Monday, September 29, 2008
Zizek, Slavoj. "What is the Question? Interview with Christopher Lydon." OPEN SOURCE September 23, 2008.
Read the rest here: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article4666844.ece.
Kaufer, Stephan. "Review of Michael Roubach's BEING AND NUMBER IN HEIDEGGER'S THOUGHT." NDPR (September 2008).
Saturday, September 27, 2008
CFP: "African Intellectuals and Decolonization," Perspectives on African Decolonization, Department of History, Ohio University, October 2, 2008.
- Oyeronke Oyewumi (Department of Sociology, SUNY, Stony Brook): "Decolonizing the Intellectual and the Quotidaian: African Intellectuals in the PostColonial Moment"
- Elizabeth Schmidt (Department of History, Loyola College in Baltimore): "Pan-Africanism, People's Power, and Decolonization in Ghana and Guinea: the Uneven Legacy of Kwame Nkrumah and Sékou Touré"
- Tsenay Serequeberhan (Department of Philosophy, Morgan State University): "Decolonization and the Practice of Philosophy"
Visit the conference homepage here: http://www.african.ohio.edu/Conferences/index.html.Original Post (April 23, 2008): In 1958, Guinea, under Ahmed Sekou Toure, chose political independence over continued association with France. The All-African Peoples Convention hosted by Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana in the same year highlighted the links between and among Africans and peoples of African descent in the Diaspora. 2008 is also the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the seminal journal Presence Africaine by Alioune Diop. Focusing on African intellectuals and decolonization will allow for an interrogation of all three concepts as well as an opportunity to examine the roles intellectuals have played and continue to play in contemporary African efforts at liberation from economic neo-colonialism. Additionally, this conference will provide an opportunity to highlight the cutting edge work of contemporary African philosophers, the inheritors of the intellectual traditions established by the generations who fought for the liberation of Africa. The works of these scholars who are developing systems of thought rooted in African vernacular concepts will have significant implications for the Arts and Humanities and interpretations thereof as well as the (Westernized) Academy more broadly. Featured speakers include: Oyeronke Oyewumi, Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Elizabeth Schmidt Department of History, Loyola College in Baltimore; Tsenay Serequeberhan, Department of Philosophy, Morgan State University. Conference planners invite the submission of abstracts for papers and panels from scholars and graduate students in any academic discipline. Presentations that are interdisciplinary and/or transnational in scope will be particularly welcome. Abstracts for individual papers should be 250-300 words and accompanied by a brief CV (no more than two pages). Panel proposals should include abstracts and CVs for each presenter as well as a 250-500 word overview of the panel. Topics for discussion include but by no means are limited to:
- Who is African?
- Who is an intellectual?
- What do we mean by decolonization?
- Colonialism and decolonization in Africa
- Neocolonialism and (neo)decolonization in Africa
- Women and decolonization in Africa
- Decolonizing the (Westernized) Academy
- African philosophies and decolonization
- African indigenous knowledge systems and decolonization
- The Arts and African decolonization
- African literatures and decolonization
- The Sciences and decolonization in Africa
- Conservation of natural resources in Africa and decolonization.
As the conference will be held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Guinea?s independence on October 2, 2008, we will particularly welcome panels and papers concerning Ahmed Sekou Toure, Guinea, and decolonization. Selected papers will be published in an edited collection of essays to commemorate these significant moments in African history and to reflect upon the legacies of fifty years of 'independence' in Africa.
Please submit paper and panel proposals to: Acacia Nikoi, email@example.com. The deadline for submission of proposals is May 30, 2008. Limited travel funding is available for graduate students. Please apply for a travel stipend on the conference registration page by May 30.
