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CPP 2011: Peace and the Public Life

THANKS EVERYBODY!

It was good to see everyone together.


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PROGRAM

Presidential Address

President of Concerned Philosophers for Peace Danielle Poe will present the annual presidential address on Diane Wilson’s environmental activism during the closing plenary session for the CPP annual conference at Austin Community College.

In a paper tentatively titled, “Mothering against the Norms: Diane Wilson and Environmental Activism,” Prof. Poe will explore intersecting meanings of justice and mothering in the writings of the highly respected Texas activist. Here’s how Poe describes the upcoming presidential address:

“When my daughter was five years old, I bought her a book about Diane Wilson, whose nonviolent civil disobedience landed her in jail as she confronted injustice. Wilson’s story inspires me, and I hoped it would inspire my daughter as well. Wilson inadvertently stumbles on information about the pollution of the bay where she and her family have shrimped for four generations, and she tirelessly confronts those who are causing the pollution in order to save her community and its bay. I want this kind of passion and sense of justice for my children; I want them to speak out against injustice even when the odds are overwhelmingly against them.

“I will analyze the ways in which Wilson’s experience as a mother inspires her to choose nonviolent, civil disobedience that will result in incarceration. As part of this choice, Wilson confronts norms about what it means to be a mother in U.S. society. Her actions challenge social pressure to raise children who conform to values of capitalism and militarism rather than to justice. While it may seem to be the case that the time that Wilson serves undermines her ability to be a mother by going to jail, I will argue that she fulfills her obligations to her children and provides a creative example to other mothers on how we can mother and resist oppression such that we work to give our children a better society, a capacity to discern justice from injustice, and a capacity for imagining and creating a better
society.”

Poe is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dayton. She will deliver the CPP presidential address at 3pm, Saturday, Nov. 5, at the auditorium of the Riverside Campus of Austin Community College. The event is free and open to the public.

Community Panel

On Friday, Nov. 4, CPP will host a community panel on “Activism in the Tradition of Cesar Chavez” at 3pm, also at the ACC Riverside Campus, featuring Susana Almanza of PODER, Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project, and a representative from Red Salmon Arts. The community panel will be moderated by Prof. Jose-Antonio Orosco of Oregon State University, author of “Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence.” The community panel is also free and open to the public.


Advance Schedule
(updated Nov. 3, 2011)

Concerned Philosophers for Peace
Annual Conference
Nov. 4 – 5, 2011
Austin Community College (ACC)
Riverside Campus
1020 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741
http://www.austincc.edu/rvs/

NOVEMBER 4, 2011

CPP Info Table & Resistencia Books:
Building G (hallway, ground floor, East side)

Fri 8:15 Meet & Greet
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004
Breakfast tacos & coffee

Fri 9:00 – 9:10 Welcome
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Lyman Grant, Dean of Arts and Humanities at ACC

Fri 9:15 – 10:45 Immigration, Violence, and Democracy
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Bob Libal, Grassroots Leadership

Jorge Mario Rodriguez Martinez, Professor of Philosophy, University of San Carlos of Guatemala:

“The Ethical Dimensions of Human Rights and the Moral Limits of Citizenship”

Richard Peterson, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University:

“Violence, Intellectuals, and the Public Sphere”

Jose-Antonio Orosco, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University:

“Cesar Chavez, Undocumented Immigrants, and American Democracy”

Fri 11:00 – 12:20 Peace Education, Religion, and the Public Life
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Celeste Rios, Adjunct Professor of Government, ACC

Lillian Huerta, Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, ACC:

“Service Learning as Peace Education”

Sharon Sarles, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, ACC:

“Positioning Religion as a Peacemaking Force”

Carlo Filice, Professor and Chair of Philosophy, SUNY Geneseo:

“Peace and Public Fairness”

Fri 12:20 – 1:20
Lunch
Please visit Campus Snack Bar, Building A
or Tin Cup Grill near Golf Course Parking
Presenters: please go to Building G – Room 9135

