Department News

Seven from Department attend ASACP Conference in Melbourne
Jul
21
2015

Five graduate students (affectionately, Hawaii 5-0) and two professors attended the Australasian Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy Conference at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, in Melbourne, Australia, from July 8-12, 2015. Their presentations were as follows:

Elyse Byrnes “Love Thyself: The Metaphysics of Love in Arendt and Nishida”

Arindam Chakrabarti “Is There a World Out There? God/ No One Knows”

Vrinda Dalmiya “A Bird-Mother’s Grief and Feminist Sources of the Self”

Sydney Morrow “Metaphysical Personhood in Ancient Chinese Philosophy and Karl Jaspers”

Ian Nicolay “Knowing By Imagining”

Joshua Stoll “Ratnakīrti and Casper Hare on Solipsism”

Benjamin Zenk “Disagreement and Haribhadra’s Defense of Non-Absolutism”

This international conference provided the opportunity for students to network among scholars in the field and to celebrate all things Australian, philosophical and otherwise.

2016 East-West Philosophers’ Conference – CFP
Jun
08
2015

The 11th East-West Philosophers’ Conference: “Place”

Wednesday May 25-Tuesday May 31, 2016

Call for Proposals

Humanity takes up space. In this, humanity is no different from other species. Humanity also purposefully transforms space, but is not unique in doing so. Other species also reshape the spaces they occupy to serve their purposes: birds create nests, bees create hives and beavers create dams. What seems to be uniquely human is the disposition to qualitatively transform spaces into places that are charged with distinctive kinds of significance.

Contemporary philosophical uses of the word “place” cover considerable conceptual ground, centered on a distinction between ‘space’ and ‘place’ that was formalized by geographer-philosopher Yi-fu Tuan, who suggested that “place incorporates the experiences and aspirations of a people” over the course of their moral and aesthetic engagement with sites and locations. Building on this distinction, we might say that spaces are openings for different kinds of presence—physical, emotional, cognitive, dramatic, spiritual, and so on. Places emerge through fusions of different ways of being present over time—a meaning-infusing layering of relationships and experiences that imbue a locale with its distinctively collaborative significance. Place implies sustainably appreciated and enhanced relational quality.

For many indigenous peoples, the relation to “place” has traditionally been so intimate that to be forced off the land is to be forced out of themselves, cut off from part of what makes them who they are. But contemporary urban residents develop similar senses of the dynamic and recursive relationship between who they are and where they are, and among even those who are most globally mobile, recognition persists of the significance of a ‘house’ being transformed into a ‘home.’ Humanity is a place-making species.

Yet the place-making propensities of humanity seem from the outset to have been inseparable from questions about our place in the world—the place of ‘humanity,’ of ‘my people,’ and of ‘me’ personally. One result of these questions has been the crafting of complexly imagined cosmologies and narratives of “promised lands” and “paradises” beyond the horizon of present experience. Another result, however, have been concerns growing out of the recognition that our places in the world are not equal and that being present together in some common social, economic, or political space does not necessarily endow us with equivalent opportunities for participation and contribution. At times, these concerns about equity and justice have led to the crafting of “non-places”—utopias—as means to establishing trajectories of hope that might lift us out of opportunity- and dignity-denying places.

For the 11th East-West Philosophers’ Conference, we are inviting panel and paper proposals related to the theme of “Place.” Of special interest are panels and papers that explore how places emerge through the sustained, shared practices of mutually-responsive and mutually-vulnerable actors. Subthemes might include: the place of the personal, including issues of identity-construction and privacy; place and culture, including considerations of how cultures shape and is shaped by relationships with natural and built environments; places of pilgrimage, including places charged with political or cultural, as well as, religious significance; places of memory; places of mediation, including social and mass media; place and the political, including places of justice and places of both conflict and peace; trading places, including the places of entrepreneurship and concerns about the place of equity in economics; and the place of philosophy, addressing issues about the real and ideal roles of philosophy in contemporary society.

