July 28th, 1914, almost 100 years ago: Austria-Hungary declared war on the Kingdom of Serbia, locking Europe and the rest of world irreversibly into an armed conflict that would change the world. The First World War was supposed to be “the war to end all wars”, but as we all know this wasn’t true (there was a Second World War, after all). The sad reality is that “this war, like the next war, is a war to end war” and so it shall be for every war after that.
In commemoration of the First World War centenary, I am starting a project that will bring together different writers and creative artists to discuss war, security, peace, violence, terrorism, securitization and draw important and complex questions and answers as to why conflicts happen, how they shape us and perhaps, ways we can better understand how to minimize their impacts on us as individuals, societies and cultures.
Was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (the act believed to be the launch of the First World War) an act of terrorism or an act of nationalist insurgency resisting against an imperialist power? If one of the causes of World War One was the cultural and political belief that war was good for nations, then why is it that this still seems to be the case today? These are the kinds of questions that I want to discuss and in doing so, I hope to reach a better understanding of the way we think about these issues because they are still important to us today.
I invite all writers, bloggers, artists, photographs, poets and filmmakers to take part. The project itself will be in the form of a series of articles and posts in different formats (poems, editorials, literature, photography, art, film, music) which will then be collected into an e-book. This is not a World War One project however; it is inspired by the centenary of the First World War but the themes which it will deal with are themes related to war, peace, conflict, violence, terrorism, securitization in any conflict, in any country, and in any community.
Deadline for submissions is August 20th 2014. Tentative release date for the e-book is August 23rd 2014.
Please contact me to pitch ideas or if you have any questions: