The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Alice Cree

Research Fellow

Background

I am an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology. My current project, titled 'Dramatizing the home front: The lively politics of gendered militarism', explores the critical potential of participatory theatre to address broader debates 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.

Before coming to Newcastle, 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 an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Politics & Sociology. My current project, titled 'Dramatizing the home front: The lively politics of gendered militarism', explores the critical potential of participatory theatre to address broader debates 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.

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. 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.

My research maintains a commitment to feminist research practice by playing the 'everyday' at the forefront of its concern and mobilising a more nuanced and intuitive methodological approach to personal and political encounters. 

Wider areas of expertise:

Critical Military Studies

Feminist Geopolitics

Political Geography

Creative Methods


Grants and awards:
November 2018        Newcastle University Social Justice Fund (£5,000). Collaborative female veterans                                    theatre project with Workie Ticket Theatre Company ('Women Warriors')
Oct 2018 – Present   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)
July 2016                    Hatfield MCR Research Award (£250)
September 2015        Postgraduate Conference Fund, Department of Geography (£500)
October 2010             Hubert Branson Smith Bequest for Students in the Social Sciences (£500)

Teaching

This year I am giving guest lectures on two modules:
GEO2047 Political Geography
GEO3063 Militarism: Space & Society


I am a recognised Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Publications