CFP: Haunting, War and Conflict (Sweden) (10/15/05; Space, Haunting, Discourse, 6/15/06-6/18/06)

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Andrew Hill
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'Haunting, War and Conflict' - a session to be held at 'Space, Haunting,
Discourse,' an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Department =
English at Karlstad University, Sweden, June 15-18, 2006.

Session description:

The realm of the ghostly has figured as a repeated referent in histories =
war and conflict - from the pre-modern practice of invoking ghosts and
spirits to assist in combat, to notions of the ghosts of dead soldiers =
citizens haunting battlefields and sites of destruction, to the =
portrayal of
Al Qaeda as constituting a type of 'phantom enemy'.

Despite the depth of historical linkages between war, conflict and the
ghostly, and the range of potential topics for analysis, comparatively
little scholarly research has appeared on these themes.

This panel seeks to bring together papers on the diversity of =
between the ghostly and war and conflict, to contrast and establish =
between different historical periods and diverse spaces and locales.

Possible themes include but are not limited to:

 - The haunting of conflict spaces - battlefields, hospitals, sites of

- Changing conceptions of the ghostly in relation to war and conflict.

- The ontology of the enemy.

- The invocation of ghosts to aid combat.

- The aftermath of combat and conflict.

- Ghosts and the representation of war and conflict.

- Psychoanalysis, phantasy and combat.

- The 'disappearances' of combatants and civilians.

- The traces of past wars and conflicts.

First CFP deadline 15th October 2005. =20

Please email abstracts of 250-300 words, for presentations of 15-20 =
to -

Dr Andrew Hill

Research Associate
Centre for Media Research
University of Ulster
County Londonderry
BT52 1SA

Please include contact information.

For more information on the full conference, visit the conference =

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