Call for Papers
Theme: “The Poesis of Peace”
Type: International Conference
Institution: Institute for Philosophical Studies,
University of Primorska
Location: Gozd Martuljek (Slovenia)
John D. Caputo and Kevin Hart
Throughout history, sages, philosophers and theologians have searched
for the proper measure to secure what in a most intimate sense could
be described as »peace«. In search for this measure, and for a proper
self-affection which could enable and host its enigmatic revelation,
sometimes they were close to silence and wonder(s) of its ecstasy,
sometimes they were relentlessly in search for the foundation – as
formulated in the languages or discourses of Being, different
hierarchies, or varied (but essentially identical) Gods.
Theologians and philosophers too often regressed into dissent,
conflict, even war. But within the ancient cosmologies there still
was a distant, yet present sense of a nativity of peace, of a
closeness to this ecstasy, which later was revealed only to rare
poets, philosophers and theologians – among them Hölderlin,
Heidegger, and in our times especially Irigaray and Caputo. In their
works they all are in a search for new measure, for a different
ontology, and somehow they all already have been thinking towards
peace. Their thinking and poetry (or, poetic language) are thus
sensitive to the cosmic order and nature’s elements, and towards
other traditions and cultures as well.
Based on respect for nature, for sexuate difference, for future
revelations and incarnations of Gods and Goddesses, and in a new
spiritual sense co-breathing with heavenly, atmospheric and natural
creatures, they all – with newly invented gestures – are thus
celebrating peace. With this conference, we would like to enliven
different languages and measures, as present in philosophies of the
ancient world, as well as in modern thinking and the poetry of peace.
Thus original contributions on the following topics (but not
restricted to) are welcome:
– Ontologies of Peace and Reconciliation
– Ancient Cosmologies and Peace
– Hölderlin’s Celebration of Peace
– Heidegger’s Thinking Towards Peace
– Sharing in Difference Towards Peace in Irigaray
– Caputo and Peace Theology
– Gestures of Nonviolence and Religions
– Art, Aesthetics, and Peace
– Mysticism, Inner Peace, and Theologies of Peace
– Making Peace with the Land: Nature, Culture, and Agriculture
– Peace and Justice
Abstract submission deadline: January 5, 2014.
Notification of acceptance will be given by January 31, 2014.
All accepted abstracts will be published in a book of abstracts
available at the conference.
Presentations of individual papers should not exceed 20 minutes.
Selected papers from the conference will be published with an
international publishing house.
Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your
full name, contact address, institutional affiliation, academic
position, e-mail address, title of your proposed presentation, and a
short abstract of no more than 200 words.
Lenart Škof (Head of Institute for Philosophical Studies, Univ. of
Primorska) and Julie Kelso (Bond University)
John D. Caputo (Syracuse University), Kevin Hart (University of
Virginia), Tamara Ditrich (University of Sydney), Klaus-Gerd Giesen
(Université d’Auvergne), Arto Haapala (University of Helsinki),
Emily Holmes (Christian Brothers University), Julie Kelso
(Bond University), Carool Kersten (King’s College London),
Edouard Kovac (Institute Catholique Toulouse), Eduardo Mendieta
(Stony Brook University), Vid Snoj (University of Ljubljana).
Prof. Dr. Lenart Škof
University of Primorska
Science and Research Centre
Institute for Philosophical Studies