The PSSA would like to remember Dr Augustine Shutte, who passed away on 23 May 2016. Please see his obituary at http://www.uct.ac.za/dailynews/obituaries/
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.
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?
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Transforming and Africanizing the Philosophy Curriculum’
(Special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy)
Guest Editor: Edwin Etieyibo (University of the Witwatersrand)
In recent past there have been sustained debates and discussions in various quarters regarding the need to reflect on what we, as academics, are teaching students. These discussions have been cashed out within the broader arena of transformation and curriculum development. In these discussions there hasn’t been much on what it will mean to develop and transform the philosophy curriculum, and what the direction will be for an Africanized philosophy curriculum in universities in Africa.
This special issue of the South African Journal of Philosophy will gather together selected presentations from the “Africanizing the Philosophy Curricula in Universities in Africa” workshop that was held at the University of the Witwatersrand on Wednesday 16 September, 2015.
Confirmed contributors to the Special Edition are:
_Dr. David Martens (Wits)
_Professor Ramose Mogobe (UNISA)
_Professor Lucy Allais (Wits)
_Professor Barry Hallen (Morehouse College, USA)
_Dr. Edwin Etieyibo (Wits)
_Professor Thaddeus Metz (University of Johannesburg)
_Dr. John Lamola (Fort Hare)
_Professor Pedro Tabensky (Rhodes University)
A further five contributions are here solicited to complement contributions from presenters at the workshop. Submissions should focus on the following topics:
_Is Curriculum Transformation and Development Important?
_Ought the Philosophy Curriculum in Universities in Africa be Africanized?
_What does it mean to Africanize the Philosophy Curriculum?
_Is it Possible to Africanize the Philosophy Curriculum in Universities in Africa?
_What are the Prospects, Problems and Challenges of Africanizing the Philosophy Curriculum in Universities in Africa?
_What Subjects, Topics, and Issues Should Form Part of the Content of an Africanized Philosophy Curriculum?
The deadline for submissions is 1 June 2016 for publication in the SAJP Vol. 35 No. 4, 2016. Manuscripts should be 8000-10000 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 sent out for peer review by the SAJP’s editorial team, under the guidance of the Guest Editor, Dr Edwin Etieyibo.
When you are asked to select a section/category please select the option ‘special edition’. Further enquiries can be addressed to: Edwin Etieyibo (Guest Editor) atEdwin.Etieyibo@wits.ac.za or Andrea Hurst (Editor-in-Chief) firstname.lastname@example.org
The SAJP is the official journal of the Philosophical Society of Southern Africa. The journal is anonymously refereed, indexed and published by Taylor & Francis.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:
Philosophy in Africa, Africa in Philosophy
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.
The PSSA Harassment working group has prepared a brief survey relating to sexual harassment at conferences and elsewhere in South African academic philosophy. We would appreciate it if persons involved in South African philosophy would take the time to complete this anonymous survey. The link to the survey is here:
Please do not complete the survey again if you did you when it was first announced (on 20 October). We are repeating the announcement in case anyone missed it the previous time.
For a statement about the working group see this earlier posting on ZAPHIL:
Thanks and regards,
(On behalf of the PSSA Harassment working group)
The PSSA Executive would like to make the following statement on behalf of the members of the PSSA and the philosophical community of South Africa in response to the recent #FeesMustFall student protest movement.
The Philosophy Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) welcomes the 0% increase in university fees for 2016. The PSSA acknowledges that it is a grave injustice to prevent the poor from accessing higher education simply on the basis of unaffordability. The PSSA strongly supports increased government spending in higher education in order to move towards correcting this injustice, while also allowing universities to reconcile their budgets without making cuts that could compromise the academic offerings of our universities.
We call on all relevant parties to act within the parameters of the law, and to respect the rights of others.
The Philosophy Departments of Wits and the University of Johannesburg invite you to drinks to celebrate the launch of Prof Lucy Allais’s new book