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Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness Conference
20 to 25 March 2003, Anglo-American College, Prague, Czech
Republic

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference
seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding evil
and human wickedness. Perspectives are sought from
those engaged in the fields of anthropology, criminology,
cultural studies, legal studies, literature, philosophy,
psychology, sociology, and theology.  Perspectives are
sought from those working in the caring professions,
the media, prison services, politics, psychiatry and other
work-related and vocational areas.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress and workshops are
invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

* the concept and language of 'evil' and 'wickedness'
* the nature and sources of evil and human wickedness
* moral intuitions about dreadful crimes
* psychopathic behaviour - mad or bad?
* choice, responsibility, and diminished responsibility
* social and cultural reactions to evil and human
wickedness
* the portrayal of evil and human wickedness in the media
and popular culture
* suffering in literature and film
* individual acts of evil, group violence, holocaust and
genocide; obligations of bystanders
* terrorism, war, ethnic cleansing; the evils of terrorism,
fear of terrorism, international relations especially with
regard to the modern nation state, superpower
interventionist strategies, post-war reorganisation
following the evils of war
* the search for meaning and sense in evil and human
wickedness
* the nature and tasks of theodicy
* religious understandings of evil and human wickedness
* postmodern approaches to evil and human wickedness
* ecocriticism, evil and suffering
* evil and the use/abuse of technology; evil in cyberspace

Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word
abstracts should be submitted by Friday 13th December
2002. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full
draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th February
2003.

The conference is part of a larger series of ongoing
conferences, run under the general banner 'At the
Interface'. It aims to bring together people from different
areas and interests to share ideas and explore various
discussions which are innovative and exciting.

Following the first 'Perspectives on Evil and Human
Wickedness' conference, an e-mail discussion group was
created and an ISSN e-journal launched supporting the
work and research of the conference series.

Five themed volumes have and are in the process of
being published; selected papers accepted for and
presented at this conference will also be published in
themed volumes. In addition, all papers accepted for and
presented at the conference will appear in an ISBN
eBook. For further details and information, please contact:
Dr Rob Fisher -
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or see the conference website at -
www.wickedness.net/pehw4.htm

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