Symposium: New Approaches to the History and Memory of War and Conflict, 7 December 2013, Brighton

Annual Symposium: Saturday 7th December 2013, 9:00 – 17:30

New Approaches to the History and Memory of War and Conflict

M2 Boardroom, Grand Parade, University of Brighton

Booking is now open: You will find a link to the on-line shop on the CRMNH website. Click on the following link and scroll down to bottom of page.

In this year’s symposium, we intend to explore new approaches to the experiences of war and conflict as they are negotiated, remembered, mediated and lived. The focus of the symposium is not only to chart new lines for both theoretical and empirical analysis of the way in which violent conflicts are (and were) apprehended and articulated, but also the ways violent legacies shape and haunt processes of post-conflict transition.

In addition to the keynote speaker Dr. Santanu Das, who will argue for a more emotional and somatic history of the First World War through the discussion of the experience, often ignored, of the Indians that participated in the conflict, the symposium is divided into three panels. The first focuses on the notion of conflict and violence as it is performed and experienced, but also perceived through bodily frames (negotiated in terms of presence or absence) in cultural representation. It discusses the affective realm of warfare – the relevance of pain, pity and grief for the new current paradigms in cultural history. The second panel maps out the entanglements between the politics of the past and the politics of reconciliation in cultures and societies undergoing violent conflict or dealing with ‘post-conflict’ legacies. It deals with the tension between competing narratives, the effects of binary oppositions, and the ambiguous nature of many of the elements that shape post-conflict scenarios. The last panel examines the geographies of memory as a key element of the understanding of war and conflict. Space here will not only be seen as a material container of violent marks of the past or as the main arena for the struggles over memorialisation, but also as an intrinsic dimension of the practice of remembering.

Bringing together scholars with different yet overlapping backgrounds and research expertises, the symposium will reflect upon some of the issues at play in the ever-growing field of peace and conflict studies. Ranging from ethnographic and sociological approaches to more historical-based research, the speakers will deal with singular expressions of both contemporary and historical violence as it is articulated in a range of contrasting spatio-temporal contexts (Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Norway, Indonesia, Kenya, Afghanistan and England among them), thus tracing and offering solutions to common methodological and conceptual challenges from a transnational perspective.

Speakers include: Santanu Das (King’s College London); Emilie Pine (University College Dublin); Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck, University of London); Kevin McSorely (University of Portsmouth); Mark McGovern (Edge Hill University); Lotte Hughes (The Open University); Stefanie Kappler (Liverpool Hope University); Safet HadžiMuhamedović (Goldsmiths, University of London), Sam Edwards (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Charlotte-Heath-Kelly (Warwick University).

Registration and delegate rates:
This event is open to all but delegates must register in advance. The registration fee is £50 (waged), with concessions for retired/unemployed/unaffiliated delegates (£25) and students (£15). The registration fee includes tea/coffee and lunch.

Here is the direct link to the on-line shop for booking:

Any queries please email Dr Sam Carroll:

Please note that the deadline for registration is 29th November 2013

Job: AXA Post doc fellowships via Newcastle University

Newcastle University has been invited to nominate applicants for the 2014 AXA Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowships competition.

AXA funds basic research dedicated to a better understanding of risk. AXA Postdoctoral Fellowships fund two-year research projects proposed by excellent applicants working in the best possible research environment.

The fellowships are available in the following areas:
• Environmental Risks (Climate change; Natural hazards; Human-driven environmental changes);
• Life Risks (Ageing and long-term care; Addictions and risky behaviours; Biomedical risks);
• Socio Economic Risks (Geopolitical risks; Macro-economic and Financial Systemic risks; Individual and collective behaviours towards uncertainty; Large corporate risks).

Applicants should have successfully defended their PhD thesis before the start of the fellowship and have less than 5-years of research experience since their PhD. There are no nationality restrictions.

The Fellowships are for up to €120,000 and provide funding for salary, institutional overheads and some small research costs for two years.