- Andreas Musolff What can Critical Metaphor Analysis Add to the Understanding of Racist Ideology? Recent Studies of Hitler’s Anti-Semitic Metaphors. pp. 1 – 10 (Download PDF)
- William R. Crawley and Lynnea J. Dehaan The Vocabulary of Quitting. pp. 11 – 30 (Download PDF)
- Antonio Reyes-Rodriguez Hot and Cold War: The Linguistic Representation of a Rational Decision Filter. pp. 31 – 47 (Download PDF)
- John M. Kobia Metaphors on HIV/AIDS Discourse Among Oluluyia Speakers of Western Kenya. pp. 48 – 66 (Download PDF)
- Steffi Retzlaff and Stefan Gänzle Constructing the European Union in Canadian News. pp. 67 – 89 (Download PDF)
Cesario, Marco. "The Primacy of Perception in the Era of Communication." RESET DOC September 8, 2008.
Salamon, Gayle. "Review of Dorothea Olkowski, et al., eds. FEMINIST INTERPRETATIONS OF MERLEAU-PONTY." NDPR (September 2008).
Feminist philosophers have begun to look critically at the canonized texts of philosophy and have concluded that the discourses of philosophy are not gender-neutral. Philosophical narratives do not offer a universal perspective, but rather privilege some experiences and beliefs over others.Phenomenology presents itself as an unusually suitable partner in this endeavor, for like feminism, phenomenology also understands its project to be an unsettling of the fantasy of a universal perspective, and the means by which it accomplishes this unsettling is careful and close attention to the perspectival nature of experience and of the world. Co-editor Dorothea Olkowski provides a concise and useful introduction of phenomenology's place in philosophy, Merleau-Ponty's place in phenomenology, and prior feminist engagements with Merleau-Ponty, beginning (as so many feminist origins stories do) with Beauvoir. This volume is not an introduction to Merleau-Ponty, or to feminist philosophy, and each of the essays assumes some familiarity with Merleau-Ponty and early feminist responses to him, though Olkowski's introduction and the first essay by Sonia Kruks provide helpful orientation through the history of these engagements for less-familiar readers. It is instead a guided tour through the current state of feminist Merleau-Ponty criticism, and the result is a strong and impressively expansive collection. Merleau-Ponty's insights about the centrality of embodiment to subjectivity make him a particularly apposite interlocutor for feminists, though he has been an underutilized resource for feminist philosophy, with a few notable exceptions. This dearth of feminist attention may be in part due to the arguably masculinist readings of his theories of body and perception offered by some of his more prominent readers. One might think, for instance, of Hubert Dreyfus's contention that the Phenomenology of Perception describes the relation between self and world as one of maximal grip, a description confuted by the rather more delicate and ambiguous metaphors -- a soap bubble, or an intertwining -- that Merleau-Ponty himself relied upon, particularly in his later work, to describe the intricate styles of being that we are. . . . Read the whole review here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=14206.
CFP: "Nietzsche's ECCE HOMO: a Centenary Conference," Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London, November 27-28, 2008.
- genesis, composition and complex publication history
- key concepts and philosophical arguments
- historical (in)accuracy and relation to Nietzsche’s earlier works
- intertexts, from the Bible to Paul Bourget
- rhetorical and narrative strategies
- hybrid generic status as literary-philosophical autobiography
- projected readership and reception by later writers
- contemporary relevance and relation to more recent philosophical developments
- theoretical interpretation (feminism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction …)
It is anticipated that selected papers from the conference will be published. Please submit proposals (max. 500 words) by 31 March 2008 to both of the organisers:
Professor Duncan Large (firstname.lastname@example.org), School of Arts/German, Swansea University, Singleton Park, GB-Swansea SA2 8PP
Dr Nicholas Martin (email@example.com), Department of German Studies, University of Birmingham, Ashley Building, GB-Birmingham B15 2TT
INSTITUTE OF GERMANIC & ROMANCE STUDIES School of Advanced Study University of London Room ST272, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU Telephone: +44 (0)20-7862 8966 Fax: +44 (0)20-7862 8672 Email: jane.lewin @sas.ac.uk Website: http://igrs.sas.ac.uk/
"Rousseau's Legacies / Fortunes de Rousseau," Sixteenth Biennial Colloquium, Rousseau Association, UCLA, June 25-28, 20090.
"Natality, Embodiment and the Political: Feminist Conversations," University of Dundee, May 28-29, 2009.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Westmaas, Nigel. "Walter Rodney: ‘Groundings’ and the Jamaica Ban Forty Years On." STABROEK NEWS September 21, 2008.
