CALL FOR PAPERS: Identity and Difference

CALL FOR PAPERS: Identity and Difference

Special Issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology

Guest Editors: Rafael Winkler (University of Johannesburg) and Abraham Olivier (University of Fort Hare)

Identity and difference raise a host of philosophical questions ranging from metaphysical problems concerning the nature of multiplicity, alterity, personal identity and subjectivity to ethical and political issues such as inclusiveness, diversity, solidarity and resistance. Since the second half of the 20th century these notions have enjoyed special attention as the vast literature on the metaphysics, ethics and politics of identity and difference testifies. This includes a wide array of works by continental philosophers (Deleuze, Lyotard, Heidegger, Levinas), analytical philosophers of mind (Parfit, Shoemaker, Dennett, Searle) as well as moral and political philosophers (Taylor, Rawls). The significance of place and time for the constitution of personal and political identities and differences has also been receiving considerable attention recently, opening up philosophical debates in literature, art, architecture, anthropology and geography.

The special issue of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology invites contributions from all traditions of philosophy and other related disciplines on this rich discussion of identity and difference.

Submissions on the following topics are particularly welcome:

·       Identity and difference in metaphysics/phenomenology/philosophy of mind/political philosophy/ethics
·       The meaning or experience of identity and difference
·       Selfhood, personhood, autonomy, alterity
·       The nature of and relationship between subjectivity and political collectivity
·       The relations between personal identity, time, memory, space and place
·       The formation of cultural identities and global change
·       Identity politics and the politics of difference

The deadline for submissions is the 4th of May 2015 for publication in JBSP. Manuscripts should be ca. 8000 words in length (including references and footnotes). All manuscripts must be prepared for anonymous review and submitted to ujphenomenology@gmail.com. Further enquiries can be addressed to Rafael Winkler (Guest Editor) at rwinkler@uj.ac.za, Abraham Olivier (Guest Editor) at aolivier@ufh.ac.za or Ullrich Haase (Editor-in-Chief) atU.Haase@mmu.ac.uk.

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3rd Annual Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa – 2nd CFP: Identity and Difference

3rd Annual Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa
2nd CFP: Identity and Difference
27-29 March 2015

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Organized by Rafael Winkler, Abraham Olivier, Rianna Oelofsen

Keynotes:
Miguel de Beistegui (University of Warwick)
Babette Babich (Fordham University)

Identity and difference raise a host of philosophical questions ranging from metaphysical problems concerning the nature of multiplicity, alterity, personal identity and subjectivity to ethical and political issues such as inclusiveness, diversity, solidarity and resistance. Since the second half of the 20th century these notions have enjoyed special attention as the vast literature on the metaphysics, ethics and politics of identity and difference testifies. This includes a wide array of works by continental philosophers (Deleuze, Lyotard, Heidegger, Levinas), analytical philosophers of mind (Parfit, Shoemaker, Dennett, Searle) as well as moral and political philosophers (Taylor, Rawls). The significance of place and time for the constitution of personal and political identities and differences has also been receiving considerable attention recently, opening up philosophical debates in literature, art, architecture, anthropology and geography.

This conference aims to offer an open forum for reflection on the rich discussion on identity and difference and invites contributions from all traditions of philosophy and other related disciplines, and is not limited to the reception of this theme in the phenomenological tradition.

The topics of the conference include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Identity and difference in metaphysics/phenomenology/philosophy of mind/ political philosophy/ethics
  • The meaning or experience of identity and difference
  • Selfhood, personhood, autonomy, alterity
  • The nature of and relationship between subjectivity and political collectivity
  • The relations between personal identity, time, memory, space and place
  • The formation of cultural identities and global change
  • Identity politics and the politics of difference
  • Aristotle, Locke, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Deleuze, Lyotard, Derrida, Levinas, Wittgenstein, Parfit, Dennett, Searle, Shoemaker, Taylor, Rawls, Fanon, Appiah on the notions of identity and difference

Submission:

Please provide a 700 word abstract for blind review and send it toujphenomenology@gmail.com. The full paper should be no more than 3.500-4.000 words (the conference format allows for a 35-40 min. presentation followed by a 10-15 min. discussion). Proposals for panel discussions are also welcome.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 31st of January 2015. Notification of acceptance will be sent latest by the 21st of February 2015.

Conference fees:

The fee for the full three-day conference (including teas and lunches) for participants is R1026 (including VAT) (R342 per day for persons wishing to attend only one or two days). It is free of charge for all participating graduate and PhD students.

