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Philosophy and Eschatology


Call for Papers

Theme: Philosophy and Eschatology
Subtitle: Or: Thinking of/from the End of the World
Type: 7th Annual International Conference
Institution: Centre for Phenomenology in South Africa
  University of Johannesburg
Location: Johannesburg (South Africa)
Date: 11.–12.9.2020
Deadline: 15.4.2020



Theme:

Eschatology, the narrative of the end of time or the world, is an
integral aspect of various intellectual traditions. From the Western
theological tradition to Afro-pessimism, it also underlies the modern
idea of progress and its dialectical counterpart in Hegel and Marx,
as well as the works of authors such as Nietzsche, Husserl,
Heidegger, Levinas, Bataille, Blanchot, Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy.
It has inspired some authors in the phenomenological tradition to
rethink the transcendental reduction in order to recover the genesis
of the world prior to the birth of consciousness. One of the
contributions of eschatology to phenomenology is the insight that the
world be thought, in its integrity, unity, or meaning, from the
standpoint of its eventual collapse. For Levinas in Totality and
Infinity, by contrast, it provides the subject with the standpoint of
justice beyond history. Eschatology offers philosophy with (among
other things) a way of thinking about the final end or outermost
limit, what is most extreme and unsurpassable. It is in its way, much
like philosophy, concerned with the limit of the thinkable.

Eschatology has more recently entered the discourse of the ecologist
and the eco-phenomenologist on the devastation of the earth, that of
the geologist and critical theorist on the Anthropocene, and that of
global capitalism and the total catastrophes – natural, social,
military, and technological – it threatens to unleash at every
instant.

The aim of this conference is to address these and related topics
with a specific focus on the relation between philosophy and
eschatology, ecology and eco-phenomenology, the critical discourse on
global capitalism, the Anthropocene, religion, the end of time, and
Afro-pessimism.

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

- Eschatology and religion
- Eschatology and phenomenology
- Eschatology and apocalypticism
- Eschatology, ethics, and political thought
- Eschatology, Afro-pessimism and African philosophy
- Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Blanchot, Heidegger, Derrida, Nancy, Kojève, Bataille
- African concepts of the end, time, worldhood
- Critical Race Theory
- Black theology
- Ancestry and history
- Akan, Bantu, and Igbo cosmologies (among others)

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 Wednesday the 15th of
April 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent early May 2020.

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 R600 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 one of the organizers:
Paul Slama (paul.slama@hotmail.fr),
Carien Smith (smithcatharina23@gmail.com),
Justin Sands (Justin.sands@nwu.ac.za),
Rafael Winkler (rwinkler@uj.ac.za),
Abraham Olivier (aolivier@ufh.ac.za).