Call for Conference Submissions
 
"Philosophy Against Empire"
 
sponsored by the
Radical Philosophy Association
 
(6.27.04)
 
 
November 4-7, 2004
Howard University, Washington, D.C.
 
 (Last updated 5.1.03)
 
 
The RPA Conference Program Committee invites submissions of talks, papers, workshops, roundtables discussions, posters and other kinds of conference contributions, for its sixth biennial conference, to be held at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
 

In the spirit of collaboration, and in the recognition that radical philosophy is often done outside traditional philosophical settings, we invite submissions not only from philosophers inside and outside the academy, but also from those who engage in theoretical work in other academic disciplines--such as ethnic studies, women's studies, social sciences and literary studies--and from those engaged in theoretical work unconnected to the academy. Also, undergraduate students should consider organizing their own sessions or workshops. We especially welcome contributions from those often excluded from or marginalized in philosophy, including people of color, gays and lesbians, persons with disabilities, poor and working class persons. We also hope for submissions from other nations with social movements against the present global order, and from graduate students, who represent the future of radical philosophy.

 
Conference Theme
 
We live at a time when the imperial designs of the United States have become starkly visible and frighteningly attainable, and it is an empire like none before it.
 
Economically, the United States consumes far more of the world's resources than any other nation, even as its own sales to foreign markets cannot cover this consumption. Thanks to its hegemonic position in the world market, the United States continues to serve as the main "engine of growth" in the world economy, and the dollar continues to serve as the major reserve currency. Politically and militarily, there have been few periods in world history in which the balance of military power has been so one-sided. The United States claims the moral right to engage in so-called "pre-emptive" wars whenever it wants against whomever it wishes. It either dictates policies to international institutions such as the IMF, UN and the World Bank or ignores them when they do not agree. It walks away with impunity from international agreements it opposes, such as the Kyoto treaty on global warming, or the establishment of an international criminal court. Culturally, corporations from the United States have profoundly affected the way people in other regions of the world eat (McDonald's, KFC), drink (Coke), dress (jeans, Nike), entertain themselves (Hollywood), interpret world events (CNN), and view their own identities. Racially, the United States, like all empires of European descent, has organized the world according to an unfair racial contract that benefits a small minority while impoverishing the vast majority, both globally and within its own borders.
 
Radical philosophers will not formulate moral justifications for the American Empire, as the hegemonic positions in social and political philosophy do, implicitly if not explicitly. Nor will we console ourselves with the belief that U.S. hegemony is the least bad alternative in the amoral realm of power politics. Radical philosophers are philosophers against empire. You do not have to be a long time dues-paying member of the RPA to be part of this struggle. Nor do you have to be a professor or presently enrolled as a student.
 
The RPA welcomes papers and presentations that critique the reality of the American Empire. They may look at racism, class exploitation, male dominance, heterosexism, able-ism and other forms of domination. They may examine the ecological impact of the present global order, speaking for the living creatures and future generations who cannot speak. They may be devoted to constructing feasible and normatively attractive alternatives to empire. Or they may discuss the special pedagogical challenges that arise from attempting to teach philosophy in the present historical context. We have much to learn from each other regarding these and many other topics.

 

Conference Registration Information (6.6.04)

 

Guidelines for Submissions
 
In keeping with the spirit of radical thinking embodied by the RPA, we encourage submissions that employ formats and media that challenge the standard conference presentation. For instance, we urge presenters to use formats that allow for greater interaction between participants and audience (e.g. presenting an outline, rather than reading a paper), and that emphasize collective inquiry (e.g. organizing a workshop).
To encourage discussion, papers should be limited to 3000 words.
 

Please note that participants will be selected for at most one presentation (talk, workshop, poster session, etc.) during the conference; submissions should be presented with this in mind. (This limit does not include chairing sessions.)

 
Individual Talk/Paper/Workshop/Poster Session/Other
 

Please submit all and only the following information:

1. Name
2. Address
3. Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
4. Title of proposal
5. Nature of proposal (talk, workshop, other)
6. Abstract of 250-500 words only
 
Group
 
Note: Due to the length of sessions, we will only consider panels of NO MORE THAN three persons. Please submit all and only the following information:
1. Name of panel contact person, and of each panel member
2. Address of all panel members
3. Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.--for each
4. Title of panel proposal
5. Nature of proposal (talk, workshop, other)
6. Abstract of 250-500 words only
7. Titles of individual papers
8. Abstract of 250-500 words for each paper (if relevant)
 
 
Chairing a Session
 

If you would be willing to serve as a session chair, please indicate this on your submission form. Session chairs are responsible for timing presentations, and ensuring that each presenter gets her or his fair share of the available time.

 
Please send paper, workshop, poster, and other proposals to RPA PROGRAM COMMITTEE, c/o Tony Smith, Department of Philosophy, 402 Catt Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011. You may also submit them as an email attachment: send to tonys@iastate.edu. NOTE: Please do NOT submit complete papers.
 
Deadline
 
All submissions must be postmarked by January 31, 2004.
 
Local Arrangements
 
Information about local arrangements will follow.
 
RADICAL PHILOSOPHY ASSOCIATION
2004 Conference Proposal Form
 
Individual or co-authored talk/paper submission
 
Name
 
Address
 
Email address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
Title of proposal
 
Abstract (250-500 words only)
 
Equipment needs
 
Are you willing to chair another session?

 
RADICAL PHILOSOPHY ASSOCIATION
2004 Conference Proposal Form
Panel Submission
 
PLEASE NOTE: Panels MUST be limited to three or fewer participants. We will not consider larger panels.
 
Name of panel contact person:
 
Address
 
Email address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
Title of panel
 
Equipment needs
 
Brief description of panel (250-500 words only)
 
Abstract of panel contact person's presentation (250-500 words only)
 

Panel Proposal Form, page 2:
Name, Presenter #2

Address

 
Email Address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
Title of presentation
 
Abstract (250-500 words only)
 

 
Panel Proposal Form, page 3:
 
Name, Presenter #3
 
Address
 
Email Address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
Title of presentation
 
Abstract (250-500 words only)
 
Are any panel members willing to chair another session?
 

RADICAL PHILOSOPHY ASSOCIATION
2004 Conference Proposal Form
Workshop Submission
 
PLEASE NOTE: Groups MUST be limited to three or fewer participants. We will not consider larger groups.
 
Name of workshop contact person:
 
Address
 
Email address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
Title of workshop
 
Brief description of workshop (250-500 words only)
 
 
Name, Workshop Participant #2
 
Address
 
Email Address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
 
Name, Workshop Participant #3
 
Address
 
Email Address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
Equipment needs
 
Are workshop participants willing to chair another session?
 

 
RADICAL PHILOSOPHY ASSOCIATION
2004 Conference Proposal Form
Poster submission
 
 
Name
 
Address
 
Email address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
Title of proposal
 
Brief description of poster (250-500 words)
 
Are you willing to chair another session?
 
 

 
 
RADICAL PHILOSOPHY ASSOCIATION
2004 Conference Proposal Form
"NOTA" submission
 
We encourage creative proposals that don't fall under any of the standard conference categories. Please provide us with the relevant information, as befits your particular proposal.
 
Name
 
Address
 
Email address
 
Affiliation--or independent scholar, activist, educator, etc.
 
Title of proposal
 
Format/medium to be employed
 
Brief description of proposal (250-500 words)
 
Are you willing to chair another session?
 


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