Bursaries:

A limited number of bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation.

Accommodation:

The organisers recommend that conference participants stay at Plumpudding Guesthouse (http://www.plumpudding.co.za/) or The View (http://www.theviewhotel.co.za/), which are within walking distance from the UJ Auckland Park Campus. The current rate at Plumpudding Guesthouse is R650 per night inclusive of breakfast.

For more information about the conference, visit the website of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa:http://saphenomenology.wordpress.com/. Alternatively, please contact Rafael Winkler (rwinkler@uj.ac.za), Catherine Botha (cbotha@uj.ac.za), Abraham Olivier (aolivier@ufh.ac.za), or Marianna Oelofsen (moelofsen@ufh.ac.za).

Seminar: Dr Sirkku Hellsten

The Stellenbosch University philosophy department is pleased to announce a final seminar for the year.

Dr Sirkku Hellsten from Finland is current head of the philosophy department at the University of Dar es Salaam and will be presenting a seminar in our department (room 628 of the Arts and Social Sciences building, corner of Merriman Ave and Ryneveld St in Stellenbosch) next Wednesday26 November, 12:30-14:00.  The title of her seminar is: Rhetoric, politics and ethics of governance in Africa in the era of globalization. 

Abstract

The new narrative of ‘Africa is rising’ is heard all over the world: African countries are rapidly gaining more economic power and business competitiveness. With this economic empowerment, many African governments are regaining – and reclaiming – their sovereignty after decades of colonialism – and alleged subsequent neo-colonialism by Western powers. Today’s politically, socially and economically transitional situation, the traditional partnership between African countries and their Western partners is briskly changing. African leaders are less willing to listen their former ‘colonial masters’ and (later day) ‘paternalistic donors’ about the direction of development that Africa should adapt to. With this regained confidence in increasing opportunities in international markets and other collaboration, many leaders in the continent call for African solutions for African problems, and call off the Western interference which is seen to be part of these problems to start with. Political rhetoric of ‘second liberation’ emphasizes African values and traditions, and builds pressure to discredit and disregard the allegedly Western values as foreign interference, paternalism and forms of neo-colonialism. In fact it often appears that many African leaders now want to convince their people that if something originated in the West, it is only good for Western countries; and thus, somehow it must necessarily be bad for Africa.
This paper wants to take a closer look at the rhetoric of ‘new sovereignty’ and expose some crimes against logic that have turned into crimes against the people in Africa. The paper is structured as follows: firstly, I will discuss how the current economy-based, Western originated concept of development has gradually created a transitional socio-politico-economic context that integrates some of the most egoistic individualistic practices with various suppressive and biased communalistic traditions in Africa. This integration is labelled here as ‘afro-libertarianism’. Secondly, I will show how the Western development and business practices have contributed to the current leadership crisis in Africa. I will also show how the unwarranted generalizations and false polarizations between Western individualism and African communalism are used to reject fundamental governance reforms and to slow down democratic processes. The hypocrisy that African leaders blame the West for is reflected in their own actions: they call for rebirth of African communalist solidarity traditions, while they themselves have intensely adopted libertarian-justified self-interest in their own political practice.

Please contact me should you require any further information regarding this seminar.

Warm regards

Andrea Palk

Department of Philosophy

Stellenbosch University

Private Bag X1

Stellenbosch • 7602

South-Africa

Tel: +27 21 808 2057 • e-mail: apalk@sun.ac.za

Reminder: FINAL call for papers for the PSSA Conference, deadline 31 October 2014

FINAL call for papers for the PSSA Conference, 12 – 14 January 2015

This is the final call for papers for the annual conference of the Philosophical
Society of Southern Africa. The conference will be hosted by the Department of
Media, Journalism and Philosophy at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
(South Africa) in Port Elizabeth. The date of the conference is Monday 12 –
Wednesday 14 January 2015. The conference has no theme, and papers in all areas
of philosophy are welcome. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should reach the
conference organisers by 31 October 2014.

Members of the PSSA and Philosophy departments in South Africa are kindly asked
to distribute this notification about the conference to anyone who may be interested in
attending or presenting.

The venue for the Conference is the Athenaeum, 7 Belmont Terrace, Central, Port
Elizabeth, South Africa (http://www.theathenaeum.co.za).

