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>HUMANITAS: A Reconsideration
>15th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference
>SUNY at Stony Brook
>Stony Brook, NY
>February 28 and March 1, 2003
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>KEYNOTE SPEAKER:
>Dr. Lorenzo Simpson
>Department of Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook
>author of: The Unfinished Project: Towards a Postmetaphysical Humanism
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>CALL FOR PAPERS:
>Despite Post-Modernismís charges that Humanism is obsolete, elitist,
>white-male oriented, and exclusive, literary critic Robert M. Torrance
>(2001) maintains that ěa meaningful contemporary humanism will begin by
>affirming the rich diversity of human creatures, but also the underlying
>human nature that allows us, despite deeply important differences, to
>communicate with one another as members of a common species."  Often critics
>of humanism argue that humanism overvalues human accomplishments and paints
>a self-flattering portrait of man, and ignores the affronts and crimes
>committed in its name.  Torrance reminds us that ěpoetry, has, after all,
>somehow been written since Auschwitz.î  In the face of opposition and
>disregard, some theorists continue to examine the relevance and contribution
>humanism can and does offer today; they see humanism as an alternative to
>intolerance and as a way to ease tension between conflicting points of view.
>Todorov, Schwarz, Nussbaum, et al. have been defending humanism for many
>years, and even some of humanismís past critics, Derrida and Butler, for
>example, have begun to re-examine humanism and ethics recently.  This
>conference seeks to reevaluate the validity of humanistic approaches in
>contemporary thought.
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>We seek paper proposals that challenge or support humanismís place in the
>academy today.  Although not exhaustive, we will entertain the following
>topics:
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>Post-Colonialism and its criticisms of humanism
>Feminism and Gender Studies and their response to humanism
>Ecocriticism
>Pop culture and humanism
>Re-examination of past humanists, for example Matthew Arnold
>Literature and humanism
>The Canon
>Rethinking the accusations against humanism
>Multicultural humanism?
>Humanism in relationship to teaching/composition theory/education
>Humanism in Post 9/11 America
>Renaissance studies and humanism
>History, Politics, Philosophy and humanism
>Art as it reflects/refutes humanistic philosophy
>Post-Modernismís indictment of humanism
>Can humanism flourish in a post-modern world?
>New Definitions of humanism
>Subjectivity and Objectivity
>Medicine and humanism
>Bioethics and humanism
>Religious thought and humanism
>Psychology and humanism
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>CONTACT INFORMATION:
>Daniel Paliwoda
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>English Department
>Life Sciences Library, L1
>SUNY Stony Brook
>Stony Brook, NY 11794-5350
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>SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
>Conference abstracts should be 250-400 words and sent as email texts or
>Microsoft Word attachments to: [log in to unmask]  Deadeline for
>abstracts is December 20, 2002.  Paper presentations should be 15-20
>minutes.
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