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Call for Papers
The Shpilman Institute for
Photography (The SIP)
Shpilman Institute for Photography (The SIP) announces two calls for papers for
its 2011 Grants Program. The first is devoted specifically to research in
philosophy and photography; the second is a general call for research in the
field of photography.
SIP invites scholars and independent researchers from all over the world to
submit their applications through its website, www.thesip.org, where
guidelines, themes, the application process, and submissions can be found.
for individuals and group research will range from US $5,000 up to $15,000.
Academic faculty at accredited institutions of higher education, currently
enrolled Ph.D. candidates, previously published independent scholars,
photographic practitioners, and research-oriented curators are invited to
are based on proposals for research leading to the completion within the grant
period of a written document, whether an essay or extended research paper,
showing deep consideration and thorough, original research on the selected
SIP, founded by Shalom Shpilman in 2010, is a research institute whose mission
is to initiate and support innovative scholarly work that will advance the
understanding of the varied meanings, functions, and significance of
photography and related media. Through its grant programs, The SIP commissions
and sponsors individual and group research projects, with an emphasis on
philosophical concerns, including scholarly papers and publications in print
and online, conferences, symposia, and other events.
Contact: Hilla Ariel, Producer, The SIP
Eighth Annual Meeting of
the International Society for Environmental Ethics
“Old World and New World Perspectives on Environmental Philosophy”
June 14-17, 2011, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
International Society for Environmental Ethics
International Association for Environmental Philosophy
Institute for Science Innovation and Society, Radboud
Applied Philosophy Group, Wageningen University
Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy
Center for Environmental Philosophy, University of North
The intended establishment of a European Network for Environmental Ethics
in 2011 is a good occasion for ISEE to have its next annual meeting in Europe. The meeting’s theme will focus on
a range of topics in environmental philosophy, including nature, landscape, wilderness, and history. We hope to attract a broad cross-section of the environmental philosophy community from America, Europe, and other continents, and especially encourage participation by graduate students.
The conference format is designed to maximize discussion: papers will be available beforehand on-line: 25 minute
presentations (15 minutes for the speaker, 10 minutes for the commentator), and 30 minutes for general discussion.
is the oldest city in the Netherlands; it celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 2005. It lies at the borders of the Rhine River, close to the German border. Nijmegen is one of the greenest cities of the Netherlands,
both politically (the Green Party won the latest elections) and in terms of surroundings. The
conference will take place in De Holthurnse Hof, a former estate in a forest
clearing, close to the city border of Nijmegen and less than 1 km from the German border. It is spacious,
fitted with all modern conveniences,. The
landscape contains many signs of history, ranging from ancient Roman remains,
such as aqueducts, to remains of World War Two.
The conference site has a fairly good hotel, restaurant and brasserie/bar, with
rooms that can accommodate one or two guests comfortably. There are also camping facilities and other
housing options available nearby.
Nijmegen can easily be reached from Amsterdam Airport by a direct train which takes about 1.5 hours (or, alternatively, from Düsseldorf Airport (Germany) by train in less than 2 hours). Attendees travelling from European destinations are encouraged to travel by train to Nijmegen (or to the neighboring German city of Kleve). The venue itself is easily accessible from Nijmegen train station by city bus in 20 minutes. When necessary, rental bikes and shuttle buses
can be arranged.
Details about registering for the conference will be announced. For further information, contact Martin Drenthen (email@example.com) or Jozef
Call for Papers
Contact: David Macauley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Luke
Fischer, Ph. D. (email@example.com).
The seasons have been a perennial theme in literature and
art for centuries and yet they have been relatively unexamined or
underappreciated within philosophical thought, environmental work, and
aesthetics. What exactly is a season and
how should it be understood? Are the
seasons now the same as they were in former eras, given recent rates of
ecological and climactic change? How do
they play a role in our cultural imaginations, everyday life, and creative
pursuits through poetry, painting and music?
In what ways do the seasons relate to or influence our senses of time,
geographical place, or the body? What
might they reveal about the classical conception of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water, or the cold, the
hot, the wet, and the dry? Can the cycle
of season offer a sensuous and specific alternative to the more abstract notion
of “nature” or open up new ways of envisioning sustainability and responding to
ecological challenges? How do winter,
spring, summer, and fall affect our use of language, views of the land, and
social or political practices? We
welcome proposals and contributions on the seasons within fields such as phenomenology,
continental philosophy, environmental theory, aesthetics, and the history of
ideas, as well as in other interdisciplinary areas.
Send proposals and inquiries to both David Macauley,
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, Penn State
University at firstname.lastname@example.org and Luke Fischer, Ph. D., Sydney, Australia
Annual Geo-aesthetics Conference
with the Sensuous
March 11-12, 2011 Towson University, Maryland
for submission: January 15, 2010
International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place will
sponsor the Third Geo-aesthetics Conference at Towson University. The
conference is co-sponsored by the Towson University Department of Philosophy
and the Department of Art.
for the conference is Rendezvous with the Sensuous. The sensuous is the common
bond that all aestheticians have. It is what inspires all works of aesthetics,
and it is therein that they dwell. The conference invites and seeks to bring
together all aestheticians regardless of their academic discipline, and
regardless of whether they are or are not associated with an academic
institution. Because of the common bond that all aestheticians have, it is
expected that every presentation will be readily accessible to other presenters
and to the general audience. To facilitate conversation and dialogue at the
conference presentations should aim at being jargon-free.
of art works, musical performances, poetry readings, and theatrical
performances are also encouraged. Submit
a 300 word abstract via e-mail to John Murungi: email@example.com For
further information contact Murungi via e-mail or call 410-704-3935.
