I was born and brought up in Paisley, Scotland (home of 'the' pattern!)
and entered academia via the Philosophy Department of Stirling University.
It was here that I first developed an interest in spatial theories around
gendered subjectivity, emotions and embodiment. Following an encounter
with the work of feminist geographers Liz Bondi and Gillian Rose, I began
to look more closely at different disciplinary perspectives, and gradually
found an academic home in the Geography Department - and especially the
Feminist Geography Reading Group - of the University of Edinburgh. Here,
I focused my research on the unusual and disturbing experiences of self
/ space boundaries suffered by agoraphobics, and worked with members of
self-help groups in central Scotland to try and bring their stories to
light. The research project was supported by an Economic and Social Research
Council (UK) full-time research studentship (reference number R00429834370),
and I was awarded a doctoral degree for my thesis on ‘Agoraphobic
Geographies: An Exploration of Subjectivity and Socio-Spatial Anxiety’,
in July 2001.
In January of the same year, I took up a three year Post-Doctoral Research
Fellowship in the Institute for Health Research at Lancaster University,
funded by the UK National Health Service (reference number RDO/35’12).
This enabled me to conduct a user-led research project, in association
with the UK National Phobics Society, that aimed to extend and expand
my work on agoraphobia to the experience of those suffering from Specific
Phobias, particularly those relating to ‘natural’ objects
and situations such as spiders, feathers or frost. The project report
was completed and distributed - to respondents and other service users,
providers, managers, researchers etc. - (only just!) before taking up
my current position here at Queen’s in the summer of 2003. In addition
to developing new research and teaching interests in the time since then,
I have continued to publish and present work based on this 'bio-phobias'
My current teaching relates closely to my research interests in social
and cultural geographies (GPHY 229*), gender and the city (GPHY 352*),
and perspectives on health, embodiment and emotion (GPHY 496* and GPHY
1. Geographies of Health and Illness: mental health; anxiety disorders;
phobias; ‘hysteria’; culture and psychopathologies; ‘ill’
identities; disability; (im)mobility; health, class and gender; expertise
and the ‘medical gaze’; psychiatry and anti-psychiatry; self-help
groups; counselling; virtual reality therapies.
2. Geographies of Embodiment and Emotions: ‘lived’ bodies
and boundaries; body image; bodily control; phenomenology; cross-cultural
approaches; pregnancy; embodied emotions; senses and perception; depersonalisation.
3. Social Geographies: subjectivity and space; constructions and contestations
of contemporary social identities.
4. Gender and Feminist Theory; ethics; sexual difference; language and
ideology; gender and knowledge; nature/culture; self-identity; geographies
of ‘home’; public/private space; gender and performance.
5. Critical Autism Studies, www.joycedavidson.com/criticalautismstudies
Smith, Mick, Davidson, Joyce, Cameron, Laura and Bondi,
Liz (Eds.) (2009) Emotion, Place and Culture (Burlington VT and Aldershot:
Davidson, Joyce, Bondi, Liz and Smith, Mick (Eds.) (2005)
Emotional Geographies (Burlington VT and Aldershot: Ashgate Press).
Davidson, Joyce (2003) Phobic Geographies: The Phenomenology and Spatiality
of Identity (Burlington VT and Aldershot: Ashgate Press).
Bondi, Liz, Avis, Hannah, Bankey, Ruth, Davidson, Joyce,
Duffy, Rosaleen, Einagel, Victoria Ingrid, Green, Anja-Maaike, Johnston,
Lynda, Lilley, Susan, Listerborn, Carina, McEwan, Shonagh, Marshy, Mona,
O’Connor, Naimh, Rose, Gillian, Vivat, Bella and Wood, Nichola (2002)
Subjectivities, Knowledges and Feminist Geographies: The Subjects and
Ethics of Social Research (Boulder, Colorado: Rowman and Littlefield).
Refereed Journal Articles:
Smith, Mick, Davidson, Joyce, and Henderson, Victoria L. (2012) ‘Spiders, Sartre and ‘magical geographies’: The emotional transformation of space’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 37, 1: 60-74.
Bondi, Liz, and Davidson, Joyce (2011) ‘Lost in translation’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36, 4: 595-598.
Davidson, Joyce, and Victoria L. Henderson (2010) 'Travel in Parallel with Us for a While’: Sensory Geographies of Autism', The Canadian Geographer, 54, 4: 462-475.
Davidson, Joyce, (2010) ‘It cuts both ways’: A relational approach to access and accommodation for autism’, Social Science and Medicine, 70: 305-312
Davidson, Joyce and Henderson, Victoria (2010) ‘Coming out’ on the spectrum: Autism, identity and disclosure, Social and Cultural Geography, 11, 2: 155-170.
Davidson, Joyce and Smith, Mick, (2009) Autistic
autobiographies and more-than-human emotional geographies, Environment
and Planning D; Society and Space, 27, 5: 898-916.
