Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
With the support of the Ford Foundation and in collaboration with the Brown Journal of World Affairs, the Information Technology, War, and Peace Project presents "The Dis/Simulations of War and Peace: Predicting, Prophesying, and Preempting the Future after 9.11." The Dis/Sim Symposium explores how simulations (war games, training exercises, scenario planning, and modeling), dissimulations (propaganda, disinformation, infowar, deceit, and lies), and prophecy (dreams, myths, and other cultural forms of revelatory story-telling) predict, anticipate, and work to preempt the future. Placing a premium on dialogue, InfoTechWarPeace gathers a diverse range of participants from governmental and non-governmental organizations, media and military, as well as information technology and entertainment industries.
 Organizer: James Der Derian, Watson Institute
James Der Derian is a Watson Institute research professor of international relations and professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the principal investigator of InfoTechWarPeace. Der Derian's most recent book is Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-Industrial-Media-Entertainment Network (2001). His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Quarterly, Nation, and Wired.
 Organizer: Annick T.R. Wibben, Watson Institute
Annick T. R. Wibben is a Watson Institute visiting fellow and a co-investigator with InfoTechWarPeace. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth and is currently preparing her doctoral work on "Security Narratives: A Feminist Examination" for publication. She has written on feminist theory and IR more generally, including Narrating Experience: Raymond Aron and Feminist Scholars Revis(it)ed (1998).