This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference
marks the launch of a new project 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 will seek to explore the historical,
legal, social, 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;
The sources, origins, and causes of war; why and how
do wars begin?
The "control" of warfare; how is and should warfare be
conducted? What are the limits of conflict? Are there any
prohibitions in fighting a war? Security issues; protection
issues; borders and boundaries.
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;
changes in the nature and role of military personnel;
information and information warfare.
Types of warfare - land, sea, air, space, chemical,
biological; guerrilla warfare; "total" warfare; genocide,
ethnic cleansing; terrorism; preemptive war; scorched
earth; war crimes; crimes against humanity.
The extent of war; blockades, sanctions, defence
expenditure and the impact on social and public policy.
The "ethics" of war; just war; deterrence; defence and
self-defence; the influence of nationalism; the place of
human rights; societies and the military; increases in
moral sensibilities - qualms about carpet bombing,
collateral damage; the important role of religion, the
church, and the intellectual elite in multi-ethnic conflict.
The experience of war; art, literature, music, poetry, and
the theatre; the role of the media - journalism, radio,
television, the internet; propaganda; representing the
realities of war versus "national interest" - images of the
heroism, glory, tacit and explicit justifications of war.
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
Papers will be considered on related themes. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted by Friday 5th April 2002.
Full draft papers should be submitted by Tuesday 18th
The conference is sponsored by Inter-Disciplinary.Net
and Learning Solutions as part of the "Probing the
Boundaries" programme, and aims to create working
"encounter" groups between people of differing
perspectives, disciplines, professions, and contexts.
The project is to be supported by an e-mail discussion
group, ISSN e-journal, and dedicated ISBN publication
Selected papers accepted for and presented at the
conference will be published in themed volumes.
E-mail enquiries: Dr Rob Fisher, email@example.com
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