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'Feeling for Another: The Role of Empathy in Moral Theory and Moral Psychology' (21st/22nd November 2015, Oxford)

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 7:02am
Oxford Affections and Ethics Network (TORCH)

Empathy has for a long time been recognized to play a crucial role in ethics and moral psychology, even though its precise contribution is still under dispute. Especially in the 18th century philosophers of the Scottish Enlightenment attributed to 'sympathy' - understood as the capacity to 'put oneself in another's place' - a central role for the foundation of morality. Other theorists, though, have been more skeptical about the contribution of empathy to explaining fundamental moral ideas and norms, and there are similar debates about the relative importance of empathy with regard to the explanation of moral learning and the internalization of moral norms.

[UPDATE] Call for Chapters: Representations of Poverty in US Pop Culture (Extended deadline: 9/7/2015)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 7:53pm
Wylie Lenz

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited collection tentatively titled Representing the Other Half: Essays on Poverty in American Popular Culture (under contract with McFarland). The volume will seek to interrogate the ways in which poverty has been depicted (and/or ignored) across a variety of media, including but not limited to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, film, photography, painting, music, radio, etc.

Questions to be considered, among others: When, why, and how do producers of popular culture represent and/or ignore poverty? How do those representations influence the idea of poverty in the American cultural imaginary? In turn, how does that imaginary interact with policy? What role might the scholar/critic play in this process?

Call for papers: Collection of Essays on 21st-Century British Fiction & the City, abstract due November 16, 2015

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 5:39pm
Dr. Magali Cornier Michael, Professor, Department of English, Duquesne University

Call for papers: Collection of Essays on 21st-Century British Fiction & the City

I am seeking contributions by scholars from any relevant discipline to an edited collection focusing on 21st-Century British fiction's engagement with the city or urban environment. Once the collection is finalized, it will be submitted to and peer-reviewed by a press that has indicated interest.

The deadline for submission of a 750-1000 word abstract is November 16, 2015. Send your submission electronically to michael@duq.edu along with a brief C.V.

Dr. Magali Cornier Michael is Professor of English at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

LURKING ANONYMITY

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 3:27pm
pacificREVIEW: A West Coast Arts Review Annual

On the surface, notoriety, visuality and celebrity culture oversaturate the information age. But what insidious formations lurk beneath the glossy surface? Faceless monsters dwell behind black screens—paradoxically both numbing factories of the masses and liberating tools of the dispossessed. Does this anonymity transform us into voiceless dolls that preserve the misogynistic power structures or grant us power through simulated online versions of ourselves. While menacing conglomerates practice institutionalized discrimination and witless pariahs face the backlash, moralized hackers expose hidden weaknesses that often bring those responsible to light.

The Way of All Flesh, April 7-8, 2016, New York, NY (proposals due October 15)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 10:10am
City University of New York Graduate Center English Student Association

The Way of All Flesh
English Student Association Conference
City University of New York, the Graduate Center
April 7-8

"Where are we to put the limit between the body and the world, since the world is flesh?" (Merleau-Ponty, The Visible and the Invisible, 138)

Calling for paper Submission Sep 2015 Edition - Sep 8, 2015

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 8:24am
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Shakespeare And Our Times Conference

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 8:19am
Elizabeth Black / Old Dominion University

SHAKESPEARE AND OUR TIMES

NEW DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15

An interdisciplinary, international conference on the significance of Shakespeare in the early twenty-first century

Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.
April 14-16, 2016

Plenary speakers: Jonathan Dollimore, Ania Loomba, and Leah Marcus

Making Common Causes Crises, Conflict, Creation, Conversation

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 6:52am
Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC)

Global climate change, soil depletion, the enclosure of the commons, the acidification of the oceans, ground water contamination, mass extinctions: in a context in which the environmental crises of the day seem to us so intractable, at such large scales and dominated by such powerful interests, the

Cultural Studies and Speculative Realism - Krakow, Poland, 6-7 November 2015

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 6:15am
Michal Gulik, Jagiellonian University

We invite you to participate in the multidisciplinary academic conference

"Cultural Studies
and Speculative Realism"

Jagiellonian University, November 6-7

keynote speaker:
Prof. Levi R. Bryant,

the conference is followed by an OOP workshop for MA and PhD students
run by Levi R. Bryant

[UPDATE] The Land Has a Story

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 8:31pm
Pennsylvania College English Association

CALL for PROPOSALS

The Land Has a Story

Pennsylvania College English Association (PCEA) 2015 Conference
October 1-3, 2015
Hilton Scranton and Conference Center
100 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501

Keynote by Sarah Piccini, Assistant Director
Lackawanna Historical Society

HABIT Graduate Conference (Rutgers, New Brunswick): Abstracts Due October 15

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 7:56pm
Rutgers Long Eighteenth Century Trans-Atlantic Graduate Studies Group

"HABIT, my good reader, hath so vast a prevalence over the human mind, that there is scarce anything too strange or too strong to be asserted of it."
-- Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews.​

The Rutgers Long Eighteenth Century Trans-Atlantic Graduate Studies Group is seeking papers for a graduate conference March 3-4, 2016 on the topic of habit.

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