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Call for Papers International
“Constructive Postmodernism and Ecoaesthetics”
13-14 June 2012
Shandong University, Jinan, P.R. China
Deadline: 30 March 2012
Contact: Cheng Xiangzhan at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
It has long
been recognized, especially since the creation of nuclear weapons, that unless
we human beings learn how to live in harmony with each other, we are likely to
become extinct. But in the 1970s, we started becoming aware that the
extermination of human civilization could also be brought about by “ecocide” –
by, in effect, committing suicide by making the planet ecologically unfit for
ourselves and other living forms on the Earth. The overall cause of the threat
of extinction is modernity, characterized by anthropocentricism and possessive
individualism, which has not only promoted aggressive competition among
individuals and nations rather than promoting harmony with nature and other
human beings, but also promoted unending exploitation of nature.
Topics suggested are constructive postmodernism and ecological awareness;
ecological postmodernism and traditional Chinese philosophies; ecoaesthetics
and ecological postmodernism; ecoaesthetics and somaesthetics; process philosophy
and eco-studies; and the artistry of ecoliterature and the future of
conference paper abstract should be submitted by March 30, 2012. A formal
letter of invitation will be sent based on the abstract. Abstracts should be
about 300 words prepared in Microsoft Word or compatible format. Submission of
complete papers is strongly encouraged. Selected papers will be considered for
publication after the conference. Please use the following format for your
Paper Title; Name and professional
title; Affiliation; E-mail Address; Abstract of 300 words; Keywords, 3-5.
Professor and deputy director of Shandong University Research
Center for Literary and Aesthetics, P.R. China
“Constructive Postmodernism and Ecoaesthetics”
13-14 June 2012
Shandong University, Jinan, P.R. China
It has long been recognized,
especially since the creation of nuclear weapons, that unless we human beings
learn how to live in harmony with each other, we are likely to become extinct.
But in the 1970s, we started becoming aware that the extermination of human
civilization could also be brought about by “ecocide” – by, in effect,
committing suicide by making the planet ecologically unfit for ourselves and
other living forms on the Earth. The overall cause of the threat of extinction
is modernity, characterized by anthropocentricism and possessive individualism,
which has not only promoted aggressive competition among individuals and
nations rather than promoting harmony with nature and other human beings, but
also promoted unending exploitation of nature.
In order to
overcome modernity and save our beautiful planet, we need a sufficiently
comprehensive ecological aesthetics for altering our awareness about the Earth
and our life on it. Constructive postmodernism based on Whitehead’s process
philosophy promotes a view of nature that is deeply ecological, in the sense of
recognizing that all living creatures have intrinsic value, which should be
respected. Professor David Ray Griffin, a representative philosopher of
constructive postmodernism, once asserted that constructive postmodernism may
be called “ecological postmodernism” and another leading scholar, Charlene
Spretnak, has said that real postmodernism must be “ecological.” During the
past two decades, many works on ecoaesthetics have been published in China and “aesthetics of ecological existence”
based on ecophenomenology proposed by Professor Zeng Fanren of Shandong University has attracted a wide
attention. Therefore, the intrinsic connections and convergences between
constructive postmodernism and ecoaesthetics should be viewed as a significant
project of global importance.
There is no registration fee for this event. Accommodations will be at Xueren Hotel on the
Shangdong University campus for about $35 per day, with meals included. Transportation will be available from the Ji’nan
airport and the Ji’nan railway station on 12 June 2012.
For more information please contactCheng Xiangzhan, Professor and
deputy director of Shandong
Center for Literary and
Announcement Dak'Art 2012
The 10th Biennale of African Contemporary Art 11 May to 10 June, 2012
Dakar, Senegal www.biennaledakar.org
This International Exhibition is open to African artists, including African
Diaspora artists, as well. Application documentsmust reach the
General Secretariat of the Biennale as soon as possible and no later than the
20th of December 2011. Candidates should read carefully the explanation for
sending their portfolio and download the application form at: http://biennaledakar.org/2010/spip.php?article127&lang=en:
Call for Papers
Newsletter on Ecoaesthetics and Ecocriticism
monthly newsletter aims to build up a platform for ecological studies in theory
and literature both in China and abroad. Such a platform will help release the
latest trends and academic information on ecocivilization, ecoaesthetics,
environmental aesthetics, ecocriticism, ecoliterature, ecoeducation and ecocivility.
