Rather as the practice of photography has for some time now been seen as raising ethical issues (particularly around consent, use, privacy, pain and death) so we wish to raise questions about the ethical responsibilities inherent in the practice of (non-technical) writing. Biography is an obvious example; but what about autobiography? And might novelists, short-story writers, poets and playwrights also have ethical responsibilities in relation to their practices? For example, do they incur moral obligations to their likely readers? Are they in any way responsible for their work's reception and/or (mis)use? What might be the place of authorial intention in relation to readers' interpretation? And what about academic writing: do authors have responsibilities in relation not just to honesty but also to readers and/or in relation to the practices they deal with? Might terms such as 'irresponsibility', 'complicity' and 'culpable ignorance' reasonably have purchase in a range of sorts of writing?
CAPPE proposes to hold an informal workshop on Wednesday 7 December, 2 - 5 pm (venue to be decided) where interested colleagues present short talks on these and/or related issues with a view to initiating a more substantial project.
Please send brief proposals to Bob Brecher (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 21 October.