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Dr Kiran Pienaar

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer, Sociology

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Hum & Social Science

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

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

Biography

Dr Kiran Pienaar is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology, with expertise in gender, sexuality and health. She is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University. She has a multidisciplinary background in Gender Studies, Sociology and Applied Linguistics. Kiran's theoretical interests include feminist science studies, queer theory and new materialisms. Her research program centres on two key areas: 1) gender, sexuality and the body, particularly in relation to LGBTQ+ cultures; and 2) the social dimensions of health. She is a CI on a DP24 Understanding the role of trauma in alcohol and other drug-related problems. Applying a feminist lens, the project explores how gender and sexuality shape experiences of trauma and addiction.

Kiran's research has contributed new understandings of the performativity of drugs in shaping queer subjectivities; ontologies of addiction and the self; ‘more-than-human’ forms of care; and the impact of public policy on minoritised communities. She has published on topics related to gender, drugs, 'addiction' and the self; biopolitics, public health and drug policy. Kiran’s research has appeared in leading journals including SexualitiesSocial Science & MedicineInternational Journal of Drug Policy, and Sociological Review. Her first book Politics in the Making of HIV/AIDS in South Africa was published by Palgrave.

Kiran recently published an edited collection titled Narcofeminisms: Revisioning Drug Use. Inspired by narcofeminist activism, it considers the political potential of drug consumption as a mode of resistance to dominant social orders. Reviews have praised the volume for its contribution to feminist and critical drug scholarship: 'a provocative and compelling collection [...] In bringing narcofeminist activism in conversation with sociology, the collection not only provides sophisticated new frameworks for examining alcohol and other drug practices, it also imagines a new politics of worldbuilding with far-reaching implications for responding to other controversial issues.' (Adrian Farrugia, La Trobe University). 'It is too rare that such a truly generative provocation emerges from conversations between scholarship, activism and advocacy [...] Those of us who find ourselves endlessly stuck in appeals to ‘move beyond’ binaries of pleasure and pain relief, will and compulsion, agency and vulnerability, and cis/white/Global North viewpoints are cheering at these examples of how to do it, and the glorious up-yours attitude that animates so many of them.' (kylie valentine, UNSW)

Kiran has worked on several ARC-funded projects, on topics including diagnostic testing, experiences of 'addiction' and trauma-informed care (DP24). She was a Chief Investigator on a DP17 exploring LGBTQ drug use, and recently led an interdisciplinary project applying a feminist lens to explore COVID-19 responses and practices of care. 

International engagement and service

Kiran is a co-editor of the international feminist journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, TechnoscienceShe serves on the international editorial boards of the journals International Journal of Drug Policy, Health Sociology Review and Contemporary Drug Problems. She is an invited international member of the Centre for Critical Global Change (Goldsmiths, University of London).  

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Research interests

  • Gender, sexuality and the body
  • Social studies of drugs
  • Sociology of health, with a particular interest in in HIV
  • LGBTQ identities and cultures
  • Identity politics and digital publics
  • Feminist theory
  • Science and technology studies
  • Posthumanisms

Affiliations

Professional associations and affiliations

  • Co-convenor of Deakin's Sociology and Social Change Collective
  • Member of the Australian Women and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA)
  • Member of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Gender & Sexuality and Health Sociology Thematic Groups
  • Member of the Alfred Deakin Institute (ADI), Deakin University
  • Member of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
  • Member of 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

Kiran is Unit Chair and Lecturer for:

  • ASC206 Sociology of Health
  • ASC250 Contemporary Social Research

She also teaches into:

  • AIX493 - Honours Research Design 
  • AIX494 - Honours Research Communication

Knowledge areas

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

Professional activities

Publications

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2024

Thinking with HIV in pandemic times: A diffractive reading of COVID-19 and mpox

Kiran Pienaar, Murphy Dean

(2024), pp. 104-119, Viral Times Reflections on the COVID-19 and HIV Pandemics, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Competing realities, uncertain diagnoses of infectious disease: Mass self-testing for COVID-19 and liminal bio-citizenship

