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[] CfP: War & Virtual War Conference; 24.-26.7., Oxford,

2nd Global Conference War & Virtual War: The Challenges to

24 to 26 July 2003, St Catherine's College, Oxford, United

Call For Papers

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference
marks the continuation of a project launched in 2002 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 seeks 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
non-violent movements.

Papers will be considered on related themes. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th April 2003.
Full draft papers should be submitted by Friday 4th July

One volume of themed papers is in preparation from the
first conference. All papers accepted for and presented at
this conference will be published in an ISBN eBook.
Selected papers accepted for and presented at the
conference will be published in one or more themed
hard copy volumes.

Papers should be submitted to Dr Rob Fisher at
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 net as an email attachment in Word
or WordPerfect; abstracts can also be submitted in the
body of the email text rather than as an attachment.

Further details and information about the War and Virtual
War project can be found at:

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