Conference watch

March 31, 2006

April. Top US philosopher Martha Nussbaum, whose award-winning book, Hiding from Humanity: Shame, Disgust, and the Law , explores the link between emotions and the law, will be in discussion with leading British philosophers, including John Haldane and David Archard, at Newcastle University this month. Nussbaum's Hiding from Humanity: Author Meets Critics is on April 3. www.ncl.ac.uk/niassh/Nussbaum/

* The impact of religion on happiness, fertility and marital stability will be on the agenda at the Religion and the Individual conference at Manchester University, organised by the Sociology of Religion Study Group. Delegates will debate issues such as the impact of individualism on institutional religion. Speakers include Ralph W. Hood Jr from the University of Tennessee. April 3-5. www.socrel.org.uk/conferences/Manchester2006/  

* A Hull police officer will give a paper on an innovative project that offers kerb-crawler education at the Sex Workers and Clients conference run by the British Society of Criminology and the British Sociological Association at Birmingham University. Other papers cover the dilemmas of policing sexual violence. There is also a workshop on how child sex abuse is presented in the media. April 5.

* Cosmopolitanism and anthropology is the theme of the Association of Social Anthropologists' Diamond Jubilee Conference at Keele University. Papers include Richard Wilson's on whether a critic of cosmopolitanism can believe in human rights. April 10-13. www.theasa.org/asa06/  

* Is the medical model the best way to treat addiction? Delegates at Unhooked Thinking , a multidisciplinary conference on addiction, think not. April 19-21. Assembly Rooms, Bath. www.unhookedthinking.com  

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