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Full Title: 1st International Symposium on Risk, Dignity and Fragility: Searching for a New Ethics

Location: Angers, Pays de la Loire, France
Start Date: 28-Aug-2014 - 30-Aug-2014
Contact: Alejandro Cervantes-Carson
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Meeting Description: This symposium is organized by and is part of the activities of the
Research Project on Risk, Dignity and Fragility: Searching for a New
Ethics. Among other projects, it is hosted and developed within the
Research Program on Lost Virtues, Found Vices.

This trans-disciplinary research project is interested in exploring the
nature and structure of an ethics for the 21st century. Ethics has most
often been founded on a concept of the self as an agent that is secure,
self-confident, and in control and on a view of the world as stable,
unchanging and thus as knowable and predictable. Yet contemporary culture
shows us a very different view of ourselves and of our environment. Caught
up in a world in constant change where borders and boundaries, conditions
and contexts are constantly changing and uncertainty is the norm, we find
ourselves insecure, vulnerable as forces beyond our control direct and
frame the moral decisions that we face. How must ethics be reconceived in
light of our shifting ideals of the self and the world? Can there be an
ethics under the conditions of uncertainty, flux, and instability?

This project takes up these questions considering how a new ethics for the
21st century might be envisioned and how it might be practiced. Raising
potent questions that engage in critical deliberations on alternative
practices, pedagogies, performances, politics and processes it explores the
development of new ethical frameworks grounded on the concepts of risk,
responsibility and fragility.

Symposium Coordinators:

Alejandro Cervantes-Carson
General Coordinator
International Network for Alternative Academia
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Albin Wagener
Directeur de l'IPLV
Institut en Perfectionnement en Langues Vivantes
Université Catholique de l'Ouest
Angers, France

Charlene Rajendran
Assistant Professor - Performance and Theatre Education
Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group
National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
Linguistic Subfield: Philosophy of Language
LL Issue: 25.1926

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