Call for Papers: 7th Global Conference on War and Peace, Prague 2010

7th Global Conference > War and Peace > >

Friday 30th April – Sunday 2nd May 2010 > Prague, Czech Republic > > Call for Papers >

The opening decade of the 21st century has seen war assume a number of > new forms – new at least in relation to the 20th century. So, for > instance, the West’s war in Afghanistan is already longer than WW2, and > shows no sign of coming to an end; the nature of those engaged in war > has widened to include a variety of non-state agents; and war itself has > come to include as arguably justifiable tactics and strategies > previously either excluded or at least not recognised as legitimate. In > short, the distinction between war and peace is becoming increasingly > unclear. > > The 2010 conference is part of a continuing and explicitly multi- and > inter-disciplinary conversation that aims to bring together people from > a wide range of disciplines to focus on this centrally significant > aspect of our social lives in order better to understand the nature and > place of war and peace. > > The main themes are outlined below: however, we are also pleased to > receive proposals that extend or complement these. We seek contributions > from both practitioners and academics, and from the widest possible > range of intellectual interests and commitment.

1. What Counts as War; What Counts as Peace? > ~ The militarization of civil life: legislation; economics; > surveillance; “terrorism”; torture. > ~ “States of exception” and their role between peace and war. > ~ Possible forms of warfare: economic blockade; propaganda; drones; > virtual weapons and wars; alternatives to physical force. > >

2. Actors and Agents > ~ The nature and evaluation of non-state combatants: private companies; > ad-hoc supranational organisations; the UN. > ~ War and capitalism: state, corporation and globalization; war as an > arm of domestic policy; “low-level” wars since WW2 as forms of testing > and preparation. > ~ Responsibility for and in war: social and individual agency. > >

3. Explaining, Understanding and Judging War – and Peace > ~ Killing: why is it prima facie wrong? > ~ War and utopianism: ideals as motivation for/cause of war. > ~ The interplay between language and physical reality in warfare and its > promulgation. > ~ The representation and communication of suffering. > ~ War as aesthetic object. > >

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed > panel proposals.  Papers will also be considered on any related theme. >

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 27th November 2009. If > an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be > submitted by Friday 12th March 2009. > > 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising > Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the > following information and in this order: > > a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) > body of abstract. > > Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes > and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, > italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper > proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you > should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in > cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic > route or resend. > >

Joint Organising Chairs: > > Bob Brecher > Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics > Faculty of Arts, Brighton University, > United Kingdom > E-mail: R.Brecher@bton.ac.uk > >

Rob Fisher > Network Founder and Leader > Inter-Disciplinary.Net > Freeland, Oxfordshire, > United Kingdom > E-mail: wvw7@inter-disciplinary.net > >

The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of > research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas > and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are > innovative and exciting. > > A number of volumes of eBooks and themed hard copy volumes are in > preparation and/or in print from the previous meetings of this project. > All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible > for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for > publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). >

For further details about the project please visit: > http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/hostility-and-v > iolence/war-virtual-war-human-security/ > >

For further details about the conference please visit: > http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/hostility-and-v > iolence/war-virtual-war-human-security/call-for-papers/

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