About Socionocular

Hi, my name is Abigail Curlew, and welcome to Socionocular!

Click here for my academic CV

Socionocular is by-and-large a blog about sociology, surveillance, security, and technology. On this little nook of cyberspace you will find my thoughts on social media, video games, Internet culture, state and vigilante political violence, and the politics of cyberspace. More recently, I’ve been looking at the LGBTQ+ politics, gendered digital violence, the far-right, and the politics of free speech.

I am a freelance, independent journalist and a scholar focused on activist-centered writing. I think journalistic and academic objectivity is a sham (the politics of “no position” is a position, fight me), and thus, I believe in being explicit about the kind of politics centered in my work.

I strive for a (trans)feminist, intersectional, queer, and anti-capitalist politics engaged in the arduous task of pre-figurative societal and cultural change. If we are to work against the seemingly infinite social, cultural, and environmental travesties that comprise our society we need to prefigure (build) the institutions that we envision within our mobilization tactics.

I am currently a PhD student working in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. My research is a mess and I haven’t the slightest clue how I will approach my dissertation, but it will be revolving around the surveillance and policing of political dissent on the left by state agencies in the Canadian federal government. I will update this as soon as my soul searching is resolved and I have a direction to move in. I am a qualitative researcher versed in ethnography, interviews, document research and Access to Information Act (ATIA) methods. My research is currently funded by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship.

I’m currently working on a fiction project: a cosmic horror novel set in Toronto about a queer woman who is sucked into the Otherworld while she sleeps to unwittingly contend in the Dream Games. A mix of creepypasta, scary things, dark web adventures, and a lovely and diverse cast of women and non-binary folks.

If you want to get in touch, @ me on Twitter @Curlew_A or email me at abigail.curlew(@)gmail.com. I love publishing guest blogs on Socionocular, even if I get snail speed traffic. So feel free to submit something!

I don’t respond to trolls or harassment, I will just block your account if you are a bigot.

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Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Junior Research Affiliate, Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), 2018-Present.

Member, International Sociological Association (ISA), 2018-Present.

Member, Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), 2017-Present.

Member, Surveillance Studies Center (SSC), 2015-2017.

Member, Popular Culture Association of Canada (PCAC), 2016-2017.


Banner and icon art came from the creative mind of Sarah O‘Rourke-Whelan, an artist from Newfoundland and Labrador.

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