Second African Philosophy World Conference

October 12, 2017 - October 14, 2017
Department of Philosophy, University of Calabar


This will be an accessible event, including organized related activities


  • University of Calabar
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of Ibadan
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Port Harcourt
  • The Conversational School of Philosophy CSP

Keynote speakers:

Innocent Asouzu
University of Calabar, Nigeria
Paulin Hountondji
National University of Benin, Republic of Benin
Helen Lauer
University of Tanzania
University of Pretoria
Lucius Outlaw
Vanderbilt University
Mogobe Ramose
University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa


Jonathan Chimakonam
University of Calabar, Nigeria
Edwin Etieyibo
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Ike Odimegwu
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria

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2nd African Philosophy World Conference (UNICAL 2017)

Theme: The State of African Philosophy in Africa Today


We have received an impressive number of abstracts from different parts of the world at the expiration of the first call. However, we also received e-mails and phone calls asking for extension and because we plan the October World Conference to be THE BIGGEST, the organizers have thought it wise to issue this second call to let in more scholars. The venue of the conference will be the impressive CES Building at the University of Calabar housing 18 conference rooms. Take advantage of this second call and be a part of the African philosophy festival.

For three consecutive days (September 9-11, 2015) the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa was host to African philosophers at the 1st African Philosophy World Conference. The exceedingly successful conference had the theme, “African Philosophy: Past, Present and Future”. At that momentous meeting, participants discussed a number of issues in African philosophy as well as took stock of the strides made in the field. At the end of the conference, many issues around the gap areas in African philosophy were identified and a biennial conference that will address these issues was recommended.

It is with this in mind that we are happy to organize the next conference which will jointly be hosted by the University of Calabar, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, University of the Witwatersrand, and in collaboration with the University of Ibadan, University of Johannesburg, University of Port Harcourt and The Conversational School of Philosophy (CSP).

We are therefore happy to announce that the 2nd African Philosophy World Conference will take place 12-14 October, 2017 at the University of Calabar, Nigeria with the theme: “The State of African Philosophy in Africa Today”.

The conference organizing committee kindly invites submission of original papers on the conference theme or any of the subthemes below:

a.      Consolidating on the gains and progress that have been made so far in African philosophy.

b.      Improving the nature and reach of African philosophy with regard to curricula, dissemination of research and collaborations.

c.        African philosophy and the problem of relevance: Issues of people’s self-conceptions; pressing social controversies and dilemmas; economics and jobs; etc.

d.      Major issues and developments in African philosophy in contemporary Africa: Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabic African philosophical circles.

e.      Emerging systems/schools in African philosophy.

f.        African philosophy and intercultural engagements.

g.      African philosophy and the questions of climate change and the environment.

h.      Women participation in African philosophy.

i.        African philosophy and intellectual history.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

1.      Professor Mogobe Ramose, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa

---“Does African philosophy speak?”

2.      Professor Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt University, USA

---"Africana Philosophy: Deconstructive and Reconstructive Challenges, Revisited."

3.      Professor Thaddeus Metz, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

4.      Professor Paulin Hountondji, National University of Benin, Republic of Benin

---“How African is Philosophy in Africa?”

5.      Professor Innocent Asouzu, University of Calabar, Nigeria

---“Changes, Adaptation and Complementary Noetic Transformation”.

6.      Professor Helen Lauer, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

---“African knowledge production in a ‘post-truth’ era”

Please send an abstract of not more than 300 words for blind review to [email protected] Friday March 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent latest by Sunday April 30, 2017. Completed paper must be submitted by Friday September 15, 2017. Conference website:  Tel: +234 8066003714.

Conference participants will be required to pay a nominal conference registration fee.


Publication: Arrangements are being made to publish some of the papers from the conference as special issues of some top notch journals while others will be released as edited collections by either Springer or Routledge.




Conference Organizing Committee

Jonathan Chimakonam, PhD (UNICAL)

Ike Odimegwu, PhD (UNIZIK)

Edwin Etieyibo, PhD (Wits)

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It is planned to be the biggest African Philosophy conference to take place before the year 2017.

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