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Dr Sarah Bulmer

Research Interests

 Critical Military Studies

I situate my work within the growing field of Critical Military Studies (CMS). CMS is an emergent interdisciplinary field of study that analyses military practices and institutions within their political, social, economic, and cultural contexts. I am co-editor (with Victoria Basham) of the Advances in Critical Military Studies  series published by Edinburgh University Press. I am a founding member of the editorial board of the journal Critical Military Studies which launched in 2015. I am working on two main projects currently:

Queering the Military: Sexuality in the Armed Forces

My current book project explores the ways sexuality has been constructed, policed, and managed in the British military from the 1980s to the present. It interrogates the institutional paranoia around sexuality as it was manifest in witch hunts of sexual minorities, sex scandals, hysteria about women going to sea, and the integration of LGBT personnel. It develops the work in my 2013 article in International Journal of Feminist Politics which won the 2012 Enloe Award. Queering the Military will be published by the Routledge ‘Interventions’ series in 2018.

Military Afterlives

The Military Afterlives project aims to find out how veterans, and their families, experience the transition out of the military and back into civilian life. The project has been developed in collaboration with members of the veteran community and we are currently conducting interviews across the South West of England. Military Afterlives is funded by Volkswagen Foundation. 

Research Students

I am happy to supervise research students working on: 

  • Critical Military Studies
  • Militarism and militarisation
  • Veteran transition and rehabilitation
  • Gender and sexuality in state militaries 
  • Innovative methodologies engaging theories of embodiment, narrative and co-production

Current and past PhD students

2016- present Hannah West (Bath University) ‘Understanding 'female engagement': from Malaya to Afghanistan’ co-supervisor with Oliver Walton

2015-2017 Dr Sefina Dogo  (University of Exeter) ‘Exploring the Impact of Gender Integrationist Policy in the Nigerian Military’ co-supervisor with Dr Bice Maiguashca (examined by Professor Rachel Woodward and Dr Sarah Cooper)