Philosophy Born of Struggle XXIII
2016 Call for Papers
Theorizing within Revolt: Black Power, Black Life, & Black Thought—The Role of Africana Philosophy in 21st Century Struggles
November 3rd-5th, 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. Despite the end of a two term Black presidency, Black Americans find themselves victims of poverty, unemployment, incarceration, and death more than any other group in the United States. While many have championed the success of Civil Rights Era reforms and Obama’s presidency in improving the life conditions of some Black Americans, it seems the lived reality of many Black Americans remain unchanged. Campus protests, public demonstrations, and civil disobedience have once again become routine stories in the United States. Black students, intellectuals, and politicians are now involved in conflicts over the meaning and value of Black life. What do these changes and challenges mean for Africana philosophy and (critical) race theory? What does it mean for the philosopher to be against these deaths?
Questions emerging from this year’s theme include: What does Black life mean in an era of Black disposability? What is the relevance of Black Power in the 21st century? Can philosophy help solve the problems that confront Black Americans? Is the answer to state violence organized violence or peaceful protest? 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? Is Black oppression rooted in anti-Blackness or political economy?
Hosted this year at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Philosophy Born of Struggle asks for papers or panel proposals attempting to answer the aforementioned questions. The submission deadline is August 25th, 2016. PBS welcomes any papers inspired by or creatively engaging this year’s theme. ________________________________________________________
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. 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/
Submission Guidelines: Please email a Microsoft Word document including the title, abstract, institutional affiliation, rank or occupation, and email address of the presenters or panelists to: PBSconference@gmail.com by August 25th, 2016. Please use “PBOS 2016 Submission” as the subject of the email.