ACTIVISM, IDEOLOGY AND RADICAL PHILOSOPHY

THE FIFTH BIANNUAL RPA CONFERENCE

NOVEMBER 7-10, 2002

BROWN UNIVERSITY

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

(Updated 11.6.02)

 

 

 

 

Conference Theme

 

The Radical Philosophy Association is approaching its 20th year. It is appropriate that we reflect on radical philosophy--the endeavor that has brought members of the RPA together for a generation. Accordingly, the theme for its sixth national conference will be radical philosophy itself, its relation to social and political activism, and its potential,to contribute to one or more counter-hegemonies.

Despite (and often because of) differences in the kinds of activism in which we engage, in our philosophical styles and emphases, and even in our far-reaching goals, we in the RPA seem still to have an affinity that makes collaboration fruitful. We are all concerned about oppression-generating inequalities, about the limits of reform that is oblivious to the need for structural change, and about philosophies that leave no room for reflection on their own roots.

But is this affinity strong enough to be the basis for cooperating both among ourselves and with other broad social groups to create an effective movement? Or is this affinity so unsuited for that kind of cooperation that we can only wish each other luck in our separate struggles?

Does the conception of "radical philosophy" travel intact across borders, or does it have a distinctive meaning in the US? What sort of meaning, for example, does radical philosophy now have as a practice in Eastern Europe? Or China? Or the former Soviet Union? Or Cuba? When Marxist philosophy has been the establishment philosophy of state socialism, what has that meant for the concept of radical philosophy in that context?

Does radical philosophy have to be inclusive (i.e. address all forms of social domination, such as racism, class exploitation, male dominance, heterosexism, able-ism, etc.), or can someone be a radical philosopher if they critique only one kind of social domination? Must radical philosophy support identity politics or must it insist on a solidarity politics beyond identity?

As radical philosophers, we face with particular urgency the barrier between the theoretical work of philosophers and the practice of activists. How can we expand and continue our efforts--in classrooms, but also in the press, in politics, in popular culture to create spaces for our engaged critical perspectives? We must, for example, address the lack of interest in theory exhibited by the press and politics--vital agencies for communicating with large numbers of people. As radicals we must take up the task of developing counter-hegemonies. How are we doing so? How might we do so?

What does radical philosophy mean to those of you who are students? What does it mean to persons trying to find a job?


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Conference Information


RPA PROGRAM COMMITTEE, Lisa Heldke, Department of Philosophy, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN 56082. heldke@gac.edu.

CONFERENCE CONTACT AT BROWN: Eric Tucker erictucker@urbandebate.org


Conference schedule panels in chronological order and condensed for printing

 


THE CONFERENCE SCHEDULE IS LISTED BY MINI-CONFERENCE CLUSTERS FOLLOWED BY A CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING :

 

MINI-CONFERENCE I: LEGACIES OF SOCIAL THOUGHT

Panel: I, 1: Arendt

Chair: Kristi Sweet

Dalia Nassar: Radical Philosophy, Identity Politics & Nationalism

Jane Drexler: Contestation and Public Space: Protest, Action & Solidarity in Arendtian Political Thought

Kathy Miriam: Toward a Feminist Theory of Action & Re-Theorizing the Political: A Comparison of Judith Butler & Hannah Arendt

Thursday 4:00-5:30 pm  


Panel: I, 2: Merleau-Ponty and Foucault

Chair: Kevin Graham

Nancy Holland: Rethinking the Already Rethought: A Feminist Reading of Merleau-Ponty's Political Philosophy

David Burbler: Merleau-Ponty and Modern Art: Flesh, Emptiness & Postmodern Painting

Jan Rehmann, Michel Foucault and the Construction of a Postmodern Nietzscheanism

Saturday 10:30 am -12:00 pm 


Panel: I, 3

Chair: Jeanne Schuler

Danic Parenteau: Hegel's Conception of Political Action

Marsh Feldman: Planning After Positivism

Friday 2-3:30 pm  


Panel: I, 4

Chair: Sean Ferrier

Jeanne Schuler: The Bugaboo of Social Construction

Peter Amato: Sympathy for the Devil: On Peter Singer's Proposal for a Darwinian Left

