Philosophy Born of Struggle XXIII
Theorizing within Revolt: Black Power, Black Life, & Black Thought—The Role of Africana Philosophy in 21st Century Struggles
November 3-5, 2016 Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
BLACK POWER, BLACK LIFE, & BLACK THOUGHT is a series of concepts that have emerged yet again in the current era of police brutality, campus protests, and loss of Black life in the world. Black people are dying. What does it mean for the philosopher to respond to these deaths?
Questions emerging from this year’s theme include: What is the relevance of Black Power in the 21st century? Can philosophy help solve the problems that confront Black Americans? Is a philosophy of liberation possible, or are such attempts doomed to perpetual struggle? Can Black Americans and other people of color be liberated through political revolution, identity politics, or divine intervention? Does one’s position within Blackness (male, female, LGBTQ, poor) affect the characterization of these struggles?
PBS is an interdisciplinary and open philosophical community. We welcome interlocutors from all traditions, including but not limited to Afrocentrism, womanism, feminism, queer/trans theory, Marxism, Pan-Africanism, pragmatism, and existentialism. We also welcome participants regardless of discipline and professional affiliation.
Hosted this year at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, under the direction of PBS Executive Director, Dr. Tommy Curry
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS & PANELS
Rozena Maart, Race Inst., UKZN Lisa Corrigan, African American Studies, UAK
Friday, November 4, 2016 Saturday, November 5, 2016
~South Africa and the continent of Africa’s forgotten victims of violence ~
~Undergraduate and Graduate Panels on Philosophy: Power and Violence~
~Insurrection: Ethics of . . . ~
Power, Violence, and Vulnerability
Keynote Panel – the Boyz
Philosophy, Power and Violence
Graduate Student Panel
Black Power, Black Thought, and Anti-Blackness
Keynote Address: Dr. Lisa Corrigan
Author Meets Critic-Our Locke’s Critical Philosophy
Presence, Erasure, and the Elimination of Othered-ness
Sponsors: Funding provided by Texas A&M Department of Philosophy and the Texas A&M University College of Liberal Arts; Purdue University, Office of the Dean, Department of Philosophy, African American Studies and Research Center.
Department of Philosophy, Texas A&M University, 4237 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4237 • tel: (979) 845-5660, fax: (979) 845-0458
Please contact Dr. Tommy Curry for more information about the conference events.