CFP : Converging Dichotomies : an interdisciplinary approach to Nature and Culture (Milan)

Converging Dichotomies : an interdisciplinary approach to Nature and Culture

4th-5th May, 2017
Sala Crociera Alta, via Festa del Perdono 7, Milano
PhD Conference
Philosophy (first session), Anthropology (second session), Geography (third session)

The complete call for abstract is available at:

Philosophy session: Keynote Speaker, Prof. Richard McKirahan, Ponoma College, Ancient Philosophy
Nature and culture were among the central issues debated in philosophy from the early Greek thinkers to contemporary reflections.
We are interested in investigating the various manners in which the nature-culture contrast is assessed in the history of thought. This interrogative leaves room open for a large number of approaches and can be addressed within several different branches of philosophy, such as ethics, politics, theology, epistemology, physics and metaphysics. It can also be related to other disciplines in the humanities, such as history, science and literature. For these reasons, we hope to welcome PhD students and junior academics throughout the humanities and thus create an interdisciplinary dialogue across various fields in the study of classical antiquity and beyond.
Our main purpose is to examine how philosophers interpreted and assessed the concepts of nature and culture in a wide variety of contexts, including but without being restricted to:
· The raise of moral values and the question whether the origin of justice has to be traced back to a natural or a cultural origin
· The origins of socio-political institutions
· The legitimacy of political governments
· The existence of the God/s
· The status of human rights
· the justification of slavery and of class distinctions among human beings
· The origins of language, knowledge and human society

Paper Submission and Conference Guidelines:
Keynote speaker presentation will be 40 minutes long followed by 20 minutes for discussion; all other presentations bill be 20 minutes long plus 10 minutes for discussion.
The language of the conference is only English.
We accept extended abstracts that should be prepared for a blind review in a PDF format before February 17th.
We ask two files: in the first one, the candidate is supposed to write the proposal and in the second one, we would need the following details: name, institutional affiliation, contact information.
We invite proposals from graduate students and early career researchers within three years of completion of their degree for papers of approximately 2500 characters including bibliography. Please write ‘Milan PhD Conference Abstract Submission’ in the subject line of your email as well as the year in which the PhD was awarded in the case of early career researchers. Abstracts should be prepared for blind review, so ensure that your abstract is free from any identifying personal details.
Please, submit your proposals to:
The acceptance notification will be given no later than March 7th.
Participation at the conference is free of charge.
Meals will be provided for the length of the conference.

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