CFA: An Exploration of Human Nature: Perspectives From African Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Online, Oct. 12-14, 2021 (deadline: July 5, 2021)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

4th Biennial African Philosophy World Conference (APWC), 2021

Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria.

(Virtual Conference)

Conference Theme

An Exploration of Human Nature: Perspectives from African Philosophy

Date: Tuesday 12th–Thursday 14th October, 2021

Issues of human nature basically revolve around the reflections and intuitions of human beings about what constitute the distinctive or essential meaning and characteristics of the human. Humans recognize their shared biological character with primates and other non-human animals. Thus, there seems to be layered properties beginning from simple cellular forms to the more complex human being at the physical level. But this doesn’t seem to be the dominant concern of philosophers and social scientists. Rather, philosophy and social sciences seem interested in human’s own sense of self-worth, the values that drive human behaviour and the life choices that make life worth living.

We welcome submissions that broadly explore the concept of human nature and human moral values as they connect to Africa or African philosophy and reflect on the themes and issues:

·         Global capitalism and human nature; wars and human nature; existentialism and human nature; human nature and epistemic arrogance; human nature and religion; human nature and the afterlife; human nature and development; human nature and racism, metaphysical underpinnings of human nature; post-modernism and human nature; the fine arts and the human nature; gender and human nature; sexuality and human nature; human nature and artificial intelligence; human nature and governance; human nature and the fourth industrial  revolution; human nature and the environment; human nature and family.

In addition to these themes and issues, abstract submissions could, from the perspectives of African philosophy, engage with the following sub-themes:

Equity and social justice; the binary of social relations (e.g. male-female, rich-poor, monogamy-polygamy, etc.) in the face of the cliché that we are all humans with shared common values; the extent of moral decadence in politics and governance; the issue of militarization, arm sales and military industrial complex; the place of the human in contestation of power and so on. 

Keynote/Plenary Speakers

·         Prof Joseph C. A Agbakoba

Department of Philosophy

University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

·         Prof Bruce B. Janz

Department of Philosophy,

Co-Director of the Center for Humanities and Digital Research.

University of Central Florida, USA.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

·         Send your abstract to:africanphilosophyproject@gmail.com

·         Your submission should (a) not exceed 500 words; (b) contain a title, author’s name, author’s institutional affiliation, and author’s email address/telephone/fax.

Important dates:

·         Abstract Submission Deadline: 5th June, , 2021

·         Notification of Acceptance: 5th July , 2021

·         Conference Registration Deadline: 15th September, 2021

·         Conference: 12th – 14th October, 2021

NOTE:

There will be no conference fees. However, authors of accepted Abstracts will be required to update their APS Membership by paying their 2021 annual dues.

Local Organizing Committee

·         Maduabuchi Dukor, PhD (Head of Department, Professor of Philosophy Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria)

·          J. Obi Oguejiofor, PhD( Professor of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University                                           Awka, Nigeria)

·         Charles Nweke, PhD(Chair LOC, Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria)

·         Edwin Etieyibo, PhD (APS Executive representative on LOC and Professor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

·         Husein Inusah, PhD (Head of Department and Senior Lecturer, University of  Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana

·         Mirian Alike, PhD (Secretary LOC, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria)

·         Eromosele Eric Usifoh, PhD (Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

·         Richard Ansah, PhD(Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana)

·         Chinedu Ifeakor, PhD (Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria)

·         Osita Nnajiofor, PhD (Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria)

·         Jude Onebunne, PhD (Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria)

·         Chinedu Okeke, PhD (Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria)

·         Barnabas Idoko, PhD(Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria)

·         Anthony Mbah, PhD(Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria)

·         Anthony Nwokoye (Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria)

·          Vera Uyanwune (Department of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.

African Philosophy Society (APS) Executive

·         Ike Odimegwu, PhD (President of APS and Professor of Philosophy, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria)

·         Edwin Etieyibo, PhD (Secretary of APS and Professor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)

·         Jonathan Chimakonam, PhD (Treasurer of APS and Senior Lecturer, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)

Previous APWC

·         1st Biennial APWC — University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (September 9-11, 2015): African Philosophy: Past, Present and Future.

·         2nd Biennial APWC — University of Calabar, Nigeria, (October 12-14, 2017): The State of African Philosophy in Africa Today.

·         3rd Biennial APWC — University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (October 28-30, 2019): Building Africa’s Future on African Philosophy.

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