Lindsey A. Freeman is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology & Anthropology Department at Simon Fraser University. She earned her PhD in Sociology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research.
Freeman writes about memory, nostalgia, utopia, space/place, atomic & nuclear culture, art, and the Southern superreal.
Freeman is the author of Longing for the Bomb: Oak Ridge and Atomic Nostalgia (The University of North Carolina Press, 2015). Away from the bomb, Freeman has co-edited The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures from Poe to Punk (The University of North Carolina Press, 2017); a special issue on “Memory | Materiality | Sensuality” for Memory Studies (2016); Silence, Screen, & Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information (Berghann, 2014); and a special issue on “Screen Memory” in the International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society (March 2013).
Freeman's articles have appeared in Space and Culture, Memory Studies, and The International Journal of Politics, Culture & Society. Her work has also been included in a number of edited volumes, most recently Death Tourism (Seagull Books, 2014).
Currently, Freeman is working on two book manuscripts. The first, This Atom Bomb in Me, is written in the style of sociological poetry, an example of Freeman's interest in the connections between sociology and art, sociology as an art form, ethnographic surrealism and superrealism, fictocriticism, ethnofiction, and other cyborg and hybrid forms of art and social science. In this work, Freeman writes about atomic materiality and sensuality as it sticks in and irradiates her memory. She composes a sociology of what she came to sense and to feel about the place before she was trying to interpret it as a scholar by tracing spaces, objects, affects, and memories of the ordinary, the fantastic, and the atomic uncanny. The second book project, tentatively called Tiny Disasters, is a collection of essays that examines artists working with themes of disaster, atrocity, and social unease rendered in miniature forms.