Concerned Philosophers for Peace is sponsoring two Group Sessions at the 2010 Eastern Division APA Meeting that will be held from Monday, December 27 to Thursday, December 30, 2010, in Boston at the Marriott/Westin-Copley Connection.
(1) For the first of the two Group Sessions, we are calling for participants in a panel, the topic of which is: “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P): By Force of Arms or by Nonviolent Means?”
This topic is well-illustrated by a recent (January 2, 2010) front page article in the New York Times: “Fragile Calm Holds in Darfur After Years of Death.” Instead of by means of armed humanitarian intervention, this fragile calm in Darfur has been achieved (partly or wholly) by means of negotiations, peace agreements, and peacekeeping missions. But the fragility of the calm suggests such questions as the following. Should a credible threat of armed humanitarian intervention be made to preserve the calm?
Our goal is to have a panel representing a wide variety of points of view on this topic, including advocates of just war theory and advocates of nonviolence. Accordingly, there might be panel participants who are not CPP members. Formal papers are not required. Each panelist will have the opportunity to read a paper or to speak informally. Audience participation will be encouraged.
To be considered as a participant in this panel, you should submit a complete paper of 2,500-3000 words (one that can be presented in 20-25 minutes) or a substantial summary of an informal talk (one that is sufficient to allow appraisal of its suitability for the panel) no later than April 1, 2010. Your paper or summary should be emailed as an attachment in PDF, Word Perfect, or RTF format to email@example.com
(2) The second of the two Group Sessions will not have a specific topic. Papers on any topic appropriate for CPP sponsorship will be considered. A complete paper of 2,500-3000 words (one that can be presented in 20-25 minutes) or a substantial summary of an informal talk (one that is sufficient to allow appraisal) should be submitted no later than April 1, 2010. Your paper or summary should be emailed as an attachment in PDF, Word Perfect, or RTF format to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those who want to participate in this second Group Session should realize that the APA regularly includes the following statement in its letter about Group Sessions: “Two sessions will be allowed if time and space permit. (Up to this point I have always been able to accommodate requests for two sessions, but I cannot absolutely guarantee this.)”
John W. Lango
CPP liaison with Eastern Division APA
Department of Philosophy
Hunter College of the City University of New York