There is a truly awesome looking conference happening in London this June on Critical Philosophy of Race. Here’s the description, which shows just how uniquely important this conference is:
Since the publication, in 1992, of Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah’s In my father’s house: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture, the new discipline of the Critical Philosophy of Race has flourished among anglophone analytic philosophers. Yet, Critical Philosophers of Race have tended to confine themselves to an analysis of racial problems that arise in the politics, and against the historical background, of anglophone North America. This parochial focus has given the false impression that the Critical Philosophy of Race is irrelevant outside of the US and Canada. For this reason, in this, the first of three annual international conferences on the Critical Philosophy of Race, we will challenge this false impression, by showcasing work that demonstrates the relevance of the Critical Philosophy of Race (a) to the British Isles. Future conferences will showcase work that demonstrates the relevance of the Critical Philosophy of Race (b) to the European Union and (c) to the wider world outside of anglophone North America. The aim of these three conferences is, successively, to globalise the Critical Philosophy of Race.
Race works differently in different places, and it’s vital to explore not just anglophone North American perspectives on the topic— I’ve been so frustrated teaching this in the UK, and having so little literature on race in my students’ own country. This looks like a fabulous and much needed event.
I’ve been told that there have already been many registrations– but all from OUTSIDE PHILOSOPHY. Sadly, philosophers are so far under-represented amongst attendees. This needs fixing!! Philosophers: Go NOW and register for this first of its kind event!!!!!