More information on the scheme is available at: Guidance notes are at:

In the first place you should make contact with your proposed postdoctoral advisor to discuss what is required to make an application. The deadline for consideration is 4pm on Friday 22 November.

Book: Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise, Greg Hainge

Reblogged from New Books in Critical Theory

Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise
by DAVE O’BRIEN on OCTOBER 19, 2013

51W2Y3H9WaL._SL160_ What is noise? In his new book Noise Matters: Towards an Ontology of Noise (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), Greg Hainge, Reader in French at University of Queensland, Australia, explores this question. The book is written within the tradition of critical theory and is at once playful and punning, as well as suffused with challenging and perceptive analysis. The core position of the book is that we need to move beyond the dichotomous understanding of noise that sees it as either something to be removed or rejected, an unnecessary distraction from a core signal, or something that should be celebrated, but in celebration co-opted into being something that isn’t noise. For Hainge we need a new understanding of noise, an understanding that seeks to celebrate noise through a range of engagements with cultural and theoretical phenomena. Noise is not just about sound, but figures in all forms of communication. The book takes on the accepted readings of work in music, such as John Cage’s 4’33″, literature, such as Sartre’s Nausea, as well as photography and film. These new approaches, mediated by the concern with noise, will be of interest to a range of readers from across the humanities, as well as for specialists in film and music theory and aesthetics. The project of founding on ontology of noise is also a contribution to the growing field of noise studies, which is the kind of interdisciplinary academic area that is emerging within the noisy world of the contemporary academy.

Job: Post Doc in Border Studies at Carleton

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Border Studies, Carleton University Borders in Globalization Project
Carleton University invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Border Studies in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. A PhD in Geography, Anthropology, Political Science or a related discipline is required at the time of the appointment. The position is effective January 1, 2014, and will be for a period of two years.

Borders in Globalization (BIG) is a seven year project funded by a Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Grant. It is comprised of a network of academic partners in Border Studies from Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, which is engaged with non-academic partners involved in the management of borders and borderlands in Canada and worldwide. The basic goal is to build excellence in the knowledge and understanding of borders.

The Department of Geography provides the base for the BIG Project at Carleton University and in eastern Canada. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will engage in research related to the Canada-U.S. border and tied primarily to the culture theme of the project. It is expected that the Post-Doctoral Fellow will prepare and submit research papers on this work for peer reviewed publication and assist in the development and management of the BIG Project, including the planning and preparation of an international conference in the fall of 2014, organization of roundtables, policy forums, summer schools and other aspects of the project, and coordination and advising of graduate student research.

For further information about the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Carleton University please see and
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact information (email and telephone) of three referees who may be contacted. Please send applications to Dr. Victor Konrad, Director, Borders in Globalization Project, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada K1S 5B6. E-mail :

CfP: Democracy, Rights and Reason(s) 13-14 February 2014, London

Democracy, Rights and Reason(s)

Call for Papers

Sponsored by the EU COST Action IS1003 and the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

Thursday/Friday 13-14 February, Board Room, 309 Regent Street

Keynote presentation: Luc Boltanski (tbc)

Liberal modernist regimes of democracy and rights were grounded on assumptions of universal reason which increasingly appear to be problematic and outdated. Liberal assumptions of ‘reason’ are undermined both from the inside – the denial of the possibility of representational frames of understanding – and from the outside – in a fluid, complex and interconnected world, the linear Cartesian assumptions of the rule of reason are no longer considered to hold. At the same time, controversies and disputes about democracy and rights have been underpinned by both justificatory reasons and particular modes of reasoning. This two-day workshop, consisting of a key note presentation and a number of panels seeks to consider the impact which different understandings of the role of reason, epistemic regimes and modes of reasoning have upon the operation of and disputes over regimes of rights and democracy. The questions that we are interested in exploring include (but are not limited to):

·      Can democracy survive in its current form of liberal representation?
·      How does our material and social embeddedness impact upon the operation of rights?
·      Can law rule over or against complexity or only through it and what are the implications of this?
·      How do new modes of scientific reasoning reshape disputes over rights and democracy?
·      How is legal reasoning affected by algorithmic or complexity reasoning?
·      Can new forms of democracy be developed involving non-human actors?
·      What are the implications of changing understandings of democracy for the legal form?
·      Does material participation provide more possibilities than liberal representational forms?

