WLC Faculty Will Co-Host a CEAH-Funded Symposium on the “Ethics of Debt”

CATEGORIES: March 2015

Symposium on “The Ethics of Debt” (September 25-26, 2015)

From the biblical injunction to forgive debts in the seventh year to the Occupy Wall Street movement’s call for student loan forgiveness, the problem of debt has regularly inspired political movements. Global financial crises now make debt a threat to the survival of entire nations as well as individuals. And yet, in other cultural and historical contexts, recognition of indebtedness to others has been a key building block of social life.

On September 25-26, 2015, Professors William Carter (WLC-German) and Kate Padgett Walsh (Philosophy) will host a symposium on “The Ethics of Debt.” The conference will create a unique forum for discussing the ethics of debt by bringing together scholars from across the disciplines. Anthropologists, art historians, economists, historians, literary and cultural theorists, philosophers, political scientists, sociologists, and other scholars will discuss topics including, but not limited to: credit/debt systems throughout the history of political economy; the relationship between debt and crisis; how borrowing, lending, and repayment are impacted by larger forces at work in society and the economy; representations of debt in art, literature, and film; the impact of social movements upon contemporary discussions of debt; risk versus reward with respect to debt; and the impact of debt upon contemporary political developments. Featured speakers are Clara Han (Johns Hopkins University), Miranda Joseph (University of Arizona), and Gustav Peebles (The New School for Social Research). All talks are open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor William Carter: wcarter@iastate.edu.