Category Archives: PTSD

February 20

The trees will know calm in the morning

I am forever indebted to the wisdom of trees. I wrote a Theology post here about God being in the rubble, and the comfort of Lammas. I have always loved trees, nature, the outdoors. It is my place of thinking and reflecting and stillness. The worst part of the pandemic response for my mental health […]

April 29

Criminologist or criminal? Liminal spaces as the site for auto/biography

I am delighted to announce that my article is now published In Methodological Innovations. I will record a podcast shortly to discuss the article further. You can access the article here. If you use my article for teaching purposes, please let me know for my portfolio. Solidarity to all those with messy stories and struggling […]

April 14

Podcast- Trauma-informed teaching

I have recorded a short podcast below on the value of trauma-informed teaching. I write about trauma throughout my blog and as a teacher with CPTSD I am committed to a trauma-led pedagogical approach. I welcome contact on twitter @plasticdollheads Or via email me via my institution staff webpage here. Kind wishes, Gemma x

March 06

‘Carceral feminism’ and its critics

***Trigger warning, this blog post contains emotive and distressing descriptions and content. This is very much the start of a conversation and a series of articles I am drafting in response to critiques of ‘carceral feminism’. It is by no means an absolute answer. I will engage respectfully with those who wish to genuinely reach […]

March 06

Trauma and reclaiming the body

***Trigger warning: some of this content relates to sexual assault and trauma*** As with most of my ideas they emerge in the classroom or at random times. Instagram scrolling is totally work. One of the modules I lead is SOCI256 Power, Culture and Social Control. This is an innovative and exciting module to teach, with […]

February 27

Girl on Fire

“We reach her as, of course, as we meet all poetic resources blocked from us by mindless packaging and spiritless scholarship” (Adrienne Rich, 1993, p. 101). I write this the weekend before my 37th birthday. My Ph.D was a fluke. I had 6 hours to write my proposal after seeing the scholarship advert the day […]

November 08

Criminologist or Criminal? Liminal spaces and trauma

[**trigger warning- this post contains depictions of extreme violence that you may find causes distress**]. A recent incident by a journalist has left me reeling in terms of mental heath. I have decided to share this writing here and welcome contact from fellow survivors. I will not be debating abolitionism or having to justify or […]

November 02

Remember mental health

[Recently diagnosed Dyslexic- please excise any typos or grammar issues]. Yesterday was All Saints’ Day and today is All Souls’ Day. These are celebrated in various ways around the world. People attend services, light candles and visit their dead. In particular I am drawn to the Mexican traditions of ‘Day of the Dead’, which were […]

August 30

The digital self and boundaries

  I am writing this on a bank holiday Sunday afternoon. The dogs have been walked at one of our favourite places pictured here in the glorious sun, the house is scrubbed, online church done, incense and candles are on, and I am gearing up to peel myself off the sofa and head back out. […]