Call for papers by the conference organisers of ’Moral engines’

A workshop for PhDs and postdocs to be held on 10 June 2014 in relation to the conference ’Moral engines: Exploring the moral drives in human life’ on 4-6 June invites scholars to send papers addressing the issues of the interdisciplinary conference of anthropology and philosophy.

2014.01.08 | Lena Bering

The conference ’Moral engines: Exploring the moral drives in human life’ is the second of its kind, building on the success of bringing the fields of anthropology and philosophy together at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies in June last year. This second conference is larger and with broader international scope, presenting notable keynote speakers such as James Laidlaw, Uffe Juul Jensen, Jonathan Lear, Dorothée Legrand, Maria Louw, Cheryl Mattingly, Francois Raffoul, Joel Robbins, Jason Throop, Jarrett Zigon, Michael D. Jackson, Michael Lambek and Thomas Schwarz Wentzer. Moreover, a post-conference workshop is added to further extend affiliations between junior researchers from the different fields of studies.

Addressing the moral engines in human life

A space for dialogue is created at the conference as well as the workshop between representatives from anthropology, philosophy and the history of ideas, when discussing the main question ‘What fundamentally drives human beings to ethical reflection and practice, to strive for moral perfection or the cultivation of particular virtues?

In short, the main issue of the conference and the workshop 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?

Interdisciplinary post-conference workshop

The post-conference workshop on 10 June 2014 from 9:00-14:00 at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies is directed mainly at junior researchers: PhDs, postdocs or other interested scholars. Each presenter at the workshop is granted a 40 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.

Joining the workshop

To answer the call for papers for the workshop, send an abstract of 300 words to by 9 March 2014. The following should be included in the main document of the abstract:  a) Full name, b) Affiliation, c) Title of abstract, d) Body of abstract and e) 5 keywords.

Further information

Read the CALL FOR PAPERS here.

See details about the conference and the workshop here.


PhD fellow Rasmus Dyring,