October conference on militarisation in everyday life in the UK

By agency reporter
September 30, 2013

Forces Watch, a small not-for-profit organisation based in London which seeks to challenge the ethics of UK military recruitment, and question the sense of uncritical pride in the Armed Forces, will hold an information-sharing and networking event, Militarisation in Everyday Life in the UK, in London on 19 October at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

The event will bring together academics, writers, activists and campaigners who are researching, writing, campaigning on, or just concerned about the implications of the militarisation of everyday life in the UK.

Many areas of society in the UK have seen a growing involvement and/or visibility of the military over recent years – from the growing influence of the military and military approaches in schools, to greater presence and privileging of the military in local communities. In response, there has been a corresponding increase in academic studies, media coverage, and work by campaigning organisations and others on this.

In Globalisation and Militarism, Cynthia Enloe, one of the foremost thinkers and writers in this area, states that, "To become militarised is to adopt militaristic values and priorities as one's own, to see military solutions as particularly effective, to see the world as a dangerous place best approached with militaristic attitudes."

The event will explore the process and outcomes of militarisation, focusing on recent developments in the UK and how they is experienced in the everyday life of individuals and communities.

Through a series of plenary presentations and discussions and smaller group discussions, participants will share their knowledge and experience on some of the key topics.

Forces Watch says it hopes to develop ideas on how to raise public debate and encourage critical thinking on this issue, as well as how to better enable academics and activists to share their work.

The event has been organised by ForcesWatch with the help of an external organising committee. It is financially supported by Quaker Peace and Social Witness and The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust.

Speakers at the event will include:

- Diana Francis: writer and conflict transformation/peacebuilding trainer and consultant,wgo is currently focused on demilitarisation and the development of a radically new approach to international relations

- Bryan Mabee: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, Queen Mary University London and author of Understanding American Power: The Changing World of US Foreign Policy (Palgrave MacMillan, Oct 2013).

- Victoria Basham: Senior Lecturer, in Politics, University of Exeter, author of War, Identity and the Liberal State: Everyday Experiences of the Geopolitical in the Armed Forces (Routledge, 2013).

- Vron Ware: Research Fellow, Sociology, Open University, author of Military Migrants. Fighting for YOUR Country (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and the Up in Arms blog on Open Democracy

- Kevin McSorley: Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Portsmouth and author of War and the Body: Militarisation, Practice and Experience (Routledge, 2012)

- Sian Jones: feminist nonviolence antimilitarist activist with Women in Black

- Chris Rossdale: Teaching Fellow in International Relations, Royal Holloway, University of London, focusing on the politics of security and the politics and philosophy of resistance

- Daniel Bos: doctoral student at Newcastle University, examining the popular geopolitics of military video games

- David Gee: works with ForcesWatch and is the author of Holding faith: creating peace in a violent world (Quaker Books, 2011)

Registration details for the event here: http://www.forceswatch.net/sites/default/files/militarisation%20event-re...


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