Risk, Dignity and Fragility: Searching for a New Ethics, 1st International Symposium

August 28, 2014 – August 30, 2014

(Abstract Submission Period Opens: Monday 3rd of March, 2014)

(Abstract Deadline: Thursday 24th of July, 2014)

This symposium is organized by and is part of the activities of the Research Project on Risk, Dignity and Fragility: Searching for a New Ethics. Among other projects, it is hosted and developed within the Research Program on Lost Virtues, Found Vices.

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.

These are the central themes we seek to explore:

1. Flux: A World in Motion

2. Reasonable Persons, Rational Minds

3. Fragile Selves

4. Interaction, Interdependence and Collaboration: Evolving A New Ethics

5. On (the) Edge: The Dynamics of Risk

6. The Language of Rights, The Institution of Law

7. An Era of Uncertainty

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.)

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 two weeks, maximum.

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.

For a detailed explanation of these themes and of the procedures for participating, please consult our Call for Papers.


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