5th Annual International Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa 2018: Sexuality, Capitalism, and Africa

5th Annual International Conference of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa

CFA:

Sexuality, Capitalism, and Africa

26-27 July 2018

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Organized by David Mitchell, Matthias Pauwels, John Lamola,
Rafael Winkler, and Abraham Olivier

Theme:

Friedrich Engels was one of the first authors to relate the critique of capitalism to a sexual politics when he showed, in The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, that the Western model of the nuclear family performs a central ideological function in the reproduction of capital and class and gender inequality.

Owing to the emergence of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, the critique of capitalism by such authors as Gilles Deleuze, Félix Gauttari, and Jean-François Lyotard, to name just these, became embedded in a politics of desire. This is a politics based on the recognition that the social field, including the political institutions of liberalism and the circulation of commodities on the market, is invested with libidinal forces and intensities. From its perspective, the family is not merely a unit of consumption in civil society or the space in which consent to patriarchal norms is manufactured. It is the space where the explosive force of desire is domesticated by means of the Oedipal complex and where a subject, defined by lack, guilt, and the fear of punishment, is produced.

How does capitalist production exploit the forces of desire and the intensities of emotion? To what extent are such forces and intensities destabilizing and disruptive of social identities and of the identity of the system? What kind of fantasies does capitalism produce as substitute means of gratification? What mechanisms, codes, or values does it use to bind and unbind the flow of desire? How are sexual pleasure and the orgasm put in the service of capitalism?

These questions are of particular relevance in a postcolonial context, especially in African countries with emerging economies, in which capitalism, sexism and racism are receiving increasing critical attention.

The aim of this conference is to address some of these questions with a particular focus on developments on the African continent, especially South Africa.

Topics of the conference include, but are not limited to:

The fetishism of commodity production;
Sexual politics, feminism, identity politics;
The social construction of sex, gender, class, and race;
The production of post/capitalist subjectivities;
Psychoanalysis, the Frankfurt school, and Critical Theory;
Nietzsche, Freud, Marx;
Western and African socialism;
Capitalism and desire in postcolonies and emerging economies

Submission:

Please send a 700 word abstract for blind review to ujphenomenology@gmail.com. The full paper should be no more than 3500-4000 words for a 35-40 min. presentation. Proposals for panel discussion are also welcome.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 1st of April 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent latest by the 13th of April 2018.

Conference fees:

The fee for the full two-day conference (including tea and lunches) for participants is R1500 (including VAT). It is R750 for the full two-day conference for all participating graduate and PhD students.

Bursaries:

A limited number of bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation.

Accommodation:

The organizers recommend that conference participants stay in the Melville area in Johannesburg, which is within walking distance from UJ Auckland Park Campus. The current rate for B&Bs in the Melville area is R400 per person per night.

For more information about the conference, please visit the website of the Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa: https://saphenomenology.wordpress.com. Alternatively, please contact David Mitchell (davidmitchell1108@gmail.com), Matthias Pauwels (matthias.pauwels@bavo.biz), Rafael Winkler (rwinkler@uj.ac.za), or Abraham Olivier (aolivier@ufh.ac.za).

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;

Submission:

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

3rd installment of The Steve Biko Lectures in Philosophy

3rd installment of The Steve Biko Lectures in Philosophy

Chantal Mouffe (University of Westminster)

Politics and Passions: the Stakes of Democracy

Tuesday 8th of March, 2016, 13:00-16:00
Madibeng Building, University of Johannesburg

Respondents:

Shireen Hassim (The University of The Witwatersrand)
Peter Hudson (The University of The Witwatersrand)

The Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa, the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at The University of the Witwatersrand, the French Institute of South Africa and the Steve Biko Foundation are delighted to announce that the 3rd installment of The Steve Biko Lectures in Philosophy will be delivered by Chantal Mouffe on Tuesday the 8th of March, 2016.

All welcome. Attendance is free.

2nd installment of the Steve Biko Lectures in Philosophy

2nd installment of the Steve Biko Lectures in Philosophy

Robert Bernasconi (Penn State University)

‘Some philosophical reflection on why the global fight against racism has failed’

Tuesday 16th of February, 2016, 13:00-16:00
Madibeng Building, University of Johannesburg

Respondents:

Abraham Olivier (University of Fort Hare)
Zinhle Mncube (University of Johannesburg)

The Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa, the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa at The University of the Witwatersrand, the French Institute of South Africa and the Steve Biko Foundation are delighted to announce that the 2nd installment of The Steve Biko Lectures in Philosophy will be delivered by Robert Bernasconi on Tuesday the 16th February, 2016.

All welcome. Attendance is free.