CFA: Justice, Inequality, and Old Age, Salzberg, Nov. 27-28, 2019 (deadline: Jun. 7, 2019)

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research (CEPR) invites the submission of abstracts to be considered for participation in a two day conference on “Justice, Inequality and Old Age”, to be held at the Centre’s premises in Salzburg on 27 and 28 November 2019. The conference is organized by Dan Halliday (Melbourne) and Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg).

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars in philosophy and proximate disciplines, with a view to discussing research on the relationship between aging and social/distributive justice. We are especially keen to receive submissions from early career scholars and from academics from groups under-represented in the profession.

Confirmed speakers include:

Anca Gheaus (Pompeu Fabra University)
Daniel Halliday (University of Melbourne)
Adam Swift (University College, London)
Gry Wester (Kings College, London)
Andrew Williams (Pompeu Fabra University)

Submission instructions:

We welcome papers on any topic relating to the conference theme, and anticipate accepting 4-5 papers in addition to those delivered by the confirmed speakers. Themes on which we would like to receive abstracts include (but are not exhausted by) the following:

* What sort of problems are posed by aging populations for traditional policies and/or theories of justice where application to aging is concerned?
* Is there anything distinctively unjust about poverty among the elderly, as opposed to poverty affecting other age groups?
* Should old people possess the same political rights as young people, for example the right to vote on policies whose effects will be felt mainly by people with longer to live?
* What might be said about aging and wellbeing? Is old age a special phase of life, subject to distinctive goods not available during other phases of life?
* How strong is the right to retire? Should be it be upheld or should labor markets be regulated with a view to enabling paid employment among the elderly?
* Should citizens with high longevity be taxed more heavily, e.g. on assets like valuable housing?
* What is the moral significance of social isolation and loneliness in old age?
* To what extent should the responsibility of caring for the elderly fall on family members rather than the state/taxpayer?
* What can be said about contemporary problems of aging from the perspective of non-western philosophical perspectives?

Funding is available to cover 3x nights accommodation in Salzburg. Further funding for assistance with travel costs is currently being pursued. The organisers are considering organising a publication on the basis of the workshop. This is not yet fixed and will only be decided after the workshop. A willingness in principle to participate in a publication is nevertheless appreciated.

Please submit abstracts in word format (300-500 words, prepared for anonymous review) to justiceaging@gmail.com before June 7th.

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