Call for Papers: Reminder “The realities of autonomous weapons” planned with Bristol University Press 2023

The realities of autonomous weapons

Call for contributions

Edited volume (under discussion with Bristol University Press)

Submission deadline: 10 January 2022

Papers on the following larger themes are invited:

  • Fictions and imaginaries around AWS, including both cultural texts that are marked as fiction (e.g. science-fiction films and novels etc.) and those marked as non-fiction in journalism, politics or research.
  • A reflection of technologies and materialities, including specific human/machine entanglements of decision-making, technological agency or autonomy and ‘meaningful human control’. This reflection extends to larger philosophical motifs such as legal or moral responsibility, free will or consciousness.
  • the specific understandings and interpretations of AWS that are applied in political and ethical contexts, with a particular focus on the ways these meanings are translated into a political course of action, thus creating a reality in their own right.

We welcome contributions from scholars of diverse disciplines, such as (but not limited to) media studies, cultural studies, literature and film studies, media and communication studies, political science, security studies, science and technology studies or sociology.

Submission process

  • Abstracts of max. 500 words in length (excl. references) should be submitted no later than 10 January 2022 to
  • Invitations for the submission of selected full manuscripts are sent out in February 2022.
  • Full manuscripts between 6,000 and 8,000 words (excluding references) to be submitted by June 2022.
  • Comprehensive review returned to authors in September 2022; final papers due in December 2022.
  •   It is anticipated that the peer-reviewed edited volume will be published in 2023.

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