Please note that all accommodation arrangements are to be made by delegates
themselves. A bus will be arranged between a pick up point opposite the Humewood
Hotel (http://www.humewoodhotel.co.za) and the Athenaeum. If you require transport
to and from the conference venue, you should find accommodation at this hotel or in
one of the other hotels within easy walking distance. Please secure accommodation
early, since the conference takes place in holiday season. Transport to and from the
airport in Port Elizabeth should be arranged by the delegates themselves.

More detailed information and a list of further accommodation suggestions are
available on the NMMU conference website. Find the tab on the NMMU webpage
(http://philosophy.nmmu.ac.za). Please check for updates.

The registration fee for the conference is R650. This includes teas/coffees and lunches, but
does not include a formal conference dinner. Informal evening gatherings will be
arranged at beachfront venues within walking distance from the beachfront hotels. The
registration form will be available once notification of the acceptance of papers has been sent
out in November. Attendees are requested to pay the registration fee in advance as soon as
possible after November.

Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 15 November
2014. If you require this information at an earlier date, please indicate this to the
conference organisers.

The conference organisers are Andrea Hurst and Karen du Plessis, email:
pssa2015@gmail.com

As in the past, participants of the conference will be able to send their presentations
for possible inclusion in a special number of the South African Journal of Philosophy.
Please note that submissions must be made online at http://rsph.edmgr.com/When
you are asked to select a section/category please select the option ‘conference’ if you
wish your paper to be considered for the 2015 conference edition.

Prof Andrea Hurst

Associate Professor (Philosophy)

Department of Journalism, Media and Philosophy

Room 0413, Fourth Floor, Main Building

South Campus

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Tel: 041 504 4848 (direct)

Tel: 041 504 2871 (School Secretary)

Fax: 041 504 2229

Email: andrea.hurst@nmmu.ac.za

FINAL CFP: Colloquium on ‘Contrasts and contests about philosophy’ at the PSSA Conference 2015

The colloquium on ‘contrasts and contests about philosophy’ will form part of the annual conference of Philosophical Society of Southern Africa (PSSA), Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 January 2015. The colloquium will be run as a special parallel session throughout the conference. There is no additional registration fee for attending this colloquium. It forms part of the PSSA 2015 conference and will be held at the same venue. Find the tab for PSSA 2015 on the NMMU webpage (http://philosophy.nmmu.ac.za). Please check for updates.

Participants are invited to submit multi- and interdisciplinary contributions on questions in and about philosophy. Submissions should focus preferably but not exclusively on Africa. Submissions on the following topics are particularly welcome:

  • What is the character and meaning of philosophies dominated by the Western epistemological paradigm in South Africa? (Notably, the label ‘non-Western’ is objectionable to the extent that it positions other philosophies as parodies of Western philosophy. The fact that this has been so historically, and continues in contemporary South Africa underscores the ethical and political objection to the use of ‘non-Western’.)
  • The concept of ‘dialogue’ is one of the controversial topics in the unfolding discussions in and about philosophy. Is dialogue possible between diverse philosophical traditions (e.g. Indian, African, Chinese and Western)?
  • Is there such a thing as ‘the Western epistemological paradigm’?
  • Is there an African philosophical paradigm?
  • Why and how do ‘deconstructive’ and ‘reconstructive’ challenges arise in African

    philosophy?

  • The significance of hermeneutics in the philosophy of liberation with special focus on Africa.
  • What is the relationship between philosophy and the culture from which it emanates?
  • Intellectual decolonisation as a liberation issue in any of the following disciplines:

    philosophy, religion, theology, psychology, mathematics, medicine, science, economics,

    politics, environmental ethics, ethics and business ethics.

  • Is it important, within the larger society, that philosophy in South Africa or Africa shake off

    the Western paradigm? Why or why not?

  • A critique of “the underside” in intellectual decolonisation as an issue in liberation.

    Abstracts of no more than 200 words should reach the conference organisers by 31 October 2014. Please note that the number of presentation slots is limited and that early submission is advisable.

    Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 15 November 2014. If you require this information at an earlier date, please indicate this to the conference organisers.

    The conference organisers are Andrea Hurst and Karen Du Plessis, email: pssa2015@gmail.com

    Papers presented at the colloquium may be submitted for publication in a special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy (SAJP). To be considered for inclusion, full papers must be prepared for anonymous review and submitted to the SAJP online at http://www.edmgr.com/rsph/ where they will be directed to the Guest Editor, Prof Mogobe Ramose. When you are asked to select a

section/category please select the option ‘special edition’. For more detail please consult the SAJP Call for papers, available on the NMMU Philosophy webpage (http://philosophy.nmmu.ac.za).

