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Military Methods Workshop
On 27th-28th June the military research group at Newcastle University will be holding a military methodologies workshop. As social science researchers working on military-related research, we have realised that there is no single text that brings together definitive statements on the methodologies associated with researching the military. We would like to fill this gap by producing an edited volume on the subject.
To begin this process we are holding a two-day workshop in which we can start to work through ideas for the book. We envisage that the workshop will be an opportunity to bring together social scientists working on various aspects of military-related research in an informal and collegial space in which we can discuss book chapter ideas and move the book project forward together.
The workshop will begin on the afternoon of the 27th on the university’s city centre campus and will move to the Dove Marine Lab conference venue on the coast at Cullercoats on the 28th. A map of the campus can be found here http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/maps.htm
Newcastle is well served by both air and rail and the University can be easily reached via the metro rail line that runs from both the mainline railway station and Newcastle International Airport. Cullercoats has its own metro station, on a direct line from the city centre. More information travelling to Newcastle city centre and Cullercoats can be found here http://www.ncl.ac.uk/about/visit/travel/
Accommodation for the event can be booked by contacting Sue Tatah in our research office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants can now access a password protected page to download chapter plans in preparation for the workshop.
Please click here http://research.ncl.ac.uk/military-research/protected/ to access it.
Alison Williams recently took part in the Interventions Project at Newcastle University, developing ideas from her research on the geographies of military airspaces. The Interventions project has been orgainsed by designer Joe Malia and Monica Moreno Figueroa from Sociology at Newcastle University, to pair six researchers with six designers to explore the possibilities revealed when designers apply their knowledge and approach to the detailed and nuanced research undertaken by social and human scientists. Alison worked with Nelly Ben Hayoun on ideas around making invisible airspace visible. The results of their collaboration have been exhibited at Newcastle University, and further information is available on the GPS website.
2009 International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) Conference,
Bologna, Italy, July 20-22, 2010
Conference theme: Thinking, doing and publishing visual research: The state of the field?
The call for papers has now been published. K. Neil Jenkings and Rachel Woodward are organising a panel.
Panel 23: Military Images: Production, Presentation and Consumption
Chair: K. Neil Jenkings and Rachel Woodward
The representation of the military, whether through the image of service personnel, through depictions of military technology or representations of military landscapes, is all-pervasive, globally. . Military images range from factual representations in daily media reports of military conflict the repatriation of service personnel, humanitarian intervention and the crimes and misdemeanours of individual service personnel; to the fictional representation of the military in movies, documentaries, games and various forms of literature. The military is represented both in person and in image at recreational activities such as national sports events, air shows, Military Tattoos, County Fairs and local re-enactment societies. The military image is used at memorial events such as Armistice Day, Forces Day (Veterans Day), and their remembrance is made visual in architectural memorials at dedicated geographic locations and their attendant services, both official and unofficial. The military image is used commercially to sell, toys, games, movies, outdoor clothing and other forms of related equipment, and the fashion industry regularly draws upon military uniforms and camouflage in its collections both mainstream and haute couture. The military image can be either historical or contemporary, or a mixture of both, and its practices can be traditional or contemporary. This panel invites abstracts from those with an interest in the military image from any of the above - and beyond! The aim of the session is to have a diversity of papers on the production, presentation and consumption of the military image and to explore the manifestations of the military image and its social scientific analysis.
Presentations are limited to 20 minutes. Please send abstracts or completed papers by 30th March 2010 to:
K. Neil Jenkings and Rachel Woodward.
Geography, Politics and Sociology,
Newcastle University. UK.