Conference Notice: Barry Hallen Conference 2022

The last five decades of African philosophy have remarkably witnessed intense theoretical
engagements with a wide range of substantive
philosophical issues and meta-philosophical problems. Such theoretical interrogations, as these, have culminated in a number of seminal works influencing discourses in African Philosophy. One of such works is Barry Hallen's The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful:
Discourse about values in Yoruba culture. As the theory - scape of African philosophy continues to enlarge, it is instructive extending the frontiers of critical discourses in the discipline beyond intra-generational
circles to trans-generational planes; where deep conversation is sustained among veterans, immediate inheritors, and upcoming thinkers, as well as, scholars in African Philosophy. Twenty years on, after its
publication, it is time to interrogate the impact of the thematic vistas, intricacies and subtleties that Hallen's The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful has created and continues to create in such areas as ethics, aesthetics,
ontology, epistemology, language, literary and cultural studies in Africa. To this end, the Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, is organizing an international conference that will generate and extend intergenerational debates on issues raised by
this trailblazing book and other works of Barry Hallen in African Philosophy.



Call for Paper, Panel and Roundtable Proposals International

Conference in Honour of Prof. Barry Hallen

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful in African Philosophy: Trans-generational Discourses on the Philosophical Works of Barry Hallen.
(on-site and Virtual).

Tuesday 1st to Thursday 3rd November 2022.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Confirmed Keynote Speaker
Professor Nkiru Nzegwu, (Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, United States)

Grand Chair
Professor Segun Gbadegesin (Howard University, Bowie, Maryland, United States)

Distinguished Chairs of Plenary Sessions
Dr. Dipo Fashina (Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria) and Professor Olufemi Taiwo, (Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, United State of America)

The last five decades of African philosophy have remarkably witnessed intense theoretical engagements with a wide range of substantive philosophical issues and meta-philosophical problems. Such theoretical interrogations, as these, have culminated in a number of seminal works influencing discourses in African Philosophy. One of such works is Barry Hallen’s The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful: Discourse about values in Yoruba culture. As the theory - scape of African philosophy continues to enlarge, it is instructive extending the frontiers of critical discourses in the discipline beyond intra-generational circles to trans-generational planes; where deep conversation is sustained among veterans, immediate inheritors, and upcoming thinkers, as well as, scholars in African Philosophy. Twenty years on, after its publication, it is time to interrogate the impact of the thematic vistas, intricacies and subtleties that Hallen’s The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful has created and continues to create in such areas as ethics, aesthetics, ontology, epistemology, language, literary and cultural studies in Africa. To this end, the Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, is organizing an international conference that will generate and extend intergenerational debates on issues raised by this trailblazing book and other works of Barry Hallen in African Philosophy.

Sub-Themes:

• Barry Hallen, the Man, the Ancestry, Works and Interests in Africa
• Hallen and Sodipo’s Knowledge, Belief and Witchcraft
• Hallen on History of African Philosophy – Isms, Schisms and Fallacies
• African Meanings; Western Words: Hallen and Radical Translations
• Hallen, Field Work, and Collaborative Research in African Philosophy
• Hallen and the problem of identity, destiny and existence (personal, group)
• Hallen on a Yoruba moral epistemology
• Ontological foundations of Hallen’s practice of African Philosophy
• Hallen on African Aesthetics
• Hallen’s systematization of Kwasi Wiredu’s philosophy and logic
• Hallen’s method of ordinary language in African philosophy: experiments with the Onisegun
• Hallen as intellectual bridge builder across the Atlantic
• Hallen, African community and philosophical expressions
• Hallen on the good, the bad and the beautiful
• Hallen, Art, Postmodernism, and contemporary avant-gardism
• Hallen on a Yoruba Theory of Self
• Hallen, ‘African science’, and ‘Science in Africa’
• Secrecy, Gnosis and Epistemic Injustice in Hallen’s Works
• Personhood and Communitarianism
• Hallen and the foundation question in African ethics
• Hallen and Pioneering Discourses in African Studies
• Hallen’s Ethnophilosophical Experiments and Philosophical Sagacity
• Historicizing African Philosophy
• African Philosophy, Language and Identity
• Hallen’s Critiques of Robin Horton and the Debate on Reason in African Philosophy
• Implications of Hallen’s African Socio-political Philosophy for good governance
• Implications of Hallen’s African Epistemology for Philosophy of Education
• Hallen’s Philosophy, colonialism, post-colonialism and decolonialism
• Hallen’s Scholarships on Aesthetics and Implications for African Philosophy of Creativity
• Implications of Hallen’s African Philosophical Scholarship for Intersectionality and Sustainability Discourses
• Implications of Hallen’s Moral and Social Political Scholarships for Rethinking Globalization, Pandemics, Insurgency and patrimonial statecraft in Africa

Participants and panel proposers should feel free to engage Hallen on any issues in African, African Diaspora or global South philosophical engagements. The organizers welcome critical and subversive interrogations of bogies and entrenched verities which continue to subjugate the gnosis and episteme of the global South – for example, the idea of an “Africa South of the Sahara” that has refused to be banished from Western academy. Please submit abstracts of up to 200 words for 15-minute-long papers that address any of the issues or questions listed above. Abstracts and papers may respectively be written and given in English or French. We also invite proposals for collaborative panels and roundtables. For collaborative panels and/or roundtables, we ask that a designated chair of the panel submit an abstract/rationale for the panel as a whole and attach the abstracts of the individual panelists.

To propose a paper, panel or round table for the conference, kindly fill out the electronic form below:
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Alternatively, please send your proposal and abstract to hallenoauconfab@oauife.edu.ng

Deadline for Panel Proposals: September 30th 2022 and Deadline for abstract submission: September 15th 2022
Conference Registration Fees
Participants from Nigeria- N15,000 (Early Bird) /N20,000 (On-site)
Graduate students from Nigeria- N7,500
Participants from Africa- $60 (USD); International participants- $75 (USD)
Deadline for early bird registration: October 15th 2022

The Conference is in collaboration with Second Order: An African Journal of Philosophy, Academy of African Indigenous Religions, Theology and Arts (AAIRTA) and Pan-African Policy and Strategic Research Group (PANAFSTRAG).