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26. - 28. September 2017, University of Pardubice (CZ)

CfP (until 10.07.2017) "Situating the Human" for the Launch Workshop of the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value

Inaugural Lecture: 'Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline' by Raimond Gaita (University of Melbourne/University of Pardubice)

Invited speakers to include: Christopher Hamilton (King's College London)
Christian Maurer (University of Lausanne)
Catherine Rowett (University of East Anglia)
Naomi Scheman (University of Minnesota)

To mark the launch of The Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, we are pleased to announce a workshop on the theme of "Situating the Human". The aim of the workshop is to examine our shifting ways of understanding and situating a sense of the ethical importance of our humanity.

The papers will range over familiar issues such as regard or disregard for the humanity of the other,
love and affective response, the value of the other, and the difference between personal and broader socio-political responses to our shared human predicament or condition.

Consideration will also be given to the emergence of post-human discourses and to the ways in which familiar assumptions about the human have been challenged through critiques of anthropocentrism in, for example, environmental and animal ethics. There are no 'tradition' restrictions to analytic or continental and cross-over papers drawing from more than a single tradition are welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
What it means to recognise the human, on personal and social/political levels
Forms of disregard for others' humanity: racism, sexism, discrimination
Xenophobia, denigration of different religions and ethnic groups
Marginalisation of the poor, afflicted, disadvantaged, addicts or criminals
Critiques of anthropocentrism in ethics
The grounds of our responsibilities towards animals or the natural world
Non-human artificial others
The relationship between morality and love
Conceptions of human nature and their role in ethics
Humanity in art, literature and philosophy

Submission details Those who are interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract of 300-500 words to ondrej.beran@upce.cz by the 10th of July.

Please include your paper title, name, academic affiliation and contact information.Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end of July. In addition to full papers (45 minutes including discussion), a number of slots will be reserved for shorter postgraduate papers (30 minutes including discussion).

The workshop will be followed by an intensive seminar with Raimond Gaita from October 2-4th, which all participants in the workshop are welcome to attend.

For further information please see our Centre website or facebook page, or contact Ond?ej Beran (ondrej.beran(at)upce.cz ).

It is possible to participate in the workshop without presenting a paper.

Should you wish to do so, please register at the same e-mail address by the end of August at the latest.

Attendance is free of charge, but number of seats is limited.

About the Centre: Founded in 2017, The Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value focuses on issues surrounding the distinctive value of human life, and the ways in which this value may be either recognised or overlooked in both personal and political contexts. Our aim is to develop a conception of the nature and value of humanity and to apply it to a range of personal and political issues, including attitudes towards marginalised groups and issues surrounding populism, nationalism, religious conflict, migration and a changing European identity.

The Centre's mission is to conduct basic research that will inform and enliven debates on fundamental questions of value, both within specialised academic spheres and in public discourse. It forms an integral part of Pardubice's lively philosophical community, and brings together domestic and international researchers, graduate students and visiting researchers. The Centre's activities include regular seminars, workshops and conferences, as well as collaborations with a range of international partners. The Centre maintains a publically accessible library of key texts in ethical theory, and undertakes translation projects from English into Czech.

Ond?ej Beran, Ph.D Centre for Ethics University of Pardubice Stava?ov 97, Pardubice Czech Republic -- upce.academia.edu/Ond%C5%99ejBeran filosofie.upce.cz/en/224-centre-for-ethics/