2nd African Philosophy World Conference (UNICAL 2017)

2nd African Philosophy World Conference (UNICAL 2017)
The State of African Philosophy in Africa Today

CALL FOR PAPERS/ABSTRACTS
For three consecutive days (September 9-11, 2015) the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa was host to African philosophers at the 1st African Philosophy World Conference. The exceedingly successful conference had the theme, “African Philosophy: Past, Present and Future”. At that momentous meeting, participants discussed a number of issues in African philosophy as well as took stock of the strides made in the field. At the end of the conference, many issues around the gap areas in African philosophy were identified and a biennial conference that will address these issues was recommended.
It is with this in mind that we are happy to organize the next conference which will jointly be hosted by the University of Calabar, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, University of the Witwatersrand, and in collaboration with the University of Ibadan, University of Johannesburg, University of Port Harcourt and The Conversational School of Philosophy (CSP).
We are therefore happy to announce that the 2nd African Philosophy World Conference will take place 12-14 October, 2017 at the University of Calabar, Nigeria with the theme: “The State of African Philosophy in Africa Today”.

The conference organizing committee kindly invites submission of original papers on the conference theme or any of the subthemes below:

  1. Consolidating on the gains and progress that have been made so far in African philosophy.
  2. Improving the nature and reach of African philosophy with regard to curricula, dissemination of research and collaborations.
  3.  African philosophy and the problem of relevance: Issues of people’s self-conceptions; pressing social controversies and dilemmas; economics and jobs; etc.
  4. Major issues and developments in African philosophy in contemporary Africa: Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabic African philosophical circles.
  5. Emerging systems/schools in African philosophy.
  6. African philosophy and intercultural engagements.
  7. African philosophy and the questions of climate change and the environment.
  8. Women participation in African philosophy.
  9. African philosophy and intellectual history.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  1. Professor Mogobe Ramose, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa
  2. Professor Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt University, USA
  3. Professor Thaddeus Metz, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  4. Professor Paulin Hountondji, National University of Benin, Republic of Benin
  5. Professor Innocent Asouzu, University of Calabar, Nigeria

Please send an abstract of not more than 300 words for blind review to africanphilosophyproject@gmail.com by Tuesday February 28, 2017.Notification of acceptance will be sent latest by Friday March 31, 2017. Completed paper must be submitted by Friday September 15, 2017.Conference website: http://csp.unical.edu.ng/  Tel: +234 8066003714.

Conference participants will be required to pay a nominal conference registration fee.

Conference Organizing Committee:
Jonathan Chimakonam, PhD (UNICAL)
Ike Odimegwu, PhD (UNIZIK)
Edwin Etieyibo, PhD (Wits)

Promote this conference with: #THEBIGGEST!
It is planned to be the biggest African Philosophy conference to take place before the year 2017.

CFA: PSSA 2017 – Deadline 31/10/16

rhodes-university-newFinal Call for Abstracts for the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa Conference
16-18 January 2017
Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa)
Deadline: 31 October 2016

This is the final call for abstract submissions for the 2017 annual conference of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa.

The conference will be organized and hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Rhodes University.

The dates of the conference are Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 January, 2017.

Plenary speaker: Charles Mills (Northwestern University).

The conference has no overall theme, and papers in all areas of philosophy are welcome. Abstracts of around 300 words should reach the conference organisers by 31 October 2016. Please submit to: w.jones@ru.ac.za with the subject-line ‘PSSA Submission’. We have capacity for 75 speakers. Paper sessions will be 55 minutes long.

The conference organizers would like PSSA 2017 to pay special attention to the topic of teaching philosophy in Africa; those interested in contributing in some way to this discussion should contact Pedro Tabensky at p.tabensky@ru.ac.za. The conference organizers welcome suggestions for other themed sessions or panels, to be advertised at a future date.

Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 20 November 2016. If you require this information at an earlier date (e.g. in order to obtain funding), please indicate this with your submission.