Fri 1:20 – 2:50 Peace, Resistance, and Revolution
ACC Riverside Campus Building E — Room 7004

Chair: Nicole Berland, Education Organizer for Occupy Austin

Ron Hirschbein, Professor of Philosophy, Walden University

“Edward Bernays’ America”

Raul G. Garcia, Instructor of Philosophy, Lamar University:

“The Philosophy of Ramsey Muniz and the Rising of the Sixth Sun”

David Boersema, Professor of Philosophy, Pacific University:

“Positive Peace in the Middle East”

Fri 3:00 – 5:00 Community Panel:
Activism in the Tradition of Cesar Chavez
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

ACC Welcome

Chair: Jose-Antonio Orosco, Professor of Philosophy, Oregon State University and author of Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence

Lilia Rosas, Red Salmon Arts

James Harrington, Founding Director, Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP )

Susana Almanza, Coordinator, People Organized for the Defense of the Earth and her Resources (PODER)

Fri 6:00 Dinner at Threadgill’s World Headquarters (South)
“Come as you are, pay as you go, tip like a liberal”

NOVEMBER 5, 2011

Sat 8:15 Meet & Greet
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100
Breakfast tacos & coffee

Sat 9:00 – 10:15 Critical Issues in Law, Police, and Prisons
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Scott Henson, Grits for Breakfast

Nick Braune, Associate Professor of Philosophy, South Texas College:

“Police Power and Deception Cause False Confessions”

Michael J. Coyle, Assistant Professor of Political Science, CSU – Chico:

“Penal Abolition and The Public Intellectual as Peace Maker”

Sat 10:30 – 12:15 Critical Figures in Peace Philosophy
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Glynis Christine, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, ACC

Wendy C. Hamblet, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies, North Carolina A&T University:

“The Philosopher, His Poor and the ‘Nature’ of the Public Life: A Rethinking of Plato’s Treatment of the Working Poor and their place in the Life of the Polis”

Robert Gould, Professor of Philosophy, Portland State University Conflict Resolution Department:

“Hume’s Anti-War Fact/Value Argument Evolves into a Contemporary Warrior Meritocracy, where the Fact of Power and Wealth Trumps Moral Values”

ACC Philosophy Club, Association of Recreational Thinkers (ART)

“Rand Revisited: Objectivist Axioms and Social Movements”

Sat 12:15 – 1:15
Lunch
Please visit Campus Snack Bar, Building A
or Tin Cup Grill near Golf Course Parking
CPP Business Meeting: Building G – Room 9135

Sat 1:20 – 2:50 Philosophy in the Public Life
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100

Chair: Linda Braune, Poet and Peace Activist

Gail Presbey, Professor of Philosophy, University of Detroit-Mercy:

“Philosopher and Public Intellectual: Compatible Roles?”

Tanya M. Loughead, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Canisius College:

“Freedom-Work”

William C. Gay, Professor of Philosophy and Graduate Coordinator, UNC – Charlotte:

“How Philosophers Advance Peace in the Public Sphere”

Sat 3:00 – 4:45 CPP Presidential Address
ACC Riverside Auditorium Building G – Room 8100
ACC Welcome

Chair: Gail Presbey, Past President of CPP, Professor of Philosophy, University of Detroit Mercy

Danielle Poe, Professor of Philosophy, University of Dayton:

“Mothering against the Norms: Diane Wilson and Environmental Activism”

Sat 5:00 ACC Facility Closing Time


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CONFERENCE LOCATION DETAIL:
Homepage for ACC Riverside Campus
1020 Grove Blvd., Austin, TX 78741
http://www.austincc.edu/rvs/

LODGING INFO: CPP has been offered
a block of rooms for $69.99 per night at:
Comfort Suite Austin Airport
7501 E Ben White Blvd
Austin , TX 78741
Phone: (512) 386-6000
http://www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-austin-texas-TX573

When you call for reservations, please mention
Concerned Philosophers for Peace
The Motel is one mile from
Austin-Bergstrom Intl Airport (AUS)
and 2.4 miles from the ACC
Riverside Campus

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Conference Objectives

“Peace and the Public Life”

When we think of peace do we think of something public? Or is peace a private thing somehow widely shared? U.S. debates over public options, public workers, and public spending seem to signify a crisis of doubt over the value of the very meaning of “the public.”

