Main sessions will be held in the Audubon Room of the Danna Student Center, 2nd Floor.

Session I: 10:00am-12:00pm – Moderator: Lisa McLeod, Guilford College

10:00 am: Kristin Waters, Worcester State University/Brandeis University, “Pragmatism, Insurrectionist Ethics, and Radical Liberalism”

11:00 am: K. Bailey Thomas, Pennsylvania State University, “Until You Sicken and Die from Them: Audre Lorde’s Rupture of Epistemic Silencing”

12:00-1:30 pm: Lunch

Session II: 1:30-3:30pm – Moderator: Constance Mui, Loyola University New Orleans

1:30 pm: Céline LeBoeuf, Florida International University, “What Are You? Addressing Racial Ambiguity”

2:30 pm: Janine Jones, UNC Greensboro, “Much Ado About Blackness: Beauvoir Was Just Playing in the Dark”

3:30-4:00 pm: Break

Keynote Session: 

Nunemaker Auditorium, Monroe Hall, 3rd Floor. 4:00-5:30pm 

Moderator: Falguni A. Sheth, Emory University

Michelle M. Wright, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet Professor of English, Emory University

“Black Epistemology and Its Epiphenomenal Discontents”

Keynote Reception:

The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery and Visual Arts Center, Monroe Library, 4th Floor,


Saturday, OCTOBER 6, 2018

Session III: 10:00-11:00 am – Moderator: Joel MacClellan, Loyola University New Orleans

10:00 am: Samia Hesni, MIT, “Philosophical Intuitions and Socially Significant Language”

Session IV: 11:00 am-1:00 pm – Moderator: Mickaella Perina, U Mass Boston

11:00 am: Shireen Roshanravan, Kansas State University, “Respecting Opacity and Refusing Insularity: The Affective (Dis)Orientations of Communal Belonging” 

12:00 pm: Grant Silva, Marquette University, On the Jewish Question, Post-Raciality, and the Weaponization of Whiteness

1:00-2:30 pm: Lunch

Session V: 2:30-4:30 pm- Moderator: Taryn Jordan, Emory University.

2:30 pm: Yolonda Wilson, Howard University, “Hobbesian Diffidence, Second-Order Discrimination, and Racial Profiling”

3:30 pm: Andrea Dionne Warmack, Emory University, “Home: A Phenomenological Account of Homing as a Practice of Self-Love”

4:30—5 pm – Coffee Break

Session VI: 5:00-6:00 pm – Moderator: Everett Fulmer, Loyola University New Orleans

5:00 pm: Michael Eng, Appalachia State University, “What Calls for Black Thinking? In the Break with Fred Moten’s Reconfiguration of the Heideggerian Voice”