Friday 4-5:30 pm  


 

Panel: I, 5 After the Exhaustion of the Paradigm of Critical Theory

Chair: Jeffrey Paris, University of San Francisco

James Marsh, Fordham University

William S. Wilkerson, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Yoko Arisaka, University of San Francisco

Arnold Farr, Saint Joseph's University

Saturday 8:30-10 am  


Panel: I, 6 Thinking About Radical Historical Figures

Chair: Tony Smith

Bugaeva Lyubov: Radicalism & Russian History

Kristi Sweet: Lack of Public Intellectuals in the Contemporary U.S.: Result of McCarthyism or Anti-intellectualism

Nelson Lande: Trotsky's Brilliant Flame & Broken Reed

Friday 9-10:30 am


Panel: I, 7 The Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Chair: Jan Rehmann

Victor Wallis: Vital Questions of Marxist Theory in the 21st Century: The Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism

Saturday 1:30-3 pm  


Panel: I, 8 Dunayevskaya & Dialectics

Chair: Patrick Murray

Anne Pomeroy

Peter Hudis & Tom Jeannot: The New Dunayevskaya Collection on Dialectics: Editors Meet Critics

Sunday 12:30-2 pm  

 


Panel: I, 9 Race, Truth & Power: Ideas on Philosophic Racism

Chair: Anne Pomeroy

Richard Peterson: Does It Matter If Marx Was A Racialist?

Ogbo L.Ugwuanyi: Truth, Justice & the Cause of African Humanity: Radical Philosophy & the Challenge of Philosophic Racism

Sunday 10:30 am-12  


Panel: I, 10

Chair: Peter Hudis

Angela Cotten: Reading Karl Marx and the Problem of Social Totality Through the Lens of Alice Walker's Meridian

Sunday 8:30-10 am  


MINI-CONFERENCE II: SOCIAL AGENCY

 

Panel: II, 1

Chair: Karsten Struhl

Tony Fluxman: The Mechanisms of False Consciousness

Kory Schaff: Disarming the Rhetoric of Gun Control: Cognitive Biases, Belief Formation & Social Policy

Manindra Nath Thakur: Religion, Culture & Left Politics

Thursday 4-5:30 pm  


 

Panel: II, 2

Chair: Michael Hames-Garcia

Joseph Orosco: La Democracia Cosmica: Participatory Democracy in Rendon's Chicano Manifesto

Michael Christiana: Sentimental Cholos: Reflections on Gender Identity, Machismo & Violence in Latino Street Gangs

Greg Moses: Democratic State Studies: The Case of the Cooperative Extension Services

Friday 9-10:30 am  


Panel: II, 3 Feminist Philosophy and Social Protest

Chair: Nancy Holmstrom

Marilea Bramer & Amy Hilden: Active Feminist Philosophical Theorizing

(with undergraduates)

Friday 2-3:30 pm  

 


Panel: II, 4 Philosophy and Activism

Michael Monahan: The Intersection between Philosophy & Activism

David Fryer: Queer Theory & Activism: On Campus & In The Community At Large

Sean Joe: Translational Research: A Model For Building an Interdisciplinary Social Change Research Agenda

Craig Matarrese: Living Wage Campaigns in the U.S. & How Activist-Philosophers Can Contribute

Cynthia Townley: The Role Of The Philosopher Outside of an Academic Institution: How to Incorporate These Experiences Back Into the World of Theory & Analysis

Friday 7:30 pm


Panel: II, 5 Democracy and Power

Chair: Michael Howard

Robert Ware: Democracy & the Necessity of Power

Len Krimerman: Democracy & "Education-Shaped" Forms of Citizenship & Authority

Thomas Wartenberg: comments on Ware & Krimerman presentations

Friday 4-5:30 pm


Panel # II, 6 Selfhood and Self-making

Chair: Kim Leighton

Jason Barret: Relational Autonomy, Collective Responsibility & Discourse: A Feminist Attempt to Rethink Selfhood

Cressida Heyes: Self-Making & Community Expectations

Kate Mehuron: Philosophical Counseling: A Radical Panacea for Mental Health Care?

