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Elisabeth Cuénod

Elisabeth Cuénod
Elisabeth Cuénod
Edinburgh UK
+44 (0)7443 773228
Research Interests
Feminism, Youth, Technology and society, Sexuality, Social media and internet technologies, Internet research, Tumblr, Asexuality, LGBT studies, Identity, Boundary work, Gender, Intersectionality, Digital Sociology, Digital Culture, Queer

Research project

Extensive literature on sexuality has shown that queerness continues to be stigmatised, although many have written about the positive impact of finding offline and/or online communities of peers for queer people. However, these communities tend to construct queer people as a monolith. This ignores other forms of social inequalities existing between queer people, and how these inequalities impact their experience of queerness. My research aims to explore possible forms of marginalisation between queer Tumblr users. Tumblr is an ever-growing micro-blogging platform created in February 2007 by David Karp. It is a platform where, it has been argued, heteronormativity is challenged. 


Dr Julie Brownlie

Dr Karen Gregory


2017-present     PhD in Sociology - University of Edinburgh [in progress]

2016-2017     MRes in Socio-Cultural Studies - University of Edinburgh, UK (Merits).

2014-2016     Msc in Science and Technology in Society - University of Edinburgh, UK, (Merits).

2009-2014     BA in Humanities - History, and Russian language, literature and history -  University of Geneva, Switzerland, (Distinctions).


Cuénod, E., 2017, Book review: Altman, Dennis, Symons, Jonathan, Queer Wars: The New Global Polarization over Gay Rights, 2016, Cambridge, UK; Malden, MA, Polity Press, 178 pp., in Sexualities. DOI: 10.1177/1363460717731934

Conferences and presentations

April 2018     “The asexual community on Tumblr: Methodological considerations”, presented at the British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.

April 2017     “The asexual community on Tumblr: Methodological considerations”, presented at the ‘New Directions’ sociology conference, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK.


June 2013     Aksanenko Award for the best BA in Russian language, literature and history for the academic year 2012-2013 - University of Geneva, Switzerland.