Call for Papers: DOES CRITICAL THEORY NEED THE CONCEPT OF VICTIM'?

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Tue Nov 2 12:45:02 MST 1999



Originally posted to: Red-Green at onelist.com
From: mitchelcohen at mindspring.com

"Dr. Nissim-Sabat" <nissimma at lewisu.edu> wrote:
> The following is a reposting of a call for papers for those who
missed
the original posting and as a reminder for those who are considering
submitting an abstract:


                            CALL FOR PAPERS

        Richard Schmitt and Marilyn Nissim-Sabat are organizing a
proposal for a panel discussion for the RPA 2000 conference on the
topic:

                DOES CRITICAL THEORY NEED THE CONCEPT OF ‘VICTIM'?

         Critical theory is engaged in the project of theorizing an
authentically liberating praxis in defense of human beings as persons,
as subjects, who are, in varying degrees and manners, including
impoverishment, racism, sexism, alienation, genocide, psychological
and
physical abuse and torture, murder, ethnic cleansing, etc., oppressed,
i.e., prevented from full and free development by powerful social,
economic, and cultural forces and institutions, and by the people who
control these forces and institutions. Traditionally, the oppressed
could be relatively unambiguously referred to as "victims" of
oppressive
acts and forces. However, today, the meaning of ‘victim' and its
cognate
terms, and any terms used as synonymous or with significant overlap of
meaning, e.g., ‘the oppressed', has acquired, in public life in
general,
connotations of blame. That is, ‘victim' and its cognates now seem to
imply someone who is responsible for his or her own condition and
consequent suffering. This suggests that there is some danger that the
real phenomenon of oppression is being erased from public
consciousness.
If this were to happen, then the very idea of freedom might be erased
as
well. We
believe that it is of vital importance for critical theorists and
radical philosophers to take up this issue and its implications for
notions of agency and autonomy, theory and praxis, and the future of
critical theory and liberatory praxis. (Marilyn Nissim-Sabat initiated
such a discussion in her article, "Victims No More!" in vol. 1, no. 1
of
the Radical Philosophy Review.)

        The following questions indicate the focus of our concerns and
interest
in this topic:

        1. When is regarding others as victims in fact victimizing
them?
        2. When is one blaming the victim?
        3. Can the concept of ‘victim' be used in a non-victim blaming
           fashion?

        If you are interested in being a presenter on this panel,
please
send, via snail mail, a 250-500 word description of your proposed
presentation to:

        Marilyn Nissim-Sabat
        Philosophy Department
        Lewis University
        Romeoville, IL, 60446.

The deadline for submitting your paper description is DECEMBER 1,
1999.
You will be notified by January 15 whether or not your paper proposal
has been accepted for the panel proposal.

If you have any questions regarding this Call for Papers, contact:
Marilyn Nissim-Sabat at e-mail: nissimma at lewisu.edu or
Richard Schmitt at e-mail (new address): rschmitt at net











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