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CFP: EPAT - Freedom of Speech, Education and the Crisis of Democratic Institutions in the Post-Truth Era
Deadline: Sep 30, 2018
Free speech, freedom of speech, has a lineage from Ancient Greece in terms of παρρησί-α transliterated as parrhesia, meaning outspokenness, frankness, freedom of speech which was claimed as a privilege by Athenian citizens, although its use also included in a bad sense ‘license of tongue’ and ‘freedom of action,’ ‘without fear’ and a kind of openness (Liddell, 1940). Michael Foucault (1999) in a course of lectures given in 1983 at the University of California at Berkeley is responsible for analysing ‘the first occurrences of the word “parrhesia” in Greek literature, as the word appears in … six tragedies of Euripides.’ Foucault wanted to problematize for us moderns the political and ethical implications of ‘free speech’. As Rick Benitez (2003: 334) suggests: ‘It was Foucault’s opinion that Euripides problematised parrhesia, and that this problematisation … made it possible for Western liberals in the late twentieth century to understand better both what he called “the crisis of democratic institutions” and “the care of the self.”’ Today, the Alt-Right claims freedom of speech in liberal societies as a means of trading in ‘hate speech’ and encouraging others to adopt false and malicious ideas that fit with their worldview and threatened identity politics to such an extent that their critics claim they have captured the language of freedom of expression to turn it back on liberal society to achieve their own political and racist goals. Not all speech is constitutionally protected. Obscene material such as child pornography, plagiarism of copyrighted material, defamation (including libel and slander) and true threats, for instance, are not protected under the US First Amendment. Lying (perjury) in court, hate speech, lying that causes people to panic, seditious speech that encourages terrorism, blasphemy, wearing religious clothing, and Holocaust denial, are examples of what is not normally permitted although criteria of freedom of political speech have liberalized considerably in most democratic nations in the last 50 years. The Internet has increased the possibilities for new global freedoms of expressions at the expense of the growth of the ‘dark net’. What are the conditions of free speech in an open society? What are the limits of freedom of expression in a democracy? To what extent should free speech be encouraged and allowed in schools and universities? Should education include the analysis of hate speech?
500 word abstracts with short bios are due on or before 30th of September 2018. Visit our website at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rept20/current for more information. Please submit your abstracts or any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are warmly invited to the 5th Childhood Studies Colloquium on October 4th and 5th 2018 at the Te Oro Music & Arts Centre for Young People. We’ll spend this time together sharing ideas and experiences to extend our understandings of children and childhoods in Aotearoa New Zealand. We hope to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions about childhood, and the impact that these assumptions have on the lives of children and young people, and to provoke alternative practices and opportunities. We have chosen the theme of aesthetics to guide contributors. We invite participants to collectively share, revisit and challenge their practices or study of childhood in relationship to this theme. We suggest that ‘aesthetics’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714) once argued, aesthetics “is the art and means of concentration, attentiveness, abstraction, memory, capacity to create hypotheses and imagination.” More recently, Jacques Rancière (2010) has proposed aesthetics as a form of politics, and with implications for challenging the status quo.
The event opens Thursday the 4th at 4pm with a pōwhiri, and then the Anne B. Smith Memorial Lecture. We are excited to announce that this year’s Anne B. Smith Memorial Lecture will be delivered by directors of Waru (2017) with a screening of the movie followed by a discussion. A light supper will be provided. The eight Māori directors, Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Paula Jones and Awanui Simich-Pene, have worked collaboratively to produce a powerful and challenging feature movie. They each bring to this event a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience.
On Friday the 5th the Colloquium will be organised into a series of concurrent sessions. In each concurrent session participants will be invited to explore aesthetics in relation to their current advocacy and research. During the day there will be opportunities for these sessions to come together as a whole group to report on key themes and provocations that emerge from these explorations. We encourage participants to take the following ideas as starting points or to delve into their own interpretations of the idea of aesthetics in relation to the work they do:
1. Politics of aesthetics
2. Relational aesthetics
3. The work of aesthetics
4. The spirit of aesthetics
5. The everyday-lived aesthetics
6. The embodied aesthetics
7. Performing aesthetics
The organisers of the 5th Childhood Studies Colloquium welcome all to the exhibition of children’s work, Building Blocks / Breaking Rocks, curated by Anya Henis, Kathryn Tulloch, and Janita Craw in collaboration with children from two Auckland primary schools. The exhibition will take place at AUT's St Paul St Gallery - Gallery Three: AUT’s WB Building, 63 Wellesley St East from Wednesday 3rd through Friday 5th. Exhibition opening hours: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
All those in attendance at the Colloquium, and others, the children, families and friends involved in exhibition making, will be invited to participate in an exhibition and colloquium poroporoaki that will take place at St Paul St Gallery – Gallery Three on the evening of Friday, October 5th @ 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
Further details and tickets to the poroporoaki are available via Eventbrite:
These are FREE events.
Please note if you would like to attend both events you will need to register separately for each event.
Thursday October 4th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/childhood-studies-colloquium-anne-b-smith-memorial-screening-waru-2017-tickets-49537743725
Friday October 5th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-childhood-studies-colloquium-tickets-49537641419
In addition, the organising committee invites brief 1000 word papers, or narratives in image, that will be published as a colloquium provocation for participants of the 5th Childhood Studies Colloquium. The colloquium publication is an opportunity for participants to collectively share their current research and practice. Each participant is invited to consider aesthetics in relation to the work they do and in response to the themes noted above. The publication will be made available as an online and downloadable publication prior to the colloquium.
Following the colloquium there will be a call for papers for a special issue of the journal Knowledge Cultures.