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    ‘It Takes a (Global) Village’: Towards a Multi-Actor Networked Conception of Security
    (Academic Conferences International, 2024-06-20) Scott, J. K. L.
    On December 4th 2023, Oliver Dowden, the British Deputy Prime Minister, issued his first annual resilience statement, outlining the range of threats faced by the United Kingdom, natural, economic, military, and technological. The purpose of this paper is to examine the contemporary threat landscape through the critical lens of complex interdependency (cf Keohane and Nye), and to consider the way in which approaches and theoretical models of threat and threat mitigation can and should (or should not) be applied in different domains. Multi-Domain conflict shows how the modern battlefield is a highly complex realm of interlinked environments (including the non-physical); in the same way, ‘unrestricted warfare’ (Qiao and Wang) collapses the traditional DIME concept of discrete arms of state power. How may a liberal democracy protect itself and its citizens against mis/disinformation, cyber warfare, hacktivism, NSAs and foreign powers ready and able to to wage ‘war’ in a wide range of ways, using IW both as a specific methodology and as a force multiplier for other forms of destabilization. Focusing largely but not overwhelmingly on the informational realm, the paper will consider models of threat mitigation applied in other domains, from the elite innovative force of the Rifle Brigade to the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic to the behavioural science-based influence campaigns devised by the UK ‘Nudge Unit’ and beyond. It will ultimately argue that a nation which faces a range of internal and external threats to its stability must devise policy and strategy which themselves operate internally and externally. Any approach which is not based on action at all levels of society – civil, military, educational, technical, diplomatic – is doomed to failure before it starts. However, the key challenge will be how to build this in societies which have grown ever more atomised, divided, and opposed to cooperation.
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    Retheorising Civil Disobedience in the Context of the Marginalised
    (Berghahn, 2024-03-01) Stevens, Simon
    This article proposes a retheorisation of Rawlsian civil disobedience through examining the burdens we expect people to bear when they practice civil disobedience, focussing specifically on marginalised groups. First, I consider public concerns over civil disobedience, to elicit the idea of an ‘authentic civil disobedience’. I then assess the claim that civil disobedience occurs within a ‘nearly just’ society in order to recognise the more complex position of marginalised civil disobedients. This allows me to frame any criteria we theorise for civil disobedience as a wicked problem. Next, I examine one particular criterion dominant within the literature: that to be interpreted as civil disobedience, disobedients must show a willingness to suffer the legal consequences – and so, must not act anonymously. I claim that this asks too much of civil disobedients in a marginalised context and conclude civil disobedience theory needs retheorising to consider when and why anonymity is acceptable.
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    Deceptive diplomacy and racism in post-war Black British immigration: hallmarks of the legacies of slave trade and colonisation
    (Taylor and Francis, 2024-05-20) Zembe, Christopher Roy
    The article emerges from broader Black British migration historiography by answering the question: “Why was Black British immigration in the immediate years following the end of World War Two dominated by immigrants from the West Indies with Africans at the periphery? In answering the question, the article draws its arguments from racial prejudices and stereotypes that evolved during the slaving era in the Caribbean Islands and the nineteenth century colonisation of Africa. Consulting primary and historiography, it will establish how these prejudices and stereotypes allowed the creation of a comparative framework complemented by deceptive diplomacy by the British that inadvertently created an environment in which West Indian and not African immigrants dominated in Britain’s post-war labour recruitment. The article will make key connections between the themes of anti-Black immigrant rhetoric, deceptive diplomacy and the profiling of Blacks in understanding racial prejudices that would inform post-war Black British migration.
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    Dancing invisible duets: using volumetric capture to create one-to-one performance in virtual reality
    (Taylor and Francis, 2024-04-15) Wise, Kerryn
    This artist reflection piece will consider the solo studio process for creating the choreography and capturing the movement for Facades, a dance/theatre virtual reality (VR) artwork that uses a single camera volumetric capture (VolCap) set-up. I consider the potential of the affordable and simple workflow used and assess how the spatial and capture limitations of this technical set-up informed the choreographic process and artistic decisions made. I reflect upon the unusual yet empowering process of working alone in the studio to create and capture this work. Differing from the usual studio experience of creating digital performance work with a larger team of dancers, creative technologists and technicians. Drawing on audience feedback, I consider how my solitude in creating the work fed into the choreographic and artistic content which translated into the solo experience for the audience member via the technology. I highlight the potential that VolCap offers for creating new technologically enabled intimate performances in VR, whilst acknowledging the emerging ethical implications of presenting performances in virtual environments (VE).
