Answering the Call:
Philosophies Born of Struggle in the Twenty-First Century
November 2–3, 2018
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
Charles W. Mills
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
The Graduate Center, CUNY
The 24th Philosophy Born of Struggle conference will be hosted at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
Friday, November 2, 2018
First Concurrent Session: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Session 1.A. Critical Analyses of Institutional Injustice
- “Ideology, Institutional Racism, and Racial Injustice: A Critique of Tommie Shelby’s Definition of “Racism,” Alberto G. Urquidez (Gustavus Adolphus College)
- “Dehumanizing Migrants in Nativist America: A Two-Tiered Model,” Victor Fabian Abundez-Guerra (University of California, Riverside)
Session 1.B. Revelatory Reflections on Existential Being
- “Beauford Delaney, Black Abstraction, Black Nothingness,” Calvin Walds (University of California, San Diego)
Second Concurrent Session: 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Session 2.A. W.E.B. DuBois and Democracy
- “W.E.B. Du Bois and Industrial Democracy,” John C. O’Day (Texas A&M University)
- “On the Ruling of Men by ‘Ignorance and Poverty’: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Epistemically Inclusive Democracy,” Kelly Michael Swope (Vanderbilt University)
Session 2.B. The Emancipatory Import of Political Emotion
- “Two Feminist Movements Born of Struggle: Cross-fertilization of Solidarities and the Political Temporalities of #metoo and #Miprimeracoso (myfirstassault),” Ever Osorio Ruiz (Yale University)
- “When Ontology Meets History: Afro-Pessimism’s Critique of Marxism,” Osman Nemli (Vassar College)
Session 2.C. Author Meets Critics: The Man-Not
Tommy J. Curry (Texas A&M University)
Keynote Address: 4:15-5:30 p.m.
- “Rawls’s Unrealistic Whitopia: Ideal Theory as Epistemic Injustice,” Charles W. Mills (The Graduate Center, The City University of New York)
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Third Concurrent Session: Panels (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.)
Session 3.A. Radical Ethics
Chair: Kimberly Ann Harris (Marquette University)
- “The Ethics of Mutual Comradeship,” Charisse Burden-Stelly (Carleton College)
- “Radicality Revolutionized,” Derefe Chevannes (University of Connecticut)
- “In Favor of Hard Victories,” Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò (Georgetown University)
Session 3.B. Philosophies Born of Struggle Across the Americas
- “On Border of Empire: Puerto Rico as a Prism of Caribbean Emancipatory Thought,” Stephanie Rivera Berruz (Marquette University)
- “Alain Locke’s Critical Pragmatist Philosophy of Assimilation,” Jacoby Adeshei Carter (Howard University)
- “Juxtaposing the Aesthetic Views of Alain Locke and José Carlos Mariátegui,” Sergio A. Gallegos-Ordorica (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)
Session 3.C. James Baldwin and Black Radical Thought
- “Baldwin, White Privilege, and Jouissance,” Brad Elliott Stone (Loyola Marymount University)
- 2. “Finding the Right Word: James Baldwin and the Strange Revolution for Civil Rights,” Corey McCall (Elmira College)
- 3. “Baldwin’s Radical thought on the ‘gendered,’ Black body,” Anwar Uhuru (Harris-Stowe State University)
Fourth Concurrent Session (11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
Session 4.A. The Logics and Legacies of Slave Struggles
- “Maroon Logic as Praxis in Post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico,” Pedro Lebron (University of Puerto Rico – Río Piedras)
- “Angela Davis’ Theory of Freedom: Liberation and Constant Struggle Against Alienation,” Edward O’Byrn (Pennsylvania State University)
Session 4.B. Genealogies of and Lessons for the Academic Left
- “‘Dropouts understand things students don’t’: Huey Newton’s Lessons for The Academic Left,” Jim Vernon (York University)
- “Neoliberal or Neocolonial? A Black Radical Sociology of Knowledge Regarding the Current State of Theory,” Patrick Anderson (Grand Valley State University)
Closing Keynote Address 1:30-2:15 p.m.
“Toward a Black Criticus,” Tommy J. Curry (Texas A&M University)
In the spirit of answering the call, we welcome anyone who would like to help us chart the future of Philosophy Born of Struggle to participate in a late day planning session following the close of the conference.
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. Over the last several years, PBS has sought to be a home to voices that hear and speak to new, historically excluded, immigrant, déclassé, discriminated against, gendered and non-gender conforming philosophers.
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. More information on Philosophy Born of Struggle including interviews of African American philosophers, past keynote speakers, and various literatures can be found at: http://pbos.com/ .