Dr Elspeth S Van Veeren

B.Sc.(McG.), B.A.(Car.), MSc, PhD(Bristol)

  • BS8 1TU


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Personal profile

Research interests

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.

External positions

Resident, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol

1 Jan 2016 → …

Peer Reviewer, ESRC Peer Review College

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • PolicyBristolSecurityConflictAndJustice
  • US politics
  • security studies
  • war on terror
  • Guantanamo
  • secrecy studies
  • technology
  • special operations
  • visual politics

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Research Output

  • 7 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 3 Chapter in a book
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products

In conversation: Oliver Kearns and Elspeth Van Veeren on secrecy and the audible

Kearns, O. & Van Veeren, E. S., 21 Nov 2019

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Open Access
  • Layered wanderings: epistemic justice through the art of Wangechi Mutu and Njideka Akunyili Crosby

    Veeren, E. V., 26 Jun 2019, In : International Feminist Journal of Politics. 21, 3, p. 488-498 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Secrecy's subjects: Special operators in the US shadow war

    Van Veeren, E., 21 Oct 2019, In : European Journal of International Security. 4, 3, p. 386-414 29 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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