Everyday Militarism: Perspectives and Approaches

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July 5, 2022 to July 6, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Diplomacy and International Relations, Peace History / Studies, World History / Studies, Intellectual History

Everyday Militarism: Perspectives and Approaches

Annual Conference of the Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory (CRAM) Research Group, Swansea University, UK

Online Conference

5-6 July 2022


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5 July 2022
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10:00 – 10:15 am    Welcome and Introductory Remarks

10:15 – 11:45 pm    Panel I - Militarism and the World Wars
Chair: Jonathan Dunnage (Swansea University)

Daniel Marc Segesser (University of Bern): 
Safeguarding Law and Order!? Otto Ender, People’s Militia and the Subtle Militarization of the Local Community, 1918-1938 

Rowan Thompson (Institute of Historical Research):
‘The Future Defenders of our country’s heritage’: The Air Defence Cadet Corps, Militarism, Masculinity and the Preparation for War, 1937-1939

Antanas Terleckas (Vilnius University): 
Everyday Militarism as a Weapon: How did the Soviets Take over the Society of the Baltic States in 1940? 

Lunch Break: 11:45 – 12:15 pm

12:15 – 1:45 pm    Panel II - Militarism and Nationalism 
Chair: Lisa Gaufman (Groningen University)

Guldeniz Kibris (Leiden University):
Army Beyond the Army: Representing the Cyprus Issue in Turkish Cinema 

Krzysztof Jaskulowski (SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities): 
Pop-Militarism in Poland: The Cult of “Cursed Soldiers” and Everyday Life 

Viliebeinuo Medom (Indian Institute of Technology Mandi): 
The Exceptional Case of Everyday Militarism in Nagaland 

2:00 – 3:00 pm    Panel III – Militarism Concepts and Frameworks 
Chair: Eugene Miakinkov (Swansea University)

Dirk Bonker (Duke University): 
Alfred Vagts and the Archive of Everyday Militarism

Christopher Ankersen (New York University): 
This Means War! Everyday Militarism and Framing the Response to Covid-19 

3:30 – 4:30 pm    Keynote Address
Jenny Mathers (Aberystwyth University): 
The Power and Fragility of Everyday Militarism in Wartime: Reflections on Russia and Ukraine

6 July 2022
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9:00 – 10:00 am Panel IV – Politics of Militarism
Chair: Sarah Bulmer (University of Exeter)

Lisa Gaufman (Groningen University): 
Why Does Putin Need Catherine the Great? Everyday Militarism and Historical Consciousness in Putin’s Russia

Katy Parry (Leeds University): 
Post-military Identity in Parliament: How UK Members of Parliament Draw upon Their Military Backgrounds as a Resource in Political Performance

10:15 – 12:00 pm Panel V - Drivers and Manifestation of Everyday Militarism in Sub-Saharan Africa I
Chair: Susan Jackson (Stockholm University)

James Okolie-Osemene (Wellspring University) and Yusuf Olanrewaju (Lagos State University):
Pelted with Stones: Unarmed Civilians, the Nigerian Army and the Threat to Peace in Abia State

Sulley Ibrahim (CDD West Africa):
Understanding political vigilantism in Ghana: A critical review 

Zelibe Osivwi Avwerosuo (University of Ibadan): 
Evaluating the Impacts of Militarism on Victim Mentality in Africa: A Humanistic Approach 

Wale Oyedeji (University of Ibadan): 
Deconstructing Democratic Conflict Resolution Framework: A Cue from Pre-colonial Africa’s Correctional Practices 

Lunch Break: 12:00-12:30 pm

12:30 – 2:00 pm    Panel VI – Drivers and Manifestation of Everyday Militarism in Sub-Saharan Africa II
Chair: James Okolie-Osemene (Wellspring University)
Jamiu Yusuf Danga (Nigerian Defence Academy):
Interrogating the Implications of Policing by the Military in Nigeria Since 2011

Onyekachi Nnabuihe (Caleb University):
Civil-Military Relations and the Changing Security Enviroment in Nigeria

Gregory Obinna Ugbo (Federal University Oye-Ekiti): 
Legitimacy and Minority Rights in Militarized Rich Minority Regions: A Case Study of Bakassi Peninsula Border Conflict Settlement

2:15 – 3:15 pm Panel VII – Militarism and the Cold War
Chair: Christoph Laucht (Swansea University)

Rosanna Farbøl (Aarhus University):
Hidden in Plain Sight: Danish Civil Defence During the Cold War and the Transformation of the Everyday Urban Built Environment

Jonathan Dunnage (Swansea University):
Civilization under Threat: Militarizing Narratives in Early Cold War Italy

3:30 – 5:00 pm Panel VIII – Mobilization and Consumption of Militarism
Chair: Leighton James (Swansea University)

Derek Kramer (University of Wisconsin-Madison): 
The City as Seen From Above: Scientism, Mobilization, and the Anticipation of Air War in Colonial Korea

Susan Jackson (Stockholm University):
Everyday Militarism’s Impact on Everyday Consumption

Sarah Bulmer (University of Exeter):
Medals in Clingfilm: Veteran Voices Disenchant Militarism

5:00 pm    Closing Remarks 


Contact Info: 

Dr Christoph Laucht, Department of History, Heritage and Classics, Swansea University, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales, United Kingdom

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