The conference is now over, and the AIAS and the organisers thank all invited speakers and participants for contributing to an excellent conference filled with discussion and new perspectives.
In the course of the last decade or so, there has been a virtual explosion of anthropological literature which deals with morality and argues that morality should be considered a central dimension of human practice. The question of what fundamentally drives human beings to ethical reflection, to strive for moral perfection or the cultivation of particular virtues, however, most often remains unexplored in this literature. This question will be taken up for explicit discussion, creating a space for dialogue between representatives from anthropology, philosophy and the history of ideas: Is it care for the self (as e.g. in the Foucauldian sense)? Is it a care for others (as the classical works by e.g. Løgstrup and Levinas would have it)? May it be fear (e.g. fear of God or fear of social sanctions)? Or something else?
In short, the main issue of the 4 - 6 June 2014 Conference is to explore what may be termed the various moral engines in human life: At which levels are they to be localised - intersubjective, societal, individual? Do they differ from society to society, culture to culture, social setting to social setting, or are they universal?
Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. See location on a map.
You can now read all the abstracts of the talks given at the conference in the Abstract booklet here. The booklet as well as the programme is handed out to all conference participants in the Conference folder when you register 4 June at 12:00 at the conference venue.
A post-conference workshop is held on 10 June 2014 from 9:00-14:00 at AIAS and is directed mainly at junior researchers: PhDs, postdocs or other interested scholars. At the workshop each presenter is granted a 30 min timeslot, and papers given at the workshop should not exceed 25 min, leaving time for discussion. The paper is expected to respond to the questions raised in the conference abstract and, since the workshop is also interdisciplinary, it should be written with an interdisciplinary audience in mind.
PhD students are given 3 ECTS points for participating in the workshop.
The Call for papers to the post-conference workshop closed on 9 March 2014.