-Climate Change and the Long-Term Future – a PPE Winter School (Registration Deadline January 15, 2020)
Where:Faculty of Philosophy (room Omega) and Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (old court room)
After six successful installments, the Faculty of Philosophy will host its seventh yearly Winter School, aimed primarily at advanced undergraduate students and early-stage graduate students. The theme of the Winter School this year is Climate Change and the Long-Term Future. It will consist of 6 lecture tutorials where topics related to the theme will be discussed from different disciplinary viewpoints: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).
ThemeClimate change is among the biggest challenges humanity faces today. How should individuals, societies, and humanity at large respond to climate change and other long-term challenges? Far from being a question for the natural sciences alone, a good answer also requires a ‘PPE perspective’, that is, a perspective that combines philosophy, politics, and economics. In this winter school, different researchers will take a PPE perspective in exploring climate change and our ethical and political obligations towards future people. The challenge is typically seen as a collective action problem. From this perspective, it calls for an institutional solution that facilitates widespread cooperation among individuals and countries. And it brings up empirical questions, such as what explains people’s attitudes and actions towards the environment and future generations and how can those be improved? But it also has an important epistemic dimension. For example, what is a rational response to scientific disagreement and to the risk and uncertainty involved in climate predictions? Finally, the winter school also tackles fundamental normative questions, such as: What are our moral obligations to future people? Do they extend to all future people and, if so, does this imply that our longtermist moral duties trump any short-term concerns?
- Prof Leah Henderson, ‘The philosophy of climate science’
- Prof Lisa Herzog, ‘Climate Science and Democracy – Considerations from Political Epistemology’
- Dr Simon Friederich, ‘ Climate change as a collective action problem and the importance of very cheap energy’
- Prof Frank Hindriks, ‘Sustainable institutions and a duty to join forces’
- Dr Andreas T. Schmidt, ’Longtermism and our duty towards far-future people’
ScholarshipThe Faculty offers up to three scholarships of up to EUR 200 for promising students enrolling in the winter school who express interest in later applying for a Master’s programme in Groningen. Moreover, participants who later enrol in a Master’s programme at the Faculty of Philosophy for the year 2020/2021 will have their registration fee for the winter school reimbursed.
To apply for the scholarships, send a short CV (max 2 pages) and a letter (max 1 page) stating your interest in the winter school to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Application for winter school scholarship' as subject. Deadline to apply for the scholarships: January 7, 2020. Preference will be given to members of underrepresented groups.
RegistrationTo register, send an email with your name, affiliation and status (undergraduate, graduate) to winterschoolphilosophy 'at' rug.nl with 'Registration for winter school' as subject, no later than January 15th 2020. As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early. Preference will be given to advanced undergraduate students.
As the number of spots is limited, you are encouraged to register early. Preference will be given to advanced undergraduate students.
ContactFurther inquiries can be directed to email@example.com
-CFA: The complicated relationship between genetic relatedness, the family, and the state (Deadline: January 31, 2020)
Conference: May 8, 2020
Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Umeå University, Sweden
De Montfort University
The question of the meaning of genetic relatedness for family connections has divided public opinion, moral philosophers, legal scholars, and others, for a long time. The state is not immune to this question, and genetic relatedness is one of the dimensions (and sometimes the only dimension) that states consider when legislating on which relationships should be legally recognised and in what way. Some states aim to identify genetic fathers and assign parental responsibility to them: especially when children are born outside marriage. When children conceived via in vitro fertilisation are born to the ‘wrong’ parents (for example, because of a mistake at the fertility clinic), they may be removed and allocated to their ‘rightful’, genetic parents. Some states use or plan to use DNA testing to verify family connections for immigration purposes. In the US, commercial DNA testing companies offered testing kits to help reunite parents with children from whom they were separated at the border. While such testing can be a useful tool to help reunite or keep families together, it can also have adverse consequences when, for example, the genetic and the declared relation fail to align, in which case the family may not be recognised as such for legal purposes. We welcome contributions addressing questions at the intersection between genetic relatedness, family connections, and state recognition. In particular, we welcome normative approaches to these questions, including, but not limited to: what is the normative relation between genetic connections and family membership? Are states justified in requesting genetic testing to verify family relations? What role should the gender of the parents play in these decisions – if any? How (if at all) should genetic connections be acknowledged when they do not align with legally recognised family relations? Among all the parties involved, how should decisions about who the members of a family are, be taken – and who should take them? Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words (excluding references), and be accompanied by a short bio (max. 10 lines). These should be sent by January 31, 2020 to the organisers.
