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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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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

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CFP: CPP @ APA Eastern 2010

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 john.lango@hunter.cuny.edu

(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 john.lango@hunter.cuny.edu

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.)”

Best wishes,

John

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

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CPP @ APA Eastern 2009

John Lango has put together another very good session for this year’s
upcoming Eastern APA meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend and here are the details:

APA EASTERN DIVISION MEETING 2009

TUESDAY AFTERNOON, DECEMBER 29, 2009

GROUP SESSION IX

1:30-4:30 p.m.

GIX-2. Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Topic: “Ethics and AfPak: Ethical Issues about U.S. Involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan”

Speakers:

Daniel Dombrowski (Seattle University)
Title of talk: “Afghanistan, Walzer, and the Question of Just Cause”

John W. Lango (Hunter College of the City University of New York)
Title of talk: “Is There a Just Cause for U.S. Military Operations in Afghanistan?”

George R. Lucas, Jr. (U.S. Naval Academy)
Title of talk: “Ethics and the ‘Human Terrain’: The Role of Academics in the Afghan War”

Eric Patterson (Georgetown University)
Title of talk: “Ethics and Af-Pak: Order, Justice, and Conciliation”

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CPP at APA Central 2009

CPP at APA Central
Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago
Saturday, February 21, 12:15-2:15, session GV-5

Chair: Danielle Poe, University of Dayton

“Turning Swords Into Ploughshares: The Transformative Possibilities of Winter Soldier Movements,” Tracey Nicholls, Lewis University

“Ethics as First Philosophy:King, Levinas, and the Praxis of Peace,” Scott Davidson, Oklahoma City University and Maria D. Davidson, University of Oklahoma

“Agonism and Violence: Critique of an ‘Ethos of Democracy,’ ” Fuat Gursozlu, State University of New York, Binghamton

“Does extreme pacifsm need an after-life metaphysics?,” Carlo Filice, State University of New York, Geneseo