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Philosophy Born of Struggle

Philosophy Born of Struggle

Struggles Against Absence


A Virtual Conference

November 4th & 5th, 2022

Hosted by the Department of Philosophy at

Texas State University

The full symposium schedule can be viewed here.

Keynote Speaker

Tommy J. Curry - University of Edinburgh



Anthony Sean Neal, author of

Philosophy and the African American Modern Freedom Struggle:

A Freedom Gaze


Amir Jaima, Texas A&M University Philosophy

"Literary Analyses of Curry’s Man-Not, avant la lettre: Ishmael Reed's and Richard Wright's Anticipatory Contributions to Black Male Studies"


With a plenary session on

Insurrectionist Philosophy”


Jacoby Adeshei Carter, Howard University

Sheena M. Mason, SUNY Oneonta

Lee A. McBride III, The College of Wooster


With sessions on resistance to anti-Blackness, gender, ableism, alienation, and racism in the global LGBTQ+ movement, along with critical engagements with Afropessimism, Black Male Studies, struggles of the global south, subaltern resistance, insurrectionist philosophy, and the legacy of the African American freedom struggle.


The theme of this year’s Philosophy Born of Struggle (PBOS) conference responds to Frank Wilderson’s claim in Afropessimism that “the narrative of subaltern loss stands on the rubble of Black absence,” or Toni Morrison’s observation in “The Source of Self-Regard” that the heroine of Beloved had an “ability to be and to remain exactly what the institution said she was not.” We welcome proposals that address “Struggles Against Absence” broadly conceived, across disciplines and peoples.

for more information, contact Russell Moses