12.04.2011 - UNESCOPRESS

Leading philosophers from Africa and the African Diasporas in The Americas to address common challenges

‘Africa and its Diaspora’ is the theme of the Philosophical Dialogue Between Africa and The Americas Conference to be held at Purdue University (United States), from 18 to 20 April, 2011.

Organized by UNESCO in partnership with the Alain Locke Society, the conference will bring together leading philosophers from Africa and the African Diasporas in the Americas, including Lewis Gordon, Enrique Dussel, Lucius Outlaw, Nkolo Foé and John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji to address common philosophical challenges.

Six Roundtables will take place over the two days, focussing on; Africana Philosophy: A New Discipline; Philosophy Born of Struggle: American and Latin American Philosophies of Liberation in Debate; Fragmented Communities: One History, Several Memories; People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development. What Can Philosophy Do?; Oral Cultures, Languages and Philosophy; and Artistic Explorations of Reality.

The debates will be webcast live in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese (www.cla.purdue.edu/unesco). Video interviews of the philosophers and webcasts of the conference debates will also be archived and made available on request.

The meeting has been initiated to raise awareness of the fact that despite shared identities, there has been surprisingly little authentic dialogue between philosophers in Africa and philosophers in the African Diaspora. To fill this gap, the participants will establish a network of scholars spanning Africa, Latin America, The Caribbean and North America. They will also lay the foundations for an e-Library on Africana philosophy.

The conference is organized in the framework of the celebration of the International Year for People of African Descent (2011), with financial support from the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).



Official webpage of event
Agenda and Concept Note
UNESCO programme on philosophy

Phinith Chanthalangsy, Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 43 47, p.chanthalangsy(at)unesco.org


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