CALL FOR PAPERS
Critical War Studies: emerging field, developing agendas
One day workshop, 11 September 2013, University of Sussex
What is left out when critical reflection on armed conflict is conducted under the sign of ‘security’? What are the forms of contemporary militarism? How can the discourses and practices of fighting, transition to ‘peace’, war preparation and military and strategic thought be engaged reflexively? How might militaries be understood as sites of subaltern labour, resistance and critique? How can attentiveness to experiences of war generate critical resources within international relations, sociology, geography, anthropology, history and other disciplines?
Multi-disciplinary proposals are invited for a one-day workshop convened by the University of Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research. The organisers welcome contributions engaging the idea of Critical War Studies, the themes outlined above and below, or suggesting other appropriate topics. It is envisaged that this will be the first of several events leading to opportunities for peer-reviewed publication.
Draft workshop structure:
Panel 1: What is ‘Critical War Studies’?
What’s in a name? ‘War’, ‘security’ and the analytical status of fighting
Critical approaches within strategic theory: who is strategy ‘for’?
Theory and the experience of war
War in/and society
Panel 2: Political Sociologies of fighting
Technologies, transformations of war, transformations of self
Subaltern military labour and military history in Europe and beyond
Battle narrative and identity
‘Normality’ and ‘extremity’ in fighting and dying
Panel 3: Contemporary militarisms, contemporary militaries
Ideology contra experience: reflections on the policy/ practice disconnect in the war on terror
Beyond the strategic studies/ peace studies divide: continuity and change in militarism after the Cold War
The social construction of weapons
Military orientalisms and the representation of violence
Deadline for proposals: June 7th
Queries should be directed to: Joanna Wood
T 01273 876615
More details can be found here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/scsr/news?id=18934
Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research
Department of International Relations
University of Sussex