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The workshop "Ritual of Public Apology". Date: 22-23.03.2012. Site: Antwerp, Belgium. Deadline: 25.11.2011


On March 22nd – 23rd 2012 UCSIA organizes the workshop "The Ritual of Public Apology" at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. This programme will investigate how the concept of apology is applied in the fields of communication and media, law and diplomacy, business and public relations. 
An apology is a “regretful acknowledgment of offence or failure” (Oxford Dictionary of Current English).  For an apology to be a genuine act of ritualistic justice, the offender must acknowledge responsibility for injury or damage, the apologizer should be sincerely troubled by his acts, and the apology should be offered without defense. Genuine apologies are rituals of moral rebalancing - of  exchange between shame and power - between offender and offended.

The  University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp workshop welcomes researchers, doctoral students and other experts to share scholarly ideas, practices and ideas on "The Ritual of Public Apology". Such an interdisciplinary conference may open up a new horizon for academics, students and policy makers to think about the topic. Presentations can summarize empirical research outcomes, but also historical, conceptual, methodological contributions are welcomed for submission.

Your paper proposal should discuss one of the following subtopics: 

  1. Discourse on Apology in Communication and Media
  2. Rituals of Apology in Law
  3. Practices of Apology in Diplomacy
  4. Apology in Business, Public Relations and Crisis Communication
Applicants should:
  • be a master or doctoral student or postdoctoral researcher in the humanities or social sciences
  • be involved in ongoing academic research relevant to the themes addressed in the sessions of the workshop
  • have a good command of English 
  • respect formal requirements of the application process 

Selection Criteria 

  • fulfillment of formal eligibility requirements 
  • a well written paper proposal, related to the main topic of the workshop and representative of your research work, indicating the methodology and theoretical underpinning of your empirical research

To submit your application, fill in the online submission form and opload the following documents: 

  • an outline of your proposed paper of 750 to 1000 words with references (not included), in English
  • your curriculum vitae, in English, list of publications included (if available)

The application deadline is: November 25th 2011
Notice of acceptance: applicants will be informed of the selection by the end of December 2011

Details: http://www.ucsia.org/main.aspx?c=*UCSIAENG2&n=97834