Summer School 2021 Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities
Summer School 2021 CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT ANALYSIS: ACTORS, ISSUES & TECHNOLOGIES OF 21ST CENTURY WARFARE
How and why is war changing today? Drone attacks, private contractors, autonomous weapons and hybrid warfare. From the technologies used to the actors involved, ‘traditional’ conceptions of conflict are increasingly giving way to new ways of warfare. How can we make sense of it all?
Running over two weeks from the 19th - 30th July 2021, this course equips participants with cutting-edge knowledge and transferable skills for mapping, analysing and responding to warfare in the 21st century:
Whether you are an experienced analyst looking to refresh your knowledge on the latest developments in conflict studies, or an early-career scholar looking for an introductory overview of the field, this course has something for all.
Through a combination of theoretical approaches and empirical cases, the course will address a wide range of pressing issues and emerging trends in contemporary warfare. How are terrorist organisations able to mobilize people towards violence? How do rebel groups govern the territories they control? Why do states deploy special operation forces? If advanced militaries are able to wage war from a distance, will they become less war prone, or more? What does it mean when algorithms define who is worthy of elimination and protection on the battlefield?
The course will be delivered by a combination of academic scholars and expert practitioners either belonging to or closely linked with the Intimacies of Remote Warfare programme and the Centre for Conflict Studies of Utrecht University.
Target audience: This course provides a concise overview of the contemporary topics and debates in the field of conflict studies. It is therefore appropriate for both students and professional practitioners looking to acquire knowledge and skills for theorising, mapping and analysing present day warfare. This course also provides a useful bridge towards the MA in Conflict Studies & Human Rights offered by Utrecht University.
Study load: Full-time course, various lectures & seminars combined with self study and course assignments.