Davidson, Joyce, Leah Huff, Jen Bridgen, Andrea Carolan, Ashley Chang,
Katherine Harris, Kathryn Ennis, and Jen Miller (2009) 'Doing
Gender at BodyWorlds: Embodiment and Emotion as / in Educational Experience',
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 33, 3: 303-314. [Article co-authored
with undergraduate students.]
Davidson, Joyce (2008) 'Autistic
culture online: Virtual communication and cultural expression on the spectrum',
Social & Cultural Geography 9, 7: 791-806.
Davidson, Joyce (2007) "Caring
and daring to complain: An examination of UK National Phobics Society
members' perception of primary care", Social Science & Medicine,
65, 3, 560 - 571.
Davidson, Joyce (2007) "In
a world of her own." Re-presentations of alienation in the lives and writings
of women with autism", Gender, Place and Culture, 14, 6, 659
Smith, Mick and Davidson, Joyce (2006) “It
makes my skin crawl..." The Embodiment of Disgust in Phobias of 'Nature',
Body and Society, 12:1, 43-67.
Davidson, Joyce (2005) 'Contesting
Stigma and Contested Emotions: Personal Experience and Public Perception
of Specific Phobias', Social Science and Medicine. 61: 10 2155 –
Davidson, Joyce and Smith, Mick (2003) 'Bio-phobias
/ Techno-philias: Virtual Reality Exposure as Treatment for Phobias of
'Nature'', Sociology of Health and Illness, 25, 6, 644 – 661.
Davidson, Joyce (2003) ‘'Putting
on a face': Sartre, Goffman and Agoraphobic Anxiety in Social Space',
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 21, 1, 107 - 122.
Davidson, Joyce and Smith, Mick (2002) ‘‘So
Hitchcock was Scared of Birds…?’ ‘Natural’ Nerves
and Cultured Control in Film, Fear and Phobia’, Scottish Media Education
Journal, 32, 2, 16 – 20.
Davidson, Joyce (2001) “'Joking
Apart...': A 'Processual' Approach to Researching Self-help Groups.”
Social and Cultural Geography, 2, 2, 163-183.
Davidson, Joyce (2001) 'Pregnant
Pauses: Agoraphobic Embodiment and the Limits of (Im)Pregnability',
Gender, Place and Culture, 8, 3, 283-297.
Davidson, Joyce (2000) '...&the
world was getting smaller': women, agoraphobia and bodily boundaries',
Area, 32, 1, 31-40.
Davidson, Joyce (2000) 'A
phenomenology of fear: Merleau-Ponty and agoraphobic life-worlds',
Sociology of Health and Illness, 22, 5, 640-660.
Feminist Geography Reading Group (2000) '(Un)doing
Academic Practice: Notes from a Feminist Geography Workshop', Gender,
Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 7, 4, 435-439.
Davidson, Joyce and Smith, Mick (1999) 'Wittgenstein
and Irigaray: Gender and Philosophy in a Language (Game) of Difference',
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminst Philosophy, 14, 2, 72-96.
Thien, Deb, and Davidson, Joyce (2009) 'Introduction:
Gender Interventions in Research, Teaching, and Practice', The Journal
of Geography in Higher Education, 33, 3, 299-301.
Smith, Mick, Davidson, Joyce, Cameron, Laura and Bondi,
Liz (2009) 'Introduction: Geography and Emotion - Emerging Constellations',
in Mick Smith, Joyce Davidson, Laura Cameron and Liz Bondi, Emotion, Place
and Culture (Burlington VT and Aldershot: Ashgate Press)
Bondi, Liz, Davidson, Joyce, and Smith, Mick (2005)
‘Introduction: Geography’s Emotional Turn’, in Davidson,
Joyce, Bondi, Liz and Smith, Mick (Eds.) Emotional Geographies (Burlington
VT and Aldershot: Ashgate Press), pp. 1 – 16.
Davidson, Joyce and Bondi, Liz (2004) ‘Spatialising
Affect, Affecting Space: Introducing Emotional Geographies’, Gender,
Place and Culture, 11, 3, 373 - 374.
Davidson, Joyce and Milligan, Christine (2004) ‘Embodying
Emotion, Sensing Space: Introducing Emotional Geographies’, Social
and Cultural Geography, 5, 4, 523 – 532.
Book Chapters / Articles in Edited Collections:
Parr, Hester and Davidson, Joyce (forthcoming) Psychic Life, in Del Casino, Vincent J., Thomas, Mary, Cloke, Paul, and Panelli, Ruth (eds.) A Companion to Social Geography (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing).
Parr, Hester and Davidson, Joyce (2010) ‘Mental and Emotional Health’, in Brown, Tim, McLafferty, Sara, and Moon, Graham (eds.) Handbook of Health and Medical Geography (London: Sage, pp. 258-277).
Davidson, Joyce (2010) ‘Phobias and Safe-keeping’, in Smith S., S. Marston, R. Pain, and J.P. Jones. (eds.) Handbook of Social Geography (London: Sage), pp. 368-388.
