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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.
Resident, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol
1 Jan 2016 → …
Peer Reviewer, ESRC Peer Review College
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- US politics
- security studies
- war on terror
- secrecy studies
- special operations
- visual politics
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Secrecy in contemporary security discourses
1/09/17 → 31/08/23
Justifying ‘Justice’: Tracing the power of ignorance in the cultural politics of punishment
1/10/21 → 30/09/22
Bringing the War Home II
16/11/20 → 30/06/21
In conversation: Oliver Kearns and Elspeth Van Veeren on secrecy and the audibleKearns, O. & Van Veeren, E. S., 21 Nov 2019
Research output: Non-textual form › Digital or Visual ProductsOpen Access
Layered wanderings: epistemic justice through the art of Wangechi Mutu and Njideka Akunyili CrosbyVeeren, E. V., 26 Jun 2019, In: International Feminist Journal of Politics. 21, 3, p. 488-498 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)118 Downloads (Pure)
Secrecy's subjects: Special operators in the US shadow warVan Veeren, E., 21 Oct 2019, (E-pub ahead of print) In: European Journal of International Security. 4, 3, p. 386-414 29 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal) › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile8 Citations (Scopus)243 Downloads (Pure)