Final CFP for the PSSA Conference, 18-20 January 2016

Final CFP for the PSSA Conference, 18-20 January 2016 

University of Fort Hare, Crawfords, Chintsa (South Africa)

Deadline: 31 October 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 Philosophy and Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa (University of Fort Hare) at Crawfords in Chintsa – www.crawfordsbeachlodge.co.za (Wild Coast, South Africa).

The conference organisers are Filip Maj, Chris Allsobrook and Abraham Olivier.

The date of the conference is 18-20 January (Monday-Wednesday) 2016.

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 2015. Please submit to: pssa2016@gmail.com

Confirmation of papers accepted for the conference will take place by 15 November 2015. If you require this information at an earlier date (e.g. in order to obtain funding), please indicate this to the conference organisers.

As in the past, participants of the conference will be able to send their presentations for possible inclusion in a special 2016 conference edition of the South African Journal of Philosophy. Please note that submissions must be made online at http://rsph.edmgr.com/.

Please note that all accommodation arrangements are to be made by delegates themselves. For further information contact Crawfords: reservations@crawfordsbeachlodge.co.za. Secure accommodation early, since the conference takes place in holiday season. Info regarding alternative accommodation will be provided in the next CFP.

Transport to and from the airport to Chintsa should be arranged by the delegates themselves. Please contact Crawfords for those who want to share transport.

The registration fee for the conference is R660 (R280 per day, final day R100). This includes teas/coffees and lunches, but does not include a formal conference dinner. Informal evening gatherings will be arranged at Crawfords and other venues within walking distance from the conference venue.

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 directly to Crawfords.

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.

Department of Philosophy. University of Fort Hare

Chris Hani Building. Church Street. 1st Floor. East London 7426

http://www.ufh.ac.za/faculties/social-sciences/departments/philosophy

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CFP: International Society for African Philosophy and Studies, 14 – 15 May 2015

ISAPS 2015 – USA: WASHINGTON, DC

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR AFRICAN STUDIES AND PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE

VENUE: HOWARD UNIVERSITY

DATE: MAY 14-15, 2015

THEME: AN AFRICAN PATH TO THE GLOBAL FUTURE: AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY AND STUDIES SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS IN AREAS OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, ECONOMY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

PART I: THEMATIC AREAS

Health, including environmental problems that bear on health issues (e.g., air quality, housing, potable water, sanitation, nutrition, health care and education, climate change, responses to health crises such as ebola)

Education, including all formal education from pre-school or headstart through professional and graduate degrees with emphasis on technology solutions to problems of resource scarcity and particular emphasis on the ethical obligations of African universities to their supporting communities

Economy, including foreign and domestic capital sourcing, changing employment demographics (rural and urban, farming and manufacturing), technology transfer, appropriate technology

Criminal justice, including anti-corruption measures, policing, judiciary and incarceration systems.

PART II: CRITICAL RESEARCH THEMES FOR ADDRESSING AFRICAN CONTINENTAL AND DIASPORA

African ethics (e.g., ancient Egyptian and Ethiopian, Ubuntu, etc.), as distinct from other continental ethical systems (e.g. Asian, European, North American)

African universities’ ethical responsibilities to their supporting communities

The African experience in the diaspora as it bears in all its diversity on solutions to critical African problems

Macro and micro-appropriate technology in africa

African Union responsibility for continental education measures

A Pan African Curriculum for K-16

PART III: ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 April 2015

Abstract Format: Times Roman/12 point

Abstract Length: Maximum 250 Words

Send abstracts to: isaps.conference2015@gmail.com

PART IV: KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Participants are encouraged to send suggestions for keynote speaker for the conference to isaps.conference2015@gmail.com.

PART V: ACCOMMODATIONS

Recommendations for accommodations will be posted shortly on the website.  Participants are encouraged to secure their reservations as soon as possible, as mid-May in Washington is the height of the spring tourist season.

PART VI: INQUIRIES

Please address any inquiries to Professors Charles Verharen or Kola Abimbola, co-chairs of the organizing committee.  Professor Verharen is the current vice-president of ISAPS and Professor Abimbola is a past president of ISAPS.  Their emails arecverharen@howard.edu and kolapo.abimbola@howard.edu.

PART VII: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ISAPS

Please consult the ISAPS website:  http://isapsonline.wordpress.com/ 

10th Annual Conference Postgraduate Philosophy Association of Southern Africa (PPA)

FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

 

DATE:             11th & 12th July 2015

PLACE:           University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

 

The tenth annual conference of the Postgraduate Philosophy Association will this year be hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, where it all began!  We are excited to be hosting the conference at Wits in the year that marks a decade of its existence and hope that is will be a memorable and inspiring weekend. 

 

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 40 minutes long – please allow roughly 20-25 minutes for presentation and 15 minutes for discussion and questions.

Chairs for each session will be appointed.

Abstracts: Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words toPPAconf2015@gmail.com

Abstracts should be submitted by 1 May 2015

Notification of acceptance will be sent by 25 May 2015

Guest Speaker: to be confirmed

 

Venue & Accommodation: The conference will be held at Wits University, East Campus in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.  Information regarding accommodation will be sent with the 2nd call for papers.

 

Conference Fee: There will be a conference fee of R300.  This will cover refreshments, lunch on both days, and stationery.

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

We look forward to reading your abstracts.  Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions at PPAconf2015@gmail.com

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).