1st Global Conference - Making Sense Of: Pain

Venue: Sydney

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Event Date/Time: Feb 17, 2010 End Date/Time: Feb 17, 2010
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1st Global Conference Making Sense Of: Pain Wednesday 17th February - Friday 19th February 2010 The Womens College, Sydney, Australia in association with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney Call for Papers Pain is an inevitable aspect of the experience of all sentient beings. Many, if not all, fields of human activity have the potential to occasion pain - and much of what we do as individuals and/or collectivities involves our efforts to prevent, ameliorate, cure or avoid pain. Nonetheless, despite the unpleasantness and sometimes the agony of the experience of pain, we are also capable of enduring it. Depending on the context, we may do so willingly. Yet there is also the dark side of pain: humans are capable of inflicting it and at times do so intentionally, for gain or enjoyment; they can also hurt others through carelessness and disregard of their needs and comfort. This interdisciplinary conference provides a forum for inquiry into the vicissitudes of pain: its nature and existential significance, and the many ways in which pain plays a part in our lives. Of particular concern, too, are the biological, social and interpersonal circumstances within which our reactions to pain occur. The following themes are suggested as guides to the formulation of topics for papers and workshops. I Elaborations on Pain Pain in history Pain and philosophy Pain and literature and drama Pain and faith Pain in visual art Pain in music II Pain and Evolution III Pain and Personality IV Pain in Work and Business V Inflicting Pain Torture; how is it possible? Pain and sins of omission VI Pain and Emotion Suffering, fear and hope Compassion and abhorrence VII Pain Tolerance and the Meaning of Pain Martyrdom Masochism Toward a desired end, eg - childbirth - cosmetic work (surgery, waxing) - in performance, as in sport, music or dancing VIII Different Perspectives on Pain The understanding of pain by sufferers, carers, and professionals - eg in intractable pain of terminal disease - chronic pain - trauma, eg burns - "aches and pains" IX Practices, Philosophies and Dilemmas of Pain Relief Personal Professional Cultural Economic Political (macro and micro) X Communication and Pain Issues in conversations about pain - about ones own pain Issues in conversations about the pain of others (in medicine, law, etc) Problems in expressing and reading pain - in words - in body language Using and interpreting metaphors of pain - heartache, pain-in-the-neck (and elsewhere), gut-wrenching, burning desire, wounding remark Silences about pain - when and why? Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th August 2009. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 15th January 2010. 300 word