Nineteenth Annual Conference Schedule
October 26 & 27, 2012
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Friday October 26th, 2012
Opening Remarks and Welcome to the 19th Annual PBoS conference
Room 1400 MSC—Prison and the Paths to Perdition
Yaw Fimpong-Mansoh. Northern Kentucky University. “Education Model of Criminal Justice: Transforming the American Prison System of Enslavement into a System of Moral Education.”
Jose Garcia & Noah De Lissovoy. University of Texas. “Doing School Time: The Hidden Curriculum Goes to Prison.”
Sarah Conrad. University of North Texas. “Reduce, Reuse…Recycle?: The Violence of UNICOR’s E-Waste Recycling Programs.
Room 1401 MSC—Figures of Liberation and Political Practice (Undergraduate Panel)
Diane Enobabor Omawu. University of Texas. “Black Negation as a Means of Political Liberation: An Insurrectionist Perspective on the London Riots of 2011.”
Adam Harris. Texas Tech University. “Protest and Poetic Appropriation: Liberation in the Writings of George Moses Horton and Claude McKay.”
Max Kelleher. Texas A&M University. “On the Frontlines: Robert F. Williams and the Role of Violence in Activism.”
11:30 a.m- 1:00 p.m:
Let’s Eat: Lunch at Sbisa
(Please See Website for Reservation Information)
1:00 p.m-2:30 p.m
Room 1400 MSC—Charles Mill’s Keynote Address to the 19th Annual PBoS conference.
2:30 p.m-4:00 p.m
Room 1400 MSC—Ethics of a Revolutionary Tenor
Al Mosley. Smith College. “The Ethics of Jim Crow: Past and Present.”
Greg Moses. Independent Scholar. “Nothingness and Valuation: Or Why Revolutionaries Should Talk about their Feelings.”
Matthew Hutcherson. Paine College. “Black Genocide: The Coming Race War in America?”
Room 1400 MSC—Cultural Epistemologies: Transformative and Resisting
Eric Weber. University of Mississippi. “The Power of Institutions to Reconstruct Culture.”
Patrick Anderson. Texas A&M University. “Anonymity, Racism, and History: Ways of ‘Knowing the Other’ in an Anti-Black Society.”
Marisa Sanchez. Texas A&M University. “Trapped in Racial Limbo: Racial Triangulation and the Mexican American Inter-Ethnic Conflict.”
7:00 p.m-9:00 p.m
BBQ Dinner Reception at Conference Hotel Hyatt House.
Saturday October 27th, 2012
9:00 a.m-10:30 a.m.
Room 1400 MSC—Of Epistemic and Womanist Concern
Rachel Hastings. Southwestern College. “Dramatizing the Feminine: A War Torn Affair.”
Rondee Gaines. Georgia State Univerisity. “Through the Eyes of Iya: Using Womanist Criticism to Debunk the Black Macho Myth in the Black Power Movement.”
Tiffany Traylor, Oakton Community College. “The Road to Prison is Paved with Misrecognition: The Violence of View Black Bodies.”
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m
Room 1400 MSC — On Philosophical Methodology—The Effects of Race and Culture.
Rozena Maart. University of Kwa Zulu Natal. “Race and Pedagogical Practices: When Race takes Centre Stage in Philosophy.”
Todd Couch. Texas A&M University. “The Failure of the Negro Intellectual Revisited: A Contemporary Analysis of the State of Black Thought.”
Alan Milam. Texas A&M University. “Fortune Favors the Bold and Well Armed: A Case for the Diasporic Development of the Social Sciences and Liberal Arts.”
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m
1:00 p.m-2:30 p.m.
Room 1400 MSC—On Culture and the Culturalogic Turn
James Haile III. Duquesne University. “Abracadabra: Jay Electronica’s Onto-Metaphysics, the Cultural-logic Turn.”
Jonathan Lu’u. Texas A&M University. Mot nen van hoa moi: “Teleological Negation as Culture.”
Tommy J. Curry. “The Culturalogic Turn: A Commentary on the Actualization of Nationist Epistemology.”
Room 1401 MSC—Racism and Prison Abolitionism
Steve Martinot. Independent Scholar. “On the Need to Abolish the Prison System: An Ethical Indictment.”
Dwayne Tunstall. Grand Valley State College. “Philosophical Reflections on Racial Profiling and Its Violent Accumulation in the Death of Trayvon Martin.”
Nick Braune. South Texas College. The Reid Technique of Interrogation and ‘The State as Educator.’”
2:30 p.m-4:00 p.m
Room 1400 MSC—Prisons, Health and Human Suffering.
Andrea Pitts. Vanderbilt University. “Epistemic Injustices in Correctional Health Care: Racial Profiling and Diagnostic Error.”
Geoffrey Adelsberg. Vanderbilt University. Resisting Race Punishment.
Julian Gonzalez. Texas State University. “Singer’s Animal Ethic is an Inadequate Human Ethic.”
