Elena Sharratt


PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
College of Social Sciences & International Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2015

Research topic: Embodiment and intersubjectivity within the online ‘Transabled’ community.

My research focuses on the online ‘transabled’ community. Often described as suffering from ‘body integrity identity disorder’ (or BIID), the individuals who make up this community share the collective desire to amputate a healthy limb, feeling that it does not belong to them. Informed by posthumanist, ANT and STS perspectives, I am investigating the ways in which being part of an intersubjective community shapes the narratives that surround this phenomena and how the experience of digitally mediated sociality informs notions of the body as hybrid and (re)makeable.

Research supervisors: Professor Susan Kelly

Email: es488@exeter.ac.uk