Conference: 'World War and International Relations', Lisbon

Posted on on 13 March 2014
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The Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa is hosting an international conference exploring the impact that the First World War had on international relations.

It will be held on the 2nd-3rd July 2014 at the headquarters of the Calouste Gulbenkain Foundation to mark the Centenary of the conflict.

The conference will focus on the influence of the First World War on international relations, rather than the history of the conflict itself.

Organised by the International Relations research unit of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa, called OBSRVARE (Observatory for External Relations), the conference will consider the war's impact on the development of humanitarian law; the growth of international relations as academic subject; the role of the First World War in future conflicts and collective security systems; and the changes in violence in the last one hundred years.


Wednesday 2nd July

9:30am - 10:00am

Opening session

José Amado da Silva - UAL Dean

Representative of Fundação Gulbenkian – Yet to be confirmed

Luís Moita - Conference Coordinator
10:00am - 11:15am

First plenary session

Chairman: Ana Paula Brandão

Enzo Traverso - One Hundred Years of Political Violence

Teresa Almeida Cravo - The Morphology of Contemporary Wars

11:15am - 11:30am

Coffee Break
11:30am - 12:45pm

Second plenary session
Chairman: António Monteiro

Pierre Schori - Possibilities and limits of mediation

Patrícia Galvão Teles - The Rule of Violence
12:45pm - 2:30pm

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Third plenary session

Chairman: Mariano Aguirre

Alfredo Valladão - Has Geo-economics replaced Geo-politics?

Robert Sutter - ​Is the Pacific Ocean Peaceful?

4:00pm - 4:30pm

Coffee Break
4:30pm - 6:00pm

Three Parallel Sessions
Section A: War, Humanitarian Law and International Relations
The importance of WWI in the consolidation of humanitarian law, according to the acquisitions of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The influence of dramatic events of 1914-18 for the theoretical elaboration of studies of international politics and the so-called "idealistic" attempts to regulate the coexistence of Nations, both from a legal and a doctrinal point of view.

Section B: Conflicts and security systems

The long "European civil war" has acquired a global dimension at a time of deep Europeanization of the world; it has also motivated and made crucial, the emergence of collective security systems which, with several ups-and-downs, are still in place today, with greater or lesser effectiveness.
Section C: From the trenches to the drones (the metamorphoses of violence)
In the hundred years (from 1914 to 2014) deep changes occurred in the mode of warfare, and in general, in the use of violence for political purposes. It thus justifies to test the inventory of these transitions, in order to better understand current demonstrations of international violence, including economic violence, so as to be able to understand and, if possible, prevent or fight it.



Thursday 3rd July

9:30am - 11:00am

Three or Four Parallel Sessions
11:00am - 11:30am

Coffee Break
11:30am - 1:00pm

Three or Four Parallel Sessions
1:00pm - 2:30pm

2:30pm - 4:00pm

Three or Four Parallel Sessions
4:00pm - 4:30pm

Coffee Break

4:30pm - 6:30pm

Final Plenary
Closing session: Europe between War and Peace


Registration costs €90 until the 15th June 2014, and €100 thereafter.

Special rates for students are available.

To see full details of prices, click here. To register for the conference, click here.


Images courtesy of OBSERVARE

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News

To register for the conference, click here.