For the 2011 conference of Concerned Philosophers for Peace at Austin Community College (Austin, TX, Nov. 4-5) we invited proposals for papers and panels that address conceptual issues involved with re-thinking peace or peacemaking in relation to a crisis in “public life” that has thrown into doubt the very meanings of public and private terms.

The location of this year’s conference–at the Riverside Campus of ACC–also evokes legacies of Cesar Chavez, Gloria Anzaldua, and the civil rights philosophy of J. Leonard Farmer. Papers seeking peaceful conceptions of rights for migrant peoples, of rights to borderline identities, and the equal treatment of peoples under the law would be especially suited to the terrain.

Of course other areas of exploration are also welcome, especially including reflections on issues raised by democracy movements across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Every year is a good year for philosophers of peace to gather for working refreshment of their conceptual tools. Perhaps the crisis of “public life” presents an opportunity for philosophers to contribute timely meditations on the ways that the turmoil in terms public and private signify hazards and opportunities for conceiving peace.

About CPP

Since its inception in 1981, Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP) has become the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of war and prospects for peace. The organization holds an annual conference as well as programs at each divisional meeting of the American Philosophical Association.

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Remembrance and Reconciliation

The following is a new publication which might interest you. 
At the moment it is offered with 30% discount until March 15th*. More information at info@rodopi.nl

Remembrance and Reconciliation

Edited by Rob Gildert and Dennis Rothermel

Amsterdam/New York, NY 2011. IX, 144 pp. (Value Inquiry Book Series 225)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3265-1   (Paper)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3266-8   (E-Book)

Online info: www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=VIBS+225

Remembrance and reconciliation envision intentional pathways out of conflict and toward peace. Remembrance retraces the junctures in the past that determined what a nation has become. Probing accountability for past actions establishes accountability for what continues to happen. Revisiting what a nation has done brings the perspectives of the peoples of those nations into view.

Contents
Dennis Rothermel: Preface
Remembrance
Dennis Rothermel: Introduction
Duane L. Cady: Remembering the Present
Eddy Souffrant: Vulnerability and Beneficence: Remembering the Past for the Sake of Peace
Joseph Betz: Homeland Security, Fiduciary Care, and Duties to Foreign Nationals
Joseph C. Kunkel: Forgetting and Not Reconciling Hiroshima
Reconciliation
Dennis Rothermel: Introduction
Robert Paul Churchill: Compassion and Reconciliation
David Boersema: What’s Wrong with Victims’ Rights?
Rob Gildert: Pedagogy and Punishment: A Unitarian Argument for Restorative Justice
Andrew Fitz-Gibbon: Perpetual Violence? Mimesis and Anamnesis
William C. Gay: Language and Reconciliation
Works Cited
About the Authors
Index

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CPP cfp: Future without Borders

Call for Papers

A Future Without Borders / Un avenir sans frontières:
Essays in Cosmopolitan Peacebuilding

Tracey Nicholls (Lewis University) and Eddy Souffrant (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) invite contributions on the topic of cosmopolitanism and peace for a forthcoming volume they are co-editing, A Future Without Borders / Un avenir sans frontières.

We envision this volume as a venue for publication of some of the papers presented at the 2010 Concerned Philosophers for Peace conference (“The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability” / « Les années Obama : Guerre, Paix et Développement environnemental ») but we invite contributions from other scholars whose works investigate cosmopolitan possibilities for peace.

