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CFP: CPP 35th Annual Conference (2022)

$100 Regular / $25 Student (or without travel support)


Co-Sponsor: University of New Mexico

Philosophy Department

Theme: Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis

October 21-22, 2022

Keynote: Dr. Ann V. Murphy, UNM Philosophy


Official Program


Submit abstracts of 500 words for papers related to this theme or to the overall mission of Concerned Philosophers for Peace. 

Due to the impending collapse of fossil fuel-driven late capitalist excess, political polarization and inertia, the unprecedented health disaster brought on by Covid and our response to it, and immanent environmental disaster, we face a future marked not just by crises, but by the apparent inability for current structures of power to respond adequately. How do we come together in the pursuit of peace, nonviolence, and justice in the face of Power in Crisis?

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

The nature of Power, how it forms subjects as well as how and why subjects formed by power might resist it.

Indigenous and Nonwestern philosophical critiques of and alternatives to Power

Intersectionality and power in crisis

The relationship between peace, nonviolence, and social change 

Revolutionizing healthcare

Revolutionizing capitalism

Revolutionizing the military-industrial complex

The relationship between revolution, rebellion, and power in crisis

The relationship between emerging technology and peace, nonviolence, power, and crises

Social networks, power, crises, and nonviolent change

Framing crises, disasters, and apocalypses

Nonviolently creating political alternatives to the Power Structures that are failing to address the Crises we face: (Social Ecology, direct democracy, Anarchism, etc.)

Critiques of “empowerment” in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis.

Utopianism in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis.

Issues in agency and “constructivism” in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis.

The debate between liberalism and postmodernism in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis.

Relating “classic” nonviolent movements to the unique features of Power in Crisis. 

Responding to political challenges for peace: authoritarianism, lawlessness, broken democracies in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis

Responding to environmental challenges: climate change, environmental justice in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis

Issues in “materialism” and “immaterialism” in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis

Responding to social challenges: homelessness, poverty, hunger, domestic violence, insecurity in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis

Responding to “personal” challenges: hopelessness, resignation, nihilism, and cynicism etc. in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis

Celebrating and applying the wisdom of exemplars of moral courage and nonviolence in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis

Celebrating and applying solidarity, love, and other virtues in relation to Peace, Nonviolence, Power, and Crisis

Optimism, hope, and/or faith in humanity in the 21st century


Proposed Panels

The conference will include a panel based around The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence Special Edition entitled “On the Future of Nonviolence” which focuses on Judith Butler’s recent book, The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind. We are also proposing, dependent on submissions, a panel informed by Murry Bookchin’s theory of Social Ecology, and a panel on pedagogy featuring presentations by schoolteachers and college professors working in the Albuquerque area and beyond. We welcome similar talks from teachers coming in from elsewhere. Panel proposals related to these areas or others in line with the conference theme will be taken into consideration. 


Information on the Keynote:

Dr. Murphy’s main areas of research are phenomenology and social and political philosophy, particularly theories of violence and nonviolence. Her research focuses on questions of embodiment, vulnerability, and identity. She is the author of Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary (SUNY 2012) and has published essays in various journals including Hypatia, Continental Philosophy Review, Journal for the British Society of Phenomenology, and philoSOPHIA. With Gail Weiss and Gayle Salamon, Dr. Murphy co-edited 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology (Northwestern 2020). Her current research is on hunger, embodiment, and structural violence, and she is currently working on a monograph entitled Ethics of Hunger: Corporeal Vulnerability and Structural Violence.

Dr. Murphy teaches ethics, bioethics, political philosophy, philosophy of gender, and contemporary continental thought. Examples of recent graduate seminars include Critical Phenomenology and Philosophies of Violence and Nonviolence. Dr. Murphy also teaches medical ethics in the UNM BA/MD program and is one the core faculty in the Certificate Program in Clinical Ethics at the UNM Health Sciences Center.


Further Details:

We welcome submissions from undergraduates, graduate students, professional academics, independent scholars, and anyone willing to present persuasive sound argumentative positions in line with our theme and ethos. We also welcome submissions from a range of fields including philosophy, law, public policy, business, history, religious studies, political science, social science, or related fields. Submissions from teachers, researchers, or practitioners are also welcome, particularly insofar as those presentations could complement the theme of the conference. We are committed to making this year’s conference rigorous, celebratory, and supportive as well as inclusive and welcoming to all, and expect these values in our participants.

This is our first face to face conference since the pandemic began. It is expected that all participants will be vaccinated and boosted by the time of the conference.

