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CFP: Ricoeur in a Global Age

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The Society for Ricoeur Studies is pleased to announce the theme of the 2016 conference “Crossing Boundaries: Ricoeur in a Global Age” in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the Society. The conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois. We are pleased to announce that the SRS keynote speaker for 2016 is Professor David Tracy of the University of Chicago Divinity School.

We welcome submissions that address the influence of Ricoeur’s thought inside and outside the discipline of philosophy, such as but not limited to aesthetics, architecture, art practice, counselling, cultural studies, economics, education, feminism, health care, jurisprudence, literary theory, medicine, music, nursing, political science, psychiatry, religious studies, sociology, and theology.
Papers
Please submit an abstract of approximately 300-500 words without any author-identifying information. In your email, please include the paper’s title, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address. Abstracts and papers may be in English, French, or Spanish. Please note that finished papers should be no longer than twenty minutes when read aloud (roughly 3000 words).
Panels
Proposals for a panel discussion of a theme, a book, or an author related to Ricoeur are also welcome. The proposal should include a brief description (300-500 words) of the topic, the names of the panel members, and, as a separate document, the abstracts for each presentation (300-500 words). Panels will last for a period of 1 hour 30 minutes (or what comes to 3 x 20 minute presentations with 30 minutes of discussion). In your email, please include the panel’s title along with the panel members’ names, institutional affiliations, mailing addresses, and email addresses.
New Scholars and Graduate Students Roundtable
The annual meeting of the Society for Ricoeur Studies will be held in Chicago, Illinois from October 6-9, 2016 under the theme “Crossing Boundaries: Ricoeur in a Global Age.” Given the location and theme of the conference, the Society invites paper proposals from new scholars and graduate students to participate in a roundtable on “Paul Ricoeur in Chicago”. It is well-known that Ricoeur taught at the University of Chicago from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. During his tenure in Chicago, he enjoyed conversations with colleagues across an astonishing range of disciplinary boundaries in philosophy, theology, anthropology, sociology, literary theory, law, and biblical studies, to name just a few. We invite proposals for historical, critical, and/or constructive studies of Ricoeur in conversation, real or imagined, with past and present Chicago colleagues, for example:

Theology: David Tracy, Paul Tiillich, Mircea Eliade, Jean-Luc Marion
Philosophy: John Dewey, Hannah Arendt, Martha Nussbaum
Anthropology: Clifford Geertz, Victor Turner, Dipesh Chakraparty
Sociology: Robert Park, George Herbert Mead, Erving Goffman
Biblical Studies: Norman Perrin, Andre Lacoque
Literary Theory: Wayne Booth, Allan Bloom, Homi Bhabha
Law: Antonin Scalia, Barack Obama, Richard Posner.
Medicine/Health Care: Mark Siegler
Economics: Friedrich Hayek, Milton Freedman, Gary Becker, etc.
Psychology: Lawrence Kohlberg

The Society also welcomes submissions that address any other aspect of Ricoeur’s thought. Please submit an abstract of approximately 150-300 words without any author-identifying information. In your email, please include the paper’s title, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address on a separate attachment. Abstracts and papers may be in English, French, or Spanish.

*Abstracts and panel proposals accepted for conference presentations will be published on the Society’s website prior to the conference. If you prefer not to have your submission published there, please inform us in your submission email.

**Members must be in good standing to submit an abstract proposal and to present at the Society’s conference. Membership dues are valid from September 1 to August 31. Members who paid dues at last year’s conference will remain in good standing until August 31, 2016. If your membership dues are not currently up-to-date, you can pay them through PayPal on the Society’s website (http://ricoeursociety.org/). N.B. you do not need to have a PayPal account to pay via PayPal.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: April 15, 2016.

SENDING SUBMISSIONS:

Regular Paper and Panel proposals, please send to:
Dr Todd Mei at t.s.mei@kent.ac.uk.

New Scholars and Graduate Students Roundtable proposals, please send to:
Dr Michael Sohn at m.sohn@csuohio.edu

Abstracts and panel proposals will be reviewed blind by a committee. Notification of acceptance will be given via email by June 17, 2016.
Information regarding conference fees and hotel accommodations will be sent out in the near future.