Saturday 10:30 am-12  


         

MINI-CONFERENCE III: EDUCATION AND RADICAL CHANGE

 

Panel # III, 1 Education for Economic Democracy

Chairs: Len Krimmerman, Bob Stone

Jessica Nembhard:

Christina Clamp:

Chris Gunn:

Saturday 10:30 am-12 


Panel # III, 2

Chair: David S. Owen

Willard Enteman: Let's Get Real & Radical: A Philosophic Critique of Higher Education

Wes Rehberg: Direct Encounters: Learning in the 'Classrooms' of the Oppressed

Friday 9-10:30 am  


Panel # III, 3 Teaching Philosophy to Working Class Students

Milton Fisk

Richard Schmitt: Facilitator

Friday 2-3:30 pm  


 

Panel # III, 4 Teaching About Diversity and Oppression: the Uses of Literature in the Philosophy Classroom

Chair: Salah Hassan

Kevin Graham: Getting Past the Privileged Perspective: Bebe Moore Campbell's Brothers & Sisters in the Ethics Classroom

Susan Babbit: TBA

Patrick Murray: Women & Wage Labor: de Beauvoir's The Second Sex & Peter Taylor's The Old Forest

Friday 4-5:30 pm  


Panel # III, 5 American Philosophy and the McCarthy Era (Time In The Ditch by John McCumber)

John Alan Cohen

Dianna Taylor: McCumber in Terms of Foucault's notion of Power/Knowledge: Augmentation of McCumber's Proposed Paradigm by Application of Foucault's Work

Jacqueline Gately: McCumber as a Contribution to the Attempt to Make the History of Western Philosophy a "Politicized Venture"

John McCumber: Response to Taylor & Gately

Saturday 8:30-10 am  


Panel # III, 6

Chair: Jordan Alexander Stein

Fred Lembeck: Instructions for the Buckeye Game

Michael Rowley: Country Club Code: Performativity in a Critique of Academic Intellectual Language

Saturday 8:30 -10 am


Panel # III, 7

Chair: Willard Enteman

David Owen: Academic Praxis

Donald Judd: Radical Philosophy in the Writing Classroom: Assignment Design & Social Critique

Jason Mallory: Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Addressing Male Norms in Philosophy

Saturday 1:30-3 pm


MINI-CONFERENCE IV: SELF AND SOCIETY

 

Panel # IV, 1 The Answer to the Mind-Body Question

Chair: Peg O'Connor

Rene Talbot: The Answer on the Mind-Body Question as a Crucial Means for Social Control

Ekle Heitmueller: Sade's Psychiatrization

Gerburg Treusch-Dieter: Current consequences of Deviant Thinking: When the Human Body Meets Technology

Thursday 4-5:30 pm


Panel # IV, 2 Desiring Agency: Ethical and Political Elements of Desire

Chair: Lisa Heldke

Melissa Burchard: I Want My MTV: Constructions of Moral Agency & Desire in Capitalist Culture

Brian Butler: Market Freedom & Constricted Desires

Abby Wilkerson: The Sick & the Queer: The Transformation of Perversions into Language & Action

Friday 4-5:30 PM


Panel # IV, 3 Ecofeminism

Chair:

Jason Kawall: On Warren, Ecofeminism & the Logic of Domination

Regina Cochrane: Ecofeminism & Enlightenment: Beyond Counter-Enlightenment Ecofeminisms to an Ecofeminist Dialectic of Enligtenment

Lisa Heldke: "Hush", said his Mama, "You're Gonna Be A Pig": A Pragmatist Examination of Pigs in Literature, Film & Song

Saturday 8:30-10 am


Panel # IV, 4 One Author & Two Readers in Search of Radical Activism: Discussing Julie M. Thompson's Mommy Queerest

