I’ve been awarded an ERC Consolidator grant for a 5 year project called Politics of Patents: Re-imagining citizenship via clothing inventions 1820-2020.

With this funding I will continue to expand my creative STS practice research into the fascinating histories of wearable technology via 200 years of patented inventions, with a particular focus on political acts of resistance through clothing.

I will be exploring past innovations and associated social conflict – bringing to life, in archival research, stories and costumes, lesser-known and forgotten attempts by inventors to radically re-imagine citizenship by seeking to change the way bodies were dressed and interacted with the environment, borders, other tech and bodies etc.

The project starts in early 2019.

Current research

Bikes & Bloomers: Victorian women inventors and their extraordinary cyclewear was published in April 2018 by Goldsmiths Press and distributed by MIT Press. See the B&B project website for reviews and media coverage.

An edited collection from my ESRC grant called Transmissions: critical tactics for making and communicating research (MIT Press) is in press.

I am also working with Larissa Hjorth and Anne Harris on a new co-written book called Ethnography and Creative Practice (Lexington Press).

Academic bio

I have a PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths College (2009) for an ethnographic study of the culture of wireless technology networks.

Prior to my role at Goldsmiths I held a postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2010-11) in the Sustainable Mobilities Research Group at the University of East London on the ethnographic ESRC-funded project Cycling cultures in a mass motorised society: a multi-method case study of four English urban areas.

My interest in practice-led multi-dimensional ethnographic research draws on a BA Communications at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (1993) and an MA in Visual Culture at the University of Westminster, London, UK (2003).


I can be contacted at k.jungnickel@gold[dot]ac[dot]uk

Role and work

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

For the last 5 years I have been teaching critical sociological theory, feminist technoscience and creative and critical practice. I research invention, gender, mobilities and DiY/DiT technology cultures. I am particularly interested in how people imagine different futures through the use and misuse of mundane and ordinary materials, technologies and practices.

I have been studying these topics since my PhD ethnography of backyard-technologists who hand-built their own version of the internet, through a decade of freelance ethnographic work with industry, in my teaching and most recently in my new book on Victorian women cycle wear inventors.

Making, experimenting and engaging are integral to my work. My interdisciplinary approach, methods and modes of transmission include websites, blogs, time-lapse videos, printed materials, photographs, performances, installations and, most recently, costume. At Goldsmiths, I co-direct the Methods Lab and the Digital World Making group that supports interdisciplinary collaborations and runs events across college that experiment with inventive ways of doing social research.

Public engagement

I regularly give talks and run public engagement activities such as Show, Tell & Try On events and hacking and sewing workshops, in a range of places such as London Science Museum ‘Lates’, Victoria and Albert Culture Salon, London Transport Museum, Feminism in London Annual Conference, London Bike Kitchen, Somerset House, London Cycle Campaign Transport Policy seminars, Field Day Music Festival, The New School (NYU), College of Art (Edinburgh), Institute of Textiles (UK), Institute of Design Projects (Warsaw), Digital Cultures Research Lab (Lüneburg), RMIT (Melbourne) and Australian Centre for Public History (Sydney).