The working language of the newsletter is Chinese and it will be published only
in Chinese. If the submission is in
English, we will translate it into Chinese.
The length of the paper should be around 1,500 words.
topics are: histories of ecophilosophy;
ecoaesthetics and ecocriticism; new trends of ecocriticism; environmental
aesthetics; environmental justice and ecoliterature; ecoeducation and
ecocivility; and report about conference relevant to ecological issues.
Zeng Fanren, Lu Shuyuan
Executive Editor:Cheng Xiangzhan
submissions and further information, please contact the Executive Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Papers Marx and the
University of Amsterdam
May 10-13th, 2012
aim of this conference is twofold: on the one hand, to analyze the role of the
aesthetic in the writings of Marx and, on the other, to examine works of art
and literature which are based on, or have been directly inspired by, Marx’s
writings. At the core of this conference, then, is an attempt to think the
immanent relation between the aesthetic and emancipatory conceptions of
politics. Please send your abstract
(max. 500 words including information about institutional affiliation and field
of scholarship) before January 31st to: email@example.com
for Papers Edited
Volume, Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind
his work, The Meaning of the Body, philosopher Mark Johnson argues that aesthetics
is not just art theory. Rather, it should be considered to be the study
of everything that goes into the human capacity to make and experience the
bodily pre-linguistic cognitive, emotional and sensory-perceptual conditions
of meaning constitution having its origins in the organic activities
of living creatures and in their organism-environment transactions.
With the purpose of evaluating,
exploring and putting into focus the impact of
the embodied mind thesis on aesthetics as well as its breadth and relevance
for the field, we are creating an edited volume with the title,
Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind.
seek contributions which are firmly based on the embodied mind thesis and use
it as a framework for investigating the role of aesthetics in the study of
how humans make and experience meaning. Papers from literary aesthetics, pragmatist
aesthetics, evolutionary aesthetics, neuroaesthetics, empirical aesthetics,
computational aesthetics, psychology of aesthetics are welcome.
theoretical and empirical contributions will be taken into consideration. The language of the proposed publication is
English. Prospective contributors
are invited to send their initial proposals (500 word abstract) to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcement Sydney Society of
Literature and Aesthetics
Philosophies of Travel Conference
University of Sydney
29 September- 1 October 2011
The conference, co-hosted by the Department of Studies in
Religion, University of Sydney, will see over thirty scholars from around the
world discuss the concepts, ideas and aesthetics related to phenomena of
registration details can be found at www.ssla.org.au. The cost for attending only the
opening night keynote lecture by Dr. Chris McConville of Victoria University of
Melbourne is $55 and includes refreshments.
Contact Annabel Carr at: email@example.com if you
would like to attend. Full registration
includes the opening night keynote lecture.
Announcement Unsettled Boundaries: Philosophy, Art, and Ethics East/West
A Meeting of Chinese and Western Scholars
Department of Philosophy
Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12-14 October 2011
aims of this international conference are to advance mutual scholarly
communication and inter-cultural understanding of issues in contemporary
aesthetics and their relation to philosophy and art. Through the papers and the publication that
will follow, we hope to contribute to global appreciation of common ground and
differences existing in contemporary approaches to the topic. You are invited
to attend this conference and to participate in scholarly dialogue.
Patron, The American Society for Aesthetics, Marquette University Klinger
College of Arts and Sciences.
conference sessions are free and open to all who have an interest in the
subject. Advanced registration is
requested. Besides the paper sessions, there are some additional activities:
Opening reception at
the Haggerty Museum Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Free.
Two lunches, for both
Thursday and Friday: $30.