Summers, Christina Hoff. "Reconsiderations: Betty Friedan's THE FEMINIST MYSTIQUE." NEW YORK SUN September 17, 2008.
3rd Annual Conference, Hannah Arendt Circle, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, March 27-29, 2009.
"Afterlives of Postcolonialism," Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Goldsmiths College, University of London, October 25-26, 2008.
5th Annual California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race, University of California, Berkeley, October 3-4, 2008.
Friday, September 19, 2008
- Toril Moi (Duke University)
- Frode Helland (The University of Oslo)
- Richard Eldridge (Swarthmore College)
- Simon Critchley (The New School)
Garver, Eugene. "Review of Marina McCoy's PLATO ON THE RHETORIC OF PHILOSOPHERS AND SOPHISTS." NDPR (September 2008).
"Re-Imagining Identity: New Directions in Postcolonial Studies," Postcolonial Studies Association, Waterford Institute of Technology, May 6-8, 2009.
"Imagined Communities, Real Conflicts, and National Identities," Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, April 23-25, 2009.
Two Recent Conferences on Narrative Theory, at the Center for the Study of the Novel, Stanford University.
- Editorial: Five Lessons in Artistic Research
- Sophie Berrebi: Everything you wanted to know...
- Jacques Rancière: Aesthetic Separation, Aesthetic Community
- Stephen Wright: Behind Police Lines
- Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield: Nowhere is aesthetics contra ethics
- An Exchange with Jacques Rancière
- Jacques Rancière and Indisciplinarity: an Interview
- Sophie Berrebi: Jacques Rancière: Aesthetics is Politics
Monday, September 15, 2008
Johnson, Violet. "'What Then is the African American?' African and Afro-Caribbean Identities in Black America." JOURNAL OF ETHNIC HISTORY 28.1 (2008)
Baker, Houston A., Jr. BETRAYAL: HOW BLACK INTELLECTUALS HAVE ABANDONED THE IDEALS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA. New York: Columbia UP, 2008.
Ralston, Laurel. "A Derridean Approach to Musical Identity." POSTGRADUATE JOURNAL OF AESTHETICS 5.2 (2008).
Thursday, September 11, 2008
"Walter Rodney Conference," Institute of Caribbean Studies & Centre for Caribbean Thought, University of the West Indies, Mona, October 16-18, 2008.
"Cognitive Disability: a Challenge to Moral Philosophy," Department of Philosophy, SUNY, Stony Brook, Manhattan Campus, September 18-20, 2008.
"Cognitive Disability: A Challenge to Moral Philosophy" will explore philosophical questions about three specific populations — people with autism, Alzheimer's disease, and those labeled "mentally retarded." We will raise ethical and foundational questions regarding both theoretical and practical matters.
The areas to be explored include:
- Personhood: Should individuals with cognitive disabilities be excluded from the protections and responsibilities we assign to "persons"? Do the implications of such exclusion force a reconsideration of the concept of personhood?
- Justice: Should individuals with cognitive disabilities be excluded from the claims and protections granted to members of a political community? If not, how might their interests be represented and given a political voice?
- Care: How should we define, and how can we recognize, relationships and obligations to people lacking the ability to fully care for themselves? How should we understand the obligations of and to their caregivers? What significant aspects of the nature of all human interaction are revealed in these relationships?
- History and Conceptual Bases of Classifications: How have various categories of cognitive disability emerged? What historical, social and political contingencies have played a part in our classifications?
- Metaphilosophical Concerns: How has the "benign neglect" philosophers have exercised with respect to this subject shaped the substance of wider philosophical theory and practice?
Monday, September 08, 2008
Lunn, Peter. "Behavioural Economics: is it Such a Big Deal?" PROSPECT MAGAZINE 150 (September 2008).
CFP: "Consciousness, Theatre, Literature, and the Arts 3," Lincoln School of Performing Arts, University of Lincoln, May 16-18, 2009.
Please send the abstract to Professor Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 March 2009.
(Thanks to http://www.continental-philosophy.org/.)