Chair: Jack Green-Musselman

Julie Thompson: Characterizations of Lesbian Mothers

Claudia Card & Ann Ferguson: Discussion Leaders

Saturday 10:30 am-12  


Panel # IV, 5 Sexing Institutions

Chair: Cressida Heyes

Rahne Alexander: Yet Another Effort, If You Would Become True Gender Outlaws: Sade, Sacher-Masoch & "Irrational Gender"

Erica Burleigh: Just the Three of Us: Uncoupling the Dyadic Communication

Jordan Stein: Toward an Ethics of Child Molesting

Saturday 1:30-3 pm


Panel # IV, 6 Women and Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric & Public Policy

Chair:

Sharon Meagher: Countering 'Blame the Victim' Rhetoric on School Violence

Ellen Feder: Doctor's Orders: Gender Assignment in Intersexed Infants

Patrice DiQuinzio: Love & Reason in the Public Sphere: Maternalist Forms of Civic Engagement & the Dilemma of Difference

Sunday 10:30 am-12


 

MINI-CONFERENCE V: GLOBALIZATION

 

Panel # V, 1 Thinking About Global Justice  

Chair: Douglas Allen

Alison Jaggar: Canceling the Debt of the Global South

Abigail Gosselin: Power and Poverty: Why the Affluent Should Not 'Help' the Poor

Hye-Ryoung Kang: Beyond Cosmopolitanism & Nation Statism: Presuppositions of a Transnational Feminist Justice Perspective

Friday 2-3:30 pm  


 

Panel # V, 2 Theories of World Development  

Chair: Joanie Lugtig

Christine Koggel: Equality Analysis in a Global Context

Harry Targ: Revisiting Globalization: Theory, Evidence & Practice

J.W. Smith: Pushing Neo-Liberalism Nonsense off the Table So We Can Create an Honest, Viable & Sustainable World Development Policy

Friday 9-10:30 am  


Panel # V, 4 Philosophers Take On the World

Chair: JoAnne Myers

Kathryn Russell: RPAers and "anti-globalization: Case study and then discussion of challenges of participating in the moverment for global justice"

Friday 4-5:30 pm  


Panel # V, 5  

Chair: Rashad Shabazz

David Kaplan: From Critical Theory to Public Interest Philosophy

Ken Yee Yip: Technology, Social Change & Postcrisis-ism

Derek Hrynyshyn: Activism, Ideology & Radical Philosophy

Saturday 8:30-10 am  


Panel # V, 6 Globalization, Art & the New Solidarity  

Chair:

Tony Smith: Systematic & Historical Dialectics: Towards a Marxian Theory of Globalization

Barbara McCloskey: Labor Murals from the U.S. & Mexico

Fred Evans & McCloskey (joint paper): The New Solidarity: Cross-Border Labor Networks & Mural Art in Response to Globalization

Saturday 10:30 am-12


 

MINI-CONFERENCE VI: BEYOND THE U.S. EXPERIENCE: LESSONS FROM ELSEWHERE

 

Panel # VI, 1 Socialist Civil Society

Chair: Cliff DuRand

Miguel Limia David: State Construction From the Point of View of Civil Society

John Ehrenberg: State, Market, and Civil Society: Theoretical & Political Considerations

Olga Fernandez Rios: Education & Culture in Cuba Today

Thursday 4-5:30 pm  


Panel # VI, 2 Transitions  

Chair:

Elizabeth Kassab: For an Arab Radical Philosophy: Tasks, Challenges and Call for Cooperation

David Schweickart: Successor-system Theory as an Orienting Device: Trying to Understand China

Craig Webster: Revolutionary Pluralism, or, Organic Intellectual Amid Democratic Multitude

Saturday 3:30-5 pm


Panel # VI, 4 Key Figures  

Chair:

David Gandolfo: Liberation Philosophy of Ignatio Ellacuria

Manuel Yang: Hiromatsu Wataru & the horizon of Marxism

Douglas Allen: What Radical Philosophers Can Learn From Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Saturday 8:30-10 am  


