CfP: 2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research, Focus Theme: Religion and Poverty
Call for Papers:
2017 Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty: Poverty and Human Dignity
University of Salzburg, 1 & 2 June 2017
The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) of the University of Salzburg is happy to announce the call for papers for its 2017 Salzburg Workshop in Philosophy and Poverty. The workshop will be held at the University of Salzburg on 1 & 2 June 2017. H.P.P. [Hennie] Lötter is the invited speaker for this workshop.
We invite scholars to submit papers on any topic of philosophical inquiry into poverty. Possible topics include poverty as an issue of global or social justice, human rights and poverty, the ethical obligation of poverty alleviation and the design of poverty alleviation measures or philosophical issues in poverty measurement, the conception of poverty and poverty research.
Preference will be given to scholars in the earlier stages of their careers and to papers that are related to the topic of the talk of the invited speaker. In 2017 H.P.P. [Hennie] Lötter will be the invited speaker with a paper on: Poverty and Human Dignity.
The workshop will run over two days and each speaker will have 75 minutes (about 25 minutes for presentation and 50 minutes for discussion). Drafts are shared in advance and speakers can focus on the key points of their paper in the oral presentation. A peer-reviewed publication of selected papers is envisaged in an edited volume on the workshop topic in the Springer Book Series Philosophy and Poverty. We hope that particpiants will consider this option to publish their paper presented at the Workshop.
There is no conference fee. Coffee breaks and two lunches will be covered by the CEPR. Unfortunately we cannot offer any subsidy for travel and accommodation costs, but accommodation at a hotel next to the venue can be offered at a reduced rate.
If you are interested in participating please submit an extended abstract of 750 words ready for blind review via the submission form on the Workshop homepage. Deadline for submissions is 15 February 2017, and decisions will be communicated within two weeks. It is expected that draft versions of the papers are shared two weeks before the workshop.
H.P.P. [Hennie] Lötter is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg. Hennie’s research interests are in political philosophy and philosophy of science. He is the author of several articles on poverty, and the monograph "Poverty, Ethics and Justice" (University of Wales Press, 2011). This book has also been subject of two recent symposia in Res Publica (with Darrel Moellendorf, Gillian Brock, and Thaddeus Metz) and the International Journal of Applied Philosophy (with Taddheus Metz, Daryl Glaser, and Tristen Taylor).
I was invited by Springer to write a blog post for Science Views the News on the question, Do we need a different kind of ethics for children?
You can read it here:
The Zeitschrift für Praktische is a fully peer-reviewed open access journal, publishing articles on the whole range of practical philosophy, but only papers written in German. We now have a whole new website with a lot of nice features that were missing before.
If you read German please check it out: www.praktische-philosophie.org
I am one of the three editors of an new and upcoming Book Series from Springer on philosophy and poverty. We hope colleagues will find this Book Series of interest and we welcome proposals for new volumes! Find all information on the homepage of the Series: www.philosophyandpoverty.org or on the Series page @Springer.
"Philosophy and Poverty" is a new fully peer-reviewed book series published by Springer. It is edited by Henning Hahn, Gottfried Schweiger and Clemens Sedmak, whose work is supported by an international Advisory Board. It is the first book series to focus exclusively on philosophical research on poverty, which is an area of increasing interest and high social and political importance. The book series is not restricted to issues of ethics and justice which dominate the philosophical research on poverty, but is also open to questions related to the philosophy of science, epistemology or history of philosophy insofar as they relate to poverty. "Philosophy and Poverty" covers projects that combine rigorous philosophical research with practical importance, as well as such projects that aim to clarify concepts, the history of ideas, methodological issues or questions of measurement.
Txetxu Ausin, Professor at the Institute for Philosophy, of the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, Spain.
Gillian Brock, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Luis Carbrera, Associate Professor at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith University, Australia.
Alberto D. Cimadamore, Scientific Director of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP), Norway, and Professor of Theory of International Relations at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Stephan Gosepath, Professor for Political Theory, Free University Berlin, Germany.
Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, USA.
H.P.P. Lötter, Professor of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Corinna Mieth, Professor for Legal and Political Philosophy at Bochum University, Germany.
Darrel Moellendorf, Professor of International Political Theory at Frankfurt University, Germany.
Alessandro Pinzani, Professor of Philosophy, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.
David Schweickart, Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, USA.
Mitu Sengupta, Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Canada.
Makoto Usami, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Kyoto University, Japan.
Today a paper of mine on epistemic injustice was published as part of a special issue edited by Franziska Dübgen on this topic in the journal "Wagadu - A Journal of Transnational Women's and Gender Studies". I copy/paste the abstract and you can read the full paper below or donwload the PDF here. The whole issue can be accessed here. Thanks to Franziska for editing this special issue and to the people of Wagadu. All papers are open access and I hope that a lot of people will read them.
EPISTEMIC INJUSTICE AND POWERLESSNESS IN THE CONTEXT OF GLOBAL JUSTICE. AN ARGUMENT FOR “THICK” AND “SMALL” KNOWLEDGE
In this paper, I present an analysis of the “windows into reality” that are used in theories of global justice with a focus on issues of epistemic injustice and the powerlessness of the global poor. I argue that we should aim for a better understanding of global poverty through acknowledging people living in poverty as epistemic subjects. To achieve this, we need to deepen and broaden the knowledge base of theories of global justice and approach the subject through methodologies of “thinking small” and “thick descriptions”, which are ways to give people living in poverty sufficient room to express themselves and have their voices heard, leading to “small” and “thick” knowledge claims.
