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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Elisabeth Cuénod

Elisabeth Cuénod
Elisabeth Cuénod
Sociology School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
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

PhD Title

Commonality and diversity: Self-identified asexual people discussing their experience on Tumblr

Research project

My research focuses on the way self-identified asexual people disucss their asexuality on Tumblr, a platform where heteronormative norms are challenged. Thourgh this project I hope to assess whether we can talk of an asexual community, and what are the constituting elements of an asexual identity. I will be looking at the boundary work between the asexual 'community' and the LGBT+ 'community' on Tumblr to determine how the asexual community is delimited.

Additionally, I will be investigating the possibility for the asexual 'community' and the LGBT+ 'community' to develop a feeling of solidarity due to both belonging to sexual and gender minorities.


Dr Julie Brownlie


2016-2017     MRes in Socio-Cultural Studies - University of Edinburgh, UK [in progress]

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., 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 [Sent in for review].

Conferences and presentations

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.


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