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CFP: Making Sense Of: Suicide 2 (November, 2011; Prague, Czech Republic)
full name / name of organization:
Dr Rob Fisher/Inter-Discipinary.Net
2nd Global Conference
Monday 31st October – Wednesday 2nd November 2011
Call for Papers
Suicide is a global problem. For some people it seems like a sensible solution to the problems of living, or at least it seems to them that in some circumstances, it can be a rational and morally acceptable thing to kill oneself. To others this seems absurd because, although suicide may solve the problems that the suicider has been experiencing, it does so at the expense of their experiencing anything at all. What’s more, it does so at the expense of friends, loved ones, and others who are affected, including those who have to deal practically with its aftermath.
At the inaugural conference of Making Sense Of: Suicide, we had many vigorous discussions, which addressed suicide from a wide range of perspectives, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, psychiatry and the law. Abstracts are now invited for Making Sense Of: Suicide 2, for individual contributions or for symposia of three papers. They should be written in simple language and for individual contributions should be no longer than 250 words, while for symposia they should include a 150 word overview for each contribution and a 200 word overview for the whole session. (Please take these word limits seriously)
Abstracts are especially welcomed that take seriously the ways in which thinking about and responding to the human act of suicide may be enhanced by viewing it from more than one disciplinary perspective. They may address a wide range of topics which are hinted at by following questions:
* Is all deliberate self killing, suicide? Is suicide always about the desire to be dead? Or does it sometimes have other meanings? Is suicide always fatal?
Papers will also be considered on any related theme. Abstracts should be submitted by Friday 17th June 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 23rd September 2011.
Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in 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 footnotes and 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.
The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: series of research projects, which in turn belong to the Probing the Boundaries programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. 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.
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