The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR) invites proposals for a workshop on the History of Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones.
Although sexual violence in conflict zones (SVCZ) is as old as warfare, the international community has granted it serious attention only since the 1990s. NGOs, activists, academics, medical professionals, and lawyers now devote considerable attention to sexual violence in contemporary conflicts. This workshop will explore the role of sexual violence in conflicts around the globe from the ancient world to the late twentieth century, with a special interest in conflicts before the 1990s. The UICHR will host the workshop from April 27-29, 2006.
While we anticipate that most papers will explore case studies, we especially welcome papers that also address theoretical and potentially comparative questions such as (but not limited to):
Functions of SVCZ, such as the capture of human property, deracination, enhancing military morale, demoralizing the enemy
The relationship between the organization of gender in civilian society and sexual violence in times of war
Consequences of SVCZ in postwar transitions (social, cultural, economic; governmental and legal responses)
The relationship between state and military formation and SVCZ: strong and weak states, the modernizing army, etc.
The relationship between SVCZ and war aims in varying types of conflicts: religious warfare, colonial and post-colonial wars, genocidal war, civil war, etc.
We encourage a range of approaches and themes, such as gender and sexuality studies, military sociology, health and medicine, refugee and migratory movements, legal history, and more. TheČ conference organizers expect to publish a selection of papers that will break new ground as the first wide-ranging exploration of SVCZ across time and space, yet rooted in close research.
Pending funding, the organizers will cover expenses and provide an honorarium for all workshop participants. Participants will be required to submit completed papers six weeks in advance of the workshop for duplication and circulation.
Proposals are due September 1, 2005. Please submit a 250-word proposal and a 2-page CV electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org (with subject heading: Call for Papers) or mail to the mailing address provided below.
For full information see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~uichr/events/SVCZ/cfp.html
Direct inquiries to the following e-mail address.
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