**There will be a $100 prize for the best graduate student paper and the best undergraduate student paper** (Please indicate if you are a student when you submit your abstract)

We plan to celebrate each other’s ideas and the community that we have built and continue to build at CPP. Rather than a competitive environment, we aim to foster a warm environment that cultivates intellectual growth, compassion, and to practice what we preach. We are excited to welcome old and new friends to beautiful New Mexico, but of course, will stay apprised of developments concerning Covid-19, and will go virtual if necessary.


Submission Guidelines:  

  • Submit: an abstract (with bibliography) of no more than 500 words, prepared for blind review
  • Send to: Will Barnes will@planetarycollective.com
  • Write: “CPP 2022 submission” in subject line
  • Extended Deadline: Aug. 1, 2022
  • Format: submit only files in .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
  • Include: name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title in the body of your e-mail (if you are a student and would like to be considered for a student award, indicate that in your email).
  • Acceptance notices will be sent by the end of August.

About Concerned Philosophers for Peace

  • Concerned Philosophers for Peace is the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of violence and prospects for peace.
  • More information at Concerned Philosophers for Peace website: http://peacephilosophy.org/

Questions? Contact: Will Barnes: will -at- planetarycollective.com

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CPP at APA

CPP @ APA Eastern 2022

Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Virtual Group Session

Thursday, January 13, 2022

11:00 am – 12: 50 pm EST

Chair:

Fuat Gursozlu (Loyola University Maryland)

Speakers:

Jean-Marie Makang (Frostburg State University) “Authoritarianism and Sectarianism and the Democratic Experiment”

Will Barnes (University of New Mexico)
“Left Cynicism, Cheekiness, and Satire”

James Walker (DePaul University)
“Towards a Radical Engagement with Global Health Inequity as a Necessary Component of Positive Peace Building”

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CPP at APA

Remembering Bat-Ami Bar On: CPP @ APA Central

Feb. 24, 2022 (Chicago)


Thursday morning, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Celebrating the Work of Bat-Ami Bar On

G2M. Concerned Philosophers for Peace 1

Co-sponsored by The Gandhi, King, Chavez, Addams Society

Chair: Court Lewis (Pellissippi State Community College)

Speakers:

Jennifer Kling (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

“Resettling Refugees: State Obligations, Egalitarian Concerns”

Court Lewis (Pellissippi State Community College)

“Nonviolence When Everyone is a Citizen-Soldier”

Wim Laven (Instructor of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Governing Council of International Peace Research Association)

“Daring To Be Good: The Moral Demands of Bat-Ami Bar On”


Thursday evening, 7:15pm – 10:15pm

Racism, Pacifism, and Avoiding Atrocities and War

G3Q. Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Chair: Court Lewis (Pellissippi State Community College)

Speakers:

Rashad Rehman and Lydia Clarke Rehman (The University of Toronto)

“The Moral Responsibility of Whom? Re-thinking Water Inequality in Canadian Indigenous Communities”

Joel Ballivian (UW-Madison)

“Racial Apathy and the Persistence of Injustice”

Carlo Filice (SUNY Geneseo)

“How Absolute is the Pacifism of Jesus?”

Leonard Kahn (Loyola University New Orleans and the United States Naval Academy)

“Just Cause and Risk Transfer”

Will Barnes (University of New Mexico)

“The Virtue of not-Knowing: Hannah Arendt and Auto-Deconstruction”

Wim Laven (Instructor of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, Governing Council of International Peace Research Association)

“The Role of Philosophy in Healing a Divided America”


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CFA: CPP @ APA Central 2022

Concerned Philosophers for Peace

2022 Central Division Program, Palmer House Hilton

Chicago, IL, February 23-26, 2022.

Call for Abstracts

SESSION 1: Celebrating the Work of Bat-Aman Bar On

Bat-Ami Bar On, professor of philosophy, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Judaic Studies at Binghamton University, director of the university’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, passed away in 2020. Professor Bar On was a vibrant, brilliant, and deeply thoughtful person, and we invite abstracts on papers that engage with Bar On’s life, work, and impact on nonviolence and peace.

               Her philosophical interests were diverse, but all connected with a thread of responding to violence. From the most individualized (constitution of violent bodies), to the more international—refugees and what we ought to do for them. Her final published article was on Fascism (“But Is It Fascism?”), but her latest interest were refugees.

SESSION 2:  General Session On Nonviolence, Peace, and Related Topics

We invite abstracts dealing with any topic relevant to nonviolence and peace studies.

Submission Guidelines

Submit: an abstract (with bibliography) of no more than 500 words, prepared for blind review

Send to: Court Lewis (cdlewis1@pstcc.edu)

Write: “APA 2022 submission” in subject line

Deadline: August 20, 2021

Format: submit only files in .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

Include: name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title in the body of your e-mail

Acceptance notices will be sent by September 1, 2021

About Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Concerned Philosophers for Peace is the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of violence and prospects for peace. Concerned Philosophers for Peace is committed to an inclusive and productive environment where all can discuss the study of peace and nonviolence and how it impacts our social and political lives. More information at Concerned Philosophers for Peace website: http://peacephilosophy.org, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel.

