Call for Abstracts: Animals, Disagreement and Political Agency
Abstracts to Steve Cooke (University of Keele) s.cooke and Federico Zuolo (University of Pavia) federico.zuolo by 14 June 2014.
Abstracts of up to 300 words are invited for a panel on ‘Animals, Disagreement and Political Agency’, to be held as part of the annual MANCEPT Conference, 8-10th September, at the University of Manchester. The focus of the panel will be upon the related topics of animal rights activism and how we can theorize and respond to disagreements about the moral status of animals. Contributions by political philosophers and ethical theorists are welcome. We encourage abstracts which relate to the following (and to comparable topics):
- Theorizing Animal Rescue, Direct Action, Civil Disobedience and Sabotage by the Sea Shepherds, the Animal Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Victoria.
- The boundaries between activism, extremism and terrorism.
- Whether or not liberation is an appropriate goal of activism.
- Models and concepts for effective political agency.
- Animal agency and political agency.
Disagreement over the moral status of animals
- Can liberal theories of public reason address the issue of the moral status of animals?
- Can there be reasonable disagreement about the moral status of non-human animals?
- How should liberal institutions deal with disagreement about the moral status of animals?
- What kind of method, if any, should be employed to settle such disagreement?
- Is state neutrality toward this issue possible?
- Is a principled consensus on the treatment of non-human animals possible?
- Is there any place for animals in Rawls’s theory and in other liberal theories?
Previous speakers at the MANCEPT panel on Animals and Political Theory include Robert Garner, Alasdair Cochrane, Siobhan O’Sullivan, and Tony Milligan.
Call for Registrations Animal Encounters: Performance, Animality & Posthumanism TaPRA Theatre Performance and Philosophy Interim Event 2014 One-day international conference event organised by Roehamptpon University and TaPRA Theatre, Performance & Philosophy Group in association with the University of East London (Centre of Performing Arts Development) Date: Saturday 31 May 2014, 9:30am to 7:30pm Venue: Roehampton University, Grove House, Froebel Campus Life is a domain which possesses a wealth of being-open, of which the human world may know nothing at all. Heidegger in Fundamental Concepts The question of human nature in philosophical enquiry confronts the binary opposition of human and animal. From Nietzsches critique of the metaphysical precedence of humans as biological evolutionary models in relation to animals as other to the works of George Bataille, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari among many others, animals and animality profoundly enact posthumanist, non-anthropocentric perspectives while they simultaneously restate humanist conceptions conceived in a human-animal binary. This one-day conference seeks to untangle the philosophical paradox of becoming animal in relation to performance. We ask: how does performance challenge the dimension of human subjectivity in its encounter with animals and animality? Featuring paper presentations, a film screening, performative presentations, and a roundtable discussion, the event aims to explore the philosophically tense and often antagonistic relation placed on animals in relation to performance, performers and the theatre. Pointing a spotlight on broad issues of human-animal relations, interspecies performance has more recently offered a space for greater affinities and relations. This event re-thinks and un-thinks the philosophical paradox of the human animal encounter and confronts the animal in performance in relation to human, posthumanism, and the being-open to possibilities in the future. Conference keynotes include: Lourdes Orozco (Author, Theatre & Animals, University of Leeds); Kira OReilly (Performance Artist). Conference speakers include: Alessandra Abbattista (Roehampton University); Giovanni Aloi (Editor of Antennae); Silvia Battista (Royal Holloway); Aurelia Baumgartner and Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe (Lincoln University);Fay Brauer (University of East London); Gabriella Calchi-Novati (Trinity Collage Dublin); Clair Chinnery (Oxford Brookes University); João Florêncio (Goldsmiths, University of London); Esther Köhring (Universität Würzburg, Germany); Garry Marvin (Roehampton University), Maria OConnor & Mark Jackson (Aut University); Mark Robson (University of Dundee); Mariel Supka (Roehampton University); Lisa Woynarski (CSSD, London University) For the full conference schedule and registrations go to: J.Parker-Starbuck<mailto:J.Parker-Starbuck and/or Eve Katsouraki, University of East London, e.katsouraki<mailto:e.katsouraki and/or Tony Fisher, Central School of Speech & Drama, London University tony.fisher<mailto:tony.fisher Directions to the venue: e.katsouraki<mailto:e.katsouraki Core Convenor Performance Philosophy http://performancephilosophy.ning.com/page/about Co-Convenor TaPRA Philosophy http://tapra.org/groups/theatre-performance-and-philosophy/ Co-Director Centre for Performance Research Development (CPAD)