We have limited funding available for travel, accommodation and subsistence. Please send abstracts for consideration of not more than 300 words to the organisers by November 15th at the latest. Oliver Kessler; Claudia Aradau; and David Chandler

David Chandler, Professor of International Relations, Research Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street, London, W1T 3UW. Tel: ++44 (0)776 525 3073.
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CFP Colonial/postcolonial relations and the Global Nuclear Order –BISA June 2014, Dublin

Call for Papers –BISA June 2014, Dublin

Proposal for the panel

‘Colonial/postcolonial relations and the Global Nuclear Order – US and the non-nuclear weapons states (NNWS) in the 21st century’

Despite the accepted perception that international relations are now firmly rooted in a postcolonial world, the impact of past colonial encounters is still very much woven into the present interactions and demographic make-up of the countries to varying degrees. International nuclear relations as shaped by different regimes and norms are also influenced to a great extent by these colonial/postcolonial encounters. While there are questions as to what a ‘global nuclear order’ actually is, there have been many transitions in the post-cold war world in terms of the new states joining and others withdrawing from the NPT. The central factor in this management of the global nuclear order has been the US and its bilateral relations with non-nuclear weapons states. Non-nuclear weapons states, however, have challenged this global nuclear order at various points. North Korea threatened to withdraw from the NPT in 1993 and did so ten years later in 2003, nuclear tensions between US and Iran reached its peak in the year 2006 and within IAEA, and differences still persist between US and Brazil on nuclear matters whereas new relationships have been forged between US and India in the nuclear realm. The ‘global zero’ agenda has re-vitalised the non-proliferation debate while the recent handover of Syrian chemical weapons stockpile to UN adds another focal point to this on-going global management of nuclear and chemical weapons.

The panel aims to explore the effect of colonial/postcolonial relations on the nuclear policy of these states and how they have challenged or altered the global nuclear order. Submissions are welcome in order to examine the following topics:

– Colonial/postcolonial challenges to the global nuclear order
– The relationship between US and non-nuclear weapons states
– Conflict and cooperation in nuclear matters and their effect on nuclear policies
– Representation and resistance
– Colonisation or decolonisation of the global nuclear order

Please send paper titles abstracts of 200 words and details of your affiliation to Tanvi Pate ( by 5 November 2013. Selected abstracts will then be submitted to BISA for consideration.

Call for Papers: PPWG Sponsored Panels at the BISA Annual Conference

BISA has issued its Call for Papers for the Annual Conference. The conference will be held in Belfast 18-20 June 2014

Each year the PPWG supports up to 5 panel proposals, with guaranteed places for the top two panels.

The deadline to submit panels to the PPWG for sponsorship is 22 November 2013. Please send detailed panel descriptions to infor[at]


Call for Papers, Panels and Roundtables

A Crisis of Global Governance?

With millions displaced in Syria after two years of extreme violence and repression, and an apparent use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, the UN has come under fierce criticism for failing to halt the bloodshed. Meanwhile in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is little evidence of lasting peace and stability, a state of affairs that calls into question the efforts of both the UN and NATO. International institutions have also failed to adequately address other pressing challenges. For example, the G8, G20 and the IMF have failed to avert global economic crises. There has been a collective failure to reach any consensus on meeting the pressing challenges of climate change. And international institutions have failed to protect basic privacy for millions of the world’s citizens. These overlapping crises have called into question the fundamental structures of global governance. Is the UN facing a crisis of legitimacy? Are our international institutions fit for purpose? What are the prospects for reining in state and corporate power where fundamental rights and freedoms are at stake? BISA welcomes paper and panel proposals that address the question of whether global governance is in crisis, from a variety of perspectives, including security, international political economy, gender, human rights, international law and theory.

Deadline for BISA proposals: Friday 29th November 2013 5.00pm