Dr Elspeth Van Veeren

Dr Elspeth Van Veeren

Dr Elspeth Van Veeren
Research Fellow in Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Lecturer in Political Science

2.01, 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
BS8 1TU
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e.vanveeren@bristol.ac.uk

Telephone Number (0117) 928 8238
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Personal profile

I completed my PhD in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Bristol (2011) and since then I have been an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex (2011-2013), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory at the University of Copenhagen (2013) in Denmark, and a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the York Centre for International and Security Studies at York University in Canada. 

Research

I am a Lecturer in Political Science in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol and a Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio at the Bristol Watershed.

My work is focused on US security policies, particularly with relation to the US Global War on Terror and its legacies, first, through a study of torture, security common-sense and popular culture, and then a detailed empirical case study and theorisation of visual and material power associated with detention and interrogation practices at Joint Task Force Guantanamo (Security Collisions: Guantánamo and the Materialisation of Post-9/11 Security, Routledge, forthcoming) in order to understand how controversial security practices are made visible and therefore meaningful as part of US security discourses. In more recent research, I focus on secrecy as part of security discourses, especially in relation to the second decade of the US Global War on Terror and the emerging US security doctrine of ‘shadow wars’.

I completed my PhD in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Bristol (2011) and since then I have been an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex (2011-2013), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory at the University of Copenhagen (2013), and a Banting Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for International and Security Studies at York University in Toronto (2013-2014). With Dr. Lucy Easthope (Lincoln) I completed an ESRC-funded project on forensic science and post-Cold War security discourses. Before academia, I worked in research laboratories as a research assistant, served as an officer in the Canadian Naval Reserve (full and part-time), and worked for Bristol City Council as a Civil Contingencies/Emergency Planning Officer (Humanitarian assistance). 

My published work has appeared in a range of edited volumes and peer-reviewed academic journals including New Political Science, International Political Sociology, Review of International Studies, and the Journal of War and Culture Studies

Teaching

I teach 'Democracy and US Government' (21226), 'US Foreign Policy' (30002) and Secrecy the State and Me' (30018) at the undergraduate level, and Theories of Security Studies (M0029) as part of our graduate programme.

I currently co-supervise PhD students, including:

  • Modupe Akileye: media representations of terrorism and counterterrorism in Nigeria
  • Rodrigo Liceaga Mendoza: information technologies and the production of freedom and security in Mexican cyberspace
  • Mohsin Zeb: United States-Pakistan security relations since 2001

I am interesting in supervising PhD research on range of topics related to American politics and US Foreign policy, culture and security. I am especially keen to support potential PhD applicants working on secrecy studies in security and foreign policy. 

Fields of interest

US politics and democracy; US military and security policies; US foreign policy; the war on terror; critical security studies; secrecy studies; security futures; science and technology studies; history and philosophy of science and technology; media, culture and war; material and visual theories; interpretivism and continental philosophy in politics and international relations; critical methodologies




Latest publications

  1. Van Veeren, E, 2017, ‘Invisibilities’. in: Roland Bleiker (eds) Visual Global Politics.
  2. Van Veeren, E, 2016, ‘Orange Prison Jumpsuit’. in: Mark Salter (eds) Making Things International: Catalysts and Reactions.
  3. Van Veeren, ES, 2014, ‘Materializing US Security: Guantanamo’s Object Lessons and Concrete Messages’. International Political Sociology., pp. 20
  4. Van Veeren, ES, 2013, ‘Clean War, Invisible War, Liberal War: The Clean and Dirty Politicsof Guantánamo’. in: Andrew Knapp, Hilary Footitt (eds) Liberal Democracies at War: Conflict and Representation. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 89-112
  5. Van Veeren, ES, 2011, ‘Captured by the camera's eye: Guantánamo and the shifting frame of the Global War on Terror’. Review of International Studies, vol 37., pp. 1721?1749
  6. Van Veeren, ES, 2011, ‘Guantánamo does not exist: Simulation and the production of ‘the real’ Global War on Terror’. Journal of War and Culture Studies, vol 4., pp. 193?206
  7. Van Veeren, ES, 2009, ‘Interrogating 24: Making Sense of US Counter-terrorism in the Global War on Terrorism’. New Political Science, vol 31., pp. 361-384

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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