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Call for Papers: "Violence: Empowerment or Self-Destruction?"

2014 Conference

The Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures is organizing its twelfth conference at James Madison University with the collaboration of the Departments of English, History, Justice Studies, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology; the Schools of Art and Art History and of Music; and the support of the College of Arts and Letters.  This conference will bring together scholars/researchers from a variety of disciplines to address, identify and assess violence. This inter- and multi-disciplinary project will explore the various kinds of violence, the extent to which it has affected civilization, and its range — from self to family, friends, community, and wars between and/or within nations. 

All violence probably flows from the same source ... the need for power. Violence is an expression of aggression. There may be many reasons for violent behaviour. Various unfavourable social situations or circumstances in life affect an individual. The reaction to those situations is variable. Those who are short tempered or unable to cope with the changing environment find it hard to behave rationally. This frustration comes out in the form of anger and violent behaviour. 

Humans, and perhaps their pre-human ancestors, have engaged in murder and mayhem, as individuals and in groups, for hundreds of thousands of years. One can exhibit violence in physical, psychological, or sexual form. Violence has affected civilizations. It is evident from the historical facts that wars have ruined millions of lives. And yet we are endlessly fascinated by violence, a central topic of our literatures, histories, and political and scientific study. 

We are inviting faculty, students, and independent scholars and researchers in fields such as English, foreign languages, history, art history, philosophy and religion, music, theatre and dance, political science, psychology, sociology, and the sciences to submit abstracts/proposals and convene panel discussions and/or workshops.  We also encourage participants to organize and chair sessions. 

Guidelines for Submitting Abstracts/Proposals

1. Submit abstracts of about 300 words.

2. Each abstract should include: title, author's name, affiliation, address, 
telephone number and e-mail address. Proposals with multiple authorships should indicate the person to be contacted. 

3. The deadline for submission of abstracts/proposals is March 21, 2014.

4. Send abstracts/proposals to: Dr. Giuliana Fazzion, Conference Program
Director, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures, 
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Tel: (540) 568-6128; Fax: (540) 568-6904; E-mail:

5. Proceedings: Abstract/Full text of your paper(s) presented at the conference
may also be published in the Proceedings. Upon receiving acceptance of 
your paper, please send a copy of your abstract/full paper to the Proceedings
Editor, Dr. Stephany Plecker, Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures
and Cultures, by no later than March 21, 2014.  E-mail:


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