CFP: Technology and Armed Forces

Submission deadline: June 20, 2019

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The Philosophical Journal of Conflict and Violence welcomes contributions concerning the philosophical issues raised by the use of existing and emerging military and civilian forms of technologies in armed conflict.

The special issue is guest edited by Dr. Alexander C. Leveringhaus (University of Surrey). Authors who already confirmed their participation include Jai Galliot, John Forge, and Joshua Andresen. The selected articles will be published by Trivent Publishing in February 2020.

We welcome papers from philosophical research on the following topics:

Violent use of technology by non-state actors.

Military Technology and Human Rights.

 Modern warfare and philosophy of technology.

  The implications of emerging technologies for the conceptualisation and protection of civilians.

  The concept of machine autonomy and its meaning for armed conflict.

  The nexus between civilian and military applications of emerging technologies: from driverless cars to driverless tanks?

  Cyborgs and robots on the battlefield of the future.

  The classicisation of, and securitisation of, cyber space as a military domain.

   The effect of technology on notions of humanity and inhumanity in armed conflict.

  Emerging technologies and the conceptualisation of terrorism.

  Virtualisation, video-games, and ‘killing by remote-control’.

  Emerging military technologies and pacifism.

  The moral and aesthetic relevance of distance in killing.

  Technological development as a challenge to, or chance for, revisionist and/or orthodox approaches to just war theory.

  The role of technology in euphemising the use of violence (‘mowing the lawn’; ‘delivering a payload’).

  The ethics of, or lack thereof, weapons research.

  Technology and the state’s monopoly on violence.

   Depictions of war, violence and technology in art (e.g. Picasso’s Guernica); movies/TV series (e.g. Blade Runner, Star Wars, Star Trek, The Expanse, Terminator franchise); literature (e.g. 1984, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Brave New World, We).

  Studies and discussion of famous philosophical accounts of technology, war, and violence.

Important Dates and Submission Guidelines

➢We invite expressions of interest (prospective title and 100 word proposal) by June 20, 2019. Please send them to , and

➢Expressions of interest will be selected by the end of June 2019.

➢Full papers should be written in the PJCV template available on and should have a maximum of 20 pages

➢Full papers will be submitted by August 15, 2019.

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