Dr Kevin McSorley
Kevin is Senior Lecturer in Sociology. His expertise includes war, violence and militarism; contemporary social and political theory, particularly critical and post-structuralist theories of discourse and subjectivity; the body, the senses and embodiment; technology and new media.
Kevin’s current research explores contemporary transformations in violence, warfare and militarism through the lens of the body and sensory experience, challenging the ontology of much conventional war scholarship. It develops an analysis of war as a wide-ranging social institution and politics of experience, focusing upon the myriad affective, sensory and embodied practices and regimes through which war lives and breeds. His research projects War and the Body and Sensing War have produced agenda-setting events, networks and publications. His scholarship has explored recent conflicts including those in Chechnya, Iraq and Afghanistan, analysisng phenomena including the lived experiences of war and the afterlives of conflict, militarism and physical culture, the military use of visualising and sensing technologies, drone warfare, war archives. His work also explores the significance of analyses of violence, warfare and militarism for informing and reshaping wider explanations of social reality.