The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Alice Cree

Research Fellow

Background

I am a Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology. My work uses participatory theatre-as-method to examine gendered military experience, in particular with women veterans and military partners.

Before coming to Newcastle in October 2018, I completed a BA (Hons), MA and PhD all at Durham University. My PhD project, titled 'The Hero, The Monster, The Wife: Geographies of Remaking and Reclaiming the Contemporary Military Hero' explored how the sovereign subject of the military hero is brought into recognition in popular culture and the everyday.


Research

I am a Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology. My work uses participatory theatre-as-method to examine gendered military experience, in particular with women veterans and military partners. My research maintains a commitment to feminist research practice by playing the 'everyday' at the forefront of its concern, and mobilising creative methodological approaches to personal and political encounters. 

Recent projects:

'Women Warriors' (Newcastle University Social Justice Fund; Arts Council England): This collaborative  project with Workie Ticket Theatre CIC and women veterans in the North East of England used participatory feminist theatre to explore the lived experiences of women in the military. This project was featured on 'Look North', BBC Radio Newcastle, and Forces TV.

'Dramatizing the home front: The lively politics of gendered militarism' (ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship): This work explored the critical potential of participatory theatre as research method in critical military studies. In particular, it develops my doctoral work with the Military Wives Choir and considers how participatory community theatre can give flesh to the labour undertaken by women married to servicemen.

'The Hero, The Monster, The Wife: Geographies of Remaking and Reclaiming the Contemporary Military Hero' (ESRC 1 3 studentship): This project considered how the sovereign subject of the military hero is brought into recognition in popular culture and the everyday. Using four diverse 'sites', specifically the Plymouth military community theatre project Boots at the Door, the Invictus Games, Help for Heroes, and the Military Wives Choir, this research makes an important contribution to our understanding of how contemporary war functions.


Wider areas of expertise:

Critical Military Studies

Feminist Geopolitics

Political Geography

Creative Methods


Selected grants and awards:

January 2019
Pioneer Award, Newcastle University (£5,000)

November 2018
Newcastle University Social Justice Fund (£5,000)

Oct 2018 Oct 2019
ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (£94,892.56)

September 2018
European International Studies Association Mobility Fund (£326)

Oct 2013 – Oct 2017
ESRC 1 3 studentship (£72,754)

Publications