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5th Global Conference: Hope - Probing the Boundaries
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Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Disciplinary.Net
5th Global Conference
Tuesday 22nd September - Thursday 24th September 2009
Call for Papers
The theme and the sense of uncertainty pervades the start of the twenty-first century. Although young, the past bears witness to the brutality of genocides, atrocities, terrorism which acts to counter-balance economic, political, technological and ecological aspirations. Medicine and bio-ethics are split between those who foresee the worst implications for persons and those who foresee the promise of genetic engineering. Cultural conflicts likewise offer scope for grave apprehension or the hopeful anticipation of a culturally enriched shared world. This project is committed to the view that now is the time look at the main spheres in which there seems to be a pendulum between fear and hopeful expectation, with a view to thinking out constructive strategies for exploration.
Papers, workshops and reports are invited on any of the following possible areas for discussion;
1. Human awareness of the passage of time; changing attitudes to what H.G. Wells called ‘the shape of things to come’. What are the possible bases for thinking about the future?
Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. Pre-formed panel proposals are also encouraged.
The 2009 meeting of Hope: Probing the Boundaries will run alongside our new project on Strangers, Alien and Foreigners and we anticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers considering the problems or addressing issues of hope, hopelessness, strangers, aliens, foreigners.
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 24th April 2009. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 7th August 2009.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). 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.
Nancy Mardas Billias
Dr Rob Fisher
The conference is part of the ‘Probing the Boundaries’ programme of research projects. The aim of the conference is 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 are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.
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