Closing Banquet, at
the University club in Milwaukee: $50.
register for these activities after August 1 by sending your name, affiliation
(if you have one), and activities you’d like to attend to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send checks for meal reservations to:
Department of Philosophy Marquette University P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI
Contact Information: Curtis
L. Carter, email@example.com , Department of Philosophy, Marquette
University, Milwaukee, WI, 53201. Office
phone: (414) 288-6962.
Landscapes in Transition
October 7, 2011 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Veríssimo Serrão (Faculty of Letters in the Center of Philosophy, University of
Lisbon) – “A transição como essência da
paisagem” (“Transition as essence of landscape”)
Arnold Berleant(Professor Emeritus, Long Island University), “Changing
Paolo D’Angelo (Università Roma
Tre), “Paesaggio e identità estetica dei
luoghi” (“Landscape and Aesthetic
Identity of Place”)
Pierre Donadieu (École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage de
Versailles), ”Comunicação a designar”
Jusuck Koh (Education and International Profiling, Wageningen
University), “Field aesthetic for landscape in transition”
Manuela Raposo de Magalhães
(Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura Paisagista) and Prof. Caldeira Cabral (Instituto
Superior de Agronomia de Lisboa) “The future of portuguese landscape?”
Linda Lear (Connecticut College) “Ambiente. Porquê ler os
clássicos?” “Silent Spring of Rachel Carson”
Commentator: José Manuel Lima Santos (Instituto Superior de Agronomia
for Papers Ethics & Aesthetics of
Architecture & the Environment
11-13 July 2012
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape
Newcastle University, UK firstname.lastname@example.org
I. Ethics & Aesthetics
Invited Keynote Speakers: Andrew Ballantyne, Ian
Buchanan, Paul Guyer, David Leatherbarrow.
Calling both philosophers and architects to
grapple with questions regarding the ethical and aesthetic qualities of
architecture, the hope is to propel the discourse beyond the limitations of a
purely visual understanding of the architectural experiences. Such
questions might include:
is/ought to be pleasurable architecture and environmental
do/ought our experiences impact the aesthetics of architecture and
do/ought we appreciate architecture and environment?
does/ought the ethical and aesthetic inform the understanding of
architecture and environment?
is/ought to be a good architect?
is/ought to be a good architecture?
does/ought architecture embody societal and cultural ethical codes?
Paper Abstracts should clearly address one of the
highlighted themes above and be no more than 500 words. Additionally please see
the conference’s strand pages for more information about the Ethics
and Aesthetics of Landscapeand the Ethics
and Aesthetics of Professional Practiceas well as the Posters
for more information regarding poster submissions. Please see each
strand’s themes and submission guidelines (same deadlines apply through out).
II.Ethics & Aesthetics of Landscape:
Invited Keynote Speakers: Emily Brady, Ian Ground, Simon James.
The notion that ethics and aesthetics overlap (and might even somehow be the
same thing) is ancient: Plato linked Beauty, Truth and Goodness. Certain human
capacities, such as perceptual sensitivity, imaginative freedom and creativity,
seem to be involved in both moral decisions and aesthetic engagement. Since the
eighteenth century, landscape theory has revolved around the aesthetic notions
of the Beautiful, the Sublime and the Picturesque. Are these eighteenth-century
notions redundant, or do they still have a place in twenty-first century design
theory? What is their relation to environmental values such as species
diversity, ecological integrity and sustainability? The designers, planners and managers of
places work under the imperative to act. What values do they mobilise when they
seek to create or maintain ‘good places’? In creating places which are
aesthetically pleasing can they also create places which are healthy, sociable,
democratic, sustainable and socially just?
Paper Abstracts should be no longer than 500
words and should address one of the above or related topics and should be clearly
marked if intended for this panel session.
Invited Keynote Speakers: Tom Spector, Oklahoma State University
Ethics of Professional Practice Workshop
A practical workshop meant to investigate the ethics of
working as an architect today, instructed by Dr. Tom Spector. The
question of maintaining trust between the profession of architecture and society
IS philosophically interesting. Can a profession truly be trusted? Should
it? Have there been any developments in the topic in the ensuing years? See Reith Lectures by Onora O’Neill.
More information to come.
