Presentations - International Ethics Summit

International
Ethics
Summit

December 4-6, 2016

Morality in the Global Era: Theory, Policy, and Praxis

​The topic of ethics and its status in a postmodern, globalized world has become central in numerous fields of interest, academic disciplines, and of course in everyday life. Questions about the heritage of modernity, about the applied dimensions of ethics in many facets of human life have influenced the division of knowledge and have profoundly marked the way human individuals relate to themselves and to their communities of interest. From political life to art and culture, from health issues to  development strategies, from war and culture to religion and lifestyle,  everything human is infused by ethical concerns.

 

The primary objective of this 3-day international summit is to explore the question: what does it mean to be moral in the global era? It brings  together scholars, professionals and industry leaders from engineering  and local industry, healthcare sector, politics, economics, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, development studies, law, art, journalism and other disciplines. The organizers hope that the summit will prove to be the beginning of a regular forum where diverse viewpoints on ideologies, theories and practices are presented in a creative manner, one which is both other-seeking as well as dialogic. The summit will attempt to develop a multi-disciplinary and global framework for engaging with questions of morality/ immorality/ amorality and rethink their meaning by delineating the moral conundrums which individuals face in the global era.

Keynote Speakers
 

Dr. Melissa S. Williams

Professor of Political Science

Founding Director Center of Ethics

University of Toronto, Canada

Senior Visiting Scholar

ASH Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard

University, USA

Dr. Joshua Mitchell

Professor of Government

Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. & Doha

Former Acting Chancellor of The American University

of Iraq - Sulaimani

Dr. Liviu Papadima

Professor of Literature

Vice-Rector, University of Bucharest, Romania

Former Dean of the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest

Conference Themes and Papers
Establishing a Strong Research Ethics Culture in an Emerging R&D Environment
Dr. Todd A. Laursen, President, Khalifa University, UAE
The Ethical Issues Surrounding Tenure in Higher Education
Dr. Joyce M. Alexander, Dean, Texas A&M University, USA
Redefining the Role of the University in the New Era
Dr. Nicolas C. Markatos, Chemical Engineering, TAMUQ
Ethical Concerns in Globalizing Western Engineering Education
Dr. Marcelo Castier, Chemical Engineering, TAMUQ
 Higher Education in a Globalized World

Chair

Dr. Vijay Panchang, Mechanical Engineering, TAMUQ

Blurred Ethical Lines between Innovation and Research?

Dr. Doris Schopper, University of Geneva, Switzerland

The Entitlement of Victims of Natural Disasters to Recieve International Assistance

Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Dilemmas of Modern Humanitarianism: Innovation, Ethics and The Humanitarian Principles

Dr. Andrej Zwitter, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Overcoming Victimhood: Victimhood and the Morality of Violence in the Context of Transnational Terrorism

Noreen van Elk, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

 Ethics and Humanitarian Action

Chair

Dr. Andrej Zwitter, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Neglect and the Lazy Work of Heritage

Dr. Trinidad Rico, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Appropriated History, Forgotten History

Dr. Amin Alsaden, Harvard University, USA

Places Forgotten and Remembered in Ras Al-Khaima, UAE

Dr. Matthew MacLean, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

Drawings and Photographs of AlAsmakh

Benjamin Barbour and Aparna Jayakumar, Mshereib Properties, Qatar

 Destruction by Neglect: On the heritage that could have been

Chair

Dr. Trinidad Rico, Texas A&M University at Qatar

What Do Engineers Understand When Others Talk About Ethics?

Waqas Nawaz, Hammad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

What We Talk About When We Talk About Ethics?

Dr. Sara R. Jordan, Virginia Tech, USA, Dr. Betsy Barry, Illocution Inc., USA and

Dr. Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, University of Windsor, Canada

Ethics and Innovation: Moral Implications of 3D Printing

Tahir Bin Yousaf, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Examining the Impulse Response of Traditional Societies to Encroachment by the Industrialized “Other”

Muaz Selam, Texas A&M University at Qatar

 Meaningful Language and Engineering Ethics

Chair

Dr. Sara R. Jordan, Virginia Tech, USA

What is the Social in Social Good and Social Benefit?
Dr. Phillip W. Gray, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Qatar

 

Engineering Ethics 2.0: Beyond Preventive Ethics
Dr. Jun Fudano, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

 

