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Risk, Dignity and Fragility: Searching for a New Ethics, 1st International Symposium (Angers, France: Thursday 28th to Saturday
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Dr. Alejandro Cervantes-Carson, General Coordinator, International Network for Alternative Academia
International Network for Alternative Academia - Extends a general invitation to participate
1st International Symposium: Risk, Dignity and Fragility: Searching for a New Ethics
Part of the Research Program on: Lost Virtues, Found Vices
Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th of August, 2014
Angers, Pays-de-la-Loire, France
Partner: Université Catholique de l’Ouest
Call for Papers
(Abstract Submission Period Opened: Monday 3rd of March, 2014)
This trans-disciplinary research project is interested in exploring the nature and structure of an ethics for the 21st century. Ethics has most often been founded on a concept of the self as an agent that is secure, self-confident, and in control and on a view of the world as stable, unchanging and thus as knowable and predictable. Yet contemporary culture shows us a very different view of ourselves and of our environment. Caught up in a world in constant change where borders and boundaries, conditions and contexts are constantly changing and uncertainty is the norm, we find ourselves insecure, vulnerable as forces beyond our control direct and frame the moral decisions that we face. How must ethics be reconceived in light of our shifting ideals of the self and the world? Can there be an ethics under the conditions of uncertainty, flux, and instability?
This project takes up these questions considering how a new ethics for the 21st century might be envisioned and how it might be practiced. Raising potent questions that engage in critical deliberations on alternative practices, pedagogies, performances, politics and processes it explores the development of new ethical frameworks grounded on the concepts of risk, responsibility and fragility.
We invite colleagues from all disciplines and professions interested in exploring and explaining these issues in a collective, deliberative and dialogical environment to send presentation proposals that address these general questions or the following themes:
1. Flux: A World in Motion
Traditionally, ethics has been grounded in a view of the world as something stable and solid – something known, knowable and thus predictable. However, scientific changes, technological advancements, social transformations, cultural shifts and political innovations have revealed the world to be in constant flux.
- How might we negotiate flux, change, fluidity, liquidity, and mutability as crucial dimensions of ethics?
2. Reasonable Persons, Rational Minds
The development of an ethics seems to necessitate belief that agents and subjects are rational. Is such a belief well founded?
- Is rationality a necessary condition for the possibility of an ethics?
3. Fragile Selves
The model of the self-sufficient, independent rational agent has framed our understanding of ethics and our practice of decision-making.
- Must ethics be grounded in a conception of the moral agent as ultimately self-sufficient?
4. Interaction, Interdependence and Collaboration: Evolving A New Ethics
The independence of moral agents to make decisions and to suffer the consequences of their actions has been upended in contemporary culture.
- Is an ethics premised on individualism possible? Why or why not?
5. On (the) Edge: The Dynamics of Risk
As certainty and rationality give way, a new ethics that recognizes and embraces risk seems to be necessitated.
- Does risk negate the conditions for the possibility of ethics?
6. The Language of Rights, The Institution of Law
We have witnessed the codification of ethics through the language of rights and the implementation of moral principles across diverse populations via the institution of law.
- What have we gained and what have we lost from the creation and expansion of the language of rights?
7. An Era of Uncertainty
Ethics has been premised on a sense of certainty – certainty about the nature of subjectivity, certainty about the world and about our place in it. Yet the world we encounter is one in which uncertainty seems the norm.
- What role has certainty played in framing traditional ethical theories?
If you are interested in participating in this Annual Symposium, submit a 400 to 500 word abstract as soon as possible and no later than Thursday, 24th of July, 2014. (For justifiable cases, we do uphold a tolerance period of fifteen days.)
Please use the following template for your submission:
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For every abstract proposal submitted, we acknowledge receipt. If you do not receive a reply from us within three days, you should assume the submission process was not completed successfully. Please try again or contact our technical support for clarifications.
All presentation and paper proposals that address these questions and issues will be fully considered and evaluated. Evaluation of abstract submissions will be ongoing, from the opening date of Monday 3rd of March, 2014. All Prospective Delegates can expect a reply time to their submission of three weeks.
Accepted abstracts will require a full draft paper by Thursday 14th of August, 2014. Papers are for a 20 minute presentation, 8 to 10 pages long, double spaced, Times New Roman 12. All papers presented at the symposium are eligible for publication as part of a digital or paperback book.
We invite colleagues and people interested in participating to disseminate this call for papers. Thank you for sharing and cross-listing where and whenever appropriate.
Hope to meet you in Angers!
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