About the East-West Philosopher’s Conference:

For more than three-quarters of a century, the East-West Philosophers’ Conference series has hosted a dialogue among some of the world’s most prominent philosophers of their time. The dialogue began in 1939 when three University of Hawai‘i visionaries—Professors Charles A. Moore, Wing-tsit Chan, and Gregg Sinclair—initiated the first East-West Philosophers’ Conference in Honolulu. Its aim was to explore the significance of Eastern ways of thinking as a complement to Western thought, and to distill a possible synthesis of the ideas and ideals that are aspired to in these unique traditions. Comparative philosophy has evolved from this earliest idea to pursue a mutual respect and accommodation among the world’s cultures, with conferences continuing to be held in 1949, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1989, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2011. Each of these conferences focused on a theme chosen as a vital issue of its time.

This conference series has been successful in fostering dialogue among philosophical traditions, and was instrumental in the establishment of the East-West Center on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i in 1960. Philosophy East & West, now one of the leading journals on comparative studies, was founded in 1951 as a forum that continues this same dialogue. Conference volumes from papers presented at these conferences have been published by the University of Hawai’i Press to share with and promote further discussion on its theme within the world academic community.

Sponsoring Institutions:

The EAST-WEST CENTER promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

The UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I is a Research I institution founded in 1907 that has identified Asia and the Pacific as one of its selected area of excellence, with many of the centers in its School of Pacific and Asian Studies ranked as National Resource Centers. The University of Hawai’i Press is one of the leading international publishers of scholarly monographs and journals on Asian cultures.

A short abstract can be sent to the organizing committee by email attachment to: ewpc2016@gmail.com. The deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2015. We anticipate that this forthcoming conference like the previous ten will be an historical event. We look forward to welcoming you to the Islands.

Roger T. Ames and Peter D. Hershock, Co-Directors

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2015 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference
Jan
09
2015
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2015 UEHIRO PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE

Place of Philosophy – Philosophy of Place
March 19-20, 2015 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Conference Website

Email full papers to psa@hawaii.edu. Papers should be suitable for a 20-minute presentation. In the body of the email include: 1) Your name, 2) Title of the paper, 3) Institutional affiliation, 4) Contact information (email, phone number, mailing address), and 5) Whether you would like to be considered for a travel award. Send documents in word format with no identifying information for blind review. Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 1, 2015.  The Uehiro Student Essay Award will be presented to the best student presentation. Competitive partial travel subsidies will be available this year for both international and domestic travel. All submissions will be considered for possible publication in the Uehiro Conference Proceedings, published in the past by Cambridge Scholars Press.

DEADLINE: THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Yoko Arisaka, Ph.D.

Dr. Arisaka is a fellow at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie, Hannover. She has published and lectured extensively in the fields of Japanese and Continental philosophy, feminism, postcolonialism, and philosophy of mind. She is on the forefront of the intersection of philosophy and environmental concerns, having participated in the interdisciplinary Japan-U.S. Sustainability Research Group. She is the author of Prophetischer Pragmatismus: Eine Einführung in das Denken von Cornel West (Prophetic Pragmatism: Introduction to the Thoughts of Cornel West), and co-editor of Kitarō Nishida in der Philosophie des 20. Jahrhunderts (Kitaro Nishida in the 20th Century Philosophy).

Shigenori Nagatomo, Ph.D.

Currently Professor of Comparative Philosophy & East Asian Buddhism at Temple University, Dr. Nagatomo received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from our own University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He specializes in Comparative philosophy and East Asian Buddhism, with a focus on issues of the mind/body. Dr. Nagatomo has an impressive body of work addressing the place of the body in religious experience and the place of religious experience in philosophy. He is also the translator of a number of key texts of philosophy, including but not limited to Nishida’s Place and Dialectic: Two Essays of Nishida Kitarō,Yuasa’s The Body, Self-Cultivation & Ki-Energy and The Body: Toward an Eastern Mind-Body Theory.

