Call for Papers:Catastrophe and Justice

Call for Papers

Catastrophe and Justice

The 8th International Conference of the Faculty of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences,Soshikan Conference Room, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, March 21-22, 2012
↑ 2012年1月以降随時更新

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Recently theories of justice progressed remarkably through responding to challenges by social movements such as feminism, multiculturalism or cultural studies. Yet events like the catastrophe recently experienced in Fukushima, Japan raise questions for theories of justice. For example: can we continue to base our reactions on such notions as freedom, rights, equity, reciprocity and human security— all of which are pivotal to social justice— in catastrophic situations? Catastrophe, as it is understood here is not restricted to the type of evident calamity such as natural disasters, war or economic collapse. If we loosely define the concept of catastrophe as an experience which happens both accidentally and inevitably, or which brutally disrupts between the relation between ordinary and the non-ordinary, then there may have been many events which we should have recognized as catastrophes, but failed to. The purpose of this conference is to reexamine the modern theories of justice, their limit and possibilities in a broader angle in relation to the issue of catastrophe.


Invited Speakers:
Prof. Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Stanford University (USA)
Prof. Frédéric Worms, Université de Lille et École Normale Supérieure (France)
Prof. Osamu Nishitani, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies(Tokyo, Japan)
Prof. Itoko Kitahara, Ritsumeikan University(Kyoto, Japan)
And others

Anyone from any country and any disciplines can apply. Graduates students, postgraduates fellows and recent graduates*are mostly encouraged to submit a proposal.


Submissions should be in the form of an abstract of a maximum of 2 pages (500 words) and should be sent electronically to the following address justiceandcatastrophe (at) [atを@に変えてください]  Papers read at the conference should not exceed 25 minutes. Deadline for submissions is October 31 and the results will be made public by November 8.

⇒Change the deadline for submission to  November 30.

10月31日までに、英語あるいは日本語の報告概要を justiceandcatastrophe (at) [atを@に変えてください]  にお送りください。概要は2ページ(英語の場合は500語)を上限とします。選考結果は11月8日までにお知らせします。

Financial help:
The living expenses of speakers (hotel and food) for the duration of the conference will be taken care by the conference organization.


Languages of the conference are English and Japanese. Submissions can be made in either of those two languages. In the case of Japanese, we will require English translation after the submission is accepted.


Organizers: International Justice and Symbiosis Center, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences & Institute of Language and Culture, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.

(Coordinators) Paul Dumouchel & Reiko Gotoh, Professors, Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.

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