Technologies of the Female Self: Women in Education

This was a doctoral project which looked into women's constitution as subjects within the social milieu of education. It initiated my on-going research in women's education within a range of historical, social, political and cultural milieus, as well as in the philosophical underpinnings of educational theory and research.

Archival Research

The project has involved research in the following Archives:

Queen Mary University of London Archives. Constance Maynard Papers.

Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. Clara Collet's Papers.


Women, Education, the Self: a Foucauldian perspective, Basingstoke: Palgrave, Macmillan, 2003

Journal articles

The joy of learning: Feminist materialist pedagogies and the freedom of education. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50 (9), 868-877, doi: 10.1080/00131857.2017.13962, 2018.

‘Education as Action / The Adventure of Education: Thinking with Arendt and Whitehead’. Journal of Educational Administration and History, 48(2), 136-147, 2016.

Not everything that the bourgeois world created is bad: aesthetics and politics in women workers’ education’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 36(3), 424-436, 2015.

'Educating the seamstress: studying and writing the memory of work, History of Education, 42(4), 509-527, 2013.

Truth telling in Foucault and Arendt: Parrhesia, the Pariah and Academics in Dark Times’. Journal of Education Policy, 27 (6), 849-865.

Machinic Assemblages: Women, Art Education and Space. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 2oo8. Also published in Dillabough, J. A., McLeod, J., Mills, M., (2009) Troubling Gender in Education, Routledge, 2009, reprinted in March 2011 in Routledge popular paperback series.

Power, desire and emotions in education: revisiting the epistolary narratives of three women in apartheid South Africa’. Gender and Education, 2006.

Rethinking the political subject: narratives of parrhesiastic acts’. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 2005.

Educational Heterotopias and the Self, Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 2004.

Writing feminist genealogies’. Journal of Gender Studies, 2003.

Erasing Sexuality from the blackboard’. Australian Feminist Studies, 2002.

Of Other Spaces: women’s colleges at the turn of the century’, in Gender Place and Culture, a journal of feminist geography, 2000.

The paradox of being a woman teacher’, in Gender andEducation, 2000. Translated in Greek and reprinted in Educators and Gender. Policy document publication, funded by the EU, Athens: Research Centre for Equality.

‘Spacing herself’. Gender and Education, 1999, reprinted in Women in Education: Major Themes, Routledge, 2010.

Writing genealogies: an exploration of Foucault’s strategies for doing research’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 1999.