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    Julia Novak and Caitríona Ní Dhúill (eds.), Imagining Gender in Biographical Fiction
    (University of Groningen Press, 2023-12-31) Layne, Bethany
    Taking its cue from Judith Butler’s definition of gender as ‘a practice of improvisation within a scene of constraint’ (2), this volume of essays sets out to explore biographical fiction’s innovations in gender, and also in genre. Deliberately avoiding ‘grand theor[ies]’ (3), the editors offer an understanding of genre as historically situated and in constant flux; like existing tropes of gender, concepts of genre are seen as available to biofiction’s rewritings.
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    Alice Oswald, 1966- in Poetry Criticism: Criticism of the Works of the Most Significant and Widely Studied Poets of World Literature Volume 273
    (Gale, 2024-04-01) Dixon, Joanne
    An introduction to the poetry of British poet, Alice Oswald and criticism of her work.
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    'Roadside'
    (Black Bough Poetry, 2024-04-14) Dixon, Joanne
    'Roadside' is a poem published in a special edition featuring Gillian Clarke, The edition is published by Black Bough Poetry, a press specialising in Imagistic poetry.
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    Reviewing the Complexities of Student Non-Attendance and the Implications for Block Teaching
    (De Montfort University, 2024-04-15) Blair, Alasdair; Clancy, Craig
    This article explores some of the key academic narratives relating to student nonengagement and non-continuation. Factors influencing non-attendance include family life, mental health concerns, the pressures associated with transition to university, meeting new people, timetabling, paid work, financial concerns and being on the wrong degree programme. The article argues for the need for a shift towards a greater understanding of this complexity, including through intersectional analyses, in getting to understand structural factors affecting student non-attendance as well as for a shift towards a better use of data.
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    Editorial
    (Taylor and Francis, 2023-10-30) Curtis, Harriet
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    Two Duets with Occasion
    (Shearsman, 2024-05-01) Perril, Simon
    Perril’s new collection Two Duets with Occasion gathers two discrete works. ‘45 Days in the Company of Robert Walser’ turns to the Swiss modernist as guide to the inner workings of educational workplaces, and the lived experience of them. Alchemy, according to Jung, was a quest for individuation. Inhabiting Walser’s pioneering absurdist work exploring a school for servants, Perril finds alarming parallels between the transformative ‘suffering’ of metals in their journey to a higher state, and contemporary workplace rhetorics of self-development and transformation. Sun Deck Set Cogitation collapses the boundaries between reading and writing by playing with two texts by anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss. The first is a forensically detailed moment by moment account of a sunset written in 1935 while en route from Marseilles to Brazil; the second his account of a 1941 voyage escaping occupied France alongside fellow refugee André Breton. As Perril explains, ‘I inhabited Lévi-Strauss’s text like it was a ship’s deck I was walking across or around.’ The poet takes impetus from an early epiphany Lévi-Strauss had looking at the formal intricacy and structural play of dandelion seed heads that give rise to other forms. His poetic ‘treatment’ of the source texts scatter and recombine word-seeds in surprising combinations: blowing on a seed-head and spreading palimpsestic filaments.
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    White City: the world's first Olympic stadium
    (The Historical Association, 2023) Polley, Martin
    The modern Olympic Games were first held in 1896, but it was not until their fourth edition, held in London 1908, that they had a purpose-built stadium as their sporting and ceremonial heart. This article explores that stadium’s history. At a time when the Olympic movement did not consider the legacies of its venues, the stadium was due to close at the end of 1908: but it survived and found multiple new uses before its closure and demolition in 1985. The article considers the stadium’s unplanned influence on London’s sporting life, and ends with a review of the site now.
