CFP: [Theory] SAMLA (11/7-11/9) - Democracy, Reading, Ethics

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Petra Schweitzer
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Democracy, Reading, Ethics
In a time of growing uncertainty, moral codes are all too often prescriptive. One is told over and
over again what one must (or must not) do. The goal of such moral codes, one assumes, is the
proper regulation of relations between people. Claude Lefort, however, suggests that democracy is
instituted by the dissolution of the markers of certainty. There is a chance for democracy only
because the markers of certainty that once regulated the relations between people have
disappeared. In removing the markers of certainty, however, democracy exposes us to what we
might call the burden of reading (or readability, the necessity of interpretation and negotiation).
Panel organizers invite abstracts of 250 words that attempt to think together democracy, reading,
and ethics. What is the role of reading in democracy? How is reading an ethical act? By May 20,
2008, please submit abstracts to Petra Schweitzer, Shenandoah University, at

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