-CFP: Ethics of childhood and family in philosophy and theology - A workshop for doctoral students (Deadline: January 31, 2020)
Conference: 7 May 2020, University of Salzburg
Organization: Gottfried Schweiger (Philosophy) and Angelika Walser (Theology)
Impulse lectures: Johannes Drerup (TU Dortmund) & Hartmut Kreß (Bonn)
Presentations in English are possible, but the discussions will be held in German, so an understanding of German is necessary for participation. German version of the cfp below. In recent years, ethical questions of childhood and family have increasingly come into the interest of philosophy and theology. On the one hand, there are " classical" questions of the justification and content of the special (moral) rights and duties of children, siblings and parents, as well as questions of the relationship between state and family. On the other hand, technological developments (e.g. in the field of new media or reproduction technologies) and social changes (e.g. the increase of patchwork families, the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships or increasing cultural diversity) have given rise to new ethical questions that must be reflected in philosophy and theology. It is to be noted that the interdisciplinary exchange between philosophical and theological theory development, which both claim to provide rational and intersubjectively comprehensible answers to these ethical questions, often does not take place. Against this background, this workshop pursues three goals: First, this workshop will discuss current philosophical and theological research in the field of childhood and family ethics. Secondly, it explicitly aims to bring doctoral students together and give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research. Thirdly and finally, it aims to contribute to the dialogue between the two disciplines of theology and philosophy. We invite all interested doctoral students from theology and philosophy and closely related disciplines (e.g. medical ethics, philosophy of law) to submit proposals. Please send a short summary of the planned talk (approx. 350 words) and a brief biography (approx. 150 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2020. Participation in this workshop will be financially supported for speakers if required (travel allowance up to 300€ per person).
-Conference: "Sustainability and Future People", February 13-14, Umea University, Sweden
The workshop is open to all interested free of charge, but you need to register if you want to attend. All participants are offered free lunch and coffee. Please report when registering if you want lunch and/or coffee (one or both days) (and if you have any dietary restrictions).
09.45 Coffee available
10.25-11.35 Larry Temkin: Neutrality, Sustainability, and the Relations between Different Possible Locations of the Good
11.40-12.50 Marion Hourdequin: Sustainability and Intergenerational Ethics from a Relational Point of View
14.00-15.10 Erik Carlson: Population Axiology and the Structure of Well-being
15.35-16.45 Eric Brandstedt: The Assurance Problem for Transfers Between Generations in Ageing Societies
16.50-18.00 Lars Samuelsson: On Our Duties regarding Future People – Two Kinds of Welfare Consideration and the Goal of Sustainability
09.15 Coffee available
9.45-10.55 Melinda Roberts: Does Climate Change Put Ethics on a Collision Course with Itself?
11.00-12.10 Allen Thompson: Deep Adaptation and the Unimaginable Future
13.20-14.30 Krister Bykvist: The Value of Sustainability and the Value of Existence – Conflict or Harmony?
16.15-17.25 Kalle Grill: The Average View and the Value of Sustainability
17.30-18.00 Room for general discussion
-CFP: Childhood and Migration (Deadline: April 1,2020), University of Salzburg, Austria
Workshop and network meeting in the context of the VIII. Conference for Practical Philosophy, 1 & 2 October 2020, University of Salzburg
The conference language is German but talks in English are in principle possible.
