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Tolerance and Toleration

Call for Papers

Theme: Tolerance and Toleration
Type: 1st Global Conference
Location: Waterford (Ireland)
Date: 18.–20.6.2018
Deadline: 14.2.2018

Tolerance and toleration are at the very core of every society,
representing the need to overcome difference for the sake of common
good. These are part of the centripetal forces of human organization:
forces which pull us together despite difference.  Negotiating or
overcoming interpersonal and social difference allows for
collaboration, cooperation, commerce, sharing, and alliance.
Tolerance and toleration help us avoid unending conflicts. But to
what degree are they, or should they be, integrated into the very
fabric of society itself, and the relatively intangible values of
friendship, trust, and appreciation of difference? Why are some
societies less tolerant than others? At what point, and under what
circumstances, does diversity and difference become not a challenge
to overcome, but a source of value and strength?  Ultimately, what is
the role of tolerance and toleration in how we interact with
diversity?  How important are tolerance and toleration, why are they
important, and what are their limitations?  How might their
limitations be most meaningfully overcome?

The word ‘toleration’ comes from the Latin tolerare, ‘to put up
with’. Medieval philosophers defined toleration as permissio negativa
mali – a ‘negative permission of evil’ – putting up with wrong-ish
things. In later centuries, states began tolerating some theological
differences. The Maryland Toleration Act (1649), for example, allowed
a measure of religious freedom to citizens. In A Letter Concerning
Toleration (1689), the English empiricist philosopher John Locke
advocated permitting individuals to hold any private beliefs – apart
from Catholics and atheists, that is. Nowadays, the term ‘toleration’
suggests reluctant permission, while ‘tolerance’ indicates a more
kindly, liberal sentiment; yet they are still almost synonymous. 

How significant is this conceptual divide between tolerance and
toleration? Are they similar enough in practical use to be considered
equal: both inhabiting the conceptual region between our approval and
our condemnation? Do both expressing slightly patronizing attitudes
of begrudging acceptance?  Or is the hope of a less judgmental and
more inclusive culture of ‘tolerance’ something to be noted and
lauded over that of ‘toleration’?  If these two terms are to
represent diverging perspectives on the ethics and morality
associated with what it means ‘to tolerate’, how should this
difference be conceptualized? How might divergent approaches on this
topic be most meaningfully construed?

What are the consequences of tolerance/intolerance within personal
contexts? Professional contexts? Political contexts? Where is further
understanding of tolerance – one of being more than half-hearted
toleration – of greatest need and benefit? What new understandings
and appreciations of tolerance are possible and necessary today,
given current social and technological realities? How does toleration
relate to the future of free-media and internet censorship? What
should not be tolerated, and for what reasons? The Tolerance and
Toleration interdisciplinary research and publishing stream seeks
answers to these questions and more.

Because tolerance – and intolerance – is of such importance to the
human social condition, it is of great interest to many disciplines
and practices. The topic also provides a fertile ground for examining
the intersection between theory and practice. For example, how does
understanding tolerance analytically help us in ‘the real world’ –
both in our own lives and in the lives of those to whom we have some
personal or professional responsibility? We want the widest range of
people with something to say about tolerance to join in this
conversation – in an inclusive and tolerant environment, with hope
that we are more than ‘tolerant’ in a traditional sense.

These might include: anthropologists, historians, sociologists,
psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counsellors, medical
professionals, addiction workers, clinicians, philosophers,
theologians, educationalists, parents, teachers, clergy and religious
people, NGOs, social/welfare services, charities, refugee workers,
politicians, political scientists, mediators, cultural theorists, IT
professionals, performers, creative artists, architects, writers,
journalists, and anyone else who wants to understand tolerance and
toleration better.

We welcome traditional papers, panels and workshop proposals, as well
as other forms of presentation platforms (art, poetry, posters, video
submissions, and so on), given the interdisciplinary nature of the
conference, and the recognition that different groups express
themselves in various formats and media.

We would like participants – both from within and from outside
academia – to explore the concept of tolerance and toleration in ways
that include, but are not limited to:

Representations of tolerance and toleration
- portrayal of tolerance and intolerance in literature
- tolerance and intolerance shown in the mass media
- famous historical examples of tolerance
- depictions of tolerance in art
- tolerance in film, tv, music, dance, and other types of creative

Understanding tolerance and toleration
- theorising tolerance and intolerance
- cultural influences on tolerance and intolerance
- the psychology of tolerance and intolerance
- the sociology of tolerance and intolerance
- the philosophy of tolerance
- the theology of tolerance
- anthropological analyses of tolerance and intolerance

Tolerance and toleration in context
- tolerance and family
- tolerance and acquaintances
- tolerance, in tolerance and workplaces
- tolerance and traditional media
- tolerance and social media
- tolerance, intolerance and national or cultural identities

Tolerance vs. toleration
- better approaches to tolerance
- patronizing tolerance
- insincere tolerance

Limits to tolerance
- tolerance, intolerance and offence
- tolerance for intolerance
- intolerance for intolerance
- censorship in social media
- censorship in traditional media

What to Send

300 word abstracts should be submitted by February 14 2018. All
submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed. If your
abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be
sent by April 14 2018. Abstracts should be emailed simultaneously to
the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with
the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in
programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of
proposal, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled:
Tolerance1 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times New Roman 12) and abstain from using
footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as
bold, italics or underline). All papers accepted for and presented at
the conference must be in English. 

Where to Send

The Organising Chairs look forward to receiving your abstract.

Seán Moran:
Michelle Ryan:

We acknowledge receipt and answer all paper proposals submitted. If
you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did
not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We
suggest, then, to send it again.


This event is an inclusive interdisciplinary research project. It
aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to
share ideas and explore various innovative and exciting discussions.

We believe that it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional
respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the
full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this
commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Please note: we are not in a position to be able to assist with
conference travel or subsistence, but we will provide free return
transport from Dublin to the conference venue.


The Mount Melleray Monastery is a peaceful place, built in 1832 on a
beautiful location in the gentle mountains between Waterford and
Tipperary. We will all be staying at the monastery, and all meals are
provided, as well as free return transport from Dublin. It will be an
opportunity to escape from the world for a short while, and enjoy
some friendly and stimulating discussions in a serene environment. 

Monastery Website:

Conference Fee:
From €380 (Includes accommodation, all meals, and return transport
from Dublin to the monastery)

Conference website: