Summer School 2021 Utrecht University - Faculty of Humanities
Summer School 2022 CONTEMPORARY CONFLICT ANALYSIS: ACTORS, ISSUES & TECHNOLOGIES OF 21ST CENTURY WARFARE
When: 11 - 22 July 2022 Application deadline: 1 June 2022 Location: Utrecht
Course fee: €860 Housing fee: €350 ECTS: 4
This course equips scholars and professionals alike with cutting-edge knowledge and transferable skills for mapping, analysing and responding to warfare in the 21st century. Throughout the course we will address pressing questions in contemporary warfare like: How are terrorist organisations able to mobilize people towards violent action? Why do states outsource violence to paramilitaries, private military companies and drones? What does it mean when algorithms define who is worthy of elimination and protection in violent conflict? What is the relationship between civilian harm and new cycles of violence?What are the consequences of Europe’s securitization of people displaced by violence? How do academics, practitioners and war journalists conduct research and report on these issues?
Rarely a day passes without the media reporting on violent uprisings, military coups, international interventions, suicide bombings, drone attacks, and civilian casualties all over the world. In conflict studies, these events are often discussed using a range of concepts such as ‘civil war’, ‘protracted social conflict’, and ’terrorism’. More recently, new terms such as ‘hybrid warfare’, ‘remote warfare’ and ‘algorithmic warfare’ have been coined to try and capture the essence of contemporary conflict. Despite this proliferation of terms, clarifying the complexity of violent conflict in the 21st century remains a challenging task.
After following this course you will be a conflict analyst, able to untangle the challenging realities of 21st century warfare. Rather than focusing on a single theory, concept or case, this summer school programme covers a range of theoretical topics. These topics will be covered with reference to empirical cases from around the world, such as Iraq, Syria, Mali, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Colombia.
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures and interactive workshops. All participants receive the book Theories of Violent Conflict by Jolle Demmers and a reader with the course literature at the beginning of the course. The reader contains a number of scholarly, policy-oriented and operational articles, as well as specific readings relating to the cases covered in the course. Academic lecturers and practitioners from the field delivering this course either belong to or are closely linked with the Intimacies of Remote Warfare programme and the Centre for Conflict Studies (CCS) of Utrecht University.