Dialogue in the 21st Century: A Martin Buber Memorial Conference


Dialogue in the 21st Century: A Martin Buber Memorial Conference

Manhattan College

April 23, 2015


Call for Abstracts:

Submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds, including philosophy, religious studies, Judaic studies, media studies, political science, education and peace studies are welcome.

In order to promote interdisciplinary dialogue and provide maximal time for discussion participants will give 15-20 minute presentations as part of a panel. Suggested topics include:

  • What is dialogue? What are the preconditions for and limitations of dialogue? How does one educate for dialogue?
  • How may Buber’s life and work be fruitfully brought into dialogue with contemporary conceptual movements and problems, such as the exploration of the other, cosmopolitanism and the study of language?
  • How does Buber’s life and work illuminate recent cultural and political shifts, such as the rise of information technology, contemporary art and media, current interfaith debates and recent international conflicts?

The conference will be held during Manhattan College’s month-long annual celebration of its Lasallian mission. Presentations that engage one or more of the five Lasallian hallmarks — commitment to social justice, respect for human dignity, an emphasis on ethical conduct, reflection on faith and its relation to reason, and excellence in teaching — are therefore especially welcome.

Please send proposals in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format to Dr. Sarah Scott (sarah.scott at manhattan.edu) no later than December 15, 2014. Proposals should include 1) a developed abstract (approximately 1,000 words); 2) a short abstract for inclusion in the conference program (150 words maximum); 3) a short biography for inclusion in the conference program (150 words maximum); and 4) full contact details, including email address and phone number. Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 15, 2015.

Sponsored by the Manhattan College Center for Ethics, the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, the Office of Mission, the Philosophy Department and the Religious Studies Department.

(PS: That’s Buber in a bow tie with HRH Princess Beatrix after winning the Erasmus Prize in 1963 –Zjb)

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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