A Conference of Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences

The Public Issues and Public Reason conference (PIPR) is a multidisciplinary conference at which graduate students from a variety of programs and disciplines will present papers analyzing current social and global challenges through the lenses of political theory, applied ethics, and critical social sciences.

Location: Carleton University, Ottawa
Thursday, October 31, and November 1, 2019

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Ami Harbin, Oakland University
Thursday, October 31, 2019
4:30 P.M. in Dunton Tower, room 2017

Controlling Threats

This presentation is part of a broader feminist relational moral psychology of fear in contemporary times, focusing on great threats in need of our attention.  What individuals perceive to be the threats in need of most urgent attention can in fact be stand-ins for deeper, less manageable threats. It outlines four strategies individuals often use to attempt to manage perceived (substitute) threats: (1) removal; (2) escape; (3) destruction; and (4) overpowering.  While these efforts may be partially satisfying, insofar as they allow individuals to feel a sense of control, I argue that the four strategies are ultimately disappointing and often morally and politically damaging.

Conference Presentations
Thursday, October 31, 2019
12:00 P.M. in Dunton Tower, room 2017
Friday, November 1, 2019
8:30 A.M. in Canal Building, room 3400

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Call for Abstracts: Applications CLOSED

Submissions are welcome from graduate students in philosophy, law, social sciences, public policy, political theory, economics, and health policy on any topic related to applied ethics, critical social sciences, and social/global challenges.

Instructions for applicants:

  • Abstracts (with title) must be a maximum of 500 words.
  • Applicants should remove any identifying information on the abstract page and include a second page with their name, email, and affiliation.
  • Abstracts should be submitted to
  • Accepted abstracts will be allocated a total of 40 minutes for presentation and discussion.
  • Deadline for abstract submission: September 16, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance by: Sep 26, 2019

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The PIPR conference is sponsored by the Ethics and Public Affairs programs at Carleton University.