The Shadow Side of Gratitude

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: gratitudeconference@gmail.com
Deadline: 31.01.2019
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Proposals
Ort: Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt
Datum: 03.07.2019
Uhrzeit: 14:00 Uhr
Ende: 05.07.2019 14:30
Veranstaltende Institution: Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt, Germany

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together experts from a range of fields to examine the potentially darker side of this everyday social emotion and valued human excellence. While many experiences of gratitude are life-affirming, the concept may not be as straightforwardly positive as many people have assumed. It is not uncommon for gratitude to be experienced with mixed emotions, such as embarrassment, shame and guilt. It could be argued that gratitude to benefactors serves to keep marginalised groups in their place, and that cultivating gratitude makes a virtue out of an unwanted dependence on others. Therefore, in contrast to the predominant view of gratitude, this conference poses the question of whether gratitude is always good, whether it can be used for illicit means, and if there is such a thing as too much gratitude.

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