The new issue of the Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie (ZfPP) has been published. The ZfPP is a fully peer reviewed open access journal, publishing papers in all fields of practical philosophy. I am one of the co-founding editor. I copy the table contents with links to the abstracts and full texts. This issue includes also two symposia, one on ethics and phenonemology, and one on libertarian paternalism.
Editorial zu Band 3, Heft 1, 2016
Gottfried Schweiger, Gunter Graf, Martina Schmidhuber, Michael Zichy
Was bedeutet es, "Märkte einzubetten"? Eine Taxonomie
Sinnvolle Lebensführung im Spannungsfeld von Risiko und Sicherheit Die Ethik der Risikominimierung im Lichte von Kierkegaards und Nietzsches Kritik der Moderne
Schwerpunkt: Ethik und Alterität. Randgänge der Phänomenologie
Einleitung: Ethik und Alterität. Randgänge der Phänomenologie
Matthias Flatscher, Sergej Seitz
Ethik und Politik im Anschluss an Levinas – Zwischen dem einen und den vielen Anderen?
Was heißt Verantwortung? Zum alteritätsethischen Ansatz von Emmanuel Levinas und Jacques Derrida
Gerechtigkeit, ethische Subjektivität und Alterität. Zu den normativen Implikationen der Philosophie von Emmanuel Levinas
Autonomie und Alterität. Zu den normativen Grundlagen von Cornelius Castoriadis’ Gesellschaftstheorie
Vulnerabilität. Erläuterungen zu einem Schlüsselbegriff im Denken Judith Butlers
Reflexionen zu einer Ethik des vulnerablen Leibes
Radikal demokratischer Ungehorsam. ‚Illegale‘ als strittiges politisches Subjekt
Schwerpunkt: Libertärer Paternalismus. Entscheidungsarchitekturen in Theorie und Praxis
Einleitung: Libertärer Paternalismus. Entscheidungsarchitekturen in Theorie und Praxis
Johannes Drerup, Aaron Voloj Dessauer
Von kleinen Stupsern und großen Schubsern – Politik und Ethik des Libertären Paternalismus auf dem Prüfstand
Johannes Drerup, Aaron Voloj Dessauer
Überzeugen, Stupsen, Zwingen – Die Konzeption von Nudge und Libertärem Paternalismus und ihr Verhältnis zu anderen Formen der Verhaltenssteuerung
Nudges, Recht und Politik: Institutionelle Implikationen
Robert Lepenies, Magdalena Malecka
Die politische Quacksalberei des libertären Paternalismus
Global Governance und libertärer Paternalismus: Akteure, Normativität und Legitimität
Präferenzen, Wohlergehen und Rationalität – Zu den begrifflichen Grundlagen des libertären Paternalismus und ihren Konsequenzen für seine Legitimierbarkeit
Andrea Klonschinski, Joachim Wündisch
The program of our workshop on "Political Philosophy and Child Poverty", to be held at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, on August 24, 2016, is now online. It's going to be an interesting event. If you want to join us, please e-mail me. The program and the abstracts can be found below.
Mar Caberzas, Gunter Graf and I edited a Special Issue in Ethical Perspectives on childhood disadvantages and the capability approach. The Special Issue has now been published (unfortunately behind a pay wall if your institution does not have access) and can be accessed here. I copy below the table of contents and also make available for download the preprint of the introduction. I want to thank all the authors, the reviewers, and in particluar Jelle from Ethical Perspectives for handling the editorial and publication process.
Introduction: Justice and Disadvantages during Childhood: What Does the Capability Approach Have to Offer?
It will take some time until this volume will be published, maybe around the end of the year or the beginning of 2017. Anyway, it is already advertised on the homepage of Springer. This volume, which I co-edited together with my dear colleguaes from Salzburg, Helmut P. Gaisbauer and Clemens Sedmak, explores the philosophical, and in particular ethical, issues concerning the conceptualization, design and implementation of poverty alleviation measures from the local to the global level. It is published within the Springer book series "Studies in Global Justice", which I like a lot and is edited by Deen K. Chatterjee, who supported us from the beginning. Below you find the table of contents, so that you can start thinking about reading it, if you like what you see. In particular I am happy about the very nice endorsements that we got for this volume, one by Judith Lichtenberg and one by David Crocker. I think both are fabulous philosophers, so if they like it, it might actually be a good book. I copy both of them here because they are so nice:
"An impressive collection of essays by an international group of scholars on one of the most fundamental issues of our age. The authors consider crucial aspects of poverty alleviation: the role of human rights; the connection between development aid and the alleviation of poverty; how to think about poverty within affluent countries (particularly in Europe); and individual versus collective obligations to act to reduce poverty."
Department of Philosophy
"This collection of essays is most welcome addition to the burgeoning treatments of poverty and inequality. What is most novel about this volume is its sustained and informed attention to the explicitly ethical aspects of poverty and poverty alleviation. What are the ethical merits and demerits of income poverty, multidimensional-capability poverty, and poverty as nonrecognition? How important is poverty alleviation in comparison to environmental protection and cultural preservation? Who or what should be agents responsible for reducing poverty? The editors concede that their volume is not the last word on these matters. But, these essays, eschewing value neutrality and a retreat into technical mastery, challenge us to find fresh and reasonable answers to these urgent questions."
David A. Crocker
School of Public Policy
University of Maryland
I am a social and political philosopher.