CfP: Children and War: Past and Present

Johannes-Dieter Steinert Discussion

Children and War: Past and Present

Third international multidisciplinary conference to be held at the University of Salzburg, Austria, on 13-15 July 2016

Organized by the University of Salzburg and the University of Wolverhampton, in association with the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.

This conference is planned as a follow-up to the two successful conferences, which took place at the University of Salzburg in 2010 and 2013. It will continue to build on areas previously investigated, and also open up new fields of academic enquiry.

All research proposals which focus on a topic and theme related to ‘Children and War’ are welcome, ranging from the experience of war, flight, displacement and resettlement, to relief, rehabilitation and reintegration work, gender issues, persecution, trafficking, sexual violence, trauma and amnesia, the trans-generational impact of persecution, individual and collective memory, educational issues, films and documentaries, artistic and literary approaches, remembrance and memorials, and questions of theory and methodology. Specific conference themes anticipated are:

- Children as victims, witnesses and participants in armed conflicts.
- Holocaust, genocide and forced labour.
- Deportation and displacement, refugees and asylum seekers.
- War crimes, trials and human rights.
- Reflexions on research in politically and culturally diverse contexts.
- Sources produced by NGOs and their public and academic use.

Please send an abstract of 200-250 words, together with biographical background information of 50-100 words by 31 October 2015 to: All proposals are subject to a review process. Successful candidates will be informed at the end of 2015 and will be asked to send in their papers by the end of May 2016 for distribution among conference participants on a CD. Further information will be made available in due time.

Fee for speakers: EUR 160. The fee includes admission to all panels, lunches, coffees, teas, and evening events.

Participants need to secure their own funding to participate in this conference.

Conference language: English.

The organising team:
Wolfgang Aschauer (Salzburg)
John Buckley (Wolverhampton)
Helga Embacher (Salzburg)
Albert Lichtblau (Salzburg)
Grazia Prontera (Salzburg)
Johannes-Dieter Steinert (Wolverhampton)