CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPERS
Workshop: Race and Racism
November 13-15, 2015
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Recent philosophical contributions to critical race theory have been exciting, some of the better and more important philosophical work of the past twenty years. This workshop aims to further this dialogue, in a conversation between scholars from South Africa and scholars from elsewhere. Possible questions for discussion:
- What are races? Are they biological populations or lineages, social creations, or cultures?
- Non-racialist discourse is prominent among intellectuals in South Africa. Is non-racialism something worth aspiring to?
- What value would race-talk have in the unlikely event that racism was finally eradicated?
- What is racism?
- What is the lived reality of racism?
- What is the relationship between races and racism? Are races to be conceived of as dependent upon racism?
- What kinds of racism are there? Are there any forms of racial injustice not properly characterized as ‘racism’?
- How do we defeat racism in our midst?
- Is Black solidarity the most effective means of fighting racism? Why?
- What is the importance of Black consciousness – changes in the outlook of members of groups on the receiving end of racism – in fighting racism?
- What is the relationship between racial (or racialized) identities, race, and racism?
- What is the importance of so-called implicit bias to critical race theory?
- What differences, if any, are there between being having a racial identity in South Africa and having a racial identity in other countries?
Expected speakers: Chike Jeffers (Dalhousie), Samantha Vice (University of the Witwatersrand), George Hull (University of Cape Town)
Five-hundred word abstracts, or full papers, should be sent to Ward Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org), by 30 June, 2015.
There will be no parallel sessions, so competition will unfortunately be tight. Some papers from the workshop will be selected for publication in *Philosophical Papers*. Attendance at the workshop will be free. Lunches and coffees will be provided.
Yours, Ward Jones