Vasiliki Touhouliotis of the New School for Social Research’s Anthropology Department has been awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2014. Only 4% of this year’s applicants were accepted, which means that Vasiliki’s work was of exceptional quality. She describes her work as follows:
Based on a year of ethnographic fieldwork in South Lebanon, Weapons Between Wars offers an account of how cluster bombs dropped by Israel in the 2006 war prolong the violence of war and render it durable. The dissertation argues that through their prolongation of war, cluster bombs challenge the assumption that wars are temporally discrete events thereby negating a fundamental precept of just war theory and exposing the limits of this dominant paradigm for imagining and debating the ethics of war. Taking the cluster bombs as important sites in contemporary debates over the ethical parameters of battle, Weapons Between Wars uses ethnography to intervene critically into debates about the ethics of war and calls existing ethical frameworks for war into question.