CFP: [International] Ethics and/or justice after postmodernism:Revisioning media, politics, and the arts in the 21st cent

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8th Interdisciplinary, International Graduate Conference 2007
23 - 25 November, University of Erlangen/Nuremberg

Ethics and/or justice after postmodernism:
Revisioning media, politics, and the arts in the 21st century

Hosted by the Departments of German Studies, Philosophy, English and
American Studies, Media Sciences, Political Sciences and Social Sciences
of the University of Erlangen/Nuremberg, Germany

Keynote address: Simon Critchley (NYU): Ethics of commitment, politics of

Poetry Reading by the Austrian-Jewish writer Robert Schindel (Vienna)
and ensuing discussion with Klaus Holz (Dortmund)

Young scholars (postgraduates and assistant professors) are invited to
present papers at our conference.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- Ethics of deconstruction/deconstruction of ethics

- Ethics and narration

- Intercultural ethics and hermeneutics

- Ethics and (cultural) translation

- Language and normative pragmatics

- Ethics in contemporary art and film

- Media theory and media ethics

- Technologies of the self

- Boundaries of the human

- Governmentality and biopolitics

- Construction of (national, gender) identities

- New antisemitism

- Religiousness and fanatism

- Post-marxist politics

- Limits to postmodern liberalism

- Global society - global ethics

- Concepts of love, hospitality and friendship

The deadline for paper proposals (max. 250 words) is September 9, 2007.

Please register using our online submission form at

For scholars who wish to attend the conference without giving a paper the
deadline for registration is Friday, 16 November 2007.

The reformulation of ethical narratives may be seen as one of the most
prominent signatures of the current political debate,
of mass-media communication, and of present literary and artistic
The conference will focus on this recent 'ethical turn', observable in
these various and heterogeneous fields.
However, does the focus on ethical questions (as centering on the
individual) exclude claims for political, social,
gender or ethnical justice, or are they mutually dependent?

The conference will ask whether the increase in subjects concentrating on
ethical issues indicates a return to traditional and normative positions,
marking the end of postmodern relativity and indifference.
In this context, the present hostility to theory could be just as
significant as the notable process of re-essentializing reality
constructions previously put into question by theories of difference.
Or, on the contrary, is the recent ethically based debate to be seen as a
continuation of postmodern theories,
insofar as the implicit question of justice in poststructuralist thought
has now turned into an explicitly ethical-political discourse,
facing the conflicts and challenges of a global and post-capitalist world?

Taking this into account, how can politically just and ethical actions be
constituted and
legitimized without the (religious, metaphysical, anthropologic) grands
récits that have traditionally served as their foundation?
How can theorists ground their arguments if they continue to pursue
poststructuralist ideas,
when they have been employed to deconstruct the basic assumptions that
have anchored western identity?

With our interdisciplinary and international conference we would like to
what space justice and ethics occupy in contemporary everyday life and in
the present academic discourse.
In what ways do issues concerning ethics and/or justice appear

- in the media and in the arts (as return to narration, as new forms of a
littérature engagée, as remembrance culture)?
- in politics (as forms of inclusion and exclusion; as justice of
recognition and redistribution)?
- in disciplines such as philosophy and the social sciences, which
theoretically and practically analyse forms of acting ethically and/or

Panels with three to five speakers will last two to two and a half hours.
The time allocated for each paper is about 15 minutes to permit ample
time for discussion.
The official languages are English and German.

You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by Friday,
16 September 2007.
In the case of scholars travelling from outside Germany, we shall
endeavour to reach decisions earlier in order to facilitate travel

Before the conference, each contribution could be posted on our web page
in order to facilitate discussion. The deadline for the submission of
these short contributions is October 21, 2007.

Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
The conference fee is 20 EUR.

The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg is proud to be able to offer three
Bursaries for scholars who come from nations whose scholars cannot
normally afford to attend conferences in Western Europe. Applications for
bursaries, including a curriculum vitae, should reach us by Friday, 23
September 2007.

For additional information and for registration go to our webpage:

If you have further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Academic organizers:
Alexandra Boehm, M.A. (Comparative Literature), Mark Schoenleben, M.A.
Universität Erlangen, Institut für Philosophie, Bismarckstr. 1, 91054
Erlangen, Germany

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