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CFP : The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability

The Obama Years: War, Peace, and Environmental Sustainability

The Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal and the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism at McGill University are pleased to sponsor the 2010 annual meeting of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace.  The conference will take place October 29-31, 2010, at McGill University, in the heart of downtown Montreal, Canada.

Because of the location and the notable reorientation towards internationalism that Barack Obama’s presidency has fostered, we are especially interested in encouraging submissions that present questions of war, peace, and environmentalism in a cosmopolitan or multinational context.  You may want to, but need not, consider these questions from the point of view of what domestic and/or international expectations Obama needs to address (concerning, for example, the prison at Guantánamo, the Afghanistan-Pakistan war, the Copenhagen agreement on climate change).

Possible paper topics include:

§ the extent to which we see a change that warrants speaking of ‘the Obama Years’

§ reconciling a Nobel Peace Prize with the responsibilities of a commander-in-chief

§ the role of environmental problems in causes of war

§ connections between environmental sustainability and peace-making (or peacebuilding)

§ human rights and environmental catastrophes

§ responses to the problem of ‘environmental refugees’

§ collective action for environmental sustainability in an international context
the global war on terror

§ the role of the Geneva Conventions in non-state asymmetrical conflicts

§ the ethical challenges of humanitarianism in conflict zones

§ whether the United Nations’ Responsibility to Protect doctrine is progressive or regressive

§ whether, and to what extent, nationalism is a root cause of war/environmental degradation

§ whether, and to what extent, cosmopolitanism is a necessary element of peacebuilding/climate change accords

Anyone interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by August 1, 2010 to tracey.j.nicholls@gmail.comIn recognition of Montreal’s status as a bilingual city, we encourage papers in English and French.

More informationabout the Concerned Philosophers for Peace can be found at http://peacephilosophy.org.

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