Springfield, Ohio – The Wittenberg University Office of Alumni Relations continues its 2008-09 Noon Lunch and Lecture Series with Professor of Sociology Keith Doubt, who will make a presentation titled "Do Wars Murder Societies? Reflections On A New Concept: Sociocide" on Wednesday, March 18, in the Faculty Dining Room of the Benham-Pence Student Center.
Open to the public, participants will purchase their own lunch in the Center Dining Room or Post 95 in the student center and then gather at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and fellowship. The lecture, followed by a question and answer session, will begin at 12:15 p.m.
Doubt's presentation focuses on armed conflicts, which he says "seem to have taken on a twisted orientation." In such war-torn places as the former Yugoslavia, Chechnya, the Middle East and Iraq, war assumes a demented purpose. Not only are houses destroyed, but the prestige of the home. Not only are women and children murdered, but a city, its rituals and ways of life. Not only is a community and its infrastructure destroyed, but its history and collective memory. Not only is a social system demolished, but the society itself.
In the first case, the violence is called domicide; in the second, urbicide; and in the third, genocide. In the fourth case, it is necessary to establish a new term, sociocide, a neologism. The Lunch and Lecture Series introduces this new term and explores its explanatory character of contemporary warfare.
Doubt, who holds a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and master's and doctoral degrees from York University in Toronto, Canada, has hosted visits to Wittenberg by Svetlana Broz, author of Good People in an Evil Time, Bosnian poet Senadin Musabegovic and American Studies scholar from the University of Sarajevo Omer Hadziselimovic, with whom Doubt edits the interdisciplinary, bilingual, online journal "Duh Bosne/Spirit of Bosnia."
Doubt is the author of four books: Understanding Evil: Lessons from Bosnia, Towards a Sociology of Schizophrenia: Humanistic Reflections, Sociology after Bosnia and Kosovo: Recovering Justice, and Sociologija nakon Bosne [Sociology after Bosnia]. He has received two prestigious Fulbright Awards in his career, and he is has authored numerous articles on the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and its aftermath.
There is no charge for the event. For additional information and to make reservations, contact Linda Himes, events planner for advancement, at (937) 327-7432.
Written By: Ryan Maurer