Alan Petersen, Kiran Pienaar

(2024), Vol. 46, pp. 242-260, Sociology of Health and Illness: a journal of medical sociology, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The dynamics of more-than-human care in depot buprenorphine treatment: A new materialist analysis of Australian patients' experiences

Anthony Barnett, Kiran Pienaar, Dan Lubman, Shalini Arunogiri, Vicky Phan, Vicky Hayes, Nicholas Lintzeris, Michael Savic

(2024), Vol. 127, pp. 1-9, International Journal on Drug Policy, The, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2023

Pandemic policing and the construction of publics: an analysis of COVID-19 lockdowns in public housing

Paul Kelaita, Kiran Pienaar, Jaya Keaney, Dean Murphy, Hassan Vally, Catherine Bennett

(2023), Vol. 32, pp. 245-260, Health Sociology Review, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Rethinking Women's "Performance and Image-Enhancing Drug Consumption": An Agenda for Ontopolitically-Oriented Research

Renae Fomiatti, Kim Toffoletti, Kiran Pienaar

(2023), Vol. 50, pp. 217-231, Contemporary Drug Problems, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Staying with the silence: Silence as affording care in online alcohol and other drug counselling

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

(2023), Vol. 116, pp. 1-8, International Journal of Drug Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Refusing recovery, living a 'wayward life': A feminist analysis of women's drug use

F Dennis, K Pienaar

(2023), Vol. 71, pp. 781-800, Sociological Review, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Improving understandings of trauma and alcohol and other drug-related problems: A social research agenda

Renae Fomiatti, Kiran Pienaar, Michael Savic, Helen Keane, Carla Treloar

(2023), Vol. 121, pp. 1-9, International Journal of Drug Policy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article
2022

'Uninhibited play': The political and pragmatic dimensions of intoxication within queer cultures

Kane Race, Kiran Pienaar, Dean Murphy, Toby Lea

(2022), pp. 272-289, Routledge handbook of intoxicants and intoxication, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Searching for diagnostic certainty, governing risk: Patients' ambivalent experiences of medical testing

K Pienaar, A Petersen

(2022), Vol. 44, pp. 25-40, Sociology of Health and Illness, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article
2021

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

K Pienaar, A Petersen, D Bowman

(2021), Vol. 25, pp. 669-687, Health (United Kingdom), England, C1-1

journal article

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

A Barnett, M Savic, K Pienaar, A Carter, N Warren, E Sandral, V Manning, D Lubman

(2021), Vol. 94, International Journal of Drug Policy, Netherlands, C1

journal article

Injecting as a sexual practice: Cultural formations of 'slamsex'

K Race, D Murphy, K Pienaar, T Lea

(2021), Sexualities, C1

journal article

The "Be All and End All"? Young People, Online Sexual Health Information, Science and Skepticism

A Farrugia, A Waling, K Pienaar, S Fraser

(2021), Vol. 31, pp. 2097-2110, Qualitative Health Research, United States, C1

journal article

Making publics in a pandemic: Posthuman relationalities, 'viral' intimacies and COVID-19

K Pienaar, J Flore, J Power, D Murphy

(2021), Vol. 30, pp. 244-259, Health Sociology Review, United States, C1

journal article
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

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

K Pienaar, D Murphy, K Race, T Lea

(2020), Vol. 78, International Journal of Drug Policy, 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), Vol. 30, pp. 95-110, 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), Vol. 29, pp. 279-293, Health Sociology Review, United States, 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, Australia, 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, United States, 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 (United Kingdom), England, 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, 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
2013

'Busty babes and passionate pleasures': a systemic functional linguistic analysis of sex worker discourse in a South African city

R Adendorff, Kiran Pienaar

(2013), pp. 31-54, Choice in Language Applications in Text Analysis, Sheffield, Eng,, B1-1

book chapter
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

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Understanding the role of trauma in alcohol and other drug-related problems

Dr Renae Fomiatti, Dr Kiran Pienaar, Dr Michael Savic, Prof Helen Keane, Prof Carla Treloar

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2024: $79,537

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report