This collection of essays will be submitted to Rodopi’s Philosophy of Peace series, which has historically published proceedings of Concerned Philosophers for Peace conferences. However, in recognition of the bilingual nature of the 2010 meeting in Montreal, we plan to publish a bilingual collection grouped thematically and published in either English or French, according to the preference of the contributing author. Regardless of the choice of language, all submissions should address questions of war, peace, and environmentalism in a cosmopolitan or multinational context.

Possible paper topics include:
* the role of environmental problems in causes of war
* connections between environmental sustainability and peace-making (or peacebuilding)
* human rights and environmental catastrophes
* collective action for environmental sustainability in an international context
* the ethical challenges of humanitarianism in conflict zones
* whether, and to what extent, nationalism is a root cause of either war or environmental degradation
* whether, and to what extent, cosmopolitanism is a necessary element of peacebuilding and/or climate change accords

Anyone interested in contributing a chapter should submit a paper, suitably prepared for blind review, to both tracey.j.nicholls@gmail.com and esouffra@uncc.edu no later than 31 March 2011. Papers should be roughly 6000 words, including notes and bibliography, and should use the author-date system of referencing.

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CPP cfp: Eastern APA 2011

Greetings,

Concerned Philosophers for Peace is sponsoring a Group Session at the 2011 Eastern Division APA Meeting to be held from Tuesday, December 27 to Friday, December 30 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

Papers on any topic appropriate for CPP sponsorship will be considered. You should submit a substantial summary of your talk (one that is sufficient to allow appraisal) no later than April 1, 2011. Your summary should be emailed as an attachment in PDF, Word Perfect, or RTF format to john.lango@hunter.cuny.edu

Best wishes,

John

John W. Lango
CPP liaison with Eastern Division APA
Professor Emeritus
Department of Philosophy
Hunter College of the City University of New York

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CPP @ APA Pacific 2011 (San Diego)

GROUP SESSION American Philosophical Association
Pacific Division

Hilton Bayfront
Thursday April 21, 6:00-9:00pm

Perspectives on the Middle East

David Boersema
“Positive Peace and the Middle East”
Pacific University
boersema@pacificu.edu

Andrew Fiala
“Pluralism, Religion, and Peace”
Cal State Univ. Fresno
afiala@csufresno.edu

Ovadia Ezra
“Moral Responsibility at the End of Military Occupation”
Tel Aviv University
ovadia@post.tau.ac.il

Ron Hirschbein
“Confessions of a Self-Hating Jew”
Walden University
hirschbein@sbcglobal.net

Fuat Gursozlu
“Strife, Violence, and Harm”
Binghamton University
(unable to attend)
fgursozlu@yahoo.com

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CPP @ APA 2011 Minneapolis

GROUP SESSION American Philosophical Association
Central Division
Minneapolis Hilton
Saturday April 2, 12:15-2:15

Concerned Philosophers for Peace (CPP)

Session Title:
“Conceptualizing Communication as Intercultural”

Chair:
Danielle Poe, Univ of Dayton

Participants:

Samuel Imbo, Hamline Univ
“Intercultural Dialogue in Muslim-majority Malaysia”

Gail Presbey, Univ of Detroit-Mercy
“Intercultural Communication and the Case of Arizona’s Ban on Ethnic Studies”

Eric Skoglund, Guest Panelist
“Intercultural Communication and the Case of Urban Art in Minneapolis”

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Memorial

Remembering Ken Brown

Memorial Service: Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, 2 p.m., Cordier Auditorium, Manchester College, North Manchester, IN

Peace studies professor and activist Ken Brown of Manchester faculty dies

National peace studies pioneer and Manchester College professor emeritus Kenneth L. Brown died Nov. 3 at The Cleveland Clinic, of complications stemming from vasculitis, an auto-immune disease. The North Manchester resident was 77. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 in Cordier Auditorium on campus.

Dr. Brown was a nonviolent activist and educator for peace and justice. For 25 years, he directed the nation’s oldest peace studies program at Manchester College, serving as a consultant to peace studies programs across the country and around the world. He led study teams to Vietnam, Brazil, Northern Ireland, Haiti, Thailand, India, Jamaica, Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Cuba.

