Wed, 10/06/2020 - 16:00 to Fri, 12/06/2020 - 19:00
Discussions will be held on ZOOM
Surprise: An interdisciplinary workshop. June 10-12, 2020
Surprise is a subject of research in diverse fields: psychology, cognitive science, musicology, English literature, linguistics and philosophy. However, thus far, knowledge accumulated within one discipline has rarely traveled across disciplines. Our interdisciplinary workshop on surprise aims to bring together researchers from the different disciplines to share with each other valuable insights about surprise and create a new interdisciplinary conversation.
With 800,000 Palestinians detained since the 1967 Israeli occupation, imprisonment is a lived reality of the Palestinian people. Thousands of incarcerated Palestinian political prisoners are Administrative Detainees who are imprisoned without trial or charges. While Israel mastered a plethora of means to suppress the Palestinian struggle, it wrestled with how to crush the most despondent act of resistance – hunger-strikes.
My topic is a kind of moral failure: a failure to be shocked. The idea that there can be such a moral failure might initially seem dubious. Shock is not voluntary, it seems to involve a certain failure of agency and cognition, it is unpleasant and at times profoundly wounding. Initially, such a state might not seem morally desirable. And yet the absence of shock sometimes strikes us as a moral failing.