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4th Global Conference: Making Sense of:Suffering (November 2013: Athens, Greece)
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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net
4th Global Conference
Sunday 10th November 2013 – Tuesday 12th November 2013
Call for Presentations
The conference aims to raise and assess a variety of questions related to the nature of suffering, the origins of suffering, the meaning of suffering, explanations for suffering and responding to suffering. Papers, presentations and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following themes identified below.
Given the location of this year’s conference, an additional key theme in our proceedings will involve the notion of “voluntary” or “purposeful” suffering. Since the dawn of ancient Greece, the notion that a hero’s journey must involve suffering, and ultimately, the experience of mortality, has been a fundamental motif. Along life’s journey, the hero must confront and endure powerlessness, meaninglessness, affliction, and alienation (whether it be physical, psychological and/or social) during his/her experiences of suffering. Sometimes this journey is “world-destroying.” Other times, suffering that may appear sadistic or masochistic to outside observers, may indeed be experienced as efficacious, essential to certain fundamental insights, and/or instructive for key rites of passage. As a result, this conference, in addition to welcoming papers aligned to themes listed below, solicits submissions that explore common explanations of the “problem” of suffering, the substance of “heroic” suffering, and the limitations, dangers, and potentially heroic strengths of certain interpretations of suffering.
Submissions in the form of papers, presentations, performances and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following additional core conference themes listed below:
I. What is Suffering?
II. The Roots of Suffering
III. The Meaning of Suffering
IV. Explaining Suffering
V. Suffering and Practice
VI. Suffering and Religion
VII. Representing Suffering
VIII. Confronting Suffering
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th June 2013 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 13th September 2013
What to Send
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords
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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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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.