Events

Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project

The Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project is putting on a series of free lectures to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. These are in association with, and hosted by, Northumbria University. These are as follows…

  • Wednesday 13th November 2013: Women and the Great War, by Emeritus Professor Martin Pugh, Newcastle University
  • Tuesday 3rd December 2013: The experiences of junior officers at the front, by Mr John Lewis-Stempel
  • Tuesday 21st January 2014: Hindenburg and Ludendorff: A brilliant partnership? By Emeritus Professor John Derry, Newcastle University
  • Tuesday 18th February 2014: The better part of valour: British understandings of courage during WW1, by Dr Edward Madigan of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  • Tuesday 4th March 2014: Haig reconsidered, by Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton
  • Tuesday 8th April 2014: The Royal Navy during WW1, by Professor Andrew Lambert of King’s College London
  • Tuesday 8th of May 2014: Armistice and Disability, by Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College London

All lectures are held at 6pm at Northumbria University, Sutherland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8JF. For more information and registeration details, go to www.tynemouthworldwarone.org.

Past Events

Military Methods Workshop

This workshop was organised because, as social science researchers working on military related research, we realised that there is no single text that brings together definitive statements on the methodologies associated with researching the military. We aim to fill this gap by producing an edited collection on the subject.

To begin this process, we organised a two-day workshop to work through some ideas for the book. The event brought together a range of social scientists working on various aspects of military-related research in an informal and collegial space to discuss chapter ideas and move the project forward. A paper published as a consequence of the workshop can be found here and here.

Airspace Activism

This exhibition showcased the results of the Interventions Project, organised by designer Joe Malia and Monica Moreno Figueroa from Sociology at Newcastle University. The Interventions Project paired six researchers with six designers to explore the possibilities revealed when designers apply their knowledge and artistic approach to the detailed and nuanced research undertaken by human and social scientists. Dr Alison Williams took part in the project, and was paired with designer Nelly Ben Hayoun. Together they focused on how ways of making the complex and invisible geographies of military airspace visible to a broad audience, ways of making Alison’s research more accessible to a non-expert audience, and ways of visually illustrating the performances that enact airspaces. The outcomes of this collaboration were exhibited at Newcastle University. Further information can be found here, here and here.

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?

K. Neil Jenkings and Rachel Woodward organised a panel on: Military Images: Production, Presentation and Consumption.

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.

The panel invited abstracts from those with an interest in the military image from any of the above, and beyond. The aim of the session was 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 in its social scientific analysis.