1st Global Conference - Making Sense Of: Suffering

Venue: Prague

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Date/Time: Nov 11, 2010 End Date/Time: Nov 11, 2010
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1st Global Conference Making Sense Of: Suffering Thursday 11th November – Saturday 13th November 2010 Prague, Czech Republic Call for Papers This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore the extent to which, if any, meaning can be found in suffering. During the course of living our lives, we are invariably forced to stop and question why we suffer – be it through illness, pain, loss, grief or the multitude of distressing circumstances which we encounter. Problems arise in a variety of contexts and due to a bewildering variety of conditions. And because our lives are constantly on-going streams of experience, the nature of suffering and consequently the meaning of such suffering continually varies and changes. The conference aims to raise and assess a variety of questions related to the nature of suffering, the origins of suffering, the meaning of suffering, explanations for suffering and responding to suffering. Papers, workshops, presentations and pre-formed panels are invited on any of the following themes: I. What is Suffering? • Defining suffering. What is suffering? How do we approach suffering? • Is suffering unique or exclusive to human beings? • Non-human suffering • Categories of suffering. Suffering as – a problem; a condition; an expression; an experience; a position of powerlessness; a consequence of meaninglessness; a result of affliction. II. The Roots of Suffering • The origins of suffering • Suffering as universal; as international; as national; as local; as particular • Suffering and history • The contexts and conditions of suffering • Producing suffering III. The Meaning of Suffering • Suffering and meaning • Suffering and language • What is at stake when dealing with suffering? • The limits of suffering • The dangers of suffering IV. Explaining Suffering • suffering and explanation • theories of suffering: the work of the disciplines • theories of suffering: the work of the professions • theories of suffering: the work of the vocations • silence and suffering V. Suffering and Practice • suffering, apathy and indifference • alleviating suffering • practices causing, prolonging, truncating, overcoming, relieving or resolving suffering • suffering, hope and despair VI. Suffering and Religion • Suffering from the perspective of religious traditions • Suffering and sacred texts • Portraits of suffering and sufferers • Suffering and redemption • Suffering and atheism VII. Representing Suffering • suffering and representation • suffering in literature • suffering in the media • suffering in tv, film, theatre and radio • suffering in cybercultures VIII. Confronting Suffering • meaning, suffering and action • overcoming suffering • should suffering be overcome? • case studies • practice(s), resolution(s), settlement • suffering and silence Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 28th May 2010. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 24th September 2010. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order: