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International Conference: Civilians and Warfare in World History
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Dr. Nicola Foote
Associate professor of History, FGCU
email: nfoote@fgcu.edu
phone: 239-590-7368 

Dr. Nadya Popov-Reynolds
Assistant professor of History, University of West Georgia
email: npopov@westga.edu
phone: 678-839-5370

Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, 23-25 February 2012

 

This conference examines the experiences of civilians in warfare in broad comparative chronological, disciplinary and regional focus.

 

Studies of war have conventionally focused on soldiers and armies – on battle, and on those most visibly seen to be doing the “fighting.” However, this emphasis has begun to shift in recent years. In the discipline of history, the “new military history” has prompted deeper engagement with the broader social meaning of war.

 

Meanwhile, the blurred line between combatants and non-combatants in many recent military conflicts has prompted the resurgence of philosophical and political questions about the meaning, in wartime, of the categories of civilians and soldiers, forcing scholars to look beyond the action and agency of the most prominent participants in warfare.

 

This conference will bring together the best new work on civilians and non-combatants within the humanities and social sciences in a comprehensive range of geographical areas and time periods.

 

Panels will explore:
• the shifting and ambiguous distinctions between civilians and soldiers in various combat situations
• the role of non-combatants within the armed forces
• civilian life during wartime
• attacks on civilians and their consequences
• shifts in social and political structures and in identity formation that emerge from civilian experiences of war

 

See "About the conference" for more

 

 

 

 

Confirmed Participants

 

 Bernard Bachrach, Professor of Medieval History, University of Minnesota

 

David Bachrach, Associate Professor of Medieval History, University of New Hampshire

 

John Chappell, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Webster University

 

Stephen Conway, Professor of History, University College London

 

Jocelyn Courtney, Columbia University Law Department

 

Karen Colvard, Program Director, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

 

John Cox, Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

 

Gwyn Davies, Associate Professor of Archeology, Florida International University

 

Nicole Dombrowski, Associate Professor of History, Towson University

 

Alexander Downes, Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

 

Kathy Gaca, Associate Professor of Classics, Vanderbilt University

  

Susan Grayzel, Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Mississippi

 

Jeffrey Hass, Associate Professor of History, Ave Maria University

 

Tryntje Hellferich, Assistant Professor of History, Ohio State University

 

René  Harder Horst, Professor of Latin American History, Appalachian State University

 

Geoffrey Hudson, Associate Professor in the History of Medicine, Northern Ontario School of Medicine 

Golzar Khielash, Program Director, Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC)

George Kieh, Professor of Political Science and African-American Studies, University of West Georgia

Erika Kuhlman, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, Idaho State University

John Lango, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Hunter College, CUNY

Jan Lemnitzer, Director of the Changing Character of War Program, Oxford University 

James Marten, Professor of History, Marquette University

Michael Neiberg, Professor of History, U.S. Army War College

Nadya Popov, Assistant Professor of History and Classics, University of West Georgia

Rajmohan Ramanathapillai, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Peace Studies, Gettysburg University

Francis Shor, Professor of History, Wayne State University

Judith Hicks Stiehm, Professor of Political Science, Florida International University

Jason Warren, Assistant Professor of History, United States Military Academy at West Point

Marilyn Young, Professor of History, New York University