From Disaster to Responsible Practices through Ethical Reflections: Cases in East Asian Countries
Dr. Wen-Ling Hong, National Kaohsiung Marine University, Taiwan
 

Defining the Public Interest: Making a Muddled Concept of Interest Interesting Again
Dr. Sara R. Jordan, Virginia Tech, USA

 Engineering Ethics in a Globalized World

Chair

Dr. Phillip W. Gray, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Application of Islamic Law by Modern Judiciaries

Prof. Haider Hamoudi, University of Pittsburgh Law School, USA

 

Issues in US Judicial Ethics

Prof. Lynne Rambo, Texas A&M University Law School, USA

Judicial Ethics: Shaping Ethical Cultures through Institutional Structures

Prof. Sahar Aziz, Texas A&M University Law School, USA

 Judicial Rules and Constraints in Comparative Perspective

Chair

Dr. James R. Rogers, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Deconstructing Canadian Tri-Council Ethics Guidelines Using Decolonial Articulation of Coloniality of Being

Dr. M. Ayaz Naseem, Concordia University, Canada

 

Decolonizing Ethics in Development Education Research

Dr. Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, Concordia University, Canada

Cognitive Justice as an Ethical Framework for a Decolonizing Education

Dr. Lynette Shultz, University of Alberta, Canada

The Global University in the GCC: The Transfer and Transformation of

Mission and Governance

Dr. Kevin Gray, American University Sharjah, UAE and Dr. Hassan Bashir,

Texas A&M University at Qatar

 Decolonizing Ethics in Education and Social Science Research

Chair

Dr. M. Ayaz Naseem, Concordia University, Canada

Being in the “There” which is the Arabian Gulf

Dr. Daniel Varisco, Qatar University, Qatar

State Society Relations in the Arab Gulf: From Orientalism to Rentierism

Dr. Mazhar Al-Zo’by, Qatar University, Qatar

Whose Ethics? Teaching “Universal” Medical Ethics in Qatar

Dr. Tanya Kane, Qatar University, Qatar

Teaching International Relations in the Muslim World: Revisiting the Globality Assumption of the Discipline

Dr. Meshari Alruaih, Qatar University, Qatar

 The Ethics of Knowledge Production and Dissemination in the Gulf

Chair

Dr. Imad Mansour, Qatar University, Qatar

Teacher’s Ethical STEM Dilemmas
Dr. Robert Capraro, Texas A&M University, USA

 

Preparing Students to Answer Important Ethical STEM Questions
Dr. Mary Margaret Capraro, Texas A&M University, USA

 

Ethics and Technology in the Global Age
Dr. Tufan Adiguzel, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey

 

How Language Effects Moral Decisions
Dr. Abbass Eslami-Rasekh, Isfahan University, Iran

 

Ethical Issues in the Context of Online Learning
Mahjabin Chowdhury, Texas A&M University, USA

 Ethical Considerations in Language and STEM Education

Chair

Dr. Zohreh Eslami, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Teacher’s Ethical STEM Dilemmas
Dr. Robert Capraro, Texas A&M University, USA

 

Preparing Students to Answer Important Ethical STEM Questions
Dr. Mary Margaret Capraro, Texas A&M University, USA

 

Ethics and Technology in the Global Age
Dr. Tufan Adiguzel, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey

 

How Language Effects Moral Decisions
Dr. Abbass Eslami-Rasekh, Isfahan University, Iran

 

Ethical Issues in the Context of Online Learning
Mahjabin Chowdhury, Texas A&M University, USA

 Ethical Considerations in Language and STEM Education

Chair

Dr. Zohreh Eslami, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Civil War as Ethical Disease: Sophocles’ Ajax
Dr. Helena Buescu, University of Lisbon, Portugal

 

Disability and the Cross-Cultural Ethics of Pity
Dr. Lynn Rose, American University of Iraq-Sulaimani, Iraq

 

Machiavellian Pedagogy
Guillame Bogiaris-Thibault, Texas A&M University, USA

 

Ethical Concerns related to South Asian text and practice in the U.S. carceral system
Dr. Farah Godrej, University of California – Riverside, USA

 Ethical Approaches: Ancient and Modern

Chair

Dr. Mihaela Miroiu, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Socio-technical Imaginaries of Geospatial Big Data: What about Responsible Research and Innovation
Dr. Nina Witjes, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Germany

 

