In Aoril 2022, the “pandemic book” that I edited with my friend and colleague, Janice Irvine, Silences, Neglected Feelings, and Blind-spots in Research Practice will be published by Routledge. It addresses some of the wide-ranging dilemmas that social researchers face as a result of silences, neglected feelings, and blind-spots in their research, from biographical to ethnographic to archival research. Their stories tackle what we are all familiar with, but seldom talk about, and they are thoughtful, reflexive, and often courageous.
Link to book page at Routledge
In January 2022, I had an “informal tango conversation” with Lucas Antonisse, tango journalist and DJ, about what tango means to me, salon adventures, differences between life in Buenos Aires and in Amsterdam, and more (in English). Link to Youtube video
In 2020, a German translation of Dancing Tango: Passionate Encounters in a Globalizing World appeared under the title Tango Tanzen. Leidenschaftliche Begegnungen in einer globalisierten Welt (Springer VS).
I spoke with Helma Lutz, one of the editors of the series at Springer, about the book, why I wrote it, and what makes it particularly relevant today in times of corona. The video is available at my Dancing Tango Facebook page.
On 24 September 2018 I organized an international symposium at the VU University. ‘Looking at Lives: Research on Refugee Biographies'. It was followed by a book presentation of Contested Belonging: Spaces, Practices, Biographies, edited by Kathy Davis, Halleh Ghorashi, and Peer Smets (see books page).
On 29 October 2017 Kathy Davis stepped down after 15 years as editor of the European Journal of Women’s Studies. The collection of tributes from friends and colleagues as well as every editorial she wrote during her time as Editor of the European Journal of Women’s Studies can be found here.
In 2017, Dubravka Zarkov and I as editors of the European Journal of Women’s Studies (EJWS) compiled a Virtual Retrospective of articles that have been published about intersectionality in the journal during past two decades. We also wrote an introduction to the retropective which we hope will stir some debate about the possibilities and pitfalls of one of feminism’s most important travelling theories.
On 5 March 2015, Kathy Davis will be speaking at the Oral History Workshop Series (Oral History, Medicine, and Health) at Columbia University in New York. The title of her talk is: ‘Bodies, Embodiment, and the Experience of Passion: What Tango Dancers Can Teach Us'
See a Youtube video of the talk.
On 25 January 2015, Kathy Davis presented her book at the tango salon De Plantage in Amsterdam.
See the Boek presentatie: Dancing Tango - in Dutch about the event.
See the Book presentation: Dancing Tango - english subtitled. about the event.
See the Presentación del libro: Dancing Tango - subtitulado en español about the event.
On 8 May 2014, Kathy Davis has been invited to give the bi-annual public lecture hosted by the journal Feminist Theory at Newcastle University. Her lecture, entitled ‘Can a feminist dance the tango? Some reflections on the experience and politics of passion’ will also be sponsored by Insights Public Lectures making it open to a broader public as well as academics and students.
13-19 July 2014: ISA World Congress of Sociology will be held in Yokohama, Japan. Kathy Davis will be organizing three sessions for RC38 Biography & Society: ‘Embodied Biographies and Sexy Stories,’ ‘Concepts of inclusion from a biographical perspective’ (with Lena Inowlocki), and a joint session with RC05 Racism, Nationalism, and Ethnic Relations: ‘Intersectionality and intellectual biographies’ (with Helma Lutz). For more information, go to the ISA website or contact her at email: email@example.com. Abstracts should be submitted by 30 September 2013.
6 June 2013: Kathy Davis organized an international symposium ‘Transnational Bodies’ at the University of Amsterdam with Anna Aalten. The symposium looked at recent developments in critical scholarship on the body and how the experience of living in an increasingly globalized and cosmopolitan world as well as the recognition of shared histories of connection have generated new research on the body.
Since January 2013, Kathy Davis is affiliated with the VU University in Amsterdam as Senior Research Fellow. She will participate in the PARIS (Participating in Society) research program, under the theme 'Identity, Diversity and Inclusion'(IDI).
In 2014, Kathy Davis has been invited as Visiting Guest Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Vienna in Austria.
On February 27, 2012, Kathy Davis gave the annual Korenman Lecture under the title 'Feminism as Traveling Theory'.
It was sponsored by the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the Dresher Center for the Humanities at the University of Maryland (UMBC).
You can watch the lecture on Youtube.
March 2012:Kathy Davis participated in in a radio program in Istanbul in honor of International Women's Day on March 8, 2012. In addition to talking about the international feminist health activism and her work on Our Bodies, Ourselves as traveling feminist theory, she also talked about her new project on tango. The conversation was accompanied by tango music sung by women.
You can listen online to the program via this link. Her book will be published by NYU Press.
August 1-4, 2012: She will be organizing a session at the ISA forum conference in Buenos Aires for RC 38 Biography & Society on 'Bodies in Motion.' The session will explore the biographical implications of moving around in the world in terms of embodiment, identity, social practices, and the opportunities and constraints available to individuals for constructing meaningful or livable lives. Papers are welcomed which draw upon life history, phenomenological or ethnographical research in the fields of dance, sport, and disability. How do these different experiences of bodily movement (or inability to move) shape individuals' feelings about their bodies and the kinds of stories they tell about them? And how might a biographical approach to bodies in motion contribute to sociological understandings of embodiment in the context of late modernity? Anyone interested in submitting should contact her at: e-mail: K.E.Davis@uu.nl
July 2011: Visiting Professor at the J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt Germany where she taught courses on Academic Writing (together with Andrea Petö) and Transnational Body Politics.
2011: Launch of a new book series The Feminist Imagination - Europe and Beyond, together with Mary Evans at Ashgate.
Nov 2010: On the lectures page there is a link to a video recording of her lecture 'Revisiting Feminist Debates on Cosmetic Surgery' which was held at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in München, Germany
Jan 2009: On the lectures page there is a link to an MP3 recording of her lecture at the Conference Celebrating Intersectionality? Debates on a multi-faceted Concept in Gender Studies, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, January 2009.
Nov 2009: Visiting Fellow in the GEXcel Center of Gender Excellence in Linköping, Sweden where she participated in the theme "Sexual Health, Embodiment and Empowerment: Bridging Epistemological Gaps" (www.genderexcel.org/node/185)