Call for Presentations

Happiness & Hope

1st Global Meeting: The Happines Project and 7th Global Meeting: The Hope Project

Saturday 14th March –Monday 16th March 2015
Lisbon, Portugal

Due to the extraordinary confluence of delegate’s research agendas related to the submissions for this year’s Happiness and Hope projects, we have decided to convene both projects together in March 2015.

The interrelated, overlapping, and amplifying inter-disciplinary connections between this years submissions for both events was so compelling that we decided to host an unprecedented single convocation with a very select group of delegates. Consequently we are re-titling our conference for this year, Global Conference on Happiness & Hope This conference will convene between Saturday 14th March –Monday 16th March 2015.

Call for Presentations
When Pandora’s box emptied all of its ills that would plague the world, one small winged creature still remained: HOPE. This project inquires into the nature of this gift. Is hope, in fact, a good, encouraging us to do or be good? Or is it an evil; an illusion, perhaps an impossible fantasy? How does hope manifest itself in the world, in language, literature, and the arts? How should hope be encouraged? Is hope individual or collective in nature? Or both? What does hope contribute to individual or national identity?

This inter- and multi-disciplinary research, practice and publications project explores the multi-layered ideas, actions, and cultural traditions regarding hope. We invite therapists, community organizers, social workers, clergy, active change agents, scholars and teachers; in other words, anyone who has actively engaged with others to foster a sense of hopeful possibility in any walk of life.

We seek presentations about the nature of hope, its relationship with other emotions or movements, and its manifestation in the actions of individuals, cultures, communities and/or nations. We seek presentations, papers, performances, reports, works-in-progress and workshops which consider the history of hope, its cultural and artistic representations, its meaning(s), and/or its philosophical or scientific ‘legitimacy’.

Some possible proposals could address one or more of the following topics (although we invite other approaches as well):

  • Theories of Hope
  • Pedagogies of Hope
  • Hope in Literature/Literature as Hope
  • Hope in Art/Art as Hope
  • Hope in Music/Music as Hope
  • Hope and Religious Teaching
  • Hope and the Beginning of Life
  • Hope and Despair
  • Hope and Reconciliation
  • Hope and Personal Growth
  • Hope and Community Organizing
  • Hope and Illness
  • Hope and Loss
  • Hope and the Beginning of Life
  • Hope and the End of Life
  • Hope and Oppression
  • Consciousness and Hope
  • Between Hopelessness and Hope
  • Hope vs. Illusion
  • Hope and Media
  • Psychologies and Hope
  • Philosophies of Hope
  • Hope and Forgiveness
  • Remarriage Following Divorce: ‘The Triumph of Hope over
  • Experience’
  • Love and Hope
  • Good Works as Hope

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

What to Send
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 31st October 2014. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 23rd January 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words
E-mails should be entitled: HOPE7 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

John L. Hochheimer:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Persons programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.