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

Dr. Nadya Popov-Reynolds
Assistant professor of History, University of West Georgia
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