*Please note the Professional Practice Panel Session
and the Posters Session have been replaced by the above workshop.
D e a d l i n e s : Abstracts: 28 October 2011 Notificationof Acceptance: 06 January 2012 FullPapers: 30 March 2012 Early Registration: 30 April 2012
Abstracts should be clearly
marked with author(s) names, institutional affiliation(s), and strand and
should be no more than 500 words. Authors of accepted abstracts will be
asked to submit a full paper. Both the abstract and the full paper will be
published in conference proceedings. Papers will be reviewed, but it is assumed
that full papers are accepted once an abstract has been accepted. Please send
submissions and inquiries to email@example.com.
Symposium on Theories of Art / Design and Aesthetics. Akdeniz University
in collaboration with Asian Society of Aesthetics
Antalya, Turkey, 19-21 October 2011
and aesthetic theories investigate and define the cultural, social and
political world views
that are reflected in the works of culture and art that express meanings of
human value through
their forms. Until quite recently,
philosophical aesthetics seemed to be mostly a study
pursued in the West. In recent decades,
international symposia and publications have shown the historical and
conceptual richness of art and aesthetic theories in the East and in non-Western
cultures. This symposium intends to
present these diverse cultural approaches to art and aesthetics by bringing
together scholars from Asia and Europe. We
consider that the theoretical foundations of contemporary art of Western origin
can be questioned and that the Asian and Anatolian roots of its aesthetic
values can be discussed through the creative processes.
Aim of the Symposium The
Symposium on Art and Aesthetic Theories will bring together active
theoreticians and thinkers from different parts of the world for scholars and
students of art and design, not only to deal with these issues from a historical
and contemporary perspective in which Asian, Anatolian and European art and aesthetic
theories are defined, but also to treat the subject of technology in relation
to art and aesthetics.The Mediterranean
has always been a region of intercultural relations and interaction. Therefore, as the University of Akdeniz
(Mediterranean), we intend to create a platform for intercultural discourse on
art and culture.
Asian roots of aesthetics (in collaboration with Asian Society of Aesthetics);
Anatolian roots of aesthetics; contemporary approaches to art and aesthetic theories;
art theories / technology / aesthetics; design theories / technology / aesthetics
01, 2011 Deadline for abstracts July
15, 2011 Deadline for papers July
15, 2011 Deadline for the payment of the symposium fee
Call for Papers Special Issue of Environmental Philosophy:
Temporal Environments: Rethinking Time
Guest Editors: Jacob Metcalf (UC Santa
Thom van Dooren (University of Technology,
Place and space have received substantial attention in environmental philosophy
in recent decades. Theorists from a variety of fields have proposed that
reorienting our relationship to the non-human world requires reconsideration of
ways of understanding and inhabiting spaces and places. This special issue of Environmental Philosophy will feature articles that direct similar
attention to the time and temporality of environments, a topic that has been
relatively neglected by environmental philosophy and ethics. Although
environmental ethicists have long discussed temporal issues, such as
intergenerational justice, time has often been treated as an essentially linear
and static container for human action. But if we conceive of time as produced,
constructed, maintained, lived, multiple, and a more-than-human concern, the
possibilities for environmental philosophy look dramatically different. This
collection will offer such a framework for thinking through time and
environment by exploring the multiple lived times present in global climate
change, species extinction, the practices of ecological sciences, and the
temporal fidelities of conservation and restoration.
We invite submissions from environmental philosophers and other ecological
scholars, including reflective pieces from natural and social scientists.
Pieces that are grounded in specific cases of temporal environments are
especially encouraged. We welcome pieces from international and native
communities, and others not often represented in philosophy journals. A fuller description can be found at (http:// ephilosophy.uoregon.edu/).
Environmental Philosophy is a
peer-reviewed professional philosophy journal, and is the official journal of
the International Association of Environmental Philosophy (IAEP).
publication date: Spring 2012
Abstracts of 300-400 words due by April 1, 2011
Papers due for review by August 1, 2011
The length of submissions is encouraged to be 6-8,000 words.
