8th Interdisciplinary, International Graduate Conference 2007, 23 - 25 November, University of Erlangen/Nuremberg
Ethics and/or justice after postmodernism:
Revisioning media, politics, and the arts in the 21st century
Simon Critchley (NYU): Ethics of commitment, politics of resistance
Antje Kley (Erlangen): Ethics - Media - Representation. Aesthetic Experience and Identity Formation in Richard Powers' Novel "Plowing the Dark"(2000)
Joachim Renn (Erlangen): Second Order Ethics
Poetry Reading by the Austrian-Jewish writer Robert Schindel (Vienna)and ensuing discussion with Klaus Holz (Dortmund)
Young scholars (postgraduates and assistant professors) are invited to present papers at our conference.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Ethics of deconstruction/deconstruction of ethics
- Ethics and narration
- Intercultural ethics and hermeneutics
- Ethics and (cultural) translation
- Language and normative pragmatics
- Ethics in contemporary art and film
- Media theory and media ethics
- Technologies of the self
- Boundaries of the human
- Governmentality and biopolitics
- Construction of (national, gender) identities
- New antisemitism
- Religiousness and fanatism
- Post-marxist politics
- Limits to postmodern liberalism
- Global society - global ethics
- Concepts of love, hospitality and friendship
Please register using our online submission form at http://www.gradnet.de
The deadline for paper proposals (max. 250 words) is now extended to October 1, 2007).
You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by October 4,2007.
The reformulation of ethical narratives may be seen as one of the most prominent signatures of the current political debate, of mass-media communication, and of present literary and artistic productions.
The conference will focus on this recent 'ethical turn', observable in these various and heterogeneous fields.
However, does the focus on ethical questions (as centering on the individual) exclude claims for political, social,
gender or ethnical justice, or are they mutually dependent?
With our conference we would like to discuss
what space justice and ethics occupy in contemporary everyday life and in the present academic discourse.
In what ways do issues concerning ethics and/or justice appear
- in the media and in the arts (as return to narration, as new forms of a littérature engagée, as remembrance culture)?
- in politics (as forms of inclusion and exclusion; as justice of recognition and redistribution)?
- in disciplines such as philosophy and the social sciences, which theoretically and practically analyse forms of acting ethically and/or justly?
The University of Erlangen-Nürnberg is proud to be able to offer three Bursaries for scholars who come from nations whose scholars cannot normally afford to attend conferences in Western Europe.
Applications for bursaries, including a curriculum vitae, should reach us by Friday, 23 September 2007.
If you have further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Alexandra Boehm, M.A. (Comparative Literature), Mark Schoenleben, M.A. (Philosophy)
Universität Erlangen, Institut für Philosophie, Bismarckstr. 1, 91054 Erlangen, Germany
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