Dr Joanna Tidy
Anniversary Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Telephone: 0114 222 1691
Personal website: joannatidy.com
Dr Joanna Tidy joined the Department of Politics in September 2016 as Anniversary Postdoctoral Research Fellow. She has a Doctorate in Politics from the University of Bristol as well as an MSc in Social Science Research Methods, an MSc in International Relations and a LLB in Law.
Joanna’s research and teaching focus is in the area of war, militaries and gender. Across her research work she considers the gendered politics of what is known and knowable about war and soldierly experience, particularly how these configurations underpin the possibility, conduct and contestation of war. Her published work in journals such as International Political Sociology, Review of International Studies, Critical Military Studies, and International Feminist Journal of Politics has theorised topics that include the gender dynamics of veterans’ anti-war politics in the United States; military charities, conscience capitalism and nostalgia in the UK context; the visual politics of WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder; and the politics of gender, authority and war knowledge in the case of Chelsea Manning.
She has just begun a major new project on British Army soldiers in ‘non-combat’ roles. Such soldiers make up the majority of those in the theatre of war but are largely obscured within wider society and scholarship, which often conflates ‘the military’ with the minority who comprise close-combat elements.
Two things are particularly important to me as a teacher: working with students to engage critically with the processes, assumptions and power underpinning academic knowledge generation; and facilitating students to become fluent in the topic through active and participatory engagement.
During 2016/17 I will be teaching:
My research is concerned with the gendered politics of what is known and knowable about war and soldierly experience, and I am particularly interested in the ways in which these configurations underpin the possibility, conduct and contestation of war.
The main focus of my work currently is a research project and associated book on war, masculinities and British Army soldiers in ‘non-combat’ roles. Such soldiers make up the majority of those in the theatre of war, however specialist combat roles continue to dominate the popular, and masculinity-defining, imaginary of ‘the soldier’, and the understandings of war that accompany it. I am interested in how soldiers in these notionally ‘non-combat’ roles experience and undertake war, and masculinity, and are accommodated within the military as a gendered and gendering institution. The project will contribute an in-depth study of war and masculinities beyond the combat soldier, and through it a development of the theorization of masculinities and war more broadly.
|Publications and Papers||
Tidy, J. 2017 ‘The Operation and Subversion of Gendered War Discourses: Soldierhood, Motherhood and Military Dissent in the Public Production of Kimberly Rivera’, International Feminist Journal of Politics.
Tidy, J. 2016 ‘Visual Regimes and the Politics of War Experience: Rewriting war ‘from above’ in WikiLeaks’ Collateral Murder’, Review of International Studies, First view: http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A10DQN9zzMtiRY
Tidy, J. 2016 ‘The Gender Politics of “Ground Truth” in the Military Dissent Movement: The Power and Limits of Authenticity Claims Regarding War’, International Political Sociology, 10(2), 99-114
Tidy, J. 2015 ‘Forces Sauces and Eggs for Soldiers: food, nostalgia, and the rehabilitation of the British military‘, Critical Military Studies, 3(1), 220-232
Tidy, J. 2015 ‘Gender, Dissenting Subjectivity and the Contemporary Military Peace Movement in Body of War’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 17(3), 454-472
Kadir, S and Tidy, J. 2013. ‘Gays, Gaze and Aunty Gok: The Disciplining of Gender and Sexuality in How to Look Good Naked’, Feminist Media Studies, 13(2), 177-191
Tidy, J. 2012, ‘The Social Construction of Identity: Israeli Foreign Policy and the 2006 War In Lebanon’, Global Society, 26(4), 535-556
Tidy, J. (forthcoming) ‘(Re)producing an (anti)military masculinity: Popular culture representations of gender and military dissent in the figure of Ron Kovic’, Forthcoming in Handbook on Gender and the Military, Rachel Woodward and Claire Duncanson (editors), Palgrave.
Tidy, J. 2011. ‘Reviews: US Military Opposition to the War in Iraq’, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Vol. 5. No. 1, pp.160-163
Tidy, J. 2011. ‘Reviews: ‘Re-Imagining the War on Terror: Seeing, Waiting, Travelling‘, International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, Vol. 5. No. 2, pp. 304-306