Thinking Across Borders: Engaging African and Western Political and Philosophical Thinking

Thursday, April 27 - Friday, April 28

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

This two-day conference aims to promote discussion among African and Western political thinkers and philosophers. Speakers and participants from the United States, Africa, and Europe will include experts on philosophy, political science, political theory, history, and law. The conference has been organized by the Neubauer Collegium, in conjunction with the London School of Economics and the Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, with the support of the Leverhulme Trust Fund.

Thursday, April 27

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Martin Ajei (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Ghana), Katrin A. Flikschuh (Professor of Political Theory, London School of Economics), and Jonathan Lear (Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society; John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor at the Committee on Social Thought and in the Department of Philosophy)

9:15 AM – 11:00 AM  
Barry Hallen (Morehouse College)

11:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Allen Wood (University of Indiana)
"Thinking Across Borders: Individuality and Community"

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Ifeanyi Menkiti (Wellesley College)
"The Concept of a Person and the Concept of a Citizen"

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago)
"Disgust: Human Universals and Cross-Cultural Comparisons"


9:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Dismas Masolo (University of Louisville)
"Creating the First Republic: Reflections on the Post-Colonial State"

11:00 AM – 12:45 PM
Ben Laurence (University of Chicago)
"Agents of Change"

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Eghosa Osaghae (University of Ibadan)
"Understanding and Misunderstanding Ethnicity in African Politics"

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Matt Boyle (University of Chicago)
"Rational Animals"

5:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Closing Remarks