British Army, NBC training, Gulf War (Desert Storm) (Crown Copyright, 2001)

Spaces of War, War of Spaces Conference

Media, War and Conflict Journal’s 10th Anniversary Conference

Media, War & Conflict Journal’s tenth anniversary conference will be held on 22-23 May 2018 at Accademia Europea Di Firenze, Florence, Italy. With the theme of ‘Spaces of War, War of Spaces’, the conference aims to analyse how media spaces (traditional, digital, cultural, aesthetic, embodied, mnemonic) are used to position wars in space and time in a manner that transforms the conduct, outcomes and consequences of war for all involved; while looking from the perspective of ‘war of spaces’ allows analysis of how ‘war’ actors (political, military, survivors, victims) utilize, integrate and compete over (media) space, thus recreating space and time in a manner that is transformative across political, social, cultural and personal spheres.

The Media, War and Conflict Journal was born in the midst of a global war on terror that locked down time and space such that all conflicts seemed to become part of a single campaign. Since then there have been significant transformations in the way war and conflict is produced, enacted, negotiated, remembered and ‘felt’ in, through and with media. The aim of the tenth anniversary conference is to consider, evaluate and reflect upon these transformations through the themes: Spaces of War and War of Spaces.

MWC Founding Editor and Interdisciplinary Research Professor at the University of Glasgow, Professor Andrew Hoskins, will deliver the keynote address. In addition the conference will feature a film screening of ‘The Faces We Lost’ followed by a Q&A with Director and Scholar Piotr Cieplak, University of Sussex. There will also be an Editor’s Special All Women Plenary on Women, Conflict and Journalism organised by MWC editors Sarah Maltby, Ben O’Loughlin, Katy Parry and Laura Roselle.

Drawing on the themes of war and space, the tenth anniversary conference aims to showcase the best research in this field while also taking stock of how the field has developed and to identify the emerging challenges we face. The conference organisers are particularly interested in scholarly and practice contributions that speak to these themes through a range of topics across various spheres and powers relations (global, gender) including, but not limited to:

The ethics of war and media ethics
Gender, war and media
Digital media and war
Memory, memorialization and commemoration
War, media and the visual
Narratives of war
Cultural spaces of war (incl. heritage, museum etc)
Popular culture and war (literature, film etc)
War and gaming
Media activism and war
Journalism and war (historical, contemporary)
Post war and media
Conflict prevention, peacekeeping and media
Terrorism, media and publics
Military, security and media
Publics, media and war

Abstracts of 250 words with author affiliation should be sent to Sarah Maltby at s.maltby@sussex.ac.uk

Panel submissions are also welcome. Panel proposals should include a short description (200 words) together with abstracts for each of the papers (150-200 words each including details of the contributor), and the name and contact details of the panel proposer. The panel proposer should co-ordinate the submissions for that panel as a single proposal. Panels are expected to have four papers, although a maximum of five will be considered.

Deadline for abstracts: 10th January 2018

Registration open: 22nd January to 29th March 2018 (early bird deadline for accepted speakers)
Further details are available at http://www.warandmedia.org/spacesofwar/

Image: view from inside a gas mask, British Army, NBC training, Gulf War (Desert Storm) (Crown Copyright, 2001).