CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Contrasts and contests about philosophy’

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Contrasts and contests about philosophy’

Special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy

Guest Editor: Mogobe Ramose [University of South Africa]

Philosophers are continually engaged in discussions, emanating from diverse cultures and temperaments, about what philosophy is and what philosophers should do. Generally speaking, the Western epistemological paradigm – notwithstanding its own internal controversies – tends to dominate global discussions about philosophy.

In any country where the philosophical scene is overwhelmingly dominated by non-indigenous concerns and approaches, questions ought to be raised concerning this dominance. Moreover, it is important for philosophers to engage actively in the ongoing debates about philosophical perspectives that have emerged not only in contrast to the Western epistemological paradigm but also in contestation of it.

‘Contrasts’ and ‘contests’ in this context refer to such debates, which extend beyond the specifically philosophical. In order to recognise this it is necessary to have the preposition ‘about’ in the title of the theme. The preposition ‘in’ would be misleading insofar as it would give the impression that only philosophers are part of the debate.

This special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy invites 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 arse 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.

The deadline for submissions is 1 May 2015 for publication in the SAJP Vol. 34

No. 4, 2015. Manuscripts should be 6000-8000 words in length (including

references and footnotes) and adhere to the SAJP instructions for authors,

available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rsph20/current#.U8TfNF0aLIU

http://www.nisc.co.za/journals?id=41

All manuscripts 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’. All submissions will

undergo double-blind peer review.

Further enquiries can be addressed to:

Mogobe Ramose (Guest Editor) at ramosmb@unisa.ac.za or

tanella@mweb.co.za Inge Konik (Editorial Assistant) at

inge.konik@nmmu.ac.za or Andrea Hurst (Editor-in-Chief) at

andrea.hurst@nmmu.ac.za

The SAJP is the official journal of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa.

The journal is anonymously refereed, indexed and published by Taylor &

Francis.

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

CFP: SAJP Conference Edition 2015

CFP: SAJP Conference Edition 2015

A reminder that the South African Journal of Philosophy (www.tandfonline.com) will be dedicating an issue to selected proceedings of the 2015 PSSA conference. All submissions are peer-reviewed by two reviewers. To be considered for the issue:

  • A paper of 6000 words (including footnotes), references excluded, should be submitted to the SAJP.
  • The submission must have been presented at the conference
  • The timeframe for reviews is tight on this one so please submit as soon as you can.

Please select the option ‘conference’ if you wish your paper to be considered for the 2015 conference edition.

  • Please note that you may instead submit your paper for the ‘Contests and Contrasts’ special edition of the journal. In this case different criteria apply. Please consult the CFP for the Special Edition.
  • Submission deadline: 15 February 2015.

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

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.

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).

Second CFP 2015

Second call for papers for the PSSA Conference, January 2015
This is the second 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 organiser 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 theHumewood
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. Informal evening gatherings will
be arranged at beachfront venues within walking distance from these hotels. 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 will be
made available shortly on the NMMU conference website. Find the tab on the
NMMU webpage (http://philosophy.nmmu.ac.za). Please check for updates.

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 Mentz, 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.

CFP 1: Spring Colloquium 2014

Call For Papers

The annual Spring Colloquium will be hosted this year in Cape Town by the Philosophy Dept of the University of the Western Cape.  The Colloquium will take place on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to: springcolloquium@gmail.com.  The closing date for submissions is 30 June.

The Colloquium will be held here: http://www.kolpingguesthouse.co.za/en/. Kolping Guesthouse is just 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town International Airport, and 5 minutes’ drive from the Durbanville wine route.

Attendees are asked to please make their own accommodation arrangements directly with Kolping Guesthouse.  Rates are R880 per person per night for a single room and R725 per person per night for a shared room.  This rate covers conference costs, accommodation, and meals.  When making your reservation, please be sure to specify that you are attending the Philosophy Spring Colloquium, so that you can take advantage of the special rates we have arranged.  Please be sure to make your reservation before 30 June.

Should you choose not to stay at Kolping Guesthouse, the conference fee will be R220 per day, which includes lunch and tea.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Simon Beck & Jess Lerm

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.

1st CFP: PPA 9th Annual Conference

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

 FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS 

DATE:             19th & 20th July, 2014

PLACE:           Innovation Centre, 

      Howard College, 

      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.

Abstracts:

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

Abstracts should be submitted by 19 May 2013

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 6 June 2013

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.

Venue & Accommodation:

The conference will be held at the Innovation Centre, UKZN.  Information regarding accommodation will be sent with the 2nd call for papers.

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,

Conference organisers: Carin Robinson, Elmarie Venter and Greg Swer

Email: ppaconf2014@gmail.com