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Event information:

UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life (CEPL)

in conjunction with

UCD School of Philosophy 

are presenting

The Value of Sentience: Empathy, Vulnerability, and Recognition

 A Conference in Animal Ethics

The conference aims to contribute to the debate surrounding sentience in animal ethics by investigating, in a novel way, the connections between sentience and key moral attitudes such as feelings of empathy towards and the recognition of the vulnerability of sentient beings.

The conference is generously sponsored by:

Programme:  

Wednesday 7th March

12:00-12:30

Registration and welcome

12:30-13:30

Keynote speaker: Elisa Aaltola (University of Eastern Finland): “The politics of emotion and affective animal ethics: From shame to joy”

13:30-14:30

Lunch

 

Parallel Session I

Parallel Session II

14:30-15:10

Fergal McHugh (UCD): “Bare Humanity: Imagination and Method”

David Mathers: “Ethical implications of indeterminate cases”

15:10-15-50

 

Rebekah Humphreys (University of Wales Trinity St David): “Desensitisation, compartmentalisation, and animal experimentation: on exercising moral feelings and the imagination"

15:50-16:20

Coffee break

16:20-17:20

Keynote speaker: Ben Bramble (TCD)

 


 

Thursday 8th March

9:20-10:20

Keynote speaker: Angela Martin (University of Fribourg): “A Conceptual Analysis of Vulnerability and Sentience and their Moral Implications”

 

Parallel Session III

Parallel Session IV

10:20-11:00

Eda Keskin (Martin Luther Universitӓt Halle-Wittenberg): “Film Art and Developing Empathy for Sentient Beings”

Friederike Zenker (Universität Basel): “Singular Animal or Placeholder? Photography, Ordinary Use, and Obvious Sentience”

11:00-11:40

Charlotte Figueroa (University of Oxford): “Using Art to Develop Empathy towards Non-Human Animals”

Anya Daly (UCD): “The Primordial ‘we’, Sentience and Animal Ethics”

11:40-12:00

Coffee break

12:00-13:00

Keynote speaker: Danielle Petherbridge (UCD)

13:00-14:00

Lunch

14:00-15:00

Keynote speaker : Clare Palmer (Texas A&M University): “Sentient wild animals and climate change: Towards an ethics of vulnerability”

 

Parallel Session V

Parallel Session VI

15:00-15:40

Catia Faria (University of Minho) “Vulnerability and the ethics of environmental enhancement”

Tatjana von Solodkoff (UCD): “Non-Human Animals and the Harm Relation”

15:40-16:20

Jan Deckers (Newcastle University): “How a greater focus on empathy might refresh discussions of sentience”

Marc Wilcox (University of Leeds): “Against the Sentience Account”

16:20-16:40

Coffee break

16:40-17:40

Keynote speaker: Gary Francione (Rutgers University) (via Skype): "Accounting for All Interests--Reallocating the Burden in Matters of Personhood"

19:00

Conference Dinner

 


 

Friday 9th March

10:00-11:00

Keynote speaker: Tony Milligan (KCL):

“Toleration and Compassion in Animal Ethics”

11:00-11:20

Coffee break

 

Parallel Session VII

Parallel Session VIII

11:20-12:00

Wayne Williams (University of Hull):

“A Common Sense: Sentience, Sympathy and the Metaethics of Vulnerability”

Oliver Santiago Quick (Aarhus University): “Integrative Empathy and Animal Moral Status”

12:00-12:40

Maude Ouellette-Dubé (University of Fribourg): “Why do we need Care in animal ethics?”

 

12:40-13:40

Lunch

13:40-14:20

Martin Huth (University of Vienna): “Framed Animals. The Recognizability of Nonhuman Beings”

Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc (Michigan State University): “Is It Possible to Objectify Animals?” (via Skype)

14:20-15:20

Keynote speaker: Lori Gruen (Wesleyan University): “Challenging Disposability”

15:20-16:20

Keynote speaker: Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State University): "Emotional Companions: Animals, Pets, Robots"

16:20-16:40

Coffee break

16:40-17:40

Keynote speaker: Alice Crary (IAS/Oxford)

“Comments on a Contested Comparison: Animals and Race”

17:40-19:00

Closing remarks followed by reception

Do you have questions about The Value of Sentience: Empathy, Vulnerability, and Recognition. A Conference in Animal Ethics? Contact Patrizia Setola
For enquiries, please contact the organiser, Patrizia Setola at patrizia.setola@ucd.ie