PUBLIC ISSUES and PUBLIC REASON, Carleton University, Gradaute conference

Aug 23, 2019 Nov 02, 2019

PUBLIC ISSUES and PUBLIC REASON A Conference of Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences

The Public Issues and Public Reason conference (PIPR) is a multidisciplinary conference at which graduate students from a variety of programs
and disciplines will present papers analyzing current social and global challenges through the lenses of political theory, applied ethics, and critical social sciences.
Location: Carleton University, Ottawa
Thursday, October 31, and November 1, 2019
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ami Harbin, Oakland University
Title of keynote presentation:“Controlling Threats”
This presentation is part of a broader feminist relational moral psychology of fear in contemporary times, focusing on great threats in need of our attention.
What individuals perceive to be the threats in need of most urgent attention can in fact be stand-ins for deeper, less manageable threats. It outlines four strategies
individuals often use to attempt to manage perceived (substitute) threats: (1) removal; (2) escape; (3) destruction; and (4) overpowering.
While these efforts may be partially satisfying, insofar as they allow individuals to feel a sense of control, I argue that the four strategies are ultimately
disappointing and often morally and politically damaging.

Call for Abstracts
Submissions are welcome from graduate students in philosophy, law, social sciences, public policy, political theory, economics, and health policy on any
topic related to applied ethics, critical social sciences, and social/global challenges.

Instructions for applicants:
• Abstracts (with title) must be a maximum of 500 words.
• Applicants should remove any identifying information on the abstract page and include a second page with their name, email, and affiliation.
• Abstracts should be submitted to gradconference

• Accepted abstracts will be allocated a total of 40 minutes for presentation and discussion.
• Deadline for abstract submission: September 16, 2019
• Notification of acceptance by: Sep 26, 2019
• For more information please email

The PIPR conference is sponsored by the Ethics and Public Affairs programs at Carleton University.

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