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Miss Alice Cree, BA (Hons), MA

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
Room number: Christopherson Annexe

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I have a BA in Human Geography and an MA in Research Methods (Geography), both from Durham University. Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in military geography, critical geopolitics, and literary geographies.

Current Research (2013 - 2017 ESRC Awarded Project)

My research brings together literatures on militarism, performativity, and wider critical geopolitics to examine the ways in which the figure of the military ‘hero’ is rendered visible and ‘knowable’. It considers the imperative for contemporary practices of nationhood and sovereignty of trying to create a singular and recognisable hero, but ultimately argues for recognition of the hero’s multiplicity.

Drawing on fieldwork based in the military city of Plymouth, the study uses the examples of the Military Wives Choir, the Boots at the Door military community theatre project, and Help for Heroes to consider how ideas about military heroism circulate through and congeal around particular objects and bodies. By examining these case studies through the lens of performativity, the project aims to shed new light on the processes through which the military hero is made ‘knowable’, but also on the fractures and slippages in this construct.


Level 1 - Human Geography; Geographies of Crisis; Introduction to Geographical Research

Level 2 - Political Geography; Social Research

Level 3 - Politics/Space: Drawing Lines, Writing the World; Territory & Geopolitics

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