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Workshop on Forgiveness with Charles Griswold

This International Workshop is organized by CSMN (Christel Fricke)

Oslo, April 18 and 19, 2008

Questions of forgiveness typically arise when someone has performed an action in consequence of which another person has been harmed. Under what kind of conditions can the victim forgive the offender? Is there an obligation to forgive? What does forgiveness mean with respect to the past and the future lives of both the offender and the victim? Furthermore, forgiveness can be an issue not only on a personal and an interpersonal level but also on a political level. Forgiveness is a very complex phenomenon with deep normative and, in particular, moral and political implications. Charles Griswold (Boston University) has recently published a monograph on the topic (Forgiveness, CUP 2007). The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss related topics with the author and explore further aspects of forgiveness, including historical and intercultural perspectives.

Friday, April 18th (Auditorium 2, Georg Sverdrups Hus, Blindern Campus)

  • 9:00 Coffee
  • 9:15–9:45 Christel Fricke (CSMN, Oslo): "Introduction"
  • 9:45–10:45 Eve Garrard (Keele): "Conditional Unconditional Forgiveness"
  • Coffee break
  • 11:15–12:15 Peter Goldie (Manchester): "Self-forgiveness and
    the narrative sense of self" (preliminary title)
  • Lunch break
  • 14:00–15:00 Thomas Brudholm (Copenhagen): "On the relationship between secular and religious approaches to forgiveness" (Draft (.pdf) - password protected)
  • Coffee break
  • 15:30–16.30 Espen Gamlund (Oslo): "Forgiveness and Blame" (Abstract (.pdf))
  • 19:00 Dinner

Saturday, April 19 (Undervisningsrom 4, Georg Sverdrups Hus, Blindern Campus)

  • 9:00 Coffee
  • 9:15–10:15 Christoph Harbsmeier (Oslo): "Forgiveness and Amnesty – Contested Subjectivities of Pardoning in Early China"
  • 10:15–11:15 Jerome Neu (Univ. of California): "On Loving Our Enemies" (Abstract (.pdf))
  • Coffee break
  • 11:45–12:45 Geoffrey Scarre (Durham): "Apologising for historic injustices" (Abstract (.pdf))
  • Lunch break
  • 14:15–15:15 Arne Johan Vetlesen (Oslo): "Forgiveness in the absence of guilt. Reflections on the ethical implications of Harald Welzer's book Täter (Perpetrators)" (Abstract (.pdf))
  • Coffee break
  • 15:45–16:45 Jakob Lothe (Oslo): "Forgiveness, History and Narrative: Testimonies of Norwegian Auschwitz Survivors Compared to W. G. Sebald's 'Austerlitz'" (Abstract (.pdf))
  • 16:45–17:30 General Discussion with Charles Griswold (Boston University)
  • 19:00 Dinner
Published Jul 10, 2008 01:44 PM - Last modified Dec 12, 2011 10:18 AM