Call for Papers

Theme: Terrors of Injustice
Subtitle: Gender Violence and Ethics of Shame
Type: International Conference
Institution: Institute for Philosophical Studies, Science and
Research Centre Koper
   Graduate Gender Programme, and Cultures, Citizenship and Human
Rights, Utrecht University
   Norwegian People's Aid
Location: Utrecht (Netherlands)
Date: 4.–5.10.2018
Deadline: 20.5.2018


In the last few decades, our world has experienced numerous events,
marked by extreme violence. The horrific scenes of sexual violence,
rape and abuse across all regions of the world − from the genocides
and war-rape in Ruanda and former Yugoslavia, to the more recent uses
of sexual violence, slavery and torture against women in Syria, Iraq
and elsewhere, as well as the sexual abuse exposed by the #MeToo
campaign − raise questions about the ethics of life, death and
(in)justice under masculinized power of diverse religious and
political ideologies. Whilst differently positioned, we are all
implicated in these atrocious acts. In an imperfect world where we
cannot escape the most painful truth of immense suffering of numerous
persons, these remarks seem to be justified. As ethically implicated
subjects, it is necessary that we recognise our responsibility in
these events. In this view, the ideologically underpinned gender
violence is a symptom of the nihilism of our common 'civilization of
the humanity'. It also is a sign of a long historic process of
supressed orders of femininity (orders of generation, life, and
growth) that one can trace back to differnt civilisations, religious
beliefs and geo-political specificities.

The immorality and injustice of violence also produce shameful
affects amongst the subjects that experience this violence; an affect
that is culturally, ethically, and morally suppressed. Shame burdens
the victims instead of being a possible vehicle for the
(re)constitution of ethical relations and/or moral order. With this
conference, we want to reconceptualize shame beyond its relation to
subordination, humiliation, and disgrace. In this way, one can
rethink the role of moral shame and reconceptualize it as ethically

This conference thus wishes to address some urgent questions
pertaining to the intersection of cosmic and political justice
(unwritten laws vs. political laws), the rehabilitation of an ethics
of shame, and orders of femininity that are forgotten or supressed by
patriarchal and religious orders. The aim of this conference is to
propose a new ethics of compassion and peace, based on the
rehabilitation of cosmic justice, of related theological ethics, and,
finally, of philosophical ethics, dealing with shame and femininity.
The conference will host women from Yazidi community and
representatives of movements for women's rights from Iraq, who will
share their experiences and responses to the humanitarian and ethical
tragedy they have undergone and observed in the last years.

Keynote Address:
Sigridur Thorgeirsdottir (University of Iceland)

Conveyed by:
Institute for Philosophical Studies, Science and Research Centre
Koper (Slovenia)

In collaboration with:
Graduate Gender Programme, Department of Media and Culture Studies,
Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights, Utrecht University (The
Norwegian People's Aid (Oslo, Norway)

Conference organized by:
Dr. Lenart Škof (Science and Research Centre Koper), conference chair

Other members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Magdalena Górska (Utrecht University)
Barbara Mali (Norwegian People's Aid)
Dr. Vojko Strahovnik (University of Ljubljana)
Dr. Nadja Furlan Štante (Science and Research Centre Koper)

Conference secretary:
Maja Bjelica (Science and Research Centre Koper)

The language of the conference is English.

Proposals up to 250 words and a brief biographical note should be
sent by May 20, 2018 to: conference2...@zrs-kp.si

Presenters will be notified by June 10, 2018.


Maja Bjelica
Institute for Philosophical Studies
Science and Research Centre Koper
Email: conference2...@zrs-kp.si


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