2nd African Philosophy World Conference (UNICAL 2017)

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

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.

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.

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Call for speakers: Annual Northern Branch meeting of the Classical Association of South Africa

Dear Colleagues,

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) and the School of Ancient Languages and Text Studies at North-West University invite proposals for papers for the annual northern branch meeting of the Classical Association of South Africa to be held in Potchefstroom on the 22nd of October 2016.


Any queries can be sent to me, Ilse van Rooyen, at ilse.vanrooyen@nwutheology.co.za


We hope to see you all then!


Best wishes

Ilse van Rooyen


Ilse van Rooyen

Die Skool vir Antieke Taal- en Teksstudie

Tel: 018 299 1604

Faks: 086 269 2453



Ilse van Rooyen

The School of Ancient Language & Text Studies

Tel: 018 299 1604

Fax: 086 269 2453


Aristotle 2016 Colloquium: First Call for Papers

“Aristotle 2016 Colloquium
21 NOVEMBER 2016

Papers are invited for a colloquium organised by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria in celebration of Aristotle’s 2400th birth year.

Details of abstracts:

  • All areas of Aristotle’s work may be covered, but preference will be given to papers on his metaphysics, logic and ethics
  • Submissions from faculty and graduate students welcome
  • Abstracts (350 words) should reach Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem (emma.ruttkamp-bloem@up.ac.za) on or before 15 October 2016
  • Acceptance letters will be sent by 21 October 2016
  • There will be 20-30 minute slots, depending on the number of papers selected
  • There are only 12-14 slots available

Venue & Fee

  • The venue will be on the University of Pretoria Hatfield Campus in Pretoria, and will be specified in the second CFP
  • The colloquium fee will be minimal to cover coffee/tea and lunch and will be announced in the second CFP


  • Accommodation is participants’ own responsibility (information with regards to accommodation close to the university will be given in the second CFP)
  • For reasons of space non-participants must also please inform us (emma.ruttkamp-bloem@up.ac.za) of their intention to attend”




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


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 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.

Colloquium: Reflecting on being thankful after the death of God – Prof Paul van Tongeren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen & KU Leuven

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria cordially invites you to a colloquium:
Reflecting on being thankful after the death of God – Prof Paul van Tongeren, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen & KU Leuven
We are faced with a certain embarrassment when it comes to being thankful in our time. The embarrassment does not relate so much to the thankfulness over against someone who gave us something, but the thankfulness for our existence, for those things “given to us” by chance and maybe even “for everything”. This thankfulness we cannot express well anymore, because we do not know whom we should be thankful to. I try to explain the connection of this thankfulness with what Nietzsche calls nihilism, and try to find a way which would enable us to be “thankful” even without God. With this in mind I twice make a journey through the history of reflection on thankfulness: the first time to trace the origin of the prevalent concept of thankfulness, the second time to identify aspects which have become or remained hidden. I draw on these hidden aspects to coin an alternative concept of thankfulness, which I then illustrate with reference to the well-known imagery of the Three Graces.
Venue: University of Pretoria, Humanities building, 20-4
Date: Friday, 12 February 2016
Time: 11:30-12:30

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

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


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.


A limited number of bursaries will be available for travel and 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).