CFP: Care and the Vulnerable Human

International interdisciplinary conference, Brest, Faculty of Medicine, 3 and 4 October 2013

“Care and the Vulnerable Human: Converging views on Vulnerability in today’s society”

Call for contributions: workshops

The working language and presentations at these themed workshops will be French, but exchange in English will be possible with English-speaking conference participants. Eligible applicants are PhD students, post-doctorates, or any researcher who has defended his/her PhD thesis within the last ten years in Philosophy, Psychology, Medicine, Nursing research, etc.

Contributions (20 minutes in length + 15 minutes for discussion) should deal with one of the following workshop themes:

1) Medicine, healthcare or psychological care and vulnerability;

2) Legal, deontological, normative and ethical approaches to vulnerability;

3) Notions and theories of vulnerability (medicine, philosophy, humanities and social sciences, political and legal sciences);

4) Anthropological, sociological, political issues of care

Applicants should submit an abstract electronically (750 characters max.) in French to:

colloque2013 [at]

with the title, their name(s) and affiliation, research position, personal mailing address, workshop theme, keywords and bibliography (total: one page). Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2013. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by the Scientific Committee to the selected applicants before 30 June 2013. Participants with accepted contributions may attend the conference free of charge (lunch included on Friday) but will be required to cover all other expenses. For additional information, please contact us at: colloque2013 [at]

Being honest about objectification

Well, the editor of the UK edition of Esquire is being honest about objectifying women, but has some how missed that this is sexist.

Esquire editor Alex Bilmes has admitted that the magazine uses pictures of “ornamental” women for male readers “in the same way we provide pictures of cool cars”.

Bilmes, who moved from rival men’s title GQ to edit Esquire in 2010, said that his magazine’s policy was “more honest” than that of the women’s magazine industry, which he claimed perpetuate negative images of women.

“The women we feature in the magazine are ornamental,” he said, speaking on a panel at the Advertising Week Europe conference in London on Tuesday. “I could lie to you if you want and say we are interested in their brains as well. We are not. They are objectified.”

Read the full story here with some ageism thrown in just for good measure.