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Call For Papers for the 10th Anniversary Conference “Spaces of War, War of Spaces” of the Media, War and Conflict Journal


May 22nd-23rd 2018, Accademia Europea Di Firenze, Florence, Italy.


The journal was born in the midst of a global war on terror that locked down time and space such that all conflicts seemed to become part of a single campaign. Since then there have been significant transformations in the way war and conflict is produced, enacted, negotiated, remembered and ‘felt’ in, through and with media. The aim of the tenth anniversary conference is to consider, evaluate and reflect upon these transformations through the themes: Spaces of War and War of Spaces.

  • Spaces of War allows us to analyse how media spaces (traditional, digital, cultural, aesthetic, embodied, mnemonic) are used to position wars in space and time in a manner that transforms the conduct, outcomes and consequences of war for all involved.
  • War of Spaces allows us to analyse how ‘war’ actors (political, military, survivors, victims) utilize, integrate and compete over (media) space thereby thereby recreating space and time in a manner that is transformative across political, social, cultural and personal spheres.

Drawing on these themes, the tenth anniversary conference aims to showcase the best research in this field while also taking stock of how the field has developed and to identify the emerging challenges we face. The conference is particularly interested in scholarly and practice contributions that speak to these themes through a range of topics across various spheres and powers relations (global, gender) including (but not limited to):

  • The ethics of war and media ethics
  • Gender, war and media
  • Digital media and war
  • Memory, memorialization and commemoration
  • War, media and the visual
  • Narratives of war
  • Cultural spaces of war (incl. heritage, museum etc)
  • Popular culture and war (literature, film etc)
  • War and gaming
  • Media activism and war
  • Journalism and war (historical, contemporary)
  • Post war and media
  • Conflict prevention, peacekeeping and media
  • Terrorism, media and publics
  • Military, security and media
  • Publics, media and war

Please submit 250 word abstracts and author affiliation to: Sarah Maltby:
Panel submissions are welcome. Panel proposals should include no more than 4 papers in total, a short description (200 words) together with abstracts for each of the papers (150-200 words each including details of the contributor), and the name and contact details of the panel proposer. The panel proposer should co-ordinate the submissions for that panel as a single proposal.


Deadline for abstracts: 10th January 2018

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