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    Finding My Way: Walking as Research in Sports History
    (University of Gothenburg, 2024) Polley, Martin
    In 2006, I walked the route of the 1908 London Olympic Marathon as part of a research project on the city’s Olympic history. With this physical act of research and recovery, I aimed to make the route itself more well-known as a site in local history. The physical nature of the research was a new departure for me. In this personal, reflexive article, I revisit the project to explore my motivations, methods and the impact that the walk had on my practice as a sports historian.
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    Creating Space for Creative Voices
    (National Association of Writers in Education, 2024-02-05) Smith, Sabrina
    This is an article that examines how evidence can be gathered and objectives set when teaching creative writing in Further Education and community contexts. This article offers practical advice to set objectives in the creative writing classroom that produces activities targeted at marginalized groups. It discusses the practicalities of delivering creative writing in community settings: from care homes to online teaching.
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    Normative behaviourism: groups it cannot reach?
    (Taylor and Francis, 2023-11-15) Stevens, Simon
    In this article, I critique Jonathan Floyd’s method of normative behaviourism (NB): that we should measure political preference for a political system from levels of crime and insurrection. First, I distinguish between problems with the data and problems with the theory. I proceed to examine 6 groups who present a difficulty for NB and identify the common thread: NB abstracts the capacity of groups to commit crime and insurrection, and therefore, misreads them in the data as normative approval of a political system. Next, I argue that this a problem, especially as that capacity is often caused by the conditions of the political structure such groups live within. This lack of capacity often means they are amongst the most vulnerable. Consequently, NB needs to be careful of overlooking corrective justice. Subsequently, I offer some simple amendments to NB, followed by two complementary approaches: ethnography and fictional narratives.
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    Excerpt from Sun Deck Set Cogitation, Promenade 3
    (Shuddhashar Freevoice, 2024-02-16) Perril, S. D.
    This is a further excerpt from my book-length poem-in-progress Sun Set Deck Cogitation. Each of the six ‘decks’, or 'promenades', in the poem differently negotiates the text of a notebook entry description of a sunset the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss made from the deck of a ship. This excerpt is from ‘Promenade Deck 3'. There is an accompanying essay listed separately in the repository.
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    Excerpt from Sun Deck Set Cogitation: Promenade, Deck 3
    (2024-02-08) Perril, S. D.
    This is a further excerpt from my book-length poem-in-progress Sun Deck Set Cogitation. Each of the six ‘decks,’ or ‘promenades’, in the poem differently negotiates the text of a notebook entry description of a sunset the anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss made from the deck of a ship. This excerpt is from ‘promenade: deck 3.’ There is an accompanying essay listed separately in the repository.
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    'Good to Think With’: My Surrealism
    (Shuddhashar Freevoice, 2024-02-08) Perril, S. D.
    This essay gives an account of my writing, and visual, practice's relationship to Surrealism. It offers a contextualized discussion of the research areas my long poem Sun Deck Set Cogitation is informed by; and situates it within a larger poetry ongoing poetry project called 'The Diver's Manual.' The essay revisits surrealism within the context of practice research, and discusses the complex relationship anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss had to Andre Breton as fellow exiles leaving occupied France. It also discusses my visual collage practice, and contains a brief account of how Sun Deck Set Cogitation has also become an installation collaboration with composer John Young.
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    Three Visual Collages
    (Shuddhashar Freevoice, 2024-02-08) Perril, S. D.
    These three collages are taken from two projects. 'The Idea of Cinema in the Mind of a Painting' was made to accompany my book 'Nitrate', a book of poems concerning the emergence of cinema as an accidental by-product of scientific research into how to capture motion. The other two images are taken from my ongoing 'collage novel' called 'Under Austerity Rubble, Ancient Bird Folk Laid Future Eggs.'
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    Five poems from '45 Days in the Company of Robert Walser'
    (Blackbox Manifold, 2024-01-19) Perril, S. D.
    These are five poems from a longer work in progress. '45 Days in the Company of Robert Walser' finds renewed relevance in the work of Austrian nascent Modernist novelist Robert Walser in the context of Mark Fisher’s account of the effects ‘Capitalist Realism’ (2009) has had upon work, culture and education. It pays particular attention to Walser’s novel 1909 novel Jakob Von Gunten, a pioneering absurdist work exploring a school for servants.