Monday 20th September - Thursday 23rd September 2004
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Call for Papers
This multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary conference aims to identify the underlying factors which contribute to and understand the prevailing extent of violence in contemporary life. It likewise aims to probe the representation of violence in media, art and literature and assess the contextual implications of such representations. Violence remains a horrifying feature of today's world; the project actively seeks to explore whether there can be a culture counter to the culture of violence and how is it to be promoted.
The conference will be structured around 4 main thematic groupings; papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on the following themes;
Perspectives for Understanding Violence
Papers will explore the methodologies available for uncovering the underlying factors which contribute to violence, the perspectives provided by all disciplines for attempting to understand violence and the models available for developing interdisciplinary methods for approaching violence.
The Objects and Goals of Violence
Papers will explore those who are targeted by perpetrators of violence and seek to analyse the goals that such forms of violence seek to achieve. In particular, papers can focus on
issues of domestic violence directed toward families, women and children
issues of community violence directed toward ethnic and minority groups, racial groups, issues of nationalism, youth and gang violence, hooliganism
issues of institutional violence - violence in the workplace, schools, hospitals, police and law enforcement agencies
issues of state violence - as both an internal phenomenon (against citizenry - civil war, terrorism and the metropolis; repression; 'surveillance' culture post 9/11; legitimation of violence through the law, punishment and capital punishment) as well as an external phenomenon (cultures of war and militarism, 'intervention' and 'pre-emptive' policies, cultures of societies that develop into excessively warlike states, religion, religious institutions, and their role in curtailing or propelling violence; religious fundamentalism and violence
understanding violence by understanding the impact it has on its victims
Representations of Violence
Papers will look at the explore the role of media in recording, portraying, disseminating, and reflecting on violence. All forms of media are included - radio, tv, cinema, theatre, graffiti, internet, music, art, sculpture, books, propaganda. The methods of portrayal and the intentions of portrayal will be assessed.
Counter Cultures to Violence
Papers will explore whether there are or can be counter cultures to the cultures of violence and how these might be developed. In particular, papers may look at the emerging trend of the use of violence to achieve peace (e.g., the human/animal rights agenda), anti-globalisation violence, anti-vivisection violence; the work and role of NGO's; the role of enforcement and prosecution; the promotion of education and educative strategies; prevention strategies
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th June 2004. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 13th August 2004.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published as an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be invited for development and inclusion in a hard copy themed publication. One themed volume from the project has already been published; one themed volume is in press.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to Dr Rob Fisher via email.
Abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
The conference is part of a larger series of on-going conferences, run under the general banner ‘At the Interface'. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
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