4th Annual International Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa

1st CFP: Justice and the Other

24-26 March 2017
Chintsa, South Africa

Main organisers: Abraham Olivier and Rafael Winkler

Keynotes: Prof Lucius Outlaw (Vanderbilt University), Prof Magobe Ramose (UNISA), Prof Louise du Toit (University of Stellenbosch)

The contemporary discourse of post-colonialism, which addresses such issues as imperialism, migration, xenophobia, assimilation, hybridity, alterity, subaltern peoples or the status of the refugee, calls for a thinking of the various modalities of exclusion or othering, whether on the basis of gender, race, nationality, culture, religion or species, and also for a way of thinking of the relation with the other that is beyond the law – a relation of justice perhaps, which is bent on redressing the effects of these various modes of exclusion. Who or what is ‘the other’? Does ‘the other’ refer to the inner strangeness of the self that haunts it and that it repudiates by projecting it onto others? Or does it refer to the strangeness of the other, his or her radical alterity? What are the ways in which the other is othered? Is othering always to commit an injustice? How can justice be a concern for the otherness of the other?

Some of these questions, including the question concerning our various relations with the other – legal, ethical, historical or psychological – have been at the forefront of past and current studies in philosophy and in other disciplines such as psychology, cultural studies, and history. In particular, some of them have received special attention in the works of Husserl, Stein, Heidegger, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze, Ricoeur, Derrida, Nancy and Fanon.

This aim of this three-day international conference is to explore the many sides and facets of the question of the other, othering and justice in philosophy and related disciplines.

Topics include but are not restricted to:
Othering and exclusion, ethics and justice;
Migration, xenophobia, Afriphobia, Islamophobia, Orientalism, racism, colonialism, sexism, genderism, human trafficking, speciesism, assimilation, appropriation, hybridity, alterity, subaltern peoples, the status of the refugee;
Otherness and the mind-body problem, the problem of other minds;
The self and the other: subjectivity, sympathy, empathy, shame, mourning, friendship;
Justice and the othering of nature;
Methodological otherness: phenomenology and other schools of thought in philosophy; African Philosophy and the limits of Western Philosophy;
Otherness in Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Fichte, Leibniz, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, Husserl, Stein, Heidegger, Jaspers, Scheler, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Buber, Ricoeur, Levinas, Lévi-Strauss, Althusser, Lacan, Foucault, Derrida, Taylor, Irigaray, Nancy, Rorty, Gramsci, Kristeva, Fanon, Biko, Wiredu, Appiah, Hountondji, Said, Spivak, Singer, Regan;
The problem of other minds in Descartes, Locke, Mill, Wittgenstein, Ryle, Ayer, Kripke, Nagel, Malcolm, Jackson, McGinn, McDowell, Rorty;


Please provide a 500 word abstract for blind review and send it to ujphenomenology@gmail.com. The full paper should be no more than 3.500-4.000 words (the conference format allows for a 35-40 min. presentation followed by a 10-15 min. discussion).

The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 31st of January 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent latest by the 20th of February 2017.

Organising team:
Abraham Olivier, Rafael Winkler, Filip Maj, Catherine Botha, Rianna Oelofsen, John Lamola, Sampie Terreblanche

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