Panel # VI, 5 Borders and National Identity

Chair: Salah Hassan

Salah Hassan: Return: Palestine & Right to Return Politics

Clark & Harry van der Linden: A Conservation on National Exclusion & Solidarity

Solomon Ling Kong Leong: Radical Philosophy in China: Empowering the Minorities- A Study on Racial representations in Hong Kong Television

Saturday 10:30 am-12:00 pm


MINI-CONFERENCE VII: U.S. POLITICS TODAY: RADICAL PERSPECTIVES

 

Panel # VII, 1 Examining Political and Religious Discourse

Chair: Will Miller

Barbara Ann Scott: Talking Terrorism: Denial & Doublespeak in U.S. Political Discourse

John Alan Cohan: Sedition & Religious Speech: Seditious Conspiracy, the Smith Act & Prosecution for Religious Speech Advocating the Violent Overthrow of Government

Friday 4-5:30 pm  


Panel # VII, 2 World Health

Chair: Abby Wilkerson

Antonio Armas Vazquez: The Medical Paradigms & The Western Culture: The Cuban Panorama

Phil Cox: 30 Million Down, 30 Million to Go: Generic Drug Licensing & the International AIDS Crisis

Saturday 8:30-10 am


Panel # VII, 4 Intellectualism & Philosophy in Prisons

Chair: Jeff Paris (tentative)

Rashad Shabazz: Prison Intellectuals: Mumia Abu-Jamal & Djilas

Mecke Nagel: African Prison Intellectuals

Christopher Sturr: Philosophical Theories of Punishment & the History of Prison Reform

Saturday 1:30-3 pm  


Panel # VII, 5 Poverty & Fragility

Chair:

Michael Howard: Liberal and Marxist Justifications for the Basic Income

JoAnne Myers: Fragility of Identifiable Citizens

Saturday 10:30-12 pm 


 

 MINI-CONFERENCE VIII: POSTMODERNISM AND BEYOND

 

Panel # VIII, 1 Situating Hardt's and Negri's Empire

Chair: Richard Schmitt

Pierre Lamarche: Empire & Post-Marxism

David Sherman: Empire & the Critical Theoretical Tradition

Max Rosencrantz: The Empire Has No Clothes·or, Marx Beyond Negri

Saturday 1:30-3 pm  


Panel # VIII, 2 Working Out the Problems of Work

Chair:

Scott Michaelsen: Why Work on Rights? Schedules of Rights and the Problem of Laziness

Scott Shershow: the End(s) of Work: From Free-Market Futurism to Empire

Tim Deines: Signifying Praxis: The Freedom of C.L.R.: James & the New American Studies

Saturday 8:30-10 am  


Panel # VIII, 3

Chair: Greg Moses

Gwendolyn Blue: Rocking the Foundations of the Articulation Theory

Melissa Clarke: Agency & Resistance: Bourdieu to Rosa Parks

Matthew Landis: Divine Agony: Ideology, Religion & Forgiveness

Sunday 10:30am-12:00 pm


Panel # VIII, 4

Chair: Diana Taylor (tentative)

Sarah Donovan, "Oppressive Categories: Redeployment or Rejection."

Leisa Schwab: Power, the Body & the Ideology of the Objectified Self

Saturday 1:30-3 pm  

 


MINI-CONFERENCE IX: CULTURE AND RADICAL SOCIAL CHANGE

 

Panel # IX, 1 Is It Edible?

Lisa Tessman

Saturday 1:30-3 pm  


Panel # IX, 3

Chair: Bill McBride

Gail Presbey: Somali Refugees & "Black Hawk Down": Somali & U.S. Perspectives on the "Day of the Rangers" (October 3, 1993)

Inez Hedges: Last Films: Film Testaments

Sunday 12:30-2 pm  

 


MINI-CONFERENCE X: ETHICAL THEORY AND RADICAL POLITICS

 

Panel # X, 1 Applications of Marxism

Chair: Ann Ferguson

Milton Fisk: Can the Radical Left Be Seduced by Liberalism?

