6th Global Conference,Hope (March 2014, Prague, Czech Republic)

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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net

6th Global ConferenceHope

Friday 14th March – Sunday 16th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

Call For Presentations:

When Pandora's box emptied all of its ills that would plague the world, one small winged creature still remained: hope. The project inquires into the nature of this gift. Is hope, in fact, a good, encouraging us to do or be good? Or is it an evil; an illusion, perhaps an impossible fantasy? How does hope manifest itself in the world, in language, literature, and the arts? How – should – hope be encouraged? Is hope individual or collective in nature? Or both? What does hope contribute to individual or national identity?

This inter- and multi-disciplinary research and publications project explores the multi-layered ideas, actions, and cultural traditions regarding hope, as well as the nature of hope, its relationship with other emotions or movements, and its manifestation in the actions of individuals, cultures, communities and nations. We seek papers and presentations which consider the history of hope, its cultural and artistic representations, its meaning(s), and/or its philosophical or scientific 'legitimacy'. We are particularly interested in the nascent field of future studies, and in teasing out the distinctions between hope and optimism.

Presentations, papers, performances, reports, works-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to hope, including, for example:

● Theories of Hope
● Pedagogies of Hope
● Hope in Literature/Literature as Hope
● Hope in Art/Art as Hope
● Hope in Music/Music as Hope
● Hope and Religious Teaching
● Hope and the Beginning of Life
● Hope and Despair
● Hope and Reconciliation
● Hope and Illness
● Hope and Loss
● Hope and the beginning of Life
● Hope and Despair
● Hope and Reconciliation
● Hope and Illness
● Hope and Loss
● Hope and the End of Life
● Hope and Oppression
● Consciousness and Hope
● Between Hopelessness and Hope
● Hope vs. Illusion
● Hope and Media
● Psychologies and Hope
● Philosophies of Hope
● Hope and Forgiveness
● Remarriage Following Divorce: 'The Triumph of Hope over Experience'
● Love and Hope
● Good Works as Hope

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

What to Send
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th October 2013. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word 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 f) up to 10 key words
E-mails should be entitled: HOPE6 Abstract Submission.

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 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.

Organising Chairs

John L. Hochheimer: Hoch@siu.edu
Nancy Billias:nbillias@usj.edu
Rob Fisher:hope6@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Persons 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.

For further details of the conference, please visit:

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.