Helen Terre Blanche (Conference Alerts)
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Cultures of Violence: 4th Global Conference: Diversity within Unity
26th to 28th September 2003, St Catherine's College, Oxford, United Kingdom


This multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary conference aims at
identifying and understanding the prevailing extent of violence in
contemporary life. It likewise aims at probing the representation of
violence in media, art and literature. Violence has been part of
societies purporting to unite people, e.g., totalitarian regimes. It has
been no less part of societies that set great store on diversity. It
remains a horrifying feature of today's world.

Papers are invited on the following themes:
* is violence part of human nature?
* war, civil war, terrorism and the metropolis
* policies of extermination
* religion, religious institutions, and their role in curtailing or
propelling violence; religious fundamentalism and violence
* institutional life - including schools and hospitals
* ethnicity, nationalism, and sub-nationalisms; racism and violence
* violence in the private domain - abuse of women and children
* violence in the public domain - the legitimation of violence, law,
concepts of punishment, capital punishment
* state violence - militarism and arms competition
* market economy and globalization; poverty and violence
* violence and modernity - the role of science and technology
* youth and violence - gang violence, children soldiers, hooliganism
* can there be a culture counter to the culture of violence and how is
it to be promoted?

Papers will be considered on any related theme. The conference is
part of a larger series of on-going conferences, run under the
general banner 'At the Interface'. It aims to bring together people
from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore
various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

The first Diversity within Unity conference was held in Prague in
1999 and focussed on the theme of Human Community and Civil
Society. The second conference was held in Oxford in 2000 and
focussed on the theme of Culture, Conflict, and Belonging. The third
conference met in Prague in 2002 and looked at Cultures of
Violence; the theme has been carried over to the 2003 conference.

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th June 2003;
please send to:
Dr Rob Fisher
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Full draft papers should be submitted by Friday 22nd August 2003.
Papers accepted for previous conferences have been published in
themed volumes. All papers accepted for and presented at this
conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will
be developed in light of conference discussions for publication in a
themed hard copy volume.

For further details and information please visit the conference web

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