2011 Conference - April 8-9, 2011
Boston University, Department of Philosophy, Boston, MA
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2011.
about architecture has long been an enterprise of philosophers and architects alike,
but in recent years there has been a growing divergence between them over
terminological and methodological issues. Philosophers charge architects
with mishandling texts and architects charge philosophers with mishandling
buildings. But there are also other
divisions among contemporary architectural theorists themselves. Some
theorists concern themselves with the human experience, with ethical and
poetical questions, and with sensory and aesthetic explorations of architecture
and its environment. Other theorists are bent on treating architecture as
a form of knowledge that takes shape as a formal and socio-political practice
through tools such as language, algorithms, and diagrams. Still other theorists
see their task as navigating among these sometimes quite distinct approaches.
2011 seeks to clarify thought on the intersection of architecture and
philosophy. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Karsten Harries and Dr.
Alberto Pérez-Gómez. Two panel discussions will be held on concrete and
on ethics, love, and architecture.
If you would
like to join the reading group PhilArch Forum that will be
heading up to the event, please see the about
The co-organizers are Dr. Daniel Dahlstrom, Bryan Norwood, and Elizabeth
Robinson. For other questions, contact the
conference organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Series: RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt
Deadline: August 31st
Call for book
proposals for two titles - Socio-political aesthetics and Eco-aesthetics as
part of a commissioned series of books: RadicalAesthetics-RadicalArt.
Contact: Dr. Jane Tormey J.Tormey@lboro.ac.uk and
Dr Gillian Whiteley G.Whiteley@lboro.ac.uk. Proposals should be e-mailed to both series editors by
the end of August.
This new series
of books, to be published by I. B. Tauris, explores what aesthetics might mean
in the twenty-first century. We use the term ‘radical’ to promote debate,
confront convention, and formulate alternative ways of thinking about art
practice. The fundamental premise of the series is to reconsider the
relationship between practicing art and thinking about art. The series aims to
liberate the notion of aesthetics from visual traditions and to expand its
parameters in a creative and meaningful way. It proposes to examine those
multisensory, collaborative, participatory and transitory practices that have
developed in the last twenty years.
The purpose of
the series is to critique conventional approaches to thinking about art
practice and aesthetics, reconsider the interrelationships between theories and
art practice on equal terms, provide a useful resource to assist research and
provoke discussion, address current issues in response to contemporary contexts,
encourage an interdisciplinary approach to discussion, and survey recent and
current material and debate.
Books in the
series will provide a comprehensive discussion of developments in contemporary
art practice that is global in scope, their relation to other disciplines in
the humanities, and the consequent re-evaluation of the term ‘aesthetics.’ The series
is intended for an academic audience in the broad field of the fine arts,
history of art, media and aesthetics. The secondary readership would be visual
culture, philosophy and politics and extending across the humanities more
first two titles planned for this series are Socio-political Aesthetics and Eco-aesthetics.
We invite submissions from authors (artists and scholars) who can make a
provocative contribution to the development of these debates. Each book (60-70,000 words) should offer a
challenging critique to assist research and to generate discussion. For each
theme, authors should address its contemporary relevance, outline relevant and
key concepts, provide historical and cultural background, interrogate different
theoretical positions, address theory and practice, and provide comprehensive
bibliography and glossary of terms.
should be 3 to 5 sides A4 and include a statement outlining your theoretical
position and interpretation of the theme, a detailed synopsis, and an outline
of each chapter with reference to specific theories and examples of practice. Author information should include a CV (one A4 page maximum), a brief description
of academic interests and professional affiliations, a list of publications,
and a sample of recent publication (e.g. article or chapter in book).
For background information on the RaRa
Crisis of the Human Sciences:
False Objectivity and the Decline of Creativity
6-8, 2011 - Kuwait
for submission of abstracts: November 30, 2010
Gulf University for Science and Technology is a highly modern institution and
strives to be among the leading private universities in the region. Registration and submissions on the conference
Centralization and over-professionalization can lead to the disappearance of a
critical environment capable of linking the disciplines to the "real
world." The humanities need to operate in a concrete cultural environment
able to influence procedures on a hic et nunc basis and should not entirely
depend on normative criteria whose function is often to hide ignorance behind a
pretentious veil of value-neutral objectivity. For example, in sociology, the growth of scientism has fragmented ethical
categories and distorted discourse between inner and outer selves. Philosophy
is suffering from an empty professionalism current in many philosophy
departments in industrialized and developing countries, where tiresome,
ahistorical, and nonpolitical exercises are justified through appeals to false
excellence. In all branches of the
humanities absurd evaluation processes foster similar tendencies as they create
a sterile atmosphere and prevent interdisciplinarity and creativity.
