I have just completed and graduated in the MA in International Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University. The subject of my dissertation was surveillance, understood in its widest sense. It was entitled: “God 2.5: Challenging Original Sin”. It can be found here at Academia.edu, though without most of its appendices, some of which cannot be published for reasons of confidentiality.
I carried out my research in the art galleries of FACT Liverpool, in the North West of England.
I am looking to carry out further research in the near future. My preferred place of work would be in the UK, Ireland, Western Europe or the United States. I would be more than happy to travel frequently, love flying, and am an enthusiastic car- and public transport-user.
I am fascinated by the idea of research in most contexts, and would not need the structure of a university validation necessarily, though any such validation if forthcoming would be extremely welcome.
I am good at what I do.
Areas of research
I am interested in surveillance and tracking; sousveillance and ways of looking back; the malleability of the digital world; how criminal justice feels and is sensed; emotions and academia in general; and finally, at a personal level, something I have called “schizophrenality”, after Dr Emma Murray’s concept of “veteranality”, which in turn borrows gently from Michel Foucault’s “governmentality”.
Other examples of how I work
You can find linked to below an assignment I wrote for the second semester of the aforementioned MA. It focusses on the subject of schizophrenia and how its misdiagnosis may be used to further the crimes of the powerful.
As with all good learning, teaching and mentoring, I hope to be able to build on the strengths and learn from the weaknesses of the assignment, as I develop a broader ability to research complex and poorly understood topics in innovative and groundbreaking ways. The file can be found here.
Finally, a further assignment on the subject of a potential manipulation of web content over a decade or more can be found here.
What I am looking for now
Initially, I am not focussing on looking for a particular role, so much as discovering a particular environment.
It is much easier to function effectively in almost any role when one finds oneself in an environment which one enjoys, and where one feels safe to be uncomfortable. It is much more challenging to work well in an environment which fails to engage – or worse, reveals itself as inherently dysfunctional, even where the role occupied is a perfect fit.
The kind of place I work well in is one where people are open to curious concepts, honest, focussed on objectives external to individuals, and are excited by new trails of thought where boundaries and limitations to ideas are minimal. Flat hierarchies seem to work better in such contexts. Ability and intelligence, as well as respect for all individuals, should be rewarded and understood. Loyalty should not bar sincerity and frank discussion. Democracy should exist, but should be a Good Democracy – perhaps as per Peter Levine’s definition: inclusive and yet simultaneously efficient.
Finally, inquisitiveness should be encouraged via the space in question: it should be systemic rather than the responsibility of a few.
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