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Pbos Program

Philosophy Born of Struggle
Nov. 4-5, 2022

Full Program Schedule

FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2022

Welcomes will be presented to each Zoom Room by Dwayne Tunstall, Executive Director of Philosophy Born of Struggle (Grand Valley State University)


1 – A / 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Central (Zoom Room A)

Resisting Gender

Chair: Marlon Smith, University of Houston and The Women’s Home

Scout Etterson (they/them), Arizona State University

Understanding the Transgender Relationship Between Sex and Gender”


Philile Langa, University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)

“Black LGBTQ+ Identities and Taking Up Space in the City of Durban”

1 – B / 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Central (Zoom Room B)

Resisting Ableism

Chair: Amy Pommerening, Texas State University

Tekla Babyak, Disability Activist and Independent Scholar, PhD Cornell Musicology

On Being a Killjoy at Academic Conferences: Toward a Philosophy of Disability Activism”


Please note: Tekla has a disabling anxiety disorder caused by multiple sclerosis. Please be supportive and encouraging during the Q&A.


Bella-Rose Grace Kelly, Marquette University Philosophy

“Concealing Gender Non-Conformity: A Trans Phenomenology of Disability”

2 – A / Plenary: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Central (Zoom Room A)


Chair: Audwin Anderson, Texas State University Sociology


Presenter: 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"

12:15 - 12:30 PM Central


3 – A / 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Central (Zoom Room A)

Struggle in the Global South


Chair: Gloria Martinez, Director, The Center for Diversity and Gender Studies, Texas State University


Tanesha Gibbs, University of the West Indies Mona

Text, Context and Pretext” (about Caribbean Squatters)


Bernardo R. Vargas, University of North Texas Philosophy

“Gasoline Baths and Mexican Women’s Resistance: A Philosophical Reflection on The Bath Riots of 1917 and Charles Mills’ Racial Contract”


Sergio Gallegos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Racial Contract and the Racialization of Pathogens and Genes”

12:15 - 12:30 PM Central


3 - B / 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Central (Zoom Room B)

Struggles Against Alienation

Chair: Amy Pommerening, Texas State University


Joshua P. Baldevieso, Notre Dame of Marbel University, Philippines

Alienation of Nature: An Application of Marx’s Theory of Alienation to Natural Environment

Najii Wilcox, University of Memphis Philosophy

The Double-Bind of the Black Scholar: How Racial Embodiment Engages with Academica

Linus Oluchukwu Akudolu, PhD, Philosophy/Religion, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

Biafranism in Nigeria: A Struggle Against Alienation”

4 – A / 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM Central


Orlando Hawkins, University of Oregon

"Afropessimism and the Specter of Black Nihilism"


Osman Nemli, Vassar College

On Afropessimism and the Voices of Fanon


Norman Ajari, Francophone Black Studies, The University of Edinburgh

The Aeon of Blackness: Aporias and Openings in Afropessimist Philosophy of History”


5 – A / 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM Central

Plenary on Insurrectionist Philosophy

Jacoby Adeshei Carter, Howard University


Sheena M. Mason, SUNY Oneonta


Lee A. McBride III, The College of Wooster



6 – A / 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Central


Chair: Dwonna Goldstone, Director, African American Studies, Texas State University


Keynote Speaker: Tommy Curry, University of Edinburgh

“Is Black Male Studies an End?: What Is Left for Philosophy after the Disaggregation of Racist Violence?”

SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2022


7 – A / 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM Central

Disappearance, Catharsis, and Subaltern Resistance

Ben Brazelton, Boston Public Schools Social Studies

"¿Cuántos años sin justicia?" (On the Disappeared)


Chris Randall, Independent Scholar

“ ‘Pushing’ Toward the Mark: Trap Muzik as a Sacred Epistemological, Rhetorical, and Cathartic Alternative to the ‘Narcissistic Slavery’ of Collegial Respectability”

Binu 'Ben' Varghese, Princeton Theological Seminary

Desis In America: Immigration and Epistemics of Antiblackness and Racism” (about S. Asian Indians in America)



8 – A / 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM Central

Plenary: Author Meets Critics


Philosophy and the Modern African American Freedom Struggle: A Freedom Gaze (Lexington: 2022)


Author: Anthony Sean Neal, Mississippi State University



Anwar Uhuru, Monmonth University


Stephen Ferguson, North Carolina State University



9 – A / 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM Central

Black Male Studies


Chair: Idris Robinson, Texas State University


Darius Cret, University of Edinburgh Philosophy

Psychotically Dissident, Liminally Human: Schizophrenia, Black Male Militancy, and the Caricatural Construal of Black Masculinity within Philosophy


Adebayo Oluwayomi, West Chester University Philosophy

Black Male Studies and the Question of Masculinity in Gender Discourse in Postcolonial Africa

Corey Reed, Butler University Philosophy

Black-Male Imagos as Psychological and Existential Boundaries


10 – A / 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Central

Engaging Curry

Chair: Keisha Ray, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Miron Clay-Gilmore, University of Edinburgh

The 2nd Coming: Anthony Lemelle Jr. and the Conceptual Patterns of Inquiry in Black Male Studies Scholarship in the 21st Century


Dalitso Ruwe, PhD, Queen’s University, Canada

Racial Misandry and Restrictive Covenants in the aftermath of Black Male Death in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Alberto G. Urquidez, St. Olaf College

and Marlee Baron, Independent Scholar

Intersectional Invisibility and Black Male Privilege: A Critical Examination of Tommy Curry’s Critique of Intersectionality



11 - A / 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Central

Closing Ceremony: In Remembrance of Frederick Douglass


Emcee: Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University, Executive Director of Philosophy Born of Struggle