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>From: "Barbara G Renzi" <[log in to unmask]>
>
>Subject: CFP: Friends and Foes (Ireland) (7/20/07; 11/16/07-11/17/07)
>
>Friends and Foes - Friendship and Conflict:
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>
>Multi-disciplinary Conference
>QueenÝs University Belfast
>16th-17th November 2007
>
>History and life are filled with stories of friendship and conflict, either
>in the realm of personal interaction or political engagements. This research
>conference seeks to explore themes of friendship and conflict in the modern
>era.
>
>Despite its centrality to our lives, friendship has often been overlooked as
>a field of study and academic enquiry. However, as debates about the nature
>of the good life and human well-being return to the fore as an attempt to
>find common ground ˝ and common good ˝ in an age of uncertainty, interest in
>the nature, importance and challenges of friendship is also beginning to
>flourish. Also, conflict is central to our lives, from intra-personal
>emotional conflicts to group conflicts, to intra-state antagonism or global
>warfare.  Are conflicts an integral part of friendship or do they exclude
>each other? Does a friendship need conflict to be real? Is it possible to
>transform conflict into friendship?  
>
>We are interested in 20 minute papers which explore the concepts of
>friendship and conflict (and their interrelation) from a multi-disciplinary
>point of view, calling for contributions from philosophers, anthropologists,
>political theorists, sociologists, film theorists and theologians.
>
>Some topics to be addressed are:
>
>´	philosophical, sociological, psychological or political theories of
>friendship and conflict
>´	different types of friendship and conflict as encountered in
>contemporary life
>´	the nature of friendship and conflict as it relates to issues of
>identity, class, culture, age or gender
>´	the difficulties of making, keeping or losing friends
>´	the impact of environments and technologies on the nature of
>friendship and conflict
>´	utopias
>´	different representations of friendship and conflict in the media,
>films or arts.
>
>Papers will be considered on any related theme.
>300 word abstracts in Microsoft Word should be submitted by 20th July 2007
>to the following e-mail address:
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>Please, write ýFriends and Foesţ in the e-mail ýSubjectţ field.
>We are planning to publish a volume including all papers accepted for and
>presented at this conference at the end of 2007.
>
>Note that there is a ú 5 registration fee for all panellists and attendees.
>
>

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