Anti-Racism, Philosophy of Liberation, American Pragmatism

A panel hosted by

Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World
at the
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy

March 16-18, 2017
Birmingham, Alabama

The Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World seeks contributors for a panel on the theme, “Anti-Racism, Philosophy of Liberation, American Pragmatism,” broadly construed. Papers may address a wide range of topics relevant to the theme. We especially encourage submissions that involve historically underrepresented traditions, such as Africana philosophy, Latin American philosophy, critical philosophy of race, feminist philosophy, Native American philosophy, philosophy of disability, LGBTQ philosophy, and radical interventions in philosophy of education. Some questions under consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • How have anti-racist scholarly and activist projects influenced American philosophy, generally, and pragmatism, specifically?
  • Does American pragmatism offer any particular insights, methods, or critical perspectives on liberation in praxis and/or philosophy of liberation?
  • How might philosophers develop scholar-activist projects jointly informed by anti-racist philosophy, philosophy of liberation, and American pragmatism?
  • How might social movements such as #BlackLivesMatter inform current and future trajectories in American pragmatism and philosophy of liberation?
  • Does a philosophy of “liberatory anti-racist pragmatism” already appear in the tradition, implicitly or explicitly?

Please submit proposals to Christian Matheis at by Friday, October 21st, 2016. Send a single document (.docx, .rtf, .pdf) containing an abstract (~200-250 words), essay title, keywords, author name, institution/affiliation, and contact information.


“Race: Where are we? Where do we need to go?”

March 16-18, 2017
Birmingham, Alabama
Sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham

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