Dr Elspeth Van Veeren
B.Sc.(McG.), B.A.(Car.), MSc, PhD(Bristol)
- US politics
- security studies
- war on terror
- secrecy studies
- special operations
- visual politics
Associate Professor in Global PoliticsSchool of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
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I am a Senior 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 cultures and 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 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.
My current research focus is a study of secrecy: in relation to the second decade of the US Global War on Terror and the emerging US security doctrine of ‘shadow wars’ and 'manhunting', but particularly in the interconnections between personal and everyday secret keeping that takes gender and race as central to secrecy, and that is key to understanding power on national and transnational scales.
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.
Projects and supervisions
Justifying ‘Justice’: Tracing the power of ignorance in the cultural politics of punishment
01/10/2021 to 30/09/2022
Bringing the War Home II
16/11/2020 to 30/06/2021
Secrecy in contemporary security discourses
01/09/2017 to 31/08/2023
Forensic Un/Certainty and Political Remains: ￃﾂￂﾜHow far do we go to identify?
02/12/2013 to 02/10/2015
Boko Haram and the Discourse of Terrorism in Nigeria
A critique of the Internet in Mexico
In conversation: Oliver Kearns and Elspeth Van Veeren on secrecy and the audible
- Digital or visual products
International Feminist Journal of Politics
European Journal of International Security
- E-pub ahead of print
Visual Global Politics
- Chapter in a book
The War on Terror is hard to see
Critical Military Studies
- E-pub ahead of print