On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, this conference will assess the impact of terrorism on international politics from a historical perspective. Convoked at Geneva from 29-30 September 2011, it is organised under the auspices of the Fondation Pierre du Bois pour l’histoire du temps présent and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
This thought-provoking and stimulating conference will offer scholars the possibility to address, discuss and exchange views on a variety of issues related to terrorism in different eras and places, as well as to examine the changing and diverging nature of this phenomenon. The tenth anniversary of the tragic and traumatic events of 9/11 in New York and Washington shall serve as a moment of reflection on the evolution of terrorism, its challenges and the responses of states and the international community.
Topics to be addressed during the conference include, but are not limited to, the following issues/ questions:
1.) The nature of terrorism
- Character of terrorism
- Long-term evolutions
- Roots of terrorism
2.) Comparative regional experiences
- Terrorist groups in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, the Middle East
- Freedom fighters = terrorists? The Irish case, Algeria, Israel/Palestine…
- State responses to those challenges
- Geopolitics of terrorism
3.) The international community and (counter-)terrorism
- Reactions of the international community in the 19th and 20th century
- The League of Nations, the United Nations
- The ICAO, etc
- The Council of Europe, the EC, the OAS, …
4.) Phases of terrorism: From Anarchism to transnational terrorism. Case studies, for example:
- The assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, 1914
- The Dawson’s Field hijacking, 1970
- The Munich Olympics, 1972
- Entebbe, 1976
- Mogadishu, 1977
- The Tehran hostage crisis, 1979-1981
- The Lockerbie crisis, 1988
- The 9/11 attacks, 2001
- The Madrid/ London attacks, 2004/2005
5.) Contemporary terrorism
- New threats?
- New responses? Targeted Sanctions, “War on Terror”, etc
- Religious fundamentalism
- Impact on warfare – the “New Wars”; Insurgencies
- Transnational groups
- Criminal networks
The conference seeks to build upon existing scholarly connections as well as to establish new ones. We therefore invite proposals from both experienced and young scholars eager to contribute to the creation of what we hope will constitute an important and stimulating forum for the discussion of the phenomenon of terrorism.
The conference will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 29-30 September 2011. It is co-organised by the Fondation Pierre du Bois and the Graduate Institute and led by Prof Jussi Hanhimäki.
The proposals of a maximum of 500 words should include a schematic description of the paper and a brief CV of the author.
The deadline for the submission of the proposals is 15 December 2010.
The selected participants will be notified by 31 March 2011.
The final version of the paper should be submitted by 10 August 2011.
Please submit the proposals via e-mail by writing to Mr Bernhard Blumenau (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Teaching and Conference Assistant
International History and Politics Department
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
C.P. 136 – 1211 Genève 21 – Switzerland
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