Call for papers: From Colonial War to the War on Terror? Perspectives on Government Struggles against Distant "Monsters" in the 20th Century

International Conference at Centre Marc Bloch Berlin, 7th and 8th of December 2017

Since the beginning of 2013, the research group “Urban Spaces of Violence” (Urbane Gewalträume) of the joint project “Saisir l’Europe” has dealt with questions relating to issues of violence practices, effects, and dynamics in an interdisciplinary perspective. Special attention has been paid to the interrelationship of these issues to various spatial configurations. For the members of the research group, the spatial conditions of the genesis of violence serve as common reference points, along with issues concerning the role of the statehoods(s) and form(s) of an organized regulation of violence within a given territory.

Taking this one step further, the international conference organized within the framework of the research group will turn to the present controversial and politically highly relevant topic of the war against terrorism.

We are asking for "densely described" case studies that focus on practices of state actors who have sought to exercise control over a certain territory in the name of a colonial war or a war on terrorism. Applicants are invited to send a one-page abstract in English, German or French by May 31, 2017 to Hardt@cmb.hu-berlin.de.

Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for those whose abstracts are evaluated positively.

For further information please see the following documents:

Call1 EN
Call2 DE