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War Studies in a Changing World

When: Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 11:00 - Friday, October 5, 2018at 15:00
Where: SDU Cortex Lab, Odense

Conference Programme

Day 1 – October 4, 2018, SDU Cortex Lab, Odense

11:00 - Registration opens
12:00 – 13:30Roundtable: Why do we need war studies? A dialogue between practitioners and academics

Chair: Sten Rynning (SDU)

Tsiporah Fried (French General Staff); GenBrd Rainer Meyer zum Felde (Institute for Security Policy at the University of Kiel); Alessio Patalano (King’s College London); Jean-Vincent Holeindre (Université Paris-2 Panthéon-Assas); Peter Viggo Jakobsen (SDU and Royal Danish Defence College)

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch (only for conference participants)
14:30 – 15:45Panel 1
: War in a changing international order
This panel explores how changes in political, social, cultural, and legal orders – nationally and internationally – both affect and are affected by concrete instances of war as well as changes in military doctrines, ethical principles, modes of representation, and laws.

Chair: Bugge Thorbjørn Daniel (SDU)

Iryna Marchuk (University of Copenhagen):  Hybrid warfare and third states’ involvement
Luciano Bozzo (Universita’ di Firenze): Between war and politics: The extraordinary rise and fall of strategy
Amelie Theussen (SDU): The Politics of Contemporary Conflict Classification under International Humanitarian LawNicolas Stockhammer (Universität Wien): Terrorism as warfare

15:45pm-16:00pm – Coffee break
16:00pm – 17:15pm Panel 2: The technologies of war: between continuity and chang

This panel investigates how new technologies prompt new military practices and vice versa

Chairs: Anders Engberg-Pedersen (SDU)

Caroline Kennedy-Pipe (University of Loughborough): Thinking About the Ethics of Airpower and Technological Innovation
Ian Johnson (University of Yale): Forecasting and Forging the Future of Warfare: Early Soviet Unmanned Combat Systems
Olivier Schmitt (SDU): New technologies and the alliance strategic dilemma
James Rogers (Danish Institute for Advanced Studies): New Drone Wars

17:15-17:30 – Coffee break
17:30-18:30 – War Studies Network Meeting (by invitation only)
19:30 – Dinner in town (only for conference participants)

Day 2 – October 5, 2018, SDU Cortex Lab, Odense

9:00-10:00 – Key-note lecture: Beatrice Heuser (University of Glasgow) on ‘What is War?’
10:00-10:15 – Coffee break
10:15-11:30Panel 3: The narratives of war, the war of narratives

This panel analyzes the centrality of narratives to understand triggers, strategies, representation, memories, and documentation of war

Chair: Vincent Keating (SDU)

Ana Carden-Coyne (University of Manchester):
New Directions in the Cultural History of War
Kerstin Carlson (SDU): The narrative power of perpetrator testimony on film
Gry Waagner Falkenstrøm (Danish Institute for International Studies and SDU): Strategic narratives in the EU’s Russia policy
Chiara De Franco (SDU): Language as practice: recasting the role of narratives in warfare

11:30 – 12:45 Panel 4: Mobilizing for war
Nationalism is a well-known factor of mobilization for war. This panel will explore the connection between nationalism and war in our globalizing world and ask what factors were at play before nationalism and which new factors should be taken into account today, if any.

Chair: Jan Lemnitzer (SDU)

Casper Sylvest (SDU):
Nuclear Fear and (Danish) Civil Defence during the Early Cold War
Fenja Søndergaard Møller
(Aarhus University): Does legitimacy matter for intrastate armed conflict?
Jonathan Krause (King’s College London):
Rebellion and Mobilisation in the French Empire, 1914-1918
Lasse Lykke Rørbæk 
(Aarhus University): Ethnic Identities, Repression, and Mobilization for Armed Rebellion

13:00 – 14:00Lunch with closing keynote by Sten Rynning (only for conference participants)