Monday, March 24, 2014

Call for papers: The Ethics of War and Peace

From an email. . .
‘The Ethics of War and Peace’
Call for paper: Societas Ethica conference Maribor, Slovenia August 21-24, 2014

Wars have always been a part of human life, as have attempts to end them. Questions of war and peace are a constant challenge for ethics.

2014 is the centenary of the outbreak of World War I and The Ethics of War and Peace is the theme of the annual conference of Societas Ethica. Recent European history, especially the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, has shown that the tensions behind World War I are still with us.

The pledge “Never again!” was not fulfilled. New wars arose, within and outside Europe, that manifested still other origins: for example, wars related to colonialism, imperialism and struggles for independence, to ambitions for hegemony, to global inequalities between rich and poor, to religious extremism, to drug trafficking, to overpopulation, to the illegal arms trade, etc. Today we witness atrocious civil wars in the Middle East, and the ‘war on terror’ has led to new forms of war such as the use of drones and cyber attacks.

The realities of war in the twenty-first century are in desperate need of thorough moral reflection. Our cultural heritages offer diverse reflective contributions here, ranging from Sun-tsu’s Art of war and Clausewitz’s Vom Kriege to Thomas Aquinas’ and Hugo Grotius’ theories of just war, or from Hobbes’ analysis of aggressive human nature to Kantian attempts to set up a stable world order without wars.

Confirmed speakers:

Professor Peter Wallensteen (Uppsala University) From War Termination to Quality Peace: Conditions for Perpetual Peace

Professor Nigel Biggar (University of Oxford) On Not Always Giving the Devil Benefit of Law: 'Just war', humanitarian intervention and international law

Dr. Zorica Maros (Catholic Theological Faculty, Sarajevo) From abuse of memory to revenge. Im(possibility) of forgiveness

Dr. Siddharth Mallavarapu (South Asian University) The responsibility to Protect-UN-Program from a perspective from the South-East

Through different parallel sessions Societas Ethica will address the major moral questions regarding war and peace. These sessions will focus on:
The roots of war (e.g. human aggression, religious and ideological motivations, social life, etc.) theories of just war (religious and philosophical
Perspectives, including questions about ‘humanitarian intervention’)
The rules of war (e.g. the treatment of prisoners – Guantanamo, hostage kidnapping – child soldiers, the arms trade, etc.)
New forms of warfare (cyber war, the use of drones)
War and profit (the privatization of war, arms exports, etc.)
Ending war (peacemaking and reconciliation including religious and secular contributions, war tribunals)
Open channel (for PhD students only)

Contributions will concentrate on one of the topics listed above and explicitly address moral questions related to it. Paper proposals should contain no more than 800 words (excluding bibliography), and clearly present a moral question or argument addressing one of the aforementioned topics. The deadline is March 31, 2014. Papers can be presented either in English, German, or French.

Please send in the following two documents as Word attachments to

Document 1: Your name, first name, email address, institutional address, the title of your abstract, the topic under which your paper proposal falls, and, if eligible, your application to participate in the Young Scholars’ Award competition (see information below).

Document 2: Your paper proposal including bibliography (max. 10 references) and title with all identifying references removed.

Conference papers will be published in Conference Proceedings. Selected papers will be published in a special volume of the new journal De Ethica. A Journal of Philosophical, Theological and Applied Ethics.

Societas Ethica Young Scholars’ Award is awarded to the best presentation by a young scholar. Young scholars for the purpose of this competition are doctoral students and researchers who earned their degree less than two years ago and do not have a tenure-track academic position. For more information about Societas Ethica Young Scholars’ Award, please visit the website at

Best regards

Johanna Romare

Doctoral Candidate

Scriba for Societas Ethica (European Society for Research in Ethics)

Centre for Applied Ethics

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Linköping University
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