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Call for papers:

Situating the Human

Launch workshop of the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice

26th - 28th September 2017
University of Pardubice, Czech Republic

Inaugural Lecture:
‘Philosophy as a Humanistic Discipline’ by Raimond Gaita (University of Melbourne/University of Pardubice)

Invited speakers to include:
Christopher Hamilton (King’s College London)
Christian Maurer (University of Lausanne)
Catherine Rowett (University of East Anglia)
Naomi Scheman (University of Minnesota)

To mark the launch of The Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, we are pleased to announce a workshop on the theme of “Situating the Human”. The aim of the workshop is to examine our shifting ways of understanding and situating a sense of the ethical importance of our humanity. The papers will range over familiar issues such as regard or disregard for the humanity of the other, love and affective response, the value of the other, and the difference between personal and broader socio-political responses to our shared human predicament or condition. Consideration will also be given to the emergence of post-human discourses and to the ways in which familiar assumptions about the human have been challenged through critiques of anthropocentrism in, for example, environmental and animal ethics.

There are no ‘tradition’ restrictions to analytic or continental and cross-over papers drawing from more than a single tradition are welcome. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • What it means to recognise the human, on personal and social/political levels
  • Forms of disregard for others’ humanity: racism, sexism, discrimination
  • Xenophobia, denigration of different religions and ethnic groups
  • Marginalisation of the poor, afflicted, disadvantaged, addicts or criminals
  • Critiques of anthropocentrism in ethics
  • The grounds of our responsibilities towards animals or the natural world
  • Non-human artificial others
  • The relationship between morality and love
  • Conceptions of human nature and their role in ethics
  • Humanity in art, literature and philosophy

Submission details

Those who are interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract of 300-500 words to by the 24th of July. Please include your paper title, name, academic affiliation and contact information. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by the end of July. In addition to full papers (45 minutes including discussion), a number of slots will be reserved for shorter postgraduate papers (30 minutes including discussion).

The workshop will be followed by an intensive seminar with Raimond Gaita from October 2-4th, which all participants in the workshop are welcome to attend.

For further information please see our Centre website or facebook page, or contact Ondřej Beran ( It is possible to participate in the workshop without presenting a paper. Should you wish to do so, please register at the same e-mail address by the end of August at the latest. Attendance is free of charge, but number of seats is limited.
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