[MaFLa] Dehumanization: New approaches to understanding the politics of human nature - CEU Conference 6-9 April 2016

Zsofia Jeney-Domingues Jeney-DominguesZs at ceu.edu
Tue Mar 1 14:59:58 CET 2016

The CEU Department of Philosophy cordially invites you to the conference
Dehumanization: New approaches to understanding the politics of human nature
Central European University, Budapest
6-9 April 2016
The international and interdisciplinary conference "Dehumanization: New approaches to understanding the politics of human nature" brings historians, scientists, philosophers and artists together in order to discuss the phenomenon of dehumanization. The need for such an interdisciplinary setting arises since scientific literature on dehumanization ignores by and large philosophical debates on human nature and essences; at the same time, philosophical literature on the concept of human nature (and the underpinning essentialism) by and large ignores scientific dehumanization studies (even if dehumanization is mentioned as an issue). If the two are brought together, tensions become visible. Both areas rarely consult historical literature on ‘human nature,’ ‘essence’ and actual historical cases of dehumanization in science, society and art. Finally, artists often address the issue in their works and try to rehumanize people through art.
The conference is meant as a first step to bring the four perspectives – the historical, the scientific, the philosophical and the artistic – into a constructive dialogue. Historically the conference will concentrate on the modern era. At issue will be whether and how one guiding categorical divide – animal/human – has been conceptually and socially traversed and used to dehumanize or rehumanize people in science, society and art from roughly the 18th century onwards.
See the full program here. 
To participate please register (free of charge but space is limited) by writing an email to Jeney-DominguesZs at ceu.edu.

Zsófia Jeney-Domingues

Department of Philosophy 
Central European University
Nador u. 9. | 1051 Budapest, Hungary
Office: + 36.1.327.2556| Jeney-DominguesZs at ceu.hu | www.ceu.hu 
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