Ethics of Satellite Data: New Modes of Satellite Observation of North Korea
Dr. Phillip Olbrich, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

 

Ethical Humanitarian Data Ecosystems
Jos Behrens, Center for Innovation, Leiden University, The Netherlands

 

Digital Privacy is in Danger: Privacy Protection and Human Rights in the Age of Big Data
Paul Willems, Information Security Specialist, PIWI Consultants, The Netherlands

 Ethics of Data Analysis and International Affairs

Chair

Dr. Andrej Zwitter, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Ethical Considerations in the Rights, Responsibilities and Relationships Between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples in the World Today
Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Human Rights Attorney & Pawnee Indian Speaker, USA


Who will carry us on? Ethical responsibilities to our ancestors in the context of social and cultural change among the Arikara on the Northern Plains
Loren Paul Yellow Bird, National Park Service, USA

 

Presence of Palouse Ethics Today: Language, Story Telling, Songs, and the Palousa Way of Life
Carrie Schuster, Tribal Court Judge & Native American Cultural Consultant, USA

 Ethics, Law, Justice and the Indigenous People

Chair

Dr. Mark van de Logt, Texas A&M University at Qatar

The CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology: Who Owns the Right?
Dr. Mazen El - Ghoule, American University Beirut, Lebanon

 

Basic Research Conundrum: Funding Science in Academia
Dr. Erica Lynn Unger, Lebanon Valley College, USA

 

The Synergy of Business and Science: Ethics in Research, Development, and Commercialization
Dr. Lance M. Westerhoff, QuantumBio Inc., USA

 

Information Literacy and Idea Credit in the Modern Era
Dr. Nicole Lancy Brothers, Texas A&M University at Qatar

 Business, Academia, Science and Ethics: Who Owns What?

Chair

Dr. Edward Brothers, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Ethics of International Aid Distribution: Reflections on the failure of International Development Strategies
Qiaser Khan Jamali, United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization


Let’s Save Humanity, Morality Another Day!
Arshed Hossain Bhatti, United States Agency for International Development

 

Democracy and Under Development: Ethical Implications of imposing Western democratic models on non-Western countries
Sanee Sajjad, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

 

Canada’s Climate Change Policy-An Ethical Imbalance
Nadeem Anwer, Renewable Energy Projects, Government of Canada

 Ethics in International Development and Environmental Regimes

Chair

Dr. Kevin Gray, American University Sharjah, UAE

The Ways of Pluralism and the “Y” in Therapy of Desire
Roxana Eichel, University of Bucharest, Romania

 

The Moral Argument in Defending the Humanities
Iulian Curuia, University of Bucharest, Romania


Towards an Ethics of Non-Belonging: Rushdie, Coetzee, Ondaatje
Laura Cernat, University of Bucharest, Romania & KU Leuven, Belgium

 

Ethics and Aesthetics of Immigration
Dr. Christina Kkona, University of Paris 7 - Diderot, France

Dilemmas of Contemporary Humanities

Chair

Dr. Christina Kkona, University of Paris 7 - Diderot, France

The Ethics of Ownership: Artistic Freedom, National Pride and Market Value in Brancusi’s Case
Dr. Oana Dubalaru, University of Bucharest, Romania

 

Ethical Moral Values and the Construct of “Virtuous Muslim Ruler” in Some Medieval Philosophical Writings
Dr. Laura Sitaru, University of Bucharest, Romania

 

Public Intellectuals, Ethics and Emotions in Post Communist Societies
Dr. Mircea Vasilescu, University of Bucharest, Romania

 

A Minimal Criterion for an Ethical Ideology: Respect for Personal Autonomy
Dr. Mihaela Miroiu, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

 Intellectuals in the Public Space: Ethical Issues

Chair

Dr. Liviu Papadima, University of Bucharest, Romania

Organizing Committee
Texas A&M University at Qatar
Dr. Hassan Bashir, Liberal Arts, Conference Chair
Dr. Edward Brothers, Science Program
Dr. Eyad Masad, Vice Dean
Dr. James R. Rogers, Liberal Arts
Dr. Mark van de Logt, Liberal Arts
Dr. Phillip W. Gray, Liberal Arts
Dr. Trinidad Rico, Liberal Arts
Dr. Vijay Panchang, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Zohreh Eslami, Liberal Arts
International
Dr. Andrej Zwitter, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Dr. Oana Dubalaru, University of Bucharest, Romania