Grounding Wars

A Workshop in the Pufendorf Series, 22 May 2013

  • Max Liljefors (Art History and Visual Studies, Lund): Vision and War: Limits of Anthropomorphism
  • Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (Law, Westminster): Atmosphere
  • Daniel Steuer (English, Brighton): Readings of the Natural History of Destruction
  • Gregor Noll (Law, Lund): Future Wars and Law’s Language
War is a way to relate the human mind to the world. In doing that, it provides a form of grounding. This gives the sensory and experiential dimension a central role. The playing of war games, the conditioning of soldiers in mission-specific training environments, the ways militaries seek to address post-traumatic stress, psychological operations and the winning of hearts and minds are all pertinent examples. In crafting this relationship, warfare is pitched against limits that are imagined as absolute in some form. Time, terrain, physics, psychology, the capacity of the human body, the laws of war are but a few examples. These limits are an inextricable part of the grounding in the world provided by war.

In this workshop, the normative dimensions of this grounding process will be explored. The limits present themselves as a ground for a minimalist international community that gathers friend and foe, state actors and non-state actors, combatants and civilians. Such limits are embattled in their own right, precisely because the grounding process has a double legitimatory function – that of legalizing acts of war as much as that of legalizing a particular image of historical destiny and international community.

Date: 22 May 2013, 13.00-17.00 hrs

Venue: Althin room, Tryckeriet building, Faculty of Law, Lund University

As the number of places is limited, please register with Simret.Goitom@jur.lu.se at your earliest convenience.

Most welcome!