The Inhuman Gaze and Perceiving Otherwise

June 6, 2018 - June 9, 2018
Centre Culturel Irlandais

Salle Michel Guillaume
Centre Culturel Irlandais
5, rue des Irlandais - 75005 Paris

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  • School of Philosophy, University College Dublin
  • School of Computer Science


Utrecht University
University of Birmingham
University College Dublin
University College Dublin
Humboldt Universität Zu Berlin
Oxford University
University of Memphis
Western University
University of Melbourne
University of Jyväskylä
Harvard University
Technische Universität Berlin
École Normale Supérieure
University College Dublin
Boston College
The City University Of New York Graduate Center
École Normale Supérieure
University of York
Oxford University
University of Vienna
Clinical Psychiatrist, Paris
University of Copenhagen


Open University (UK)
University College Dublin
University College Dublin
University of Parma
University College Dublin (PhD)
Boston College
University College Dublin

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Themes: The conference aims to inspire questioning regarding perceptions of ‘the human’ – whether perception leads to recognition and solidarity or to objectification. This designation 'human' can be used beyond the mere identification of a species to underwrite exploitation, exclusion, denigration, dehumanization and demonization of what is then designated inhuman or nonhuman.

Topics can include, but are not limited, to:

·      the scientific/ medical/ psychiatric gaze

·      the psychopathological gaze

·      shame and the gaze of others

·      dehumanisation and demonization

·      violence/ torture

·      atypical social cognition

·      ideologies of exclusion- in-groups/ out-groups

·      interanimality

·      the inhuman gaze/ perceiving otherwise in aesthetics


The call for papers opens from January 19th 2018.  The deadline for submission has been extended to February 28th.  You will be notified of the outcome by March 2nd. 

If your abstract is accepted, you must register for the conference by March 3rd for your abstract to continue to be included.

Abstracts should be sent to James Jardine ([email protected]) by the extended deadline of February 28th.  Include two documents: (1) an information sheet with name, title of paper, affiliation, status re. work and any other information relevant; (2) the abstract (250 – 400 words) must be anonymized for blind review.

These are the possibilities:

(1)For faculty – 30 min presentation with 15 min discussion; OR 20 min presentation with 10 min discussion.

(2) For grad students and postdocs – you may apply to give a 20 min presentation with 10 min discussion; OR to give a 10 min lightning presentation with 15 mins group discussion. It should be clearly stated in your information sheet whether you prefer to give a short presentation or a lightning presentation. We are also inviting applications to express interest in serving as a respondent to one of the keynotes.  This requires responding to the paper presented by the keynote in a 10 min presentation, followed by a 15 min discussion including both the keynote speaker and yourself. If this is something you would like to consider in the event of there not being enough speaking slots available, please indicate when you submit your abstract. We will aim to match the respondents research interests with those of the keynote.

We particularly encourage submissions from graduate students, early career researchers and underrepresented minorities (please indicate if this applies to you in your abstract submission and registration).

If our funding allows, we hope to be able to subsidize graduate students and possibly postdocs.  If you would like to be considered for this, please indicate this with your abstract submission.


General registration will be open from March 5th. You must register on the Eventbrite link on the conference website. Places are limited.  If you are unable to gain a place through registration but would like to be waitlisted indicate this on Eventbrite.

Registration fees:

Unwaged – grad students and others – no registration fee

Waged - €160 (this includes postdocs)

Full refunds until May 6th thereafter, no refunds. Any refunds will be processed shortly after the conference. Queries to Anya Daly  [email protected]

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