Norman Fischer: Marxism & Civil Republicanism

Saturday 1:30-3 pm  


Panel # X, 2

Chair:

Peg O'Connor: Getting a Feminist Metaethical House in Order

Matthew Nesvet: Reconstructing Personal and Political Agency: Toward a New Theory of the Individual

Lisa Tessman: A Radical Philosopher's Contribution to a Politics of Resistance

Sunday 8:30-10 am


Panel # X, 3

Chair: Christine Koggel

Michael Minch: When Can Liberal Theory be Radical?

Abraham Schwab: Community & Principles of Justice in Reflective Equilibrium

Lisa Schwartzman: Abstraction, Oppression, and Radical Critique

Sunday 12:30-2 pm  


MINI-CONFERENCE XI: VIOLENCE

Panel # XI, 1 Physical Perceptions: the Body in Today's Society

Chair: Melissa Burchard (pending)

Marcos Bisticas-Cocoves: Social Violence & the Body

Joanna Crosby: Racial Profiling

Janice McLane: Anorexia

Thursday 4-5:30 pm  

 


 

Panel # XI, 2 The Ethics of Terrorism, War, and Political Violence

Chair: Joanna Crosby

Omar Dahbour: The Difference between Moral & Ethical Evaluations of Terrorism

Carl Lesnor: World War II as the Paradigm of a "Good War"

Karsten Struhl: Is War a Morally Legitimate Response to Terrorism?

Friday 11am-12:30 pm


Panel # XI, 3 Radical Theories in Politics: From Anarchism to Pacifism

Chair: Nancy Holmstrom

Ami Bar On: Radical Theory & the Question of Violence

David Scott: Blaberon: On the Uses and Disadvantages of Anarchism in Political Thought

Anatole Anton: Pacifism & Just War Philosophies

Thursday 7:30 PM


LISTING OF PANELS, BUSINESS MEETING AND BANQUET BY DAY AND TIME:

 

THURSDAY 4-5:30 PM

PANELS:

I, 1

II, 1

V, 1

IV, 1

XI, 1

VI, 1


THURSDAY 7:30 PM

PLENARY 1: XI, 3


FRIDAY 9-10:30 AM

PANELS:

I, 6

II, 2

III, 2

V, 2


FRIDAY 11-12:30 PM

PLENARY 2: XI, 2


FRIDAY 2-3:30 PM

PANELS:

I, 3

II, 3

III, 3

V,1


FRIDAY 4-5:30 PM

PANELS:

I, 4

II, 5

III, 4

V, 4

IV, 2

VII, 1


FRIDAY 5:30-7:30 PM

Dinner meeting on RPA anti-intervention work


FRIDAY 7:30 PM

PLENARY 3: II, 4


SATURDAY 8:30-10 AM

PANELS:

I, 5

III, 6

III, 5

V, 5

IV, 3

VII, 2

VIII, 2

VI, 4

 


SATURDAY 10:30-12 PM

PANELS:

I, 2

II, 6

III, 1

V, 6

IV, 4

VII, 5

VI, 5


Discussion over lunch:

"Education for Economic Justice and Anti-Sweatshop Production."

Interested parties should meet in the first floor lobby of Africana Studies,

Churchill House.


SATURDAY 1:30-3 PM

PANELS:

I, 7

IX, 1

III, 7

VIII, 1

IV, 5

VII, 4

X, 1


SATURDAY 3:30-5 PM

PLENARY 4: VI, 2


SATURDAY 5:30-6:30 PM

BUSINESS MEETING


SATURDAY 7:30 PM

BANQUET

* A RPA History by Cliff DuRand (with musical interludes by Mike McGuire)

* Poetry Reading by Bob Randolph, RPA House Poet


SUNDAY 8:30-10 AM

PANELS:

I, 10

IX, 2

VII, 5

X, 2


SUNDAY 10:30-12 PM

PANELS:

I, 9

VIII, 3

IV, 6    


SUNDAY 12:30-2 PM

PANELS:

I, 8

IX, 3

VIII, 4

X, 3


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