Davidson, Joyce (2010) ‘Geography, Emotions and’ (500 words), in Wharf, Barney (ed.) The Sage Encyclopedia of Geography (London: Sage).
Parr, Hester and Davidson, Joyce (2010) Enabling cultures of dis/order online, in Vera Chouinard, Ed Hall and Robert Wilton (eds.) Towards Enabling Geographies: ‘Disabled’ Bodies and Minds in Society and Space (Burlington VT and Aldershot: Ashgate), pp. 63-84.
Davidson, Joyce (2009) Agoraphobia, in Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (eds.)
International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Oxford: Elsevier), pp.
Davidson, Joyce and Smith, Mick (2009) Emotional Geographies,
in Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human
Geography (Oxford: Elsevier), pp. 440-445.
Davidson, Joyce (2008) “More labels than a jam jar …’:
The Gendered Dynamics of Diagnosis for Girls and Women with Autism’,
(invited chapter) in Pamela Moss and Kathy Teghtsoonian (eds.) Illness
and the Contours of Contestation, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press),
Smith, Mick, and Davidson, Joyce (2008) 'Cities of Etiquette
and Civility' in Hubbard, Phil, Hall, Tim and Short, John Rennie (Eds.)
Compendium of Urban Studies (London: Sage).
Parr, Hester and Davidson, Joyce (2008) 'Virtual trust':
on-line emotional intimacies in mental health support, in Julie Brownlie,
Alexandra Greene and Alexandra Howson (Eds.) Trust (London and New York:
Davidson, Joyce and Parr, Hester (2007) Anxious Subjectivities
and Spaces of Care: Therapeutic Geographies of the UK National Phobics
Society, in Allison Williams (ed.) Therapeutic Landscapes (Aldershot &
Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press), pp. 95-110.
Bondi, Liz and Davidson, Joyce (2005) ‘Situating
Gender’, in Lise Nelson and Joni Seager (eds.) A Companion to Feminist
Geography (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing), pp. 15 – 31.
Davidson, Joyce and Smith, Mick (2004) ‘Bio-phobias
/ Techno-philias: Virtual Reality Exposure as Treatment for Phobias of
‘Nature’’, reprinted from Sociology of Health and Illness
in Seale, Clive (ed) Health and the Media (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing),
pp. 126 - 142.
Bondi, Liz and Davidson, Joyce (2003) ‘Troubling
the Place of Gender’, in Kay Anderson, Mona Domosh, Steve Pile and
Nigel Thrift (eds.) Handbook of Cultural Geography (London, Thousand Oaks
and New Dehli: Sage), 325-343.
Davidson, Joyce (2002) ‘All in the Mind?: Women, Agoraphobia, and
the Subject of Self-Help, in Liz Bondi et al, Subjectivities, Knowledges
and Feminist Geographies: The Subjects and Ethics of Social Research (Boulder,
Colorado: Rowman and Littlefield), pp. 15-33.
Davidson, Joyce (2002) ‘Agoraphobia’, Readers’ Guide
to the Social Sciences. (London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers), Vol. 1,
Davidson, Joyce (2001) ‘Fear and Trembling in the Mall: Women, Agoraphobia and Body Boundaries’, in Isabel Dyck, Nancy Davis Lewis and Sara McLafferty (eds.) Geographies of Women’s Health (London & New York: Routledge), 213-230.
Davidson, Joyce (2001) ‘A phenomenology of fear: Merleau-Ponty and agoraphobic life-worlds’, in Joan Busfield (ed.) Rethinking the Sociology of Mental Health (Oxford: Blackwells), 95-114, reprinted from Sociology of Health and Illness, 22, 5, 640-660.
Smith, Mick and Davidson, Joyce (2001) ‘Thin air
and silent gravity: Luce Irigarary and the Intangibility of Ethics’,
in Mick Smith, An Ethics of Place: Radical Ecology, Postmodernity and
Social Theory. (New York: State University of New York Press.)
Reports and Public Dissemination:
Davidson, Joyce, Edwards, Sophie, and Hemsworth, Katie (2012) ‘Autism Online: The Role of the Internet on the Daily Lives of People on the Autism Spectrum’ (Kingston, Ontario).
Davidson, Joyce with Victoria Henderson (2008) Learning to (dare to)
complain: The critical role of support group members in improving the
future of healthcare. Anxious Times, The Quarterly Magazine of the National
Phobics Society. Issue 66 (Spring 2008), pp. 18-20.
Davidson, Joyce (2005) ‘What’s Funny About Phobias?’
Mental Health Today, April, 22-24.
Davidson, Joyce (2003) Experience and Treatment of Specific Phobias:
An End of Project Report (Lancaster: Lancaster University).
Davidson, Joyce (2002) ‘Living with Agoraphobia: An End of Project
Report’. (This document, published with financial support from Lancaster
University Research Committee, represents a non-academic summary of my
doctoral thesis, intended to disseminate research findings to a lay audience
via national news and popular media.)