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Annual Phenomenology Symposium

The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center
Presents the 32nd Annual Symposium

          African & Africana Worlds 

February 14-15, 2014
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Africa Room, Student Union

Registration is FREE and open to the public.

About the Event

Phenomenology in the early twenty-first century flourishes around the world, and some of its most interesting and challenging work is being done by African and Africana thinkers--philosophers, cultural theorists, psychologists and theologians. The 32nd Annual Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center Symposium on "Phenomenology and the African and Africana Worlds" will reflect on phenomenology in Africa and the Diaspora--its challenges, its possibilities and its insights. We will ask how phenomenology, as an approach to understanding, can illuminate dimensions of African and Africana experience, and how African and Africana experience can illuminate and challenge our traditional notions of phenomenology. We invite all who are interested in engaging and being engaged by the dynamic currents of African and Africana culture and thought to join us for what will be a very stimulating conversation.

Speakers include:

         Prof. Elias Bongmba, Rice University
         Prof. Kathryn Gines, Pennsylvania State University
         Prof. Valentin Mudimbe, Duke University
         Prof. Tsenay Serequeberhan, Morgan State University

History and Mission

The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center was founded in 1980 at Duquesne University by Dr. Amedeo Giorgi and Dr. John Sallis. It was an expression of the phenomenological orientations of Duquesne University's graduate programs in philosophy and psychology. The Center proudly bears the name of Mr. Simon Silverman, who was its first major benefactor. The goal of the Center is to promote and facilitate original phenomenological research and thereby add to the corpus of literature in all disciplines, especially in continental philosophy and psychology as a human science.

The Center also serves as a campus hub for numerous intellectual activities that complement graduate programs in philosophy, psychology, theology and communication and rhetorical studies. Internationally, the Center is known for its annual sponsorship of a spring symposium and the André Schuwer Memorial Lecture Series of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP). The center's activities are to advance phenomenology in breadth and depth. All of the center's symposia acta are published.