As in past years, participants of the conference will be able to send their presentations for possible inclusion in a special 2017 conference edition of the *South African Journal of Philosophy*. Papers are due 30 March, 2017. Please note that submissions must be made online at http://rsph.edmgr.com/.

The registration fee for the conference is R450, to cover teas/coffees and lunches.

The conference venue is the Eden Grove Building, on the Rhodes campus.

On-campus accommodation during the conference will be available: for information, emailconference@ru.ac.za. Off-campus accommodation within walking distance from the conference venue is also available.

Transport to and from Grahamstown (nearest airports are in Port Elizabeth [90 minutes] and East London [two hours]) should be arranged by the delegates themselves. Airport shuttles to and from Grahamstown: Blunden <reservations@blunden-tours.co.za>, Van Rensburg <vrtours@imaginet.co.za>, JC’s < jcshuttle@telkomsa.net>.

For any general queries regarding the conference, email Marius Vermaak at m.vermaak@ru.ac.za.

2nd CFP: African Philosophy and Global Justice

CFP: African Philosophy and Global Justice

Special Issue of Philosophical Papers
Editor: Uchenna Okeja, Rhodes University

This special issue will provide an avenue for philosophers to do African philosophy on global justice. Global justice discourse is concerned with the transnational distribution of goods and justice. ‘The true path to peace is shared development. If we do not want war to go global, justice must go global.’
(Lula, Former President of Brazil) We invite philosophers working within the African tradition to contribute to this discourse. Given the push to globalize the discourse on global justice, it is imperative to critically engage the potential contributions of African thought to this growing field.
Philosophical Papers invites submissions for a special issue devoted to the perspectives of African philosophy on global justice. Suggested questions for discussion include:
•       From the perspective of African philosophy, how should we define global justice?
•       What visions of global justice can we glean from African philosophers such as Kwasi Wiredu (sympathetic impartiality), Odera Oruka (human minimum) etc?
•       Given the egalitarian intuitions implicit in social practices and institutions in African societies (the concept of extended family, for instance), what model of global society/justice is most coherent?
•       Is African philosophy a struggle for global epistemic justice? And what does this mean for the debate on global justice?
•        What are the principles of global justice in African philosophy and why are they plausible?
•       What does Ubuntu have to say about global justice?
The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2016. This issue of Philosophical Papers, comprising both invited and submitted articles, will appear in March of 2017.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, as a pdf- or word-document attachment, to <philosophical.papers@ru.ac.za>. Authors must include their full name, affiliation, and address for email correspondence with their submission.
Further enquires may be addressed to either Uchenna Okeja at <u.okeja@ru.ac.za> or Ward E. Jones at <w.jones@ru.ac.za>.

CFP: Philosophical Society of Southern Africa 2017

Call for Abstracts for the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa Conference, 16-18 January 2017
Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa)
Deadline: 31 October 2016

This is the second call for papers for the annual conference of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa.

The conference will be organized and hosted by the Department of Philosophy at Rhodes University.

The dates of the conference are Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 January, 2017.

Plenary speaker: Charles Mills (Northwestern University).

The conference has no overall theme, and papers in all areas of philosophy are welcome. Abstracts of around 300 words should reach the conference organisers by 31 October 2016. Please submit to: w.jones@ru.ac.za with the subject-line ‘PSSA Submission’. We have capacity for 75 speakers. Paper sessions will be 55 minutes long.

The conference organizers would like PSSA 2017 to pay special attention to the topic of teaching philosophy in Africa; those interested in contributing in some way to this discussion should contact Pedro Tabensky at p.tabensky@ru.ac.za. The conference organizers welcome suggestions for other themed sessions or panels, to be advertised at a future date.

Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 20 November 2016. If you require this information at an earlier date (e.g. in order to obtain funding), please indicate this with your submission.

As in past years, participants of the conference will be able to send their presentations for possible inclusion in a special 2017 conference edition of the *South African Journal of Philosophy*. Papers are due 30 March, 2017. Please note that submissions must be made online at http://rsph.edmgr.com/.

The registration fee for the conference is R450, to cover teas/coffees and lunches.

