LINGUIST List 23.3032

Thu Jul 12 2012

Calls: Philosophy of Language/Japan

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 11-Jul-2012
From: Kiyoshi Mana <>
Subject: Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2013
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Full Title: Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2013 Short Title: ACERP
Date: 28-Mar-2013 - 31-Mar-2013 Location: Osaka, Japan Contact Person: Kiyoshi Mana
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2012

Meeting Description:

Conference Theme: 'Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma'

Being connected through social networking sites has become an accepted form of communication in today's digitalized world. People can spend hours a day talking on mobile phones, on Skype, or on the Internet, which gives the impression that we are a more connected world than ever before. And communication is lauded. Because of the massive information flow we can call ourselves perhaps the most connected age in history. But is this connectedness, however, real or illusory?

Quantity of communication does not guarantee quality. For example, to many sensitive people, when they call a number and hear the words 'Please listen to the following options' the sense of connectedness suddenly becomes alienating. The crude mechanics entailed can make people feel suspicious, isolated, and even threatened by an invisible structure they cannot penetrate.

A raft of serious existential issues arises out of this. What impact does this have on the self whose identity in the time/space continuum, in the rapidly changing environment, and in these manufactured structures, depends for its development on interaction with perceived reality? What becomes the definition of the human? And what of the awareness of the transcendent in the human spirit from which ethics and aesthetics depend for their existence? Far from being questions of the present moment, these are parameters that will dominate the central problem of human self-understanding as we progress further into the uncharted waters of a highly uncertain future.

We hope that the Conference will open up avenues of thought and generate creative visions that can be of service to the wider community we wish to address.

The Reverend Professor Stuart D. B PickenOrder of the Sacred Treasure, B.D., Ph.D., F.R.A.S.Chairman, Japan Society of Scotland,Chairman of the IAFOR International Advisory BoardACERP 2013 Conference Chair

Call for Papers:

The conference theme is 'Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma' and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, including the following streams:


Philosophy and ReligionPhilosophy and the ArtsPhilosophy and Public PolicyPhilosophy and TechnologyPhilosophy and CulturePhilosophy and EducationPhilosophy and Peace StudiesComparative PhilosophyLinguistics, Language and Philosophy


Medical EthicsBusiness and Management EthicsEthics in EducationEthics, law, and JusticeEthics and GlobalizationEthics and ScienceComparative EthicsLinguistics, Language and Ethics


Theism and AtheismFeminism and Religious TraditionsReligion and EducationReligion and Peace StudiesMysticism, Faith, and Scientific CultureInterfaith DialogueComparative ReligionLinguistics, Language and Religion

For more information on abstract submission, please view our website:

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