Call for papers: Historicising Violence

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Historicising Violence: the Contested Histories of Present Day Conflict

A multidisciplinary conference convened by the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia, to be held at the Rome Global Gateway, University of Notre Dame, Rome, 22-24 November 2017.

Historicizing Violence: the Contested Histories of Present Day Conflict

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 interest and public debate. Yet the manner in which present-day violence is historicised – if at all – has profound implication 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 historicisation occurs, and to underscore the workings of the past in the present.

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 in 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 following list is a guide to the broad areas that particularly interest us:

  1. Flashpoints such as the Middle East, Western China, The Ukraine, Turkey, Myanmar.
  2. The rise of new ethnic nationalisms and the specter of fascism / anti fascism.
  3. Borders, boundaries and frontiers.
  4. Gender and violence.
  5. State-sanctioned violence.
  6. Institutional violence.
  7. Indigeneity and violence.
  8. Terror and supranational actors.

The Keynote will given by Richard Drayton, Rhodes Professor of Imperial History at King's College London.

It is anticipated that a publication in a peer-reviewed series will 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 by 15th September 2017.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.