The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2016
About the Event
The Waterfront Hotel, Brighton, United Kingdom
Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 15, 2016
Registration Deadline for Presenters: June 15, 2016
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Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience the UK. Join a global academic community.
This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in the Arts & Humanities. As with IAFOR’s other events, ECAH2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
For the third consecutive year, the European Conference on Arts & Humanities will be held alongside The European Conference Literature and Librarianship, The European Conference on Media, Communication and Film and The European Conference on Cultural Studies. Registration for any one of these conferences will allow participants to attend sessions in the others.
ECAH2016 Conference Theme: “Justice”
The arts are ideally suited to reflect on justice. The various symbolic definitions of justice from the Fasces of ancient Rome to the status of the lady blindfolded and holding a set of scales puts an abstract ideal into a concrete and publicly recognizable form.
The arts can also be an effective device for dealing with some of the other more sinister ideas and practices that relate to justice, crime and punishment. In the past, even in what are now modern open societies barbaric forms of punishment were meted out to those found guilty of violating the law. Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment was an exercise of engagement in a painful discussion of the possible moral justification for committing a serious crime for a higher purpose, including ridding the world of a worthless or evil individual whose resources might be put to better use. However, the implication that those who see the greater good may be permitted to act above the law does not sit comfortably with many critics. The plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, although it failed taking lives of the conspirators including the young German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), has never been given a universal moral imprimatur by those who hold a more pacifist outlook. Similarly, literature and the arts can look into the depths in a way that philosophical discussion is restricted to the conceptual level and religious discourse is better suited to symbolic reflections.
Other fields in the humanities are similarly preoccupied with justice: the political act of writing, whether literature or history, involves shaping narratives and contentious issues of meaning, to see truth as justice.
To expand the theme to the media: some modern TV series look into justice issues from a legal point of view, but also probe the psychology of many types of people on both sides of the law. What do these contribute to the better understanding of the complexities of human nature and human emotion exposed in them?
Does justice have a dark side, or is this the outcome of it being manipulated? Questions like these have been with us throughout the ages. Do they exist as boundaries for reflection rather than questions to be answered?