The conference venue is the Eden Grove Building, on the Rhodes campus.

On-campus accommodation during the conference will be available: for information, emailconference@ru.ac.za. Off-campus accommodation within walking distance from the conference venue is also available.

Transport to and from Grahamstown (nearest airports are in Port Elizabeth [90 minutes] and East London [two hours]) should be arranged by the delegates themselves. Airport shuttles to and from Grahamstown: Blunden <reservations@blunden-tours.co.za>, Van Rensburg <vrtours@imaginet.co.za>, JC’s < jcshuttle@telkomsa.net>.

For any general queries regarding the conference, email Marius Vermaak atm.vermaak@ru.ac.za.

Please distribute widely.

CFP: INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND STUDIES (ISAPS) 2016 CONFERENCE

CALL FOR PAPERS:

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND STUDIES (ISAPS) 2016 CONFERENCE

Venue: University of Ghana, Legon-Accra, Ghana

Date: August 11-12, 2016

Duration: Two days with possibility of tour of Ghana’s major tourist destinations at weekend

Theme: Democracy, Justice and Development in Africa, 50 years after independence.

Thematic Areas

Democracy

Which democracy for Africa? The experience of post-colonial Africa in identifying and applying different approaches to government. Western partisan democratic models in the African context and its challenges. Is this the best system for Africa? What alternatives and what is the way forward?

Justice

Which justice and justice for who? Is there an African standard for justice? This opens up the debate on human rights, on the definition and conception of corruption, on inclusion and marginalization, etc.

Development

African nations are often referred to as developing countries. What does this really mean? What concept of development? Are there any societies that are not developing countries?

The topic is open to philosophers and thinkers from various fields who would like to carry out a historical analysis of any of the above topics or to offer perspectives on how to move forward in the future.

Five decades of independence in many African countries offers a good background to be able to look at how certain models have been applied and the successes and failures that have been recorded so far.

Philosophical and inter-disciplinary papers will contribute to a rich discussion and debate on these topics.

Interested participants should send their abstracts to isapslegon2016@ug.edu.gh

Abstract format: Times New Roman 12 point. Maximum 500 words

Deadline for abstract submission: End of April, 2016

Early submissions are encouraged, especially for those interested in seeking conference travel/accommodation grants.

Arrangements are being made with a major journal of philosophy for a special edition focusing on especially well written and significant papers that will emerge from this conference. Arrangements are also being made for a book chapter with a reliable publisher for other papers that may not fit into this special edition.

Suggestions for keynote speakers for ISAPS Legon 2016 should be sent to isapslegon2016@ug.edu.gh.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Philosophy in Africa, Africa in Philosophy

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:

 

Philosophy in Africa, Africa in Philosophy

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A fortnightly series of academic research seminars hosted jointly by the Centre for African Studies and the Philosophy Department, University of Cape Town

 

Convenors: Prof. Lungisile Ntsebeza & Dr. George Hull

 

Recent months have seen renewed interest in questions about the role which academic philosophy can play in solving problems specific to Africa, including South Africa, and about the role which indigenous African traditions of thought and practice can play in enriching the academic discipline of philosophy. These questions are central to debates about what positive change in teaching and research in humanities faculties, both in South Africa and further afield, would look like; but they are also the focus of on-going research by both academic philosophers and academics from other disciplines. This fortnightly seminar series, beginning in March 2016 and running over the whole academic year, aims to create a forum for the presentation of well-researched, critical, carefully argued academic papers addressing topics including the following:

  • What distinctive concepts, ideas and arguments are contributed by African traditions of thought and practice to philosophical debates?
  • What constructive insights can academic philosophy offer into problems—political, social, epistemological, metaphysical—specific to Africa, including South Africa?
  • What does it take for a philosophical theory or argument, or a philosopher, to count as “African”?
  • To what extent is the work of “canonical” Western philosophers in need of radical re-evaluation due to their inconsistencies, hypocrisies or scurrilous claims regarding African and indigenous people?
  • Do indigenous African traditions of thought provide alternative models of rationality which can challenge presuppositions of philosophical work in the “analytic” tradition?
  • Has “analytic” philosophy been misrepresented as being of limited relevance to African contexts and traditions?

