CFP: [International] 2nd Global Conference: Forgiveness

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Dr Robert Fisher

2nd Global Conference
Forgiveness - Probing the Boundaries

Friday 13th March - Monday 16th March 2009 Salzburg, Austria

Call for Papers
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference project seeks
to investigate and explore the nature, significance, and practices of
forgiveness. Asking for or granting forgiveness can often be a routine
part of everyday life, but the nature of forgiveness as a personal,
social and even international practice can be quite complex. It raises a
wide variety of questions that touch on a vast array of academic
disciplines. In cases of significant transgressions, social tensions,
and even international conflicts the questions of what counts as
forgiveness and how granting or withholding it can fundamentally change
individual or international relationships becomes both more difficult
and important to assess. This conference will look at the full range of
this complexity. To encourage innovative trans-disciplinary dialogues,
we warmly welcome papers from all disciplines, professions and

Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on issues on or
broadly related to any of the following themes:

1. Questions of Definition
~ What is forgiveness?
~ What sorts of behaviour require people to seek forgiveness?
~ Who can grant forgiveness? Can there be meaningful third party
~ Who benefits from forgiveness and how?
~ Can forgiveness be required of someone? Can it ever be wrong to offer

2. Psychological Perspectives
~ The emotional effect of victimization and the role forgiveness can
play in either exacerbating or mitigating such feelings ~ The nature of
self-forgiveness ~ Barriers to people's ability to forgive transgressors
~ How a willingness (or unwillingness) to forgive can be a measure of
self-worth or self-respect ~ Issues related to the psychological burden
of not forgiving

3. Legal and Political Perspectives
~ Forgiveness for past crimes of individuals - rehabilitation, second
chances, and pardons ~ How forgiveness can play a role in criminal legal
proceedings ~ Forgiveness as a part of social reconstruction following
civil wars or systematic social injustices ~ How forgiveness can be
required or granted in relationships between nations ~ Seeking
forgiveness on behalf of others: righting historic wrongs

4. Social, Cultural and Literary Perspectives ~ The role forgiveness
plays in different cultures ~ Differences in perceptions of the
importance of forgiveness in different societies ~ Forgiveness
ceremonies as important cultural practices ~ How questions of
forgiveness are used in literature ~ Forgiveness in cinema, film, tv,
radio and theatre ~ The role of the arts as catalyst or hindrance for
actual cases of forgiveness ~ Forgiveness and the media

5. Religion and Forgiveness
~ Distinctions between secular and religious notions of forgiveness ~
The role of forgiveness in religious practices ~ How religious beliefs
can promote forgiveness ~ How religions can be barriers to forgiveness ~
Rituals of forgiveness and their importance

6. Issues, Connections and Relations
- The relationship between forgiveness and restitution
- The relationship between forgiveness and retribution
- The relationship between forgiveness and compassion, mercy or pity
- The relationship between forgiveness and reconciliation
- The relationship between forgiveness and personal growth

Papers on any other topic related to the theme will also be considered.

500 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 19th September 2008.
The abstract will be double blind peer reviewed (where appropriate). If
an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be
submitted by Friday 6th February 2009.

500 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs;
abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e)
body of abstract

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If
you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did
not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest,
then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Joint Organising Chairs

David White
Department of Philosophy
University of Calgary,

Rob Fisher
Network Leader
Freeland, Oxfordshire,
United Kingdom

The conference is part of the 'Probing the Boundaries' programme of
research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas
and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are
innovative and exciting.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be
eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be
developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.

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