We are organising a panel on Political Violence in the Information Age at the ECPR Conference at Charles University, Prague in September 2016. If you are interested in taking part please send an abstract of up to 500 words, along with 3-8 keywords, to niall.odochartaigh[at]nuigalway.ie by Monday 1 February 2016. Details below.
Chair: Dr. Sarah Marsden, Lancaster University
Discussant: Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh, National University of Ireland Galway
New information and communication technologies are working deep changes in the nature of political violence and the dynamics of civil war. But despite the existence of a large body of research that places technological change at the heart of our understandings of inter-state warfare and state-building (Giddens, Mann, Tilly and Poggi), the relationship between technology and political violence has been relatively neglected.
Much of the initial work on conflict and new technologies focused on online interaction but there is now a growing body of work that focuses on the materialities of new technologies. Remote-controlled technologies for territorial penetration and surveillance, technologies permitting direct communication with civilians in ‘enemy’ territory, and GPS technologies that permit the deployment of spatially concentrated violence at huge distances, are just a few of the innovations contributing to deep shifts in patterns of political violence. Just as technological development informs the changing character of contention, so the dynamic nature of conflict creates imperatives for new technologies, making it important to understand the emergent nature of these outcomes and the evolving character of political violence. Perceptions about the capabilities and potentialities of new technologies are also important in understanding how oppositional practices evolve. This panel welcomes papers on all aspects of the relationship between new technologies and political violence, including the way in which new technologies interact with temporal and spatial contexts, with ideology and with organisational structures.
This is one of several panels in the conference section on Political Violence organized by Lorenzo Bosi and Niall Ó Dochartaigh. Full details on the conference here: https://ecpr.eu/Events/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=95