Academics and postgraduate researchers from UCT and beyond are invited to submit abstracts by midnight on 25th January 2016 toPhilosophyinAfrica@gmail.com. If accepted for presentation, a full written paper must be circulated one week before the seminar. The best of the papers presented over the year will be published in a volume edited by Lungisile Ntsebeza and George Hull.

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).

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).

CFP: 9th Annual Conference of the Postgraduate Philosophy Association of Southern Africa (PPA)

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

DATE:             19th & 20th July 2014

PLACE:           Innovation Centre, UKZN 

The annual conference of the Postgraduate Philosophy Association will this year be hosted by the University of Kwazulu Natal.  Postgraduate students in all areas of Philosophy are invited to submit abstracts.  Please distribute this CFP as widely as possible.

 

Format of Conference:

Sessions will be 45 minutes long – please allow roughly 30 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.

Chairs for each session will be appointed.

 

Abstracts:

Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to ppaconf2014@gmail.com

Abstracts should be submitted by 19 May 2014.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 6 June 2014.

 

Venue & Accommodation:

The conference will be held at the Innovation Centre, UKZN.

A list of accommodation venues is attached.  Please contact the conference organisers at ppaconf2014@gmail.com should you have any questions.

 

Conference Fee:

There will be a conference fee of R250.

The conference dinner will be held on Saturday and will be at your own cost.

We are excited to host the conference and look forward to reading all the interesting abstracts.  Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Elmarie Venter, Greg Swer, Carin Robinson.

Conference organisers 2014

CFP: Science and Society in Africa

3—4 Sept 2014, Stellenbosch

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 3 March 2014

Please e-mail abstracts to: scisocafrica@gmail.com

Africa faces the challenge of improving the critical understanding of science among non-scientists while respecting and responding to the fact that the history of science has been dominated by Europe and the USA.  Scientists in Africa must also grapple with colonial legacies of the use of a continent as a laboratory and a field-site. At the same time, Africa presents a challenge to science studies disciplines (e.g. philosophy, anthropology, communications) as they have evolved in Europe and the United States. At present there is a perceived gap between two positions: epistemic relativism which situates science as merely one socially constructed way of knowing among others of equal validity and realism, which accords it greater status as a universally true body of knowledge.  Both have been critiqued: realism has been cast as ignoring the influence of social factors on science and relativism has been pronounced to be impractical.

Closing this gap is politically and socially critical for development on the continent, as well as of global intellectual importance. Societies and science in Africa need to come to terms with each other, both as a set of social institutions and as knowledge-producers.

We welcome 300 word abstracts dealing with the following themes, or others relevant to the overall theme of the workshop:-

  • The proper integration of scientific knowledge in societies ruled by democratic and democratising states.
  • Science as one of many ways to understand race and human nature in post-colonial African contexts.
  • Biotechnology, nanotechnology and ‘blue sky science’ in African societies
  • ‘From bench to cell phone’: the challenges of ensuring public access to research and translating science into technology and institutional practices in a digital era.
  • The socio-economic and political challenges facing early career scientists in Africa
  • African coherence in science: the role of regional philanthropy and collaborations in agenda setting and contextual solutions

Participants will be invited to attend the conference to offer presentations based on full 5 000 word papers which should be based on these abstracts. (Drafts of these papers will be circulated to participants in advance and will need to be ready by 1 August 2014.)

This  workshop is being jointly organised by the South African Young Academy of Science, the Philosophy Department of University of Johannesburg, the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Stellenbosch University and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Cape Town.

The conference organizers are: Professor Alex Broadbent at the University of Johannesburg; Dr. Mandisa Mbali at Stellenbosch University and Dr. Tolullah Oni at the University of Cape Town.

The meeting will take place at Stellenbosch University.  Some travel funding will be available for post-graduate students and early career scholars.