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CPP Books

New volume: Civility, Nonviolent Resistance, and the New Struggle for Social Justice

CPP is very pleased to share information about the newest Philosophy of Peace volume from Brill:


Civility, Nonviolent Resistance, and the New Struggle for Social Justice

Amin Asfari, editor Volume 342

https://brill.com/view/title/56229?lang=en

Please support our series by ordering for your libraries.

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For membership information please contact CPP Treasurer Sanjay Lal (sanjaylal@clayton.edu)

To join the CPP listserv contact Barry Gan (bgan@sbu.edu)

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The Peace of Nature and the Nature of Peace

Essays on Ecology, Nature, Nonviolence, and Peace

Brill Publishers

Edited by Andrew Fiala, Fresno State University

The essays collected in The Peace of Nature and the Nature of Peace consider connections between ecology, environmental ethics, nonviolence, and philosophy of peace. Edited by Andrew Fiala, this book includes essays written by important scholars in the field of peace studies, pacifism, and nonviolence, including Michael Allen Fox, Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Bill Gay, and others. Topics include: ecological consciousness and nonviolence, environmental activism and peace activism, the environmental impact of militarism, native and indigenous peoples and peace, food ethics and nonviolence, and other topics.

The book should be of interest to scholars, students, and activists who are interested in the relationship between peace movements and environmentalism.

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Peace Philosophy and Public Life

Peace Philosophy and Public Life: Commitments, Crises, and Concepts for Engaged Thinking. Moses, Greg and Gail Presbey (Eds.) Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2014, XVIII, 185 pp.

Amazon / Publisher’s website

In these pages, you will likely grasp the utility, not just the curiosity, of reconsidering any number of ways in which we speak and think, including what we mean by “we” when discussing foreign affairs, what we mean by “nationalism,” by “terrorism,” or by “humanitarianism.” Why do we assume that forgiveness has no place in public policy while overlooking those cases in which we unwittingly demand and expect it? We reject arguments from authority as consumers and voters but not—this book suggests—when we listen to law enforcement. Why? — View David Swanson’s Foreword to Peace Philosophy and Public Life at “Let’s Try Democracy.”


Video of Peace and Public Life Conference (Austin, TX)

To a world assaulted by private interests, this book argues that peace must be a public thing. Distinguished philosophers of peace have always worked publicly for public results. Opposing nuclear proliferation, organizing communities of the disinherited, challenging violence within status quo establishments, such are the legacies of truly engaged philosophers of peace. This volume remembers those legacies, reviews the promise of critical thinking for crises today, and expands the free range of thinking needed to create more mindful and peaceful relations.

With essays by committed peace philosophers, this volume shows how public engagement has been a significant feature of peace philosophers such as Camus, Sartre, Dewey, and Dorothy Day. Today we also confront historical opportunities to transform practices for immigration, police interrogation, and mental health, as we seek to sustain democracies of increasing multicultural diversity. In such cases our authors consider points of view developed by renowned thinkers such as Weil, Mouffe, Conway, and Martín-Baró. This volume also presents critical analysis of concepts for thinking about violence, reconsiders Plato’s philosophy of justice, and examines the role of ethical theory for liberation struggles such as Occupy!

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CPP @ APA – Pacific 2014

April 16, Wednesday Evening, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, California 92101

Group Meeting G2A

Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Topic: Philosophy, Peace, and Exigent Circumstances

Speakers:

Ron Hirschbein (Walden University)
“‘Hell No! We Won’t Go!’: Vietnam Draft Resistance”

Ovadia Ezra (Tel Aviv University)
“Civil Disobedience: A Refusenik’s Perspective”

George Larkin (Walden University)
Tanya Settles (Walden University)
“Ethics and Exigent Circumstance”

Commentator: Kevin Darnell (U.S. Naval War College)

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CPP – APA Central (Feb. 27, 2014)

Thursday Evening, February 27: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Group Session GIII-9 : Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Session Topic: “Forgiveness, Letting Die, and Species Neutrality”

Chair: Greg Moses (Texas State University)

Title: “The Problem of Identity in Forgiveness”

Presenter: Wim Laven, Doctoral student in International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University

Title: “Dangers of Letting Die in Conflict Situations”

Presenter: Court Lewis, Instructor of Philosophy, Owensboro Community and Technical College

Title: “Must Pacifism Be Species Neutral?”

Presenter: Carlo Filice, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY – Geneseo