From ancient gladiators battling to the death in front of cheering crowds to the modern-day journalistic maxim that ‘if it bleeds, it leads’, violence has occupied a prominent place in the human imagination. It is common to see animals in the wild fighting to establish dominance and eliminate potential predators. But when humans engage in similar behaviour, it raises a host of questions about the nature and implications of violence. Why has our capacity for reason, compassion and empathy been insufficient to circumvent our primal urge to use physical force to cause injury, death or other forms of harm? Why has violence exerted an irresistible hold on the human psyche throughout history?
As terrorism has seen a new rise in past decades, organizations such as ISIS, Boko Haram and similar others are thriving on the fear that is increasingly gripping the world. Their way of spreading horror and gaining the obedience of controlled populations is largely based on mass torture and killing. However, they are far from alone in this practice. Throughout history, torture has been used for a great variety of reasons, ranging from the twisted satisfaction of psychopathic criminals, to state and/or Church sanctioned means of punishing evil doers or extracting confessions; from violently resolving domestic disputes to means of protecting national security.
MIT LINC 2019 Conference: How to Thrive in a New Learning Society
- Abstract submission deadline: February 1, 2019
- Conference dates: June 18-20, 2019
- (pre-conference workshops on June 17)
- Conference website: https://jwel.mit.edu/linc-2019
- Venue: MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
- Early Bird Conference Registration: Opens March 11, 2019
What is love? Why is it so important in our lives? And why should we think about it? The subject of love is of enormous importance to our daily lives, as love sustains us and gives meaning to existence. Yet, love seems to be a theme that is underdeveloped in contemporary research. Whatever the reason for that is, love remains one of the central concepts in the history of Western thought. Not only does philosophy literally mean “love for wisdom,” but the discussion of the theme of love has been part philosophy’s inheritance since the time of Plato’s Symposium.
The question of the origin of the Yoruba race still remains contentious. While diverse accounts of its origin have been appropriated by historians and scholars in cultural studies such as Revd Samuel Johnson in The History of the Yorubas (1921), Saburi Biobaku in The Pattern of Yoruba History (1958), Ade Ajayi in Yoruba Warfare in the Nineteenth Century (1964), among others, numerous discourses and counter discourses continue to unfold.
Call for Submissions—The ART of Infertility: An Anthology of Patient Narrative and Art
Edited by Elizabeth Walker, Maria Novotny, and Robin Silbergleid
The Bulletin of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies (https://bulletin.iarhs.org) is seeking submissions for future volumes. The Bulletin is the official journal of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies. It is a fully digital, open access, and double-blind peer reviewed journal and is actively indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. In keeping with the Robin Hood tradition, authors retain their rights to their own materials.
Articles are generally 4,000-8,000 words long. Please see the journal's website for additional submission guidelines.
Contemporary Women’s Poetry: Lines and Landscapes
Friday 5th April 2019
Hastings Campus, University of Brighton
Keynote Speaker: Nerys Williams, University College Dublin
Call for papers for the 9th Genealogies of Memory conference
Myths, Memories and Economies: Post-Socialist Transformations in Comparison
International Conference, 28-30 October 2019, Warsaw
Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Disability and the Academic Job Market. The volume will be edited by Christopher McGunnigle, Seton Hall University.
Securing a position as a full time tenure track professor is difficult enough but even more so for people with a disability. Despite an increased call for applicants from marginalized populations, people with a disability are more quickly eliminated as potential candidates for full time academic employment, either through direct discrimination or from ablest conventions of the job interview process.