Joseph Conrad and Ethics - Edited volume

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Amar Acheraiou & Laetitia Cremona

Joseph Conrad and Ethics seeks essays (6000 to 8000 words) that deal with ethics in Conrad’s fiction. 

Since Aristotle's Ethics and Plato’s The Republic, ethics has been a fundamental concern throughout European intellectual history. Over the last three decades, in particular, there has been a growing interest in ethics in the social sciences and humanities, inspired by Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, and Jürgen Habermas, to name a few. Ethics is central to Joseph Conrad’s works. It is conveyed both through his thematic concerns and narrative techniques. However, this prominent topic has not yet received the attention it deserves.

This volume, edited by Amar Acheraiou and Laetitia Cremona, seeks to fill this gap. It addresses Conrad’s handling of ethics in the light of the Western philosophical and intellectual tradition mentioned earlier. All theoretical approaches are welcome (comparative, postcolonial, philosophical, feminist, ecological, etc).

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Ethics and Politics
  • Ethics and ideology
  • Ethics and Empire
  • Ethics and race
  • Ethics and cultural difference
  • Ethics and capitalism
  • Ethics and ecology
  • Ethics and alterity
  • Ethics and utilitarianism
  • Ethics and religion
  • Ethics and justice
  • Ethic and language
  • Ethics and will
  • Ethics and determinism
  • Ethics and action
  • Ethics and honor
  • Ethics and truth
  • Ethics and time
  • Ethics and space
  • Ethics and narrative 
  • Ethics and Reading 

If you are interested, please submit an abstract (500 words) to Laetitia Cremona ( by July 1st, 2019. Selected articles (6000 to 8000 words) are to be submitted by December 15th, 2019. The volume is to be published in 2021 by Eastern and Western Perspectives.