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