An invidious technicization of theory plays into the hands of technocrats.
Due to the centralization of editorial power in the hand of large university
presses of Anglophone countries, the content, quality, and range of
modern publishing has become only too predictable. How do people working in the humanities respond to the crisis in their
respective disciplines? Papers including either meta-scientific considerations
or concrete observations are welcome.
submissions directly related to the topic are welcome from scholars
working in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. A 250-word abstract along with a short
biographical note (max. 100 words) should be submitted by using the conference website.
Papers should not exceed 3000 words (20 minutes reading time). Conference fee:
Early bird (until December 15) 50 KD [€130] covering the costs of an opening
reception, a conference dinner, and refreshments. After December 15: 60 KD
more information contact:
Ayman Bakr email@example.com or
Thorsten Botz-Bornstein Botz.T@gust.edu.kw
Philosophies Forum 2011 Conference:
2-4, 2011 Círculo de Bellas Artes,
Sponsors: Emory University (USA) & Universidad
Carlos III de Madrid (SPAIN)
Deadline: 1 October 2010.
are invited on any aspect of this topic and should reflect the broad mission of
the American Philosophies Forum: to
contribute to the critical development, imaginative growth, and shared
understanding of American philosophical traditions in a global context; and to
bring the resources of these multiple philosophies to bear on the
reconstruction of contemporary culture and the amelioration of its
problems. Exclusively expository or
historical submissions will not be
must take the form of abstracts of 350-500 words sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Persons who submit an essay should be
Associates of APF. To become an
Associate—there is no cost, simply e-mail name, address, institutional affiliation
(if any), and preferred e-address to: email@example.com.
additional information about The American Philosophies Forum, the conference,
and detailed submission requirements, see: http://www.americanphilosophiesforum.org/.
Call for Papers
Eighteenth International Congress of Aesthetics
9th - 13th, 2010
for submission of abstracts: March 31, 2010.
Eighteenth International Congress of Aesthetics (ICA) is the largest conference
on aesthetics in the world and represents the highest level of scholarship in
this discipline. For about a century, the International Association of
Aesthetics has held seventeen congresses in Europe, Asia, and North and South
Americas, including, since the beginning of the 21st century, three congresses
in Tokyo, Rio, and Ankara . The theme of the Beijing Congress
will be “Diversities Aesthetics.”
behalf of the Program Committee for the XVIII International Congress of
Aesthetics, we are pleased to invite you to attend the convention. Please submit the abstract of your
presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org
global and the local: Western and non-Western aesthetics
definition of art and the analysis of concepts of art
and interactions between cultural studies and aesthetics
relationship between aesthetics and philosophy, ethics, psychology, or anthropology, etc.
relationship between aesthetics and forms of art, such as music, painting,
sculpture, architecture, calligraphy, movie, and design, etc.
relationship between aesthetics and nature/environment/ecology
relationship between aesthetics and economy, society, and politics
and aesthetic education
historical traditions and modernization
information technology and the cyber-space
Please note: Abstracts should be
200 - 300 words. Please mark on your abstract the topic under which you wish it
to be listed. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee. A
formal letter of invitation will be sent out by the Program Committee when an abstract
length: 30 min., including 10 min. for discussion.
fee: 200 USD (IAA membership included); graduate
students,100 USD (IAA membership included).
Meeting of International Association for Environmental Philosophy
November 6-8, 2010, Montreal, Canada
The International Association for Environmental Philosophy
(IAEP) invites attendance at its annual
meeting to be held in Montreal, Canada on November 6-8, 2010, immediately following
the 49th Annual Meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
The International Association for Environmental Philosophy offers a forum for
the philosophical discussion of our relation to the natural environment.
Embracing a broad understanding of environmental philosophy, IAEP encourages
discussions of environmental ethics, environmental aesthetics, ontology, the
philosophy of science, political philosophy, ecofeminism, the philosophy of
technology, and religion. IAEP also welcomes a diversity of approaches to these
issues, including those inspired by Continental philosophy, the history of
philosophy, and the tradition of American philosophy.
For further information contact:
Co-Director, International Association for Environmental Philosophy
for Papers and Artworks
Geo-Aesthetics in the Anthropocene
Salisbury University May 24-26, 2010
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 1, 2010
What do the ecological humanities have to say in a time of extinction
unprecedented in human history? How might the ecological arts address living in
the emergence of a geological era that is now defined primarily by the human
impact upon the living world?
Featured Speakers include Irene Klaver, Director of The Water Project; John
Murungi, co-founder of IASESP; Joan Maloof, author of Teaching the Trees ; Thomas Horton, environmental journalist.
Proposals for papers, as well as artworks and musical and theatrical
presentations, welcomed. Send abstracts and/or images to:GeoAesthetics@aol.com or to Dr. James Hatley, Department of Philosophy,Salisbury
University, Salisbury MD 21801.
Sponsored by The International Association for Environmental Philosophy, the
Philosophy Department, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Fulton School
of the Liberal Arts of Salisbury University.