[rohrpost] Call for Papers: War, Virtual War and Human Security
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4th Global Conference
War, Virtual War and Human Security
Wednesday 2nd May - Saturday 5th May 2007
Is war an extension of politics by other means? The locomotive of
technology? Is it humankind in its most natural state; or is human
society - despite perceptions and ongoing conflict around the world
today - actually moving toward an aversion to war and a state of peace?
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to
provide a challenging forum for the examination and evaluation of the
nature, purpose and experience of war, and its impacts on all aspects of
communities across the world. Viewing war as a multi-layered phenomenon,
the conference series seeks to explore the historical, legal, social,
human, religious, economic, and political contexts of conflicts, and
assess the place of art, journalism, literature, music, the media and
the internet in representation and interpretation of the experience of
In particular papers, workshops, reports, and presentations are invited
on any of the following themes:
1. How do we Talk about War?
Portrayal, awareness, language and expression. How do we come to
understand war in contemporary and historical cultures?
* The Language of modern contemporary warfare, the language of war in
society, in the work space and popular culture; obscuration of
conditions of being at war and the condition of peace
* Militarization of society, propaganda, war toys, computer gaming; in
fashion - `military chic`
* Representing the realities of war versus national interest - images of
heroism, glory, tacit and explicit justifications of war; the horror of war
and societal responses.
2. Representations and Experiences
Viewing War as a multi-layered social phenomena.
* The individual experience of war, the impact of war, in protest; in
the alleviation of war and in peace building.
* Recovering from war, trauma, rehabilitation.
* The experience of war; art, literature, music, poetry, cinema and the
theatre; the role of the media - journalism, radio, television, the
* The representations and experiences of protest
3. History and Development of Warfare and War Fighting.
How have we fought and why. Lessons learned, mistakes repeated.
* Warfare in human history, revisionism and post-revisionism.
* The sources, origins, and causes of war; why and how do wars begin?
* Means and methods in war - land, sea, air, space, nuclear, chemical,
biological; terror and terrorism; conventional and guerrilla warfare; civil
war; `total warfare`.
* The nature of warfare; strategy and strategic thought; changes and the
implications of changes in the ways wars are fought; the influence and
effect of technologies; nuclear deterrence/compellance; changes in the
nature and role of military personnel; information and information warfare.
4. Extent, Conduct and Morality
Can war even be distinguished from peace, combatant from non-combatant,
who are legitimate targets? The totalisation of war in modern culture.
* Where are we now? How has war pervaded our society and culture in
* The extent of war; geo-political, physical; blockades, sanctions,
defence expenditure and the impact on social and public policy; on
social and human capital.
* The regulation and control of warfare; how is and should warfare be
conducted? What are the limits of conflict? Are there any prohibitions
in fighting a war?
* Globalization; the human, geographic, social and economic boundaries
of war in the modern era.
* Resource warfare, food, water, oil and mineral wealth, challenges in
the 21st century
5. Rights and Security
Have the means and methods in war, finally outpaced International law
and norms of behaviour? What protection is available? If truth is the
first casualty in war, are human rights the second?
* Human security issues; protection, shelter, economic security; public
* Human rights; protection, promotion and abuses; genocide, ethnic
terrorism; scorched earth; war crimes; crimes against humanity.
* Armed non-state actors, roles, practices and regulation.
6. The Boundaries of War
How far will humankind push the limits of acceptable behaviour and
practice in war?
* The `morality` and the `ethics` of war; just war; deterrence; pre-emptive
war; defence and self-defence; the influence of nationalism; the place of
human rights; societies and the military; increases in moral
qualms about carpet bombing, collateral damage; the status of combatants
in warfare, the impact of civilians; neutrality.
* War and religion; the important role of religion, the church, and the
intellectual elite in multi-ethnic conflict specifically and in.war in
general; just war, jihad and crusade.
* War and gender; women in war; impact, abuses, role in war as
combatants and in peace building. Gender equality issues and peace
building, cultures of violence in society propagating conflict.
* Children and war, child soldiers, trauma, exposure, conditioning,
propaganda, bereavement, expression though play, art and behaviour.
* Slavery and war; past, present and future; unwilling combatants, from
janissaries to mamelukes, to conscripts and child soldiers.
* Resistance under occupation, where collaboration ends and resistance
begins? Forms of resistance.
7. Prevention and Peace
Can we give peace a chance? Viewing war as un-natural, preventable
within a variety of frameworks. The legal mechanisms and the
trans-national social movements `waging peace`.
* Peace building; means and methods; negative peace and building a positive
peace; war-termination and nation-building.
* The prevention of war; the role of conflict resolution; avoiding war;
peace-keeping; the role and importance of law and international legal
order; the rise and impact of non-violent movements.
* Conscientious objection, alternative service.
* The Peace Movement
8. Non-state Actors and NGOs in War Breaking the state conundrum,
participation in relief from the depredations of war, alleviating the
suffering, advocacy from theatres of war. Or compromising humanitarian
Aid? Force multipliers? Abrogating combatant`s responsibilities toward
* History: The Quakers to the Red Cross and beyond.
* NGOs, the `third space` actors in the relief of the impact of warfare,
and development programmes, refugees and IDPs, child soldiers, landmines /
cluster munitions; small arms light weapons (SALW/DDR), NGOs prolonging
conflict by abrogating state and combatants responsibilities in time of
* Armed non-state actors. Terrorists? Freedom fighters? Private security
forces. Mercenaries in the modern world.
9. Future War: Revolutions in Military Affairs: Emerging Types of
Warfare. Be afraid, be very afraid. Are there no limits to mans
inhumanity to man?
* Cyber-war Virtual war; cyber-terrorism; cyber-power, cyber-war; computer
technologies in the conduct of war.
* Technology leaps - acquiring WMD
* Space war - fantasy or an emerging reality? Issue in the
weaponisation of space.
* Bio-warfare: gene warfare; the genetic codes of agriculture and
livestock as targets in war
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 12th January 2007. If
an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be
submitted by Friday 13th April 2007.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Joint Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
Harvard Medical School
Vrij Universiteit Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam
E-Mail: ggoldsworthy at gmail.com
Professor of Strategy,
Strategy and Policy Department,
United States Naval War College, USA
E-Mail: andrew.wilson at nwc.navy.mil
Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire
E-Mail: wvw4 at 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.
Three volumes of themed papers are in preparation and/or in print from
the previous meetings of this project. All papers accepted for and
presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN
eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at the conference will
be published in a themed hard copy volume.
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