12th Global Conference: Perspectives on Evil

Venue: Prague

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Event Date/Time: Mar 17, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 17, 2011
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2th Global Conference Perspectives on Evil Thursday 17th March – Saturday 19th March 2011 Prague, Czech Republic Call for Papers This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding evil and human wickedness. Papers, presentations, reports and workshops are invited on issues on or broadly related to any of the following themes: 1. Wrestling with Evil - does the language of evil make sense in the 21st Century? - what is evil? What is the concept of evil? - when we use the term evil what do we seek to convey? - understanding the language of evil - evil and other possibilities: morally objectionable; morally wrong; bad; immoral; iniquitous; reprobate; sinful; wrong; depraved; diabolical; heinous; malevolent; wicked 2. The Nature of Evil - the contexts of evil; the meaning of evil as context dependent - the roots of evil - what counts as evil? Evil, Evils. Is there such a thing? - the boundaries of evil; the forms of evil; types of evil; instances of evil. Universal evil? - the practices of evil - taking evil seriously; enjoying evil; satisfying evil 3. Explanatory Frameworks - what are we looking for? The possibility of explanations - what is an explanation? - what does or should an explanation seek to achieve? - is evil capable of explanation? - explanation as evil 4. Understanding Evil - from the perspectives of the disciplines indicative examples: anthropology, art, art history, criminology, cultural studies, history, legal studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and theology - from the perspectives of professions indicative examples: accountants, architects, diplomats, doctors, engineers, lawyers, pharmacists, planners, teachers, vets; people working in economics, forensics, medicine, nursing, politics, prison services, psychiatry - from the perspectives of vocations indicative examples: people working in altruistic vocations, professional vocations, voluntary vocations, religious vocations, humanitarian campaigning and activities - from the perspectives of ngos indicative examples: United Nations, international ngos, business oriented ngos, governmental ngos, quangos, civil society ngos; people working with interest groups, lobbying activities; charity organisations; relief organisations; occupational organisations; not-for-profit networks 5. Representations of Evil - art, art history, visual culture - cinema, tv, theatre, radio - music; metal - media - technological and multi-media representations - video games and on-line communities - subcultural formations and identities - fashion and evil - gothic subjectivities and Othering 6. Confronting Evil - how is it possible to confront evil? - can evil be resolved? Should evil be resolved? - the work of Truth and Reconciliation commissions; the International Criminal Court; the role of law and local criminal justice procedures - the work of international organisations - the role of charities The Steering Group also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st October 2010. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 4th February 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfe