Event: Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration: Spiritual Perspectives on Love and Friendship.

Speakers and Facilitators: Prof Zenon Bankowski, Simon Barrow, Rev Rolf Billes, Geo Cameron De Danu, Prof Sophie-Grace Chappell, Dr Alix Cohen, Dr Elizabeth Drummond Young, Lee Gershuny, David Levy, Japanese Consul General in Edinburgh, Daisuke Matsunaga, Dr Tony Milligan, Susan Scott and Bishop Brian Smith.

Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Saturday 16 September 2017.
Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Day Conference: 10am-5.15pm.
Registration: 6.30pm-7pm. Evening Cultural Celebration: 7pm-9pm.
Event Description: This Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration will look at issues associated with love and friendship, and the evening event will celebrate writings and creativity associated with the theme.

 

 Event: Day Conference and Evening Cultural Celebration:

Spiritual Perspectives on Love and Friendship.

Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.

Date: Saturday 16 September 2017.

Time: Registration: 9.30am-10am. Day Conference: 10am-5.15pm.

Registration: 6.30pm-7pm. Evening Cultural Celebration: 7pm-9pm.

Organised by Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP,

Scottish Charity, SC038996, www.eicsp.org

 

Day Conference: 9.30am-5.15pm.

9.30am-10am: Arrival and Registration.

10am-10.10am: Introduction and Welcome: Simon Barrow.

10.10am-11am: Keynote address: Professor Sophie-Grace Chappell.

Title: Love beyond Reasons.

Description: “Why do you love me?” seems the ultimate trick question. Because if you say “I love you because xyz” then your questioner can retort “So you wouldn’t love me UNLESS xyz?” Whereas if you say “No reason, I just do” then your questioner can retort “So your love for me is irrational/unreasonable?” My talk is about this paradox. I’ll consider some ways to solve it.

Biog: Sophie Grace Chappell is Professor of Philosophy at The Open University. Her books include Ethics And Experience (Acumen 2011) and Knowing What To Do (OUP 2014).

11.05am-11.35am: Plenary address: David Levy.

11.40am-12am: Tea/coffee break.

12am-12.30pm: Plenary address: Dr Elizabeth Drummond Young.

Title: Love, Dignity and the Individual.

Description: Love is often seen as either a selfish urge – the romantic couple pursuing their passion regardless of the rest of the world – or as a universal and generalising requirement - ‘love your neighbour’, where everybody turns out to be your neighbour. I will look at another way in which love operates, which is to mark each of us out as an individual and in a way which retains or restores our dignity.

Biog: I work in the Open Studies department at the University of Edinburgh, where I offer a course on Love and Friendship. I am particularly interested in 20th Century writers with a combined spiritual and political stance such as Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt and Raimond Gaita, and publish and speak on topics arising from their work.

12.30pm-1pm: Plenary address: Prof Zenon Bankowski.

Title: The Law of Love.

Biog: Zenon Bankowski is a Pole who was born in 1946 in Germany. Brought up in England, he studied in Scotland at the Universities in Dundee and Glasgow. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Legal Theory at the Law School of Edinburgh University and lives in Edinburgh. His book Living Lawfully looks at the relations between Law and Love and the Ethical Life of Legal Institutions. He is currently looking at the place of the visual and movement arts in relation to Law and Legal Education and the formation of the ethical imagination. He has taken part in dance workshops, was a competitive athlete (a past winner of the Edinburgh 7 Hills race), and is a volunteer neighbourhood mediator.

1pm-2.15pm: Lunch break.

2.15pm-3.05pm: Keynote address: Dr Tony Milligan.

Title: Mortal Longings.

Description: An examination of what it means to love others in a way that does not demand perfection or that the other completes us, and instead involves acceptance of incompleteness, impermanence and vulnerability to loss.

Biog: Tony Milligan is the author of a number of books on ethics and political philosophy, including Love (2012) in the Routledge ‘Art of Living’ Series. He is affiliated to the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pardubice where he is the Key Researcher with the Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value.

3.10pm-3.40pm: Plenary address: Dr Alix Cohen.

3.40pm-4pm:Tea/coffee break.

4pm-4.30pm: Plenary address: Simon Barrow.

4.30pm-5pm: Plenary address: Bishop Brian Smith.

Title: Love, Tragedy and Compromise: A reflection on tensions within the Western tradition of thinking about love.

Biog: Brian Smith was born in Edinburgh, and studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He then studied theology at Cambridge a afterwards taught theology in Oxford. Following a number of ecclesiastical appointments, he was elected Bishop of Edinburgh in 2001, a post from which he retired in 2011. Since retirement he has paid visits to Botswana as a volunteer teaching theology in the new Anglican theological school.

5pm-5.15pm: Summing up: Simon Barrow.

 

Evening Cultural Celebration:

Registration: 6.30pm-7pm. Evening Cultural Celebration: 7pm-9pm.

Japanese Consul General in Edinburgh, Daisuke Matsunaga:

Bishop Brian Smith: The Voice of Anna Akhmatova.

Lee Gershuny, Founder/Artistic Director of the Edinburgh-based, Elements World Theatre:

Susan Scott:

Geo Cameron De Danu:

Rev Rolf Billes, Minister, Colinton Parish Church: The Seven Sounds of Love: experiential practice based upon the work of Chloe Goodchild.

 

Love and Friendship

Cost: Day Conference: £25/£20 (Concessions/£10 (Students).
Evening Cultural Celebration: £10/£8 (Concessions)/£4 (Student). For a Registration Form:
Contact: Neill Walker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 0131 331 4469.

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