The Network Philosophy of Childhood (http://philosophie-der-kindheit.de) meets every year within the framework of the Conference for Practical Philosophy for an exchange of content. In 2020 this workshop will deal with the topic "Migration and Childhood". All colleagues are cordially invited to submit proposals for individual lectures, thematic panels and round tables. The topic is ready to be understood - possible questions are among others:
* Justice, migration and childhood
* Vulnerability and migration during childhood
* Rights (and duties) of migrating children, their parents and families
* Minor refugees
* The special ethical status of children migrating alone
* Childhood and the challenges of integration and repatriation
* Ethical aspects of asylum procedures (age determination, accommodation, etc.) for children and adolescents
The workshop offers space for various formats of philosophical reflection, including: individual talks, the compilation of three coordinated talks on a topic, or round tables with three or four participants. Suggestions for other formats are welcome. Talks based on empirical research are welcome as long as their contribution to the philosophical discussion is clearly defined.
For each lecture 30 minutes incl. discussion are reserved, for panels and round tables 90 minutes. The network covers the conference fee (30 €) for the VIII Conference on Practical Philosophy.
Proposals for talks, panels and round tables should be submitted via the conference website by April 1, 2020, with a note in the abstract ("for the workshop Migration and Childhood") that the submission is intended for this workshop: https://www.tagung-praktische-philosophie.org/einreichung.html
Selected contributions of this workshop will be published in a volume in the book series Kindheit - Bildung - Erziehung: Philosophische Perspektiven (J.B. Metzler). It is expected that the speakers will in principle be prepared to publish their contributions.
-CFP, Special issue of Christian Bioethics "Christian Perspectives on Emerging Reproductive Technologies & Research" (Deadline: June 15, 2020)
Issue Editor: Nicholas Colgrove, PhD (Colgron@wfu.edu)
Christian Bioethics, a double-blind peer reviewed journal published by Oxford University Press, invites scholarly contributions to a special issue addressing emerging reproductive technologies and research.
It is already possible to perform surgery on fetuses by temporarily removing them from the womb, operating upon them, and placing them back into the womb. Additionally, artificial womb technology (AWT) and gene-editing technologies may become generally available to human subjects in the near future. Much has been written about these emerging reproductive technologies in recent years.
This issue of Christian Bioethics aims to:
1. Interact with recent discussions of emerging reproductive technologies (AWT, fetal surgery, gene-editing, etc.), and
2. Explore answers to the following types of questions (listed below), from various perspectives within the Christian tradition.
Questions to be explored may include (but are not limited to):
· From a Christian perspective, how do emerging reproductive technologies—including developments in fetal surgery and artificial womb technology—affect our understanding of birth or the significance of birth?
· From a Christian perspective, how might developments in reproductive technologies shape our understanding of parenthood?
· From a Christian perspective, how should we understand human subjects in artificial wombs? How should they be regarded? In what ways, if any, should we regard them differently from how we regard fetuses in utero, and why?
· From a Christian perspective, how should artificial womb technology (AWT) be used (if atall)?
· From a Christian perspective, what are moral issues are associated with complete ectogenesis and partial ectogenesis?
· From a Christian perspective, how does AWT inform our understanding of (current) life-sustaining technologies used in the neonatal intensive care unit setting?
· From a Christian perspective, how should research aimed at miscarriage prevention be viewed?
· Should Christians be encouraging/funding/promoting the development (and use) of reproductive technologies? If so, which ones and why? If not, why not? Do Christians have any special obligations regarding encouraging/funding/promoting such development and use?
· From a Christian perspective, how should gene-editing technology (on embryos) be applied (if at all)? Are there permissible ways to use gene-editing technology (even in cases where the subject’s life is not at stake)?
The issue editor welcomes early discussions of brief proposals and/or abstracts by email to: email@example.com.
Submissions should be e-mailed to the Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a statement that your submission be considered for inclusion in Christian Bioethics’ “Special Issue on Christian Perspectives on Emerging Reproductive Technologies and Research.”
Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher. Please provide files in MS Word Format.
Christian Bioethics is a double-blinded, peer reviewed, journal that appears through Oxford University Press. Papers will be submitted to the journal’s usual blinded peer reviewed process prior to acceptance for publication. The Editors and Editorial Board reserve the right to reject the issue in whole or in part, as well as to require significant revisions to particular papers prior to acceptance for publication.
Manuscript preparation instructions are available here:
Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020