“Ken was an amazing man,” said President Jo Young Switzer. “For decades, his name was synonymous with our Peace Studies program. His students grappled with big questions and ambiguities. We respected him for all that and more. We are deeply grateful for the good life and example of Ken Brown.”

Even after retirement in spring 2006, Dr. Brown continued to teach. He and his wife Viona hosted weekly discussions for students in their home since his arrival at Manchester in 1961. Their daughter, Dr. Katy Gray Brown, a 1991 graduate, is assistant professor of philosophy and peace studies at Manchester, and a son, Dr. Michael P. Brown, a 1994 graduate, served as assistant professor of philosophy from 2005 to 2007. Another son, Christopher Brown, owns LifeMed ambulance company in North Manchester.

In 2005, Brown received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association. More than 300 colleges and universities are members of the group.

On the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final campus speech at Manchester College before his assassination, Dr. Brown told the audience: “I like to think that he left this place strengthened a bit by kindred spirits who found staying power from his inspiration to carry on in his absence, until his dream comes true. May it be so.”

An ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren (one of the historic peace churches), Brown founded several organizations, including Brethren Action Movement and the War Tax Resisters Penalty Fund.

In 1980, Dr. Brown assumed the leadership of the college’s Peace Studies Institute and Program in Conflict Resolution, an interdisciplinary curriculum that continues to integrate study of conflict resolution, global studies, religious and philosophical bases of peacemaking with nonviolence theory and practice.

Elaine Zoughbi, who has worked for enduring peace in Palestine for decades, and Yvonne Dilling, whose work on behalf of human rights in Central America has received international acclaim, say Brown inspired them to lead lives of active service for peace and justice in challenging international settings.

“Ken’s class transformed my life,” said Robert C. Johansen, a widely respected expert on international relations and global governance. “We sensed that we were children of the universe, standing on an ethical foundation that transcended race, nation, and our time in history, gently breathing the air of immortality.” Johansen, who studied under Brown in the early ’60s, is director of doctoral studies and senior fellow with the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Source: Manchester College News Release

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CPP Montreal Registration, Travel, and Lodging

“The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability”
« Les années Obama: Guerre, Paix, et Développement environnemental »

McGill University/Université de Montréal
October 29-31, 2010

sponsored by
Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM),
the Philosophy Department of McGill University,
and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill

LOCATION
Conference sessions will take place at Thomson House, the conference venue run by McGill University graduate students. Thomson House is located at 3650, rue McTavish (cross street: rue Dr Penfield)

REGISTRATION
Conference registration fee: $100.00 (USD or CAD)
Saturday night banquet is an additional $25, payable on site.
Checks/cheques should be made payable to: CONCERNED PHILOSOPHERS FOR PEACE
Registration details (name, affiliation, and confirmed title of your presentation) should be mailed, with payment, to:
Tracey Nicholls
Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal (CRÉUM),
C.P. 6128 succursale Centre-ville
Montréal QC H3C 3J7
CANADA
(Please note that the registration fee will be waived for students, but you are still asked to register and declare your student status at that point.)

NEAREST AIRPORT
Pierre Elliot Trudeau International (YUL)

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
Travel from the airport (Pierre Trudeau International Airport, code: YUL) is fairly straightforward. You can take a taxi to the downtown area (centre-ville) for about $38 plus tip, or you can take the shuttle that the municipal transit service has just introduced, the 747 Express, for $7.

Taxi
As you exit the arrivals area with your luggage, signs directing you to the taxi stand should be clearly marked. Please note that the fare between the airport and centre-ville is a fixed rate. It will be clearly posted on the windows of the taxicabs and you should not pay more than that posted rate (unless you opt to stay at an address that falls outside the centre-ville zone indicated on the signs).

