Community, belonging and moral sentiment: is to belong to be a moral person? 
Leila Sinclair-Bright (University of Edinburgh)
Sebastien Bachelet (University of Manchester)
Quincentenary Building, Tausend Room
Start time:
22 June, 2014 at 9:00 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

This panel calls for papers that examine the relationship between ideas of moral sentiment, moral norms and notions/senses of belonging and the ways these are or are not defined in relation to one another in different contexts and situations.

Long Abstract

Both belonging and morality concern not only sympathetic relationships between human beings, but between people and places, spaces, environments, spirits, materials and animals as well. In addition, the establishment of moral norms entails not only 'sympathy' but rights, responsibilities, duties and obligations. This panel starts by asking how morality and belonging are or are not defined in relation to one another in different contexts and situations. Who determines what it is to belong, what it is to be moral and the relationship between these? If belonging is as much about exclusion as it is about inclusion then what moral norms do you have to subscribe to in order to belong? How are moral norms established or challenged in contexts where belonging is contested? In itinerant or temporary communities, are moral norms constructed and if so how? And finally, what are the risks of extending 'sympathy' towards another? How does the extension of 'sympathy' to another person, place or thing come both to define us as human and to risk our belonging to a particular community? Papers looking at political and legal contestation, property disputes, migration, landscape, human-animal relations, knowledge production, emotional registers and experiences are invited to submit papers.

Accepted papers: