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  • Rebecca Cramer
    It occurs to me that the first sentence of the symposium description indicates just how militarized our society has become, and that includes the academic
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 26, 2003
      It occurs to me that the first sentence of the symposium description
      indicates just how militarized our society has become, and that includes the
      academic areas as well. "War has shaped human history"? Perhaps, but so
      has science, e.g. flu, measle, and polio vaccines virtually remade
      populations wherever they were used; the industrial and agricultural
      revolutions were the greatest agents of change worldwide, and on and on.
      For sure this symposium sounds like a long-overdue event, but I'm thinking
      maybe we should also consider having one on the Psychology of Peace. Just a
      holiday ramble from a fellow SACCer. See you all in Montreal. Beca

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      Announcing the Library of Social Science Symposium on the Psychological
      Interpretation of War
      January 15-17, 2004, New York City

      The phenomenon of warfare is under-theorized to the extent
      that it is a virtual blank spot in social theory, despite that fact that
      war has shaped the course of history. Rather than interpreting the
      causes and meanings of extreme violence in war, social scientists have
      accepted the conventional idea that war is a fact of life.

      This symposium is undertaken in response to the inadequacy
      of contemporary theorization proclaiming that social phenomena can be
      explained merely by identifying their "narratives" or "discursive
      practices." With regard to the massive destructiveness of warfare it is
      necessary to pose the question: What precisely are the motives-the
      desires, fantasies and anxieties-underlying the human propensity to die
      and kill in the name of sociopolitical ideologies?

      With the goal of analyzing the psychological and cultural mechanisms
      underlying collective violence in war, militarism, and the related
      phenomena of genocide and terrorism, the Library of Social Science put
      forth a call for papers that generated 200 proposals from scholars and
      professionals from around the world.

      A select group of scholars from the fields of psychology, psychiatry,
      sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, literature, law, military
      science, and religious studies have been invited for intensive
      high-level dialogue in a seminar workshop format to develop ideas and
      hypotheses on the dynamics of warfare.

      Featured speakers include:

      * Ana Carden-Coyne, Ph.D., Professor, Centre for the Cultural History of
      War, University of Manchester, "American Guts and Military Manhood"

      *Gillian Gillison, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies, University of
      Toronto: "There Are None So Blind"

      *Richard Koenigsberg, Ph.D., Director, Library of Social Science, "Dying
      and Killing for Nations: The Psychology of War and Genocide"

      *Ron Leifer, M.D., Psychiatrist in private practice: "The Roots of War"

      ยท Olek Netzer, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, Kibbutz Barkai, Israel:
      "The Virus of Dehumanization: Deciphering the Code of Destructive
      Behavior in Inter-Group Conflict"

      *Eelco Runia, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Groningen University: "Vertigo"

      *Juha Siltala, Ph.D., Professor of Finnish History, Helsinki University:
      "A Nation Reborn out of Young Blood: Sacrificial Fantasies in the
      Finnish Civil War, 1917-1918"

      *James E. Waller, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Whitworth College:
      "Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing"

      The Library of Social Science is a center devoted to the
      creation and dissemination on scholarship that has the potential to
      impact on the real world. Please visit our website at

      For information on this symposium or other upcoming Library of Social
      Science events, please contact Jay Bernstein, Ph.D., Symposium Director
      at 718-393-1104, by FAX at 413-832-8145, or by e-mail at

      Library of Social Science
      92-30 56th Avenue, Suite 3-E
      Elmhurst, NY 11373

      Richard A. Koenigsberg, Ph. D., Director

      Jay H. Bernstein, Ph. D., Executive Director

      Mei Ha Chan, Associate Director

      Fax: 413-832-8145
      Website: <http://home.earthlink.net/~libraryofsocialscience/>

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