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”