School of Education and Sociology


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Dr Kevin McSorley

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Sociology
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2212
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  • Department: School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Kevin McSorley is Senior Lecturer in Sociology. He was previously Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Surrey.  His expertise covers war, violence and militarism; the body and the senses; contemporary social and cultural theory; the sociology of technology. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Kevin teaches the final year unit Violence, War & Society drawing upon his latest research. He also teaches the core year one social theory unit Theorising Social Life.  He contributes to the year one course Observing Society, and co-ordinates the Sociology Dissertation.  He has also taught courses on Technology, Science & Social Life, and Self and Society. 

Kevin contributes to a variety of MA courses and offers PhD supervision in the areas of war, violence and militarism; the body and the senses; social and cultural theory; technology and new media.


Kevin’s current research explores contemporary transformations in warfare, violence and militarism through the lens of the body and sensory experience, challenging the ontology of much conventional war scholarship.  It develops an analysis of war as a wide-ranging social institution and politics of experience, focusing upon the myriad affective, sensory and embodied practices and regimes through which war lives and breeds.  

His research projects War and the Body and Sensing War have produced agenda-setting events, networks and publications.  His work has analysed conflicts including Chechnya, Iraq and Afghanistan, and explored the lived experiences of war and the afterlives of conflict, the global arms trade, militarism and physical culture, and technologies and techniques of military sensation.


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