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Dr Kiran Pienaar

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer, Sociology

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SHSS Arts & Education

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

kiran.pienaar@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72004

Biography

Dr Kiran Pienaar is a lecturer in Sociology, with expertise in gender, sexuality, and science and technology studies.

She has a multidisciplinary background in Gender Studies, Sociology and Applied Linguistics. Before joining Deakin, Kiran was a lecturer at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University, where she was responsible for the curriculum development of two subjects for ARCSHS new Graduate Certificate in Sex, Health and Society. Kiran has been employed as a research fellow in the Health and Biofutures program at Monash University, working on a project on the biopolitics of diagnostic testing and cancer screening. She retains an affiliate role at Monash University.

Kiran's research explores connections between health, gender, sexuality and the body, with a particular interest in drug consumption and sexual cultures, and the sociopolitical dimensions of health. Her research has appeared in international journals including Social Science and Medicine; The International Journal of Drug Policy; Health; Addiction Research and Theory; and Social Theory and Health. She has published on topics related to drugs, addiction and the self; the biopolitics of disease; public health and drug policy; and drug experiences in LGBTQ cultures. Her first book Politics in the Making of HIV/AIDS in South Africa was published with Palgrave Macmillan.

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Research interests

  • Gender, sexuality and the body
  • Social studies of drugs
  • The sociopolitical dimensions of health, with a particular interest in in HIV
  • LGBTQ identities and cultures
  • Feminist theory
  • Science and technology studies
  • Posthumanisms

Affiliations

Professional associations and affiliations

  • Affiliate of Monash University
  • Co-convenor of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Health Group and member of TASA
  • Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Australian Women’s Member of Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
  • Nexus: Monash Social Science, Humanities and Medicine Network
  • Associate of the Monash Health and Biofutures program

Teaching interests

  • Health sociology
  • Sexuality, gender and the body 
  • Research methods

Units taught

  • ASC206: Sociology of Health
  • ASC250: Contemporary Social Research

Knowledge areas

  • Health sociology
  • Gender, sexuality and the body
  • Sociology of drugs
  • LGBTQ sexualities
  • Science and technology studies
  • Feminist theory
  • Posthumanisms

Professional activities

  • International editorial board member of the journals Contemporary Drug Problems and Health Sociology Review
  • Invited reviewer for a range of international journals and academic publishers in the fields of health sociology and medical humanities; social studies of drugs; and gender and cultural studies
  • Co-editor of forthcoming journal special issue of Science, Technology and Society, 'Testing for life?: Regimes of governance in diagnosis and screening' (with Alan Petersen)
  • Co-editor of two journal special issues in preparation, 'Loneliness in a digitally mediated society' (with Alan Petersen and Barbara Barbosa Neves) and 'Rethinking the politics of sex and drugs' (with Maurice Nagington, Joshua Pocius and Alex Dymock)

Publications

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2020

Sexualities and intoxication: "To be intoxicated is to still be me, just a little blurry"-drugs, enhancement and transformation in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer cultures

Kiran Pienaar, Dean Murphy, Kane Race, Toby Lea

(2020), pp. 139-163, Cultures of intoxication: key issues and debates, Cham, Switzerland, B1-1

book chapter

Managing risks or generating uncertainties? Ambiguous ontologies of testing in Australian healthcare

K Pienaar, A Petersen, D Bowman

(2020), pp. 1-19, Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Drugs as technologies of the self: enhancement and transformation in LGBTQ cultures

K Pienaar, D Murphy, K Race, T Lea

(2020), Vol. 78, pp. 1-9, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Basic care as exceptional care: addiction stigma and consumer accounts of quality healthcare in Australia

Adrian Farrugia, Kiran Pienaar, Suzanne Fraser, Michael Edwards, Annie Madden

(2020), pp. 1-17, Health sociology review, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Data-driven intimacy: emerging technologies in the (re)making of sexual subjects and 'healthy' sexuality

J Flore, K Pienaar

(2020), pp. 1-15, Health Sociology Review, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Enacting 'more-than-human' care: Clients' and counsellors' views on the multiple affordances of chatbots in alcohol and other drug counselling

