CFP: Philosophy Born of Struggle

The 2015 Philosophy Born of Struggle CFP is now available. You can find a link to it here. More information about the conference generally can be found here. Submissions are due July 1st, 2015.

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Success!

Thank you to all the workshop participants for making this years workshop on Sylvia Wynter such a successful gathering.  We could never have imagined that such a collaborative effort could have run so smoothly and been so incredibly fruitful.

Also, many thanks to Dr. David Morris and Dina Tavares for their help and support in securing us such wonderful space.

Important links now available

The workshop on Sylvia Wynter is fast approaching and the preparations have begun. Thank you to all of you who have responded and have decided to participate in this workshop. If anyone has yet to respond and would like to participate, please let me know as soon as possible. We’ll be holding the workshop June 8th – 11th, 2015 meeting from approximately 10am-4pm each day. We’ll be meeting in Montreal, Quebec, at Concordia University. You can find a list of all of Wynter’s work here. From this list, please select an essay or text on which to present. As soon as you decide, please sign-up for a presentation here. I have started a dropbox folder with pdf’s of Wynter’s work that I have amassed thus far, you can access it here.  Please let me know if you are unable to access this folder. Also, feel free to upload documents to it directly, or send your pdf’s to me and I’ll make sure to post them. I look forward to seeing you all in Montreal. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

2015 Workshop

The theme for the summer of 2015 is the work of Sylvia Wynter. Wynter’s work takes up Caribbean, Latin American, and Spanish history and literature. Although she doesn’t identity as a philosopher, Wynter’s work is pivotal in challenging contemporary liberal and Anglo-American feminist framings of philosophy.

Wynter is becoming a prominent theorist within academic philosophy. However, she has published many lengthy essays, and novels, which are extremely dense and intricate. It is our hope that collectively we can come to understand much of Wynter’s work, at a time when it is most pertinent for junior scholars to engage in her project.

Overview

One of the current limitations that scholars of decolonial and critical race theory face is that they are often dispersed. In addition to being located across various states and countries, a great amount of the work of people of colour is rarely included in the core curricula of philosophy programs in Canada and the United States. As such, one of the goals of this conference is to build community support alongside our practices of philosophical inquiry.

As noted by Leonard Harris in Philosophy of Philosophy: Conflict Between Communities, “Whoever defines the ‘knowledge of knowledge’ owns and controls what can be thought of as authorized knowledge.” (1-2) As such, we must concern ourselves with what is being considered knowledge in our respective institutions by attending to the content we study, and engaging in questions of who constitutes a “theorist,” what constitutes the study of philosophy, and broadening these categories to be more inclusive of the work of the many diverse practitioners of philosophy who are currently marginalized in the discipline. For this reason, we aim to engage in seldom-addressed texts from the history of philosophy by people of colour, more notably those texts which take as their focus critical race theory or decolonial studies.

A further feature of this workshop is the facilitation of co-teaching. We aim to make this a space in which we not only teach each other about the various aspects of an author’s work, but also enable each participant to continue to engage in these works and disseminate the knowledge they develop through the workshop within their respective institutions.