The Uehiro Cross Currents Philosophy Conference showcases exceptional work by graduate and advanced undergraduate students in all fields of philosophy that explore “place” and its relation to philosophy, including but not limited to such topics as: How has place been conceived in Philosophy? What does it mean to “have a place?” Does philosophy “have a place” in other fields in which it inserts itself (postcolonialism, ecology, race theory, women’s studies, technology, art, et al); How might a comparative approach to a philosophy of place contribute to philosophy and other fields? How has/can philosophy mediate in the current environmental crisis? How has philosophy been changed by our changing environment? We welcome papers addressing these and other questions pertaining to the conference theme.

Support provided by the Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education

EPOCH Graduate Research Colloquium
Nov
10
2014
Varieties of World Making: Personal & Public Functions of the Imagination

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 2:00PM Sakamaki C-308

The EPOCH Project recently showcased some of its graduate student work. The colloquium, Varieties of World MakingPersonal and Public Functions of the Imaginationorganized graduate research on the topic of the imagination, the 2014 research focus of the EPOCH Project. The event consisted of four short presentations on different functions of the imagination, taking up the topics of: knowing by imagination, the phenomenology of boredom, understanding others through imagination, and imaginative projections of future politics. The presentation served a two-fold purpose. Firstly, under the guidance of EPOCH director Professor Arindam Chakrabarti, graduate research in the department had coalesced on the topic of imagination and the time was ripe for a public presentation of the work being done. In addition to philosophy faculty, students, and friends of the department, the presentation was well attended by graduate students and faculty in diverse fields such as history, psychology, and future studies. Secondly, the introduction of fresh ideas and new interpretive vocabulary served the purpose of the philosophy department colloquium series whereby our geographically isolated community in Hawai‛i does not remain isolated in terms of philosophical diversity and the introduction of novel challenges to our intellectual community. In the end, a productive discussion was instigated on a variety of approaches to the imagination with EPOCH’s presence in the department appropriately highlighted.

 

Wuhan University Signing Event: 3+2 Master’s Program
Nov
10
2014

The Department has entered into a 3 + 2 agreement with Wuhan University and Renmin University of China. This agreement will provide exceptional undergraduate students who have completed the three years of coursework for the undergraduate BA degree to join the Department in their fourth year and pursue an MA degree.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Hawai‘i Undergraduate Philosophy Conference
Apr
02
2014

This year’s Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is to be held this Saturday, April 5, on the Mānoa campus of the University of Hawai‘i. The even will take place in the newly founded UHM Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education, Sakamaki Hall D-201. All are welcome to attend, but please arrive early for the talks you wish to attend, as seating will be limited.

For more info, take a look at the 2014 Hawai‘i Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Program.

 

This conference is sponsored by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the University of Hawaiʻi West Oahu, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, and the UHM Uehiro Academy for Philosophy and Ethics in Education.

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2014 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference
Mar
10
2014

Join the philosophy department this Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM, for the annual Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference. This year’s conference will be held at the Imin Center.

The focus of the conference is aesthetics and the keynote speakers are our very own Dr. Joseph Tanke and Dr. Peng Feng, a Chinese aesthete from Peking University. Come early on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy morning refreshments; stay for some thought provoking talks.

To visit this year’s conference website click here.

For more information, contact psa@hawaii.edu.

2014 Uehiro Graduate Philosophy Conference Flyer

 

 

Prof. Roger Ames awarded 2013 Confucius Culture Prize
Oct
22
2013

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Professor of Philosophy Roger T. Ames was presented with a 2013 Confucius Culture Prize at the Sixth Annual World Confucian Conference in Shandong, China. The prizes are sponsored by the People’s Republic of China Ministry of Culture and the provincial government of Shandong Province—the home province of the sage Confucius.

“Dr. Ames’ scholarly stature internationally is unparalleled, and he is one of our most distinguished humanities faculty,” said Peter Arnade, dean of the UH Mānoa College of Arts and Humanities. “He is perhaps the leading interpreter of classical Chinese philosophy, Confucianism above all. This distinguished award is richly deserved.”

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