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CALL. 18.04.2017: 8th Annual Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference: Cruelty and Compassion - Lee




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Devonshire Hall, University of Leeds (Leeds, England)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Department of Classics ; School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leed

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We encounter references to both cruelty and compassion on a daily basis: in current affairs, literature, film, art, historical accounts and even in our day-to-day lives. How we address evidence of cruelty and compassion is dependent upon the individual and on the accepted norms within society. Our views on cruelty and compassion centre on how we define both concepts, the context in which they appear and the cultural, psychological or social impact they may have.

This year, we would also like to take the opportunity to invite delegates, if applicable for their area of research, to offer performance pieces instead of ‘traditional’ papers.

Papers or performances may include, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Slavery, trafficking and exploitation

  • Conflict and its impact

  • Humanitarian crises

  • Empathy, mindfulness, and psychological well-being

  • Philosophical and ethical considerations

  • Displays of emotion

  • The treatment of ‘the Other’

  • Visualising cruelty and compassion

  • Charity

  • Discrimination and prejudice

  • Cruelty and compassion in private, domestic, institutional, corporate, political, and national contexts

  • Trauma and treatment

The conference aims at an Interdisciplinary approach, allowing for conversation across departmental and institutional lines. As such, we request that speakers ensure their papers are accessible to a non-specialist audience, and, if applicable, provide any foreign language texts with a corresponding English translation.

Postgraduate scholars from all disciplines are invited to send an abstract of 250 words to by Tuesday 18th April 2017.

Presentations will be 20 minutes long, followed by a short discussion.

Keynote Speakers:

– Dr. Marta Cobb, University of Leeds: ‘A Special Connection to the Afterlife?: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory in the Visions of Medieval Female Mystics’.

– Dr. Bev Back, University of Leeds: Feminist Pedagogy (title TBC).

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