Room 1401 MSC—State Violence, Power, and Punishment.
Myisha Cherry. CUNY. Crime, Capabilities, and People on the Margins: A Critique of Collateral Consequences using Nussbaum’s Capabilities Approach.
Anthony Neale. “Violence and the State: Can Violence Be a Means of Forming; Bringing the Good Life for All?”
Selas Douglas. Georgetown Prep School. “Foucault and Institutional Power.”
4:00 p.m-5:30 p.m
Room 1400 MSC — Race, Economics and Colonialism
Kenneth Stikkers. Southern Illinois University Carbondale. “The Spirit of Capitalism and the Caribbean Slave Trade.”
Danny Malone. Texas A&M University. “DuBoisian Democracy: A Manifesto to Destroy Colonial Imperialism and Capitalism to bring about World Peace.”
Bryan Tarpley. Texas A&M University. “Beyond Double-Consciousness: DuBois’s Suspiciously Overlooked Conception of Race.”
Room 1401 MSC — Drugs, Memory and State Repression
Sara Mokuria. Independent Scholar. “The Failure of the War on Drugs.”
Richard Ford. Independent Scholar. “Selective Memory.”
Kerry Brown. The New School. “TBA.”
Conference Reception at Local Restaurant
Call for Papers and Panels
Deadline extended to Aug. 18, 2012
The 19th Annual Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference with the theme, Race ,Class, Gender and State Violence will convene at Texas A&M on October 26&27 2012.
State violence while maintaining the pretence of legitimacy has become synonymous with social order and democracy with the prison industrial complex serving as a conduit for controlling the restless masses as well as the greatest competitor to public education. Reclaim public education by dismantling the prison industrial complex should be a matter of great urgency for educators, and civic leaders of all areas of public life. This conference explores the interconnections between Race Class Gender, state violence and the prison industrial complex and the social impact of having one in every hundred citizens in the United States behind bars.
Paper submissions on the following topics are highly encouraged: Racial profiling and the culture of violence as part of the state apparatus. National Identity and the history of violence. Economic Inequality and gender/race/ class oppression in the age of mass incarceration. Education and the pursuit of life, livelihood and liberty. Capital Punishment as the ultimate state violence.
For papers, please submit abstracts with proposed titles and bios. For panels, please submit panel title plus abstracts, titles, names, affiliations, and bios of proposed presentations.
Please email proposals by August 18th to:
Information below archived from
official Events website at TAMU Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University welcomes you to the
19th annual Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference in College Station, Texas.
October 26-27, 2012
Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University
Charles Mills, Keynote Speaker
Author of The Racial Contract
Conference Itinerary: TBA
Conference, Meal and Parking Registration
Though there will be no charge for conference registration to attend the panel discussions and lectures, registration is highly recommended.
There will be a shuttle available for guests at the conference hotel. Due to limited seating, registration is required. For guests not staying at the conference hotel or who prefer to drive themselves to campus, parking tags are available for parking in the University Center Garage, across the street from the conference venue. Registration is required for this option as well.
Please click here to complete your registration.
Rooms are available at the Hyatt Place College Station at a special conference rate of $115.00 for a single or double on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26.
Reservations may be made by phone at (979) 846-9800 or online at the hotel’s website using the code G-PHIL to take advantage of the conference rate.
The cutoff date for the conference rate is Tuesday, September 25, 2012.
Complimentary on-site parking is available for overnight guests. Please see the Parking & Transportation section for information about traveling from the hotel to conference venue.
907 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840
Phone # (979) 268-5500
1010 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840
Phone # (979) 695-9500
Holiday Inn Express
1203 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840
Phone # (979) 846-8700
Residence Inn by Marriott
720 University Drive East
College Station TX 77840
Phone # (979) 268-2200
Directions from Easterwood Airport to Hyatt Place College Station
Parking & Transportation
Easterwood Airport (CLL) in College Station is served by American Eagle from Dallas (DFW) and Continental Airlines from Houston (IAH).
Shuttle service from Houston (IAH and HOU) airports is provided by Groundshuttle.com.
Transportation from the hotel to conference venue will be available for guests at the Hyatt Place each morning with a return service each evening. For attendees not staying at the conference hotel or those who prefer to drive themselves, parking permits for the University Center Garage located across the street from the Memorial Student Center will be available for purchase through conference registration.
The cutoff date for the parking registration is Friday, October 5, 2012. Guests will still be able to pay to park at parking meters located in the University Center or West Campus Garages.
Please visit the Transportation Services Visitor’s website for more information about on-campus parking.
Directions from Hyatt Place College Station to the University Center Garage (same route for lodging alternatives)
Conference Host & Local Arrangements
Please contact Tommy Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the conference events.
Please contact Katy Massey at email@example.com for questions concerning registration or travel arrangements.
Sponsors: Funding provided by Texas A&M Department of Philosophy and the Texas A&M University Glasscock Center for Humanities Research.