Johannes (eds), 2011, Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues [e-book], Oxford, Interdisciplinary Press. Available at: http://mail.inter-disciplinary.net/online-store/ebooks/gender-sexuality/fashion-exploring-critical-issues

Book Reviews:

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2012, Review: ‘Shoes: a History from Sandals to Sneakers’, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Vol 2, Issue 1-2, Intellect. Available at: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Article,id=12046/

Pending publications:

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2014, Here’s Looking at Shoes: Connecting Images and Bodies, Special issue: Fashion and Materiality, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, Intellect (accepted, pending minor amendments)

Hockey, Jenny; Robinson, Victoria; Dilley, Rachel; Sherlock, Alexandra, 2014, Occasions and Non-Occasions: Identity, Femininity and High-Heeled Shoes, European Journal of Women’s Studies, Sage Publications (accepted)

Hockey, Jenny; Robinson, Victoria; Dilley, Rachel; Sherlock, Alexandra, 2014, ‘There's not just trainers or non-trainers, there's like degrees of trainers’: Commoditisation, Singularisation and Identity, Journal of Material Culture, Sage Publications

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2014, “Everybody haffi ask weh mi get mi Clarks”: Clarks Originals and Cross-Cultural Appropriation. Edited book for The World at Your Feet Footwear Conference. The University of Northampton and Northampton Borough Council, Bloomberg

Conference Papers:

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2013, ‘Here’s Looking at Shoes’: Exploring the Relationship between Popular Representations and Embodied Experiences of Shoes. Common Ground Publishing, Fourth International Conference on the Image, University Center Chicago, 19th-20th October 2013.

Sherlock, Alexandra; Tim E. Crumplin, 2013, “Everybody haffi ask weh mi get mi Clarks”: Clarks Originals and Cross-Cultural Appropriation. The University of Northampton and Northampton Borough Council, The World at Your Feet Footwear Conference, University of Northampton, 20th-21st March 2013.

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2012, ‘This is not a Shoe’: Deconstructing the Shoe as a Visual Metaphor for Gendered Experience. Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, Gender and Visual Representation, University of Winchester, 12th September 2012

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2011, Footwear: Transcending the Mind-Body Dualism in Fashion Theory. Interdisciplinary.net, Fashion: Exploring Critical Issues, Oxford, 22nd-25th September 2011, Interdisciplinary.net

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2011, Power and Empowerment in Academic Discourse: a Study of Shoes. Department of Sociological Studies, Power and Empowerment [postgraduate conference], University of Sheffield, 26th May 2011.

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2011, Digital Ethnography and Research Pedagogy: Arjun and Igor’s Big Adventure, White Rose University Consortium, Envisioning the Future of Social Science [postgraduate conference], University of York, 11th April 2011.

Sherlock, Alexandra, 2001, Film Merchandise: Bridging the Gap Between Fiction and Reality, Navigating the Material World Conference: Brighton University: June 2001