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I joined Kingston University as Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies in 2014. I am normally module leader for two new undergraduate courses: How to Change the World (L5) and War and Society (L6). In 2018-9 I have a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.
I began my working life as a journalist and photographer at Searchlight, the anti-fascist magazine founded in the 1970s. After that I worked intermittently as a freelance writer, with a spell as researcher for a feminist NGO specialising in the design of the built environment.
Following the publication of my book Beyond the Pale (1991) I taught at the School of Humanities in University of Greenwich (1992-9) where I discovered the joys of cultural geography. Then I moved to the US where I taught sociology/women's and gender studies at Yale University (1999-2005). From 2007-2014 I worked as a research fellow at the Open University.
Professor of Sociology & Gender Studies
My first book (Beyond the Pale, 1992/2015) focused on the discursive production of 'whiteness' through a gendered reading of colonial history. It was subsequently instrumental in shaping a new international field that has become known as Critical Whiteness Studies (CWS). Since then I have continued to explore the ways in which a focus on 'whiteness' provides a means to analyse, document and resist structures of racial oppression in the UK and beyond. My work is rooted in a multi-disciplinary approach formed within the context of transnational gender studies.
Within the last ten years my research has explored the effects of permanent war 'at home'. My most recent book Military Migrants (2012) addressed the relationship between racism and militarism in the contemporary postcolonial context. Today my work engages more explicitly with initiatives in peace studies that bring together a concern with militarisation, climate change, social injustice, environmental degradation and other root causes of global conflict.
From September 2018 I have a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on a long-term ethnographic project called 'One Village, One World'. This explores dominant notions of 'the rural', and its attendant associations with 'the countryside', terms that automatically evoke the idea that rural England is in a perpetual stage of loss due to forces such as immigration and globalisation.
I am also engaged in a two-year study of an army town in Wiltshire, entitled 'The Military in our Midst', which is also funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2018-2020). The team consists of Professor Paul Dixon (Co-I); Dr. Antonia Dawes, and one other RA; together we hope to reveal the effects of significant policy changes aimed at re-organising the relationship between military and civilian communities as a result of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ware, Vron (2019) All the rage : decolonizing the history of the British women's suffrage movement. Cultural Studies, 34(4), pp. 521-545. ISSN (print) 0950-2386
Delori, Mathias and Ware, Vron (2019) The faces of enmity in international relations : an introduction. Critical Military Studies, 5(4), pp. 299-303. ISSN (print) 2333-7486
Ware, Vron (2017) From war grave to peace garden : Muslim soldiers, militarised multiculture and cultural heritage. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 10(4), pp. 287-304. ISSN (print) 1752-6272
Ware, Vron (2013) 'A thinning of skin': writing on and against whiteness. Life Writing, 10(3), pp. 245-260. ISSN (print) 1448-4528
Ware, Vron (2011) The new literary front: public diplomacy and the cultural politics of reading Arabic fiction in translation. New Formations(73), pp. 56-77. ISSN (print) 0950-2378
Ware, Vron (2010) Whiteness in the glare of war: soldiers, migrants and citizenship. Ethnicities, 10(3), pp. 313-330. ISSN (print) 1468-7968
Ware, Vron (2009) Why Critical Whiteness Studies needs to think about warfare. Sociologisk Forskning, 46(3), pp. 55-62. ISSN (print) 0038-0342
Ware, Vron (2008) Towards a sociology of resentment: a debate on class and whiteness. Sociological Research Online, 13(5), ISSN (online) 2328-5184
Ware, Vron (2006) Info-war and the politics of feminist curiosity: exploring new frameworks for feminist intercultural studies. Cultural Studies, 20(6), pp. 526-551. ISSN (print) 0950-2386
Ware, Vron (2015) Beyond the pale: white women, racism, and history. London, U.K. : Verso Books. 288p. (Feminist Classics) ISBN 9781784780128
Ware, Vron (2007) Who cares about Britishness? A global view of the national identity debate. London, UK : Arcadia Books. 180p. ISBN 9781905147588
Ware, Vron (2019) A journey through Europe's heart of whiteness. In: Kindinger, Evangelia and Schmitt, Mark, (eds.) The intersections of whiteness. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. ISBN 9780815362272 (In Press)
Ware, Vron (2019) The new national war monuments : interrogating gendered narratives in commemorative sculpture. In: Ase, Cecilia and Wendt, Maria, (eds.) Gendering military sacrifice : a comparative feminist analysis. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. (In Press)
Ware, Vron (2016) Biting the bullet : my time with the British Army. In: Williams, Alison J. , Jenkings, K. Neil , Rech, Matthew F. and Woodward, Rachel, (eds.) The Routledge companion to military research methods. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 231-242. ISBN 9781472442758
Ware, Vron (2016) Military migrants and mercenary markets. In: Abrahamsen, Rita and Leander, Anna, (eds.) Routledge handbook of private security studies. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 149-157. ISBN 9780415729352
Ware, Vron (2015) The sinews of empire in the world of modern warfare. In: Sigona, Nando , Gamlen, Alan , Liberatore, Giulia and Kringelbach, Helene Neveu, (eds.) Diasporas reimagined : spaces, practices and belonging. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford Diasporas Programme. pp. 14-18. ISBN 9781907271083
Ware, Vron (2014) Thin ice: postcoloniality and sexuality in the politics of citizenship and military service. In: Ponzanesi, Sandra, (ed.) Gender, globalization and violence: postcolonial conflict zones. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 46-63. (Routledge advances in feminist studies and intersectionality) ISBN 9780415817356
Ware, Vron (2014) The space of a movement: life-writing against racism. In: Evans, Mary , Hemmings, Clare , Henry, Marsha , Johnstone, Hazel , Madhok, Sumi , Pomien, Ania and Wearing, Sadie, (eds.) The Sage handbook of feminist theory. London, U.K. : Sage. ISBN 9781446252413
Ware, Vron (2013) Cheap chickens and ethical eggs: the place of an English village in the world. In: Stacey, Jackie and Wolff, Janet, (eds.) Writing otherwise: experiments in cultural criticism. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719089428
Ware, Vron (2013) Can you have Muslim soldiers? Diversity as a martial value. In: Kapoor, Nisha , Kalra, Virinder S. and Rhodes, James, (eds.) The state of race. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 121-145. ISBN 9780230367517
Ware, Vron (2011) 'Johnny Gurkha loves a party': the colonial film archive and the racial imaginary of the worker-warrior. In: Grieveson, Lee and McCabe, Colin, (eds.) Film and the end of empire. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 119-131. ISBN 9781844574247
Ware, Vron (2009) Qui se préoccupe de l'identité national? In: Agudelo, Carlos , Boidin, Capucine and Sansone, Livio, (eds.) Autour de "l'Atlantique Noir": une polyphnie de perspectives. Paris, France : IHEAL. pp. 183-189. ISBN 9782915310931
Ware, Vron (2007) Looking for whiteness in the war on terror. In: Petrilli, Susan, (ed.) White matters: il bianco in questione. Rome, Italy : Meltemi. pp. 99-108. (Athanor : semiotica, filosofia, arte, letterature, (10)) ISBN 9788883535581
Ware, Vron (2007) The future of feminism: what other way to speak? In: Daileader, Celia R. , Johnson, Rhoda E. and Shabazz, Amilcar, (eds.) Women and others: perspectives on race, gender and empire. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 173-195. (Signs of Race) ISBN 9780312296018
Ware, Vron (2005) The power of recall: writing against racial identity. In: Murji, Karim and Solomos, John, (eds.) Racialization: studies in theory and practice. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press. pp. 123-139. ISBN 9780199257027