Bus
As with taxis, you should find signs to the bus fairly clearly marked. The bus runs every 15 minutes between 8am and 8pm; every 30 minutes at non-peak times. Passes for the 747 Express bus can be purchased at a kiosk at the Currency Exchange desk, which is located in the public area of the airport that you pass through after collecting your luggage. You can pay by credit card, and you have the option of a $7 one-day pass that will give you access to the entire transit system (metro and buses) for 24 hours or a 3-day carte ocasionelle (about $13).

ACCOMMODATION
I have made block bookings at two different hotels in the downtown area, and confirmed availability at a third. The block-booked hotels are both located on Sherbrooke Street, which is the main east-west artery of the downtown area, one to the east of the main entrance to the McGill campus and the other to the west. Both hotels offer easy access to McGill via the 24 Sherbrooke bus route.

Chateau Versailles
There is a block of 25 rooms here under the name “Concerned Philosophers for Peace” (group booking code CPJ19S). This hotel is located at 1659 Sherbrooke Street West, so you will need to travel east on Sherbrooke to reach the McGill campus (about 8 blocks). It is a beautiful, old-world style hotel offering all standard hotel amenities and continental breakfast for the rate of $144/night (Canadian) plus applicable taxes. You can make reservations at 1-888-933-8111 or http://www.chateauversaillesmontreal.com. Please note that any unreserved rooms left in this block will be released on September 29, 2010, so you need to book with them before then.

Holiday Inn Midtown
There is a block of 15 rooms here under the name “2010 Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference.” This hotel is located at 420 Sherbrooke Street West, so you will need to travel west on Sherbrooke to reach the McGill campus (about 4 blocks). It also offers all standard hotel amenities and continental breakfast for the rate of $131/night (Canadian) plus applicable taxes. You can make reservations at 1-800-387-3042. Please note that any unreserved rooms left in this block will be released on September 24, 2010, so you need to book with them before then.

L’Abri du Voyageur
This is your low-budget option. They have a web special of $62/night plus applicable taxes, available if you book online at http://www.abri-voyageur.ca. Alternatively you can make reservations by phone at 1-866-302-2922. L’Abri du Voyageur is located at 9 St-Catherine West (corner of St-Catherine and St-Laurent, which is the major north-south artery of centre-ville). It is, as you will immediately notice if you book there, right smack in the heart of the “red-light” district. The area is perfectly safe, if a little seedy, and I have personal testimony from friends who have stayed there that the hotel is clean, safe, and remarkably well-appointed for the price. You can reach McGill quite easily by walking a block north on St-Laurent to metro St-Laurent and taking the subway west (direction: Angrignon) three stops to metro Peel. From the Peel subway stop, it is about a four block walk north to our conference location. I have not booked a block of rooms here, but I have confirmed that they have rooms available.

Please feel free to contact me directly (at this email address, or at 312-218-6834) if you have any questions that I have not answered here. And, just by way of helpful reminder for those of you who may not have travelled to Canada recently, let me give you a heads-up that you will need to make sure your passport is up-to-date in order to get across the border!

Regards,
Tracey Nicholls
Local (Montréal) Organizer, 23rd Annual CONCERNED PHILOSOPHERS FOR PEACE Conference

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cfp CPP 2010 Montreal: The Obama Years

Call for Papers

The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability

The Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University are pleased to sponsor the 2010 annual meeting of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace. The conference will take place October 29-31, 2010, at McGill University, in the heart of downtown Montreal, Canada.

Because of the location and the notable reorientation towards internationalism that Barack Obama’s presidency has fostered, we are especially interested in encouraging submissions that present questions of war, peace, and environmentalism in a cosmopolitan or multinational context. You may want to, but need not, consider these questions from the point of view of what domestic and/or international expectations Obama needs to address (concerning, for example, the prison at Guantánamo, the Afghanistan-Pakistan war, the Copenhagen agreement on climate change).

