CFP: Philosophy Born of Struggle, Grand Rapids, MI, Nov. 1-2, 2019 (Extended deadline: Aug. 31, 2019)

The 25th Philosophy Born of Struggle conference will be held at Embassy Suites by Hilton in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Philosophy Born of Struggle asks for papers or roundtable/panel proposals on neglected philosophers whose works can be considered contributions to philosophies born of struggle.

Keynote speaker: Juliet Hooker

We welcome submissions inspired by the conference theme. We especially welcome submissions on the one or more of the following topics:

–The work of neglected philosophers and how their work is related to philosophies born of struggle. A neglected philosopher can be (a) someone who is not normally considered a philosopher, (b) someone whose work has not been duly acknowledged for its philosophical contributions, or (c) someone who is neither considered a philosopher nor has had their work duly acknowledged for its philosophical contributions. Among those who can be considered neglected philosophers are M. Jacqui Alexander, Tanella Boni, Lydia Cabrera, Luisa Capetillo, Carlos A. Cooks, Joyce Mitchell Cook, Bachir Souleymane Diagne, William H. Ferris, Édouard Glissant, Eugene C. Holmes, William R. Jones, Jamaica Kincaid, Mahmoud Mamdani, Albert Memmi, Es’kia Mphahlele, José Esteban Munoz, Derek Walcott, and Sylvia Wynter.

–What it means for a philosopher to be a neglected figure and how to reintroduce that philosopher into contemporary controversial issues.

–The resources that neglected philosophers can provide to scholars and activists as they confront present-day ethno-nationalism throughout the globe, particularly in the Americas and in Africa.

The revised submission deadline is August 31, 2019.

For more questions about the conference, please contact the local host, Dwayne Tunstall, at or visit the conference website here:

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