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26.10.2019 13:12 Alter: 46 days

Intercultural Understanding

Call for Papers

Theme: Intercultural Understanding
Subtitle: Wittgensteinian Approaches at the Crossroads between
Epistemology and Ethics
Type: International Conference
Institution: University of Valencia
Location: Valencia (Spain)
Date: 28.–29.1.2020
Deadline: 24.11.2019

Conference Theme

The philosophical question “How are we to understand other cultures?”
arises from two sets of concerns: one epistemological, the other
ethical. The question captures epistemological concerns such as: is
it possible to understand the propositions, beliefs, reasons,
practices, etc. of those who belong to cultures significantly
different from ours? And: how do we track what counts as correct or
appropriate understanding here? At the same time, the question
captures ethical concerns such as: are some forms of intercultural
understanding more valuable than others? And: do we have a moral
requirement to seek such understanding?

The standard approach to this question – certainly in analytic
philosophy – is marked by a sharp compartmentalisation of these two
sets of concerns. We propose to develop, from the perspective of
Wittgensteinian philosophy (broadly construed to include not only
Wittgenstein but also philosophers such as Bernard Williams, Peter
Winch, Stanley Cavell and Cora Diamond), an approach to this question
that emphasises the intimate connection between its epistemological
and ethical aspects.


Please send to by Sunday 24th November 2019 the
following TWO documents, including as an email subject “Intercultural
Understanding Valencia Conference":

1) A document with:
- Abstract of 500 words maximum on the conference theme (see below).
- Proposed title and short bibliography (not included in the above
 word count).
- No name or affiliation information. 

2) A separate document in the same email with:
- Your name.
- Your academic position and affiliation.
- Other information you consider relevant, if any.

Submissions by members of underrepresented groups are warmly welcome.

Decisions on selected abstracts will be communicated by the end of

Postgraduate and open session talks will be 25 minutes each, followed
by a Q&A.

This is the inaugural conference of the three-year research project:
PGC2018-093982-B-I00 “Intercultural Understanding, Belonging and
Value: Wittgensteinian Approaches”

Confirmed Speakers

Gorazd Andrejč (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Carla Carmona (University of Sevilla, Spain)
Leo Cheung (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Juliet Floyd (Boston University, United States of America)
Meena Dhanda (University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom)
Witold Jacorzynski (CIESAS, Unidad Regional del Sudeste, México)
Sofia Miguens (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
Constantine Sandis (University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
Chon Tejedor (University of Valencia, Spain)


Chon Tejedor, Conference Organiser
Department of Philosophy
University of Valencia
Avda. Blasco Ibáñez, 32
46010 Valencia