Abstracts Dutch Association of AestheticsAnnual Conference May 27th-28th, 2011 Ghent, Belgium
Association of Aesthetics (http://nge.nl/daa/) is a society for everyone interested
in theoretical, philosophical and critical reflection on the arts and the
aesthetic dimensions of contemporary culture. The association offers a meeting
place for philosophers, artists, art critics, art scientists, and people
employed in art education and art policy.
Association of Aesthetics will hold its annual conference on Friday May 27th and Saturday May 28th 2011 in Ghent,
Belgium. Keynote speakers are Paul
Crowther (National University of Ireland, Galway) and Jerrold Levinson (University of
Maryland). Papers on any
topic in aesthetics or the philosophy of art are invited. Abstracts should be
appr. 1,000 words, and must be prepared for blind review. The deadline for abstracts
is March 10th 2011.
Conference languages are Dutch and English. Please send your abstract in PDF or
RTF format to Annelies Monseré: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference venue: Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Blandijnberg 2, 9000
Gent Organising Committee: Hans Maes,
Annelies Monseré, and Bart Vandenabeele
Call for Papers AISE Report: "(Re) thinking Creativity / Re-Thinking
Journal of Hermeneutics and Philosophical Criticism Directed
by Gianni Vattimo and Gaetano Chiurazzi
Tropos. Journal of Hermeneutics
and Philosophical Criticism
will publish a monograph in 2011 entitled "(Re) creative Thinking,"
by Alessandro Bertinetto and Alberto Martinengo. Submissions of papers on
topics related to creativity between philosophy and arts are invited. The deadline for submitting a proposal, which
will be submitted to blind review, is August 31, 2011. The details and
modalities of participation are available at: http://www.aise.unito.it/iniziative/?p=107
Call For Papers Instituto
de Filosofia, Artes e Cultura
Image, Imagination, Fantasy.
Twenty years without Vilém Flusser Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto,
Brazil October 18-21, 2011
International Congress Image, Imagination, Fantasy will consist in lectures
presented by invited lecturers in the mornings, and presentation of papers and
roundtables selected among the inscriptions, in the afternoon, followed by
discussions. The themes are Vilém
Flusser works and the following:
and Politics Art
and Philosophy Culture
and Ethics Space
and Time in Art Art
and Memory Art and Psychoanalysis Tradition
and Rupture in Aesthetics The
Modern and the Contemporary The
Real and the Virtual
Call for Papers The
IXth IIAA International Summer Conference on Environmental Aesthetics Aesthetics
of Human Spaces: Between Urban and
The concept of space has become one of
the most important instruments for investigating the constitutive factors
involved in building human relationship to the surroundings. Recent research in
different fields has revealed various dimensions of the concept and different
viewpoints from which it can be addressed. The concept of space helps direct
attention to the human, felt dimension not only of natural environments, but of
urban environments as well. The concept of space is also an important aesthetic
one, as it is connected to critical issues in contemporary aesthetics.
One important way of approaching human
spaces is to make a distinction between private and public space. Some spaces
could be called “hybrid spaces,” including aspects from different kinds of
spaces. What are the differences between the aesthetics of the different forms
of space? What sort of a role does the experience of spaces play in human life
as a whole?
interested in exploring these issues are asked to send an abstract of no more
than 300 words to email@example.comThe
time allotted to each paper is 40 minutes (30 minutes for presentation and 10
minutes for discussion).
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
Announcement 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 University Nijmegen
Applied Philosophy Group, Wageningen University
Netherlands School for Research in Practical Philosophy
Center for Environmental Philosophy, University of North Texas
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
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.
Nijmegen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nijmegen) 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.
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.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Conference
fee: 125 euro (regular registrant,
bachelor and master
students do not have to pay the conference fee).
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
for Abstracts Third
Annual Geo-aesthetics Conference Rendezvous
with the Sensuous
March 11-12, 2011Towson 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.
for Papers Architecture+Philosophy
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.
Crisis of the Human Sciences:
False Objectivity and the Decline of Creativity March
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
For Abstracts American
Philosophies Forum 2011 Conference: “Cosmopolitanism
and Place” June
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