FINAL call for papers for the PSSA Conference, 12 – 14 January 2015

FINAL call for papers for the PSSA Conference, 12 – 14 January 2015

This is the final call for papers for the annual conference of the Philosophical
Society of Southern Africa. The conference will be hosted by the Department of
Media, Journalism and Philosophy at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
(South Africa) in Port Elizabeth. The date of the conference is Monday 12 –
Wednesday 14 January 2015. The conference has no theme, and papers in all areas
of philosophy are welcome. Abstracts of no more than 200 words should reach the
conference organisers by 31 October 2014.

Members of the PSSA and Philosophy departments in South Africa are kindly asked
to distribute this notification about the conference to anyone who may be interested in
attending or presenting.

The venue for the Conference is the Athenaeum, 7 Belmont Terrace, Central, Port
Elizabeth, South Africa (http://www.theathenaeum.co.za).

Please note that all accommodation arrangements are to be made by delegates
themselves. A bus will be arranged between a pick up point opposite the Humewood
Hotel (http://www.humewoodhotel.co.za) and the Athenaeum. If you require transport
to and from the conference venue, you should find accommodation at this hotel or in
one of the other hotels within easy walking distance. Please secure accommodation
early, since the conference takes place in holiday season. Transport to and from the
airport in Port Elizabeth should be arranged by the delegates themselves.

More detailed information and a list of further accommodation suggestions are
available on the NMMU conference website. Find the tab on the NMMU webpage
(http://philosophy.nmmu.ac.za). Please check for updates.

The registration fee for the conference is R650. This includes teas/coffees and lunches, but
does not include a formal conference dinner. Informal evening gatherings will be
arranged at beachfront venues within walking distance from the beachfront hotels. The
registration form will be available once notification of the acceptance of papers has been sent
out in November. Attendees are requested to pay the registration fee in advance as soon as
possible after November.

Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 15 November
2014. If you require this information at an earlier date, please indicate this to the
conference organisers.

The conference organisers are Andrea Hurst and Karen du Plessis, email:
pssa2015@gmail.com

As in the past, participants of the conference will be able to send their presentations
for possible inclusion in a special number of the South African Journal of Philosophy.
Please note that submissions must be made online at http://rsph.edmgr.com/ When
you are asked to select a section/category please select the option ‘conference’ if you
wish your paper to be considered for the 2015 conference edition.

Prof Andrea Hurst

Associate Professor (Philosophy)
Department of Journalism, Media and Philosophy
Room 0413, Fourth Floor, Main Building
South Campus
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Tel: 041 504 4848 (direct)
Tel: 041 504 2871 (School Secretary)
Fax: 041 504 2229

Email: andrea.hurst@nmmu.ac.za

JOB – Postdoctoral Fellow – “Democracy, Heritage & Citizenship”

Please note the closing date of 30 September and starting date of 1 December.
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Democracy, Heritage and Citizenship

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Applications are invited for two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, to work on the Research Niche Area of “Democracy, Heritage and Citizenship”, which is hosted by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and supported by the Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre at the University of Fort Hare.
The Post Doctoral Fellow will work under the guidance of the Research Niche Area Leader, Dr Christopher Allsobrook.

The Post Doc Fellow will be expected to produce collaborative and individual research into the relevant field of inquiry (to write research papers on topics tackled by the research area and to disseminate research, for instance, at conferences) and to contribute to the project in other ways, for example, by helping to supervise Postgraduate students and to organise seminars

REQUIREMENTS:
• A PhD in a relevant Humanity or Social Sciences discipline (Social or Political Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, History) and a strong research interest in at least two of the focus areas.

• Publication track record

• Ability to work in a trans-disciplinary context

• Ability to work independently and develop projects and undertake research

• Excellent social and team working skills

• Fluent in written and spoken English

The value of the fellowship is R 200,000.00 (not taxed)

The duration of the fellowship is 12 months and must start before December 2014

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2014

Send a letter of application to Nobulali Tokwe (ntokwe@ufh.ac.za), accompanied by:

• The Title and Abstract of your doctoral thesis;

• A certified copy of your PhD degree certificate;

• A copy of your Identity Document;

• A comprehensive curriculum vitae including list of publications

• Indication of proposed research (300-500 words)