Philosophy Born of Struggle XXII
2015 Annual Meeting
Embodied Philosophy & Epistemologies of Liberation
November 6-7, University of Connecticut, STORRS, CT
Embodied Philosophy and Epistemologies of Liberation could refer to any number of strategies or conceptualizations imagined by oppressed peoples to deal with the various manifestations of (neo) colonial, (neo) liberal, sexual, and psychic oppression.
Questions emerging from this year’s theme include: Do embodied philosophies challenge the notion of philosophy itself? Can embodied philosophy aim to be universalizable? If philosophies are necessarily situated, products of time and place, what are the theoretical benefits and limitations of Black, feminist, working class, or queer consciousness?
Are there epistemic consequences of both oppression and the cultivation of ignorance that effect liberation? What would epistemic independence or epistemic liberation look like? Is anywhere or anyone free of epistemic ignorance?
In a world full of epistemic obstructions and dehumanization, how can the oppressed construct livable futures? How do the oppressed gain clarity through the concepts of new slaves and a reinvented Jim Crow? What are the values of ideal and non-ideal theories of justice in the face of fragmented epistemologies?
Conference YouTube Links:
PBOS 2015 Conference Keynote Address November 7, 2015
Session IA: Sylvia Winters New Humanism November 7, 2015
Session IB: Survival Programs, Poetics and Liberatory Education: Displacing Western Categories and Concepts of Man
Session IIIA: A Panel organized by the Mexican American Philosophy Roundtable November 7, 2015
Session IIIB: Critically Engaging Frantz Fanon November 7, 2015
Session IVA Hope, Affect, and the Political November 7, 2015
Session IVB: Race Contacts and Inter-Racial Relations: A Centennial Symposium in Honor of Alain L. Locke, invited panel Organized by the Alain Locke Society November 7, 2015
Closing Session November 7, 2015
Interview with James Cone
Interview with Mariana Ortega
The Philosophy Born of Struggle (PBS) conference was first organized in 1993 by J. Everet Green at Rockland Community College, and officially took on the name Philosophy Born of Struggle several years later to continue the study and traditions announced by Leonard Harris’s anthology Philosophy Born of Struggle: Anthology of Afro-American Philosophy from 1917. Every year PBS enjoys being hosted by universities, colleges, and community colleges throughout the country. For over two decades, PBS has remained a traveling conference dedicated to bringing Africana philosophy to various communities, be they academic or not, in the United States.
PBS is an interdisciplinary and open philosophical community. We welcome interlocutors from all traditions, including but not limited to Afrocentrism, womanism, feminism, queer/quare/trans theory, Marxism, Pan-Africanism, pragmatism, and existentialism. We also welcome participants regardless of discipline and professional affiliation.