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CFA: Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation

Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) Anniversary Workshop
Where: New Haven, Yale University
When: April 13, 2012
Deadline for submission: March 2, 2012

Sponsored by the Global Justice Program of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Centrefor International and Area Studies, Yale University and the Program in Cognitive Science, Yale University

Keynote Speakers: Paul Slovic, University of Oregon and Nicole Hassoun, Carnegie Mellon University

The call
Many individuals in affluent nations are aware that a vast number of people live in conditions of severe poverty. Yet they are more likely to go to the movies or to buy an expensive sweater than they are to give their money to humanitarian aid. The question arises, how can individuals be motivated to act on their duties to aid the global poor?

The Global Justice Program and the Department of Cognitive Science invite the submission of 350-500 word abstracts for 25-minute presentations on the subject of ‘Moral Psychology and Poverty Alleviation” for their upcoming workshop. The conference aims to stimulate research that can be used to develop more effective means of motivating individuals to act on their moral obligations to alleviate global poverty. For more information about topics relevant to the conference see

http://asap.betaelements.net/projects/moral-psychology-and-poverty-all eviation/ [1]

Abstracts are invited from those working in cognitive science, moral philosophy, and political science and submissions are encouraged from all levels of academia. Submissions from those taking an experimental approach to the topic are especially encouraged. Abstracts should be sent as a PDF or Word document to asapmppa (at) gmail.com by 2 March 2012. The subject line of email should read “SUBMISSION [YOUR NAME]”. In the body of the email, please state your name, affiliation, and contact information.

The conference
The MPPA workshop is part of a two-day conference marking the one year anniversary of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP). ASAP is an international network helping scholars, teachers, and students enhance their impact on global poverty. It does so by promoting collaboration amongst poverty-focused academics, helping academics reach out to broader audiences on issues of poverty, and helping them turn their expertise into impact through specific intervention projects (www.academicsstand.org).

The first day of the conference, April 12th, will be a symposium on the future of global poverty alleviation after the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.This symposium will bring together experts in development, aid, and global justice in a dialogue about next steps on global poverty alleviation. Speakers will examine the record on increasing global inequality, developments such as large-scale microfinance, and poverty measurement and trends. Each will offer crucial insights about what has been learned about reducing severe poverty, and which lessons must be highlighted in any MDG-replacement efforts.

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#1 Comment By Saeed Neamati On February 5, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

Poverty IMHO is the result of lack of knowledge, and poor culture. I’ve seen many poor people, who breed many children, and become even poorer, because the little bit of their income should be divided between more kids.