Anthony Barnett, Michael Savic, Kiran Pienaar, Adrian Carter, Narelle Warren, Emma Sandral, Victoria Manning, Dan Lubman

(2020), pp. 1-9, International Journal of Drug Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2019

Lives of substance: a mixed-method evaluation of a public information website on addiction experiences

C Treloar, K Pienaar, E Dilkes-Frayne, S Fraser

(2019), Vol. 26, pp. 140-147, Drugs: education, prevention and policy, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Matters of fact and politics: generating expectations of cancer screening

K Pienaar, A Petersen, D Bowman

(2019), Vol. 232, pp. 408-416, Social science and medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2018

Problematising LGBTIQ drug use, governing sexuality and gender: a critical analysis of LGBTIQ health policy in Australia

K Pienaar, D Murphy, K Race, T Lea

(2018), Vol. 55, pp. 187-194, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2017

Iterating 'addiction': residential relocation and the spatio-temporal production of alcohol and other drug consumption patterns

E Dilkes-Frayne, S Fraser, K Pienaar, R Kokanovic

(2017), Vol. 44, pp. 164-173, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Telling different stories, making new realities: the ontological politics of 'addiction' biographies

K Pienaar, E Dilkes-Frayne

(2017), Vol. 44, pp. 145-154, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

The future of drugs: recreational drug use and sexual health among gay and other men who have sex with men

K Race, T Lea, D Murphy, K Pienaar

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 42-50, Sexual health, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Rethinking the poverty-disease nexus: the case of HIV/AIDS in South Africa

K Pienaar

(2017), Vol. 38, pp. 249-266, Journal of medical humanities, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal article

Challenging the addiction/health binary with assemblage thinking: an analysis of consumer accounts

D Moore, K Pienaar, E Dilkes-Frayne, S Fraser

(2017), Vol. 44, pp. 155-163, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Addiction stigma and the biopolitics of liberal modernity: a qualitative analysis

S Fraser, K Pienaar, E Dilkes-Frayne, D Moore, R Kokanovic, C Treloar, A Dunlop

(2017), Vol. 44, pp. 192-201, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Diffracting addicting binaries: an analysis of personal accounts of alcohol and other drug 'addiction'

K Pienaar, D Moore, S Fraser, R Kokanovic, C Treloar, E Dilkes-Frayne

(2017), Vol. 21, pp. 519-537, Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Experiences of alcohol and other drug addiction, dependence or habit in Australia: Findings and recommendations from a national qualitative study

Kiran Pienaar, Ella Dilkes-Frayne, Suzanne Fraser, Renata Kokanovic, David Moore, Carla Treloar, Adrian Dunlop

(2017), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2016

Politics in the making of HIV/AIDS in South Africa

K Pienaar

(2016), Basingstoke, Eng., A1-1

book

Claiming rights, making citizens: HIV and the performativity of biological citizenship

K Pienaar

(2016), Vol. 14, pp. 149-168, Social theory and health, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Producing alcohol and other drugs as a policy 'problem': a critical analysis of South Africa's 'National Drug Master Plan' (2013-2017)

K Pienaar, M Savic

(2016), Vol. 30, pp. 35-42, International journal of drug policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article
2015

New narratives, new selves: complicating addiction in online alcohol and other drug resources

K Pienaar, S Fraser, R Kokanovic, D Moore, C Treloar, A Dunlop

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 499-509, Addiction research and theory, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article
2014

(Re)reading the political conflict over HIV in South Africa (1999-2008): A new materialist analysis

K Pienaar

(2014), Vol. 12, pp. 179-196, Social Theory and Health, C1-1

journal article
2008

'You are not alone': The discursive construction of the 'suffering victim' identity on the Oprah Winfrey Show

C Marshall, K Pienaar

(2008), Vol. 26, pp. 525-546, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, C1

journal article
2007

The body as a site of struggle: Oppositional discourses of the disciplined female body

K Pienaar, L Bekker

(2007), Vol. 25, pp. 539-555, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, C1

journal article
2006

Invoking the feminine physical ideal: Bitch-slapping, she-men and butch girls

K Pienaar, I Bekker

(2006), Vol. 24, pp. 437-447, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, C1

journal article

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