Historicising Violence: The Contested Histories of Present Day Conflict, 22-24 November 2017

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Call for Papers
September 1, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Contemporary History, Political History / Studies


A multidisciplinary conference convened by the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia and held at the Rome Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame, Rome


Violence is a pervasive but contested facet of 21st century life, manifesting in political, social, cultural and economic spheres as well as in private lives. As such, violence remains a persistent object of both academic interested and public debate. Yet the manner in which present day violence is historicized - if at all - has profound implications for scholarly understanding and political responses. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines to place contemporary aspects of violence in their historical context, to reflect upon the process by which such historicization occurs, and to underscore the workings of the past in the present. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Flashpoints, such as the Middle East, Western China, the Ukraine, Turkey and Myanmar.
  • The rise of new ethnic nationalisms, the spectre of fascism, and anti-fascist resistance.
  • Borders, boundaries and frontiers.
  • Gender and violence.
  • State-sanctioned violence.
  • Institutional violence.
  • Indigeneity and violence.
  • Terror and supranational actors.

Proposals from scholars at any career stage and with expertise in any relevant area of history, politics and the social sciences, including areas of research that are currently under development, are welcome. We particularly invite contributions on case studies and issues that are innovative or provocative with regard to the many timelines of contemporary violence. The format will be two thirty-minute papers per session with extra time for discussion. Registration is 140 EUR and includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the duration.

The keynote speaker will be Richard Drayton, Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at Kings College London.

It is anticipated that a publication in a peer-reviewed series with arise from a selection of conference papers.

Proposals, with an abstract no longer than 200 words and a one page CV, should be sent to kit.candlin@newcastle.edu.au by 1 September 2017.




Contact Info: 

Dr Kit Candlin, Centre for the History of Violence, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia: kit.candlin@newcastle.edu.au

Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen, Centre for the History of Violence, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle, Australia: elizabeth.roberts-pedersen@newcastle.edu.au