Institute of African Studies - Columbia University

Burning Issues in African Philosophy: Michael Monahan

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Burning Issues in African Philosophy: Michael Monahan
On the Theory of Creolization and the Creolization of Theory: Michael Monahan in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Drucilla Cornell
Date: 
November 2, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 
Heyman Center Common Room

Burning Issues in African Philosophy: The African Philosophy Seminar continues with a talk by Michael Monahan of Marquette University, in conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne of Columbia and Drucilla Cornell of Rutgers.

"On the Theory of Creolization and the Creolization of Theory" will look into elements of philosophy as a social and socialized activity and the ways in which oppression and liberation can be intertwined with philosophical thought. Professor Monahan's talk will be followed by a brief discussion with the two conversants as well as by an opportunity for audience questions.

Michael Monahan
Michael Monahan began teaching in Marquette’s Philosophy faculty in 2003 after spending two years teaching at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois after receiving his undergraduate degree is from Purdue University. His teaching and research focuses upon social and political philosophy, and issues of oppression and liberation in particular (especially race and racism). His publications include several articles on philosophy of race and political theory and his book, The Creolizing Subject: Race, Reason, and the Politics of Purity (2011). His current research focuses on "the politics of recognition" as it relates to oppression. He teach courses in theoretical and applied ethics, political philosophy, Africana philosophy, and feminist philosophy.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Souleymane Bachir Diagne received his academic training in France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). Before joining Columbia University in 2008 he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University. His field of research includes history of logic, history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature. His book Bergson postcolonial. L’élan vital dans la pensée de Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal, Paris, Editions du CNRS, 2011) was awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret prize by the French Academy of Moral and Political Sciences for 2011 and on that same year he received the Edouard Glissant Prize for his work. Souleymane Bachir Diagne’s current teaching interests include history of early modern philosophy, philosophy and Sufism in the Islamic world, African philosophy and literature, twentieth century French philosophy.

Drucilla Cornell
Prior to beginning her life as an academic, Cornell was a union organizer for a number of years. She worked for the UAW, the UE, and the IUE in California, New Jersey, and New York. She played a key role in organizing the conference on deconstruction and justice at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1989, 1990, and 1993-a conference at which Jacques Derrida is thought by many to have made his definitive philosophical turn toward the ethical. In addition, she has worked to coordinate Law and Humanities Speakers Series with the Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and the Committee on Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research. Professor Cornell was professor at the Cardozo School of Law from 1989 to 1994. From 1994-2001, she was professor of law at Rutgers-Newark Law School. Her other academic appointments include visiting distinguished professor of philosophy at Warwick University, UK; visiting professor of philosophy at SUNY Stonybrook; professor at the National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute. She has been a senior fellow at A.D. Whitehouse, Cornell University, and a Mellon fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Professor Cornell earned her B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from Antioch College in 1978, and her J.D. from UCLA Law School in 1981.