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4th Global Conference: Living Responsibly (May, 2014: Lisbon, Portugal)
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Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net
4th Global Conference: Living Responsibly
Tuesday 6th May – Thursday 8th May 2014
Call For Presentations:
How can we live responsibly, taking care of one another and of our planet? This is the question faced by everyone who wants, so far as they can, to do what is right, and it is at the heart of Living Responsibly: reflecting on the ethical decisions of everyday life.
We face ethical decisions every day, whether we are aware of it or not. Or at any rate, we face decisions that have ethical significance. For example, we have to decide how we will behave towards others, including family, friends and strangers. We have to decide what we will eat and where we should shop for food, clothes and the other essentials of modern life if we support the idea that workers, wherever they are, should be paid fairly for their labour. And we have to decide how far we are willing to share what we have with others who have less. Alongside such decisions, we face others that arise from our awareness of the ways in which our actions can impact on the environment. In the early 21st century, the issues that surround human induced climate change are among the most important for many of those who aspire to live responsibly. As a result they are mindful of how they build, heat and light their homes and about where and how they travel, both locally and further afield. They are also increasingly mindful of the relative environmental costs of the food, clothing and other goods that they purchase, depending on where and how they are produced and packaged, how far and by what means they are transported, and so on.
Of course issues about what it is to lead a responsible life are found not only at a personal level, but also at a professional and political level. Practitioners of a wide variety of professions, including medicine, psychology and social work; journalism, tourism and the arts; architecture, civil engineering and the law, engage in reflection about ethical issues as part of their daily practice. Ethical behaviour and accountability in public life; in the media and in business are significant concerns for many citizens; Corporate Social Responsibility is high on the agenda for many companies and most professions have an ethical code with which its members are expected to comply.
Living Responsibly: reflecting on the ethical issues of everyday life, will facilitate dialogue about what it means to behave ethically; what motivates ethical behaviour, and how we can live in ways that are respectful of others and respectful of the planet.
Abstracts are invited about any aspect of ethical issues in everyday life, of which the following suggested topics and questions are merely exemplars:
CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING
RELATING TO AND CARING FOR OTHERS
BUSINESS, PUBLIC LIFE AND THE PROFESSIONS
Living responsibly, caring for others and the planet is, of course, a complex business, because so often different sets of demands conflict with one another. The Steering Group welcomes abstracts for papers and practical workshops that aim to raise issues, or to offer strategies for tackling the problems faced by those who aspire to living responsibly. We particularly welcome the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between the experience of prison, and/or responsible and ethical living and/or disability and sexuality.
What to Send:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
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 Persons series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume. All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.
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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.