Research Perspective

This blog is primarily a space to reflect on thoughts and ideas relating to my research and associated topics, as I continue to develop myself academically and hone in on my specialism.

Key Statement
Coming to terms with and understanding the impact of traumatic or negative lived experiences.

Key Guiding Questions
1) How do people talk about and understand individual and collective experiences of trauma? 2) How can the individual express, come to terms with and understand their experiences of trauma, through literature, the wider written word, conversation, or their own creative use of language?

Key Themes – Combining qualitative social science and literary research into the key theme of 1) communicating traumatic (and negative) experiences, with attention paid to the following interrelated themes:
2) Identity
3) The individual and the collective
4 ) Transition
5) The impact of military life
6) The relationship between the body, mind and technology

Sub-themes
1) The traumatised body and mind
2) Trauma narratives
3) War and post-war fiction
4) “Writing the self into being” and the therapeutic potential of story, through bibliotherapy and creative writing, for health, mental health, wellbeing and creative self-development
5) The mind/body split: experiencing/the experiences of the mind and body
6) The technologised body: appendages and modifications
7) Memory mapping and psychogeography: the mind and place

See virtual pin boards for ideas and thoughts pertaining to the development of each theme and sub-theme.

Research Perspective

Themes and sub-themes in relation to projects and posts

In progress

Blesma Families Project

Principle themes and sub-themes: communicating traumatic experiences, the individual and the collective, the impact of military life and transition.

Other themes and sub-themes: Identity, the relationship between the body, mind and technology, the traumatised body and mind, the technologised body: appendages and modifications and the mind/body split: experiencing/the experiences of the mind and body.

Post: Thoughts on Pain – Towards a meditation, Part 1 of 2

Communicating traumatic experiences, the mind/body split: experiencing/the experiences of the mind and body, the traumatised body and mind.

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