Monday, July 1, 2013

Call for Papers: The Ethics of War in the 21st Century

A call for papers has been issued for the inaugural conference of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace. The topic is "The Ethics of War in the 21st Century." Here's the call:

Call for Papers: The Ethics of War in the 21st Century

Inaugural Conference of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace

24 – 25 May 2014

Preceded by a public lecture on The Ethics of War and Peace, to be delivered by Prof. Jeff McMahan (Rutgers University) at Stockholm University, May 23rd 2014.

Invited Speakers:

Frances Kamm (Harvard)

Seth Lazar (ANU)

Gustaf Arrhenius (Stockholm)

Cheyney Ryan (Oregon and Oxford)

Christopher Heath Wellman (Washington University in St. Louis)

Special Panel on War and International Law

Adil Ahmad Haque (Rutgers)

François Tenguay-Renaud (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University)

Massimo Renzo (Warwick)

This conference marks the opening of the Stockholm Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace, which is based in the Philosophy Department at Stockholm University. The Centre is funded by the Wallenberg Foundation and directed by Dr. Helen Frowe. The theme of the inaugural conference will be the Ethics of War in the 21st Century, with an emphasis on how just war theory has evolved since 9/11. The conference will be preceded by a public lecture by Professor Jeff McMahan.

It is intended that there be several sessions for submitted papers. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit. Two graduate bursaries will be available for the best submitted papers by current graduate students. The bursaries will contribute up to 5000 SEK (about $750) towards travel, and cover meals, accommodation and conference registration.

Papers of no more than 5000 words (exc. references), suitable for a 30 minute presentation, should be submitted to by the 1st of December 2013. Papers that exceed the word limit will not be accepted. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words and be prepared for blind review - please include name, affiliation and contact details in the body of the email. Please also indicate in the submission email whether you would be willing to act as a respondent if your paper is not accepted for the conference. There are plans to put together a journal special issue from selected papers. Please indicate in your email whether you would like your paper considered for publication as part of this issue.

Please note that, excluding graduate bursaries, authors of submitted papers are responsible for all their own expenses.

Suggested paper topics include:

* Theoretical approaches to just war theory, such as cosmopolitanism, reductivism, collectivism, and pacifism

* Humanitarian intervention

* Civil war and arming uprisings

* Weapons and technology

* Terrorism and just war theory

* Legitimate authority

* The moral status of non-state combatants

* War and international law

* Conscientious refusal

* Preventive war, especially with respect to nuclear proliferation