Symposium in Africana Cultural Philosophy

Recent Work of Africana Scholars in Florida and Beyond

University of Central Florida, Orlando Florida
Saturday February 26, 9-5:30, Visual Arts Building Gallery

This symposium will convene scholars in Central Florida who work on Africana philosophical and cultural themes. It will be a chance for people to discuss their recent work. There is no specific theme for the meeting.

Featured Speakers

Emmanuel Eze Symposium Paper: Culture, History and Ethics of the Negative.
Nkiru Nzegwu Symposium Paper: Defying the Odds: Nollywood Videos and Cultural Globalization.
Robin Poynor Symposium Paper: The Many Faces of Ogun: Ogun shrines in the Oyotunji tradition in Florida.
Kwasi Wiredu Symposium Paper: Empiricalism: The Empirical Character of an African Philosophy

UCF Participants


9:00 a.m.: Greetings

  • Shaun Gallagher, Dept. of Philosophy UCF
  • Jo-Anne Stephenson, African American Studies Program, UCF
  • Symposium Chair: Bruce Janz

9:15 - 10:30: Visual Representations in African American Art

  • Jody Cutler (Art History): "Photographic Works by Pat Ward Williams at UCF Gallery"
  • Fon Gordon (History): "Reading Representations: The Book in American Art."

10:45 - 12:00: Method and Approaches in African Philosophy

  • Kwasi Wiredu (USF Philosophy): "Empiricalism: The Empirical Character of an African Philosophy"
  • Bruce Janz (Philosophy): "Hermeneutics in Africana Philosophy: Is it Worth the Trouble?"

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch

1:00 - 2:15: Nigeriana Representations

  • Robin Poynor (UF Art & Art History): "The Many Faces of Ogun: Ogun shrines in the Oyotunji tradition in Florida."
  • Nkiru Nzegwu (SUNY Binghamton Africana Studies): "Defying the Odds: Nollywood Videos and Cultural Globalization."

2:30 - 4:00: Extending Africana Thought

  • Kurt Young (African American Studies): "The Epistemic Vocation of the Africana Scholar."
  • Jennifer Lisa Vest (Philosophy): "Learning from Big Sister: What Native American Philosophy Can and Cannot Learn from African Philosophy."

4:15 - 5:30: Beginnings and Endings

  • Jay van Hook (Philosophy): "A Quest Undaunted: Excursion Into African Philosophy"
  • Emmanuel Eze (DePaul Philosophy): "Culture, History and Ethics of the Negative."

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There is no fee for the symposium itself. There will be a dinner on Saturday evening, and there will be a fee for that.

For more information, contact:

Bruce B. Janz
Department of Philosophy
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816-1352
TEL: 407-823-5408
DEPT: 407-823-2273
FAX: 407-823-6658