Possible paper topics include:
• the extent to which we see a change that warrants speaking of ‘the Obama Years’
• reconciling a Nobel Peace Prize with the responsibilities of a commander-in-chief
• the role of environmental problems in causes of war
• connections between environmental sustainability and peace-making (or peacebuilding)
• human rights and environmental catastrophes
• responses to the problem of ‘environmental refugees’
• collective action for environmental sustainability in an international context the global war on terror
• the role of the Geneva Conventions in non-state asymmetrical conflicts
• the ethical challenges of humanitarianism in conflict zones
• whether the United Nations’ Responsibility to Protect doctrine is progressive or regressive
• whether, and to what extent, nationalism is a root cause of war/environmental degradation
• whether, and to what extent, cosmopolitanism is a necessary element of peacebuilding/climate change accords

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by August 1, 2010 to tracey.j.nicholls@gmail.com. In recognition of Montreal’s status as a bilingual city, we encourage papers in English and French.

Appel de communications

Les années Obama : Guerre, Paix et Développement environnemental

Le Centre de recherche en éthique de l’Université de Montréal et le Centre sur les droits de la personne et le pluralisme juridique de l’Université McGill sont heureux de commanditer l’édition 2010 du colloque annuel de Philosophes engagés pour la paix / Concerned Philosophers for Peace. Le colloque aura lieu à l’Université McGill, au cœur de Montréal, du 29 au 31 octobre 2010.

En raison du fait que le colloque aura lieu à l’extérieur des Etats-Unis, et que l’administration de Barack Obama semble s’orienter vers une politique extérieure plus internationaliste, nous encourageons plus particulièrement les contributions qui traitent des questions de guerre, paix et environnement dans une perspective plus cosmopolitique ou dans un contexte multinational. Vous êtes invités, mais sans y être contraints, à envisager ces questions du point de vue des enjeux domestiques et/ou internationaux que l’administration Obama doit relever (concernant, par exemple, les conditions de détention à Guantanamo, le conflit Afghanistan-Pakistan, le traité de Copenhague sur le climat).

Les sujets possibles des contributions peuvent porter sur :

• dans quelle mesure peut-on parler d’un ‘changement’ en parlant du régime Obama ?
• comment peut-on réconcilier le prix Nobel de la Paix avec les responsabilités d’un ‘commandant-en-chef’ ?
• le rôle des problèmes environnementaux dans les causes de guerre
• les relations entre les développements durables de l’environnement et de la consolidation de la paix ?
• les droits humains et les catastrophes environnementales
• les réponses au problème des réfugiés environnementaux
• l’action collective pour un environnement durable dans le contexte international
• la guerre globale contre le terrorisme
• le rôle des Conventions de Genève dans les conflits asymétriques non-étatiques
• les enjeux éthiques de l’humanitaire dans les zones de conflit
• doit-on juger la doctrine onusienne de la ‘responsabilité de protéger’ comme progressiste ou régressive ?
• dans quelle mesure le nationalisme est-il une cause fondamentale de guerre / de dégradation environnementale ?
• dans quelle mesure le cosmopolitisme représente-t-il une condition nécessaire de la consolidation de la paix / accords internationaux sur les changements climatiques ?

Tout projet de contribution doit se limiter à un résumé de 250 mots (maximum) et être soumis avant le 1er août 2010 à tracey.j.nicholls@gmail.com.

En reconnaissance du statut distinct de Montréal en tant que ville bilingue, nous encourageons les communications présentées en anglais et/ou en français.

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CPP 2010 Conference Date Saver

The 2010 annual meeting of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace will take place in Montreal, Quebec and will be hosted by the Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal.

The local contact person is Tracey Nicholls (tracey.j.nicholls@gmail.com).

The meeting dates are October 29-31, 2010.

The theme of this year’s meeting is: “The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability.”

Further details, such as registration costs, lodging options, and a fuller description of paper topics, will be forthcoming as the meeting logistics crystallize. Please direct any inquiries to Tracey.

David Boersema
CPP Executive Director
Department of Philosophy
Pacific University