Mainstreams and Margins

March 19, 2020 - March 20, 2020
Humanities faculty, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Muzey Naukma, Hryhoriia Skovorody 2
Kiev 02000

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"Mainstreams and Margins" is a topic of XIV International Academic Conference “Philosophy: The New Generation” that will take place in the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" on March 19-20, 2020.

The metaphor of “mainstreams and margins” seems fruitful both for philosophy and history of philosophy, since it invites us to question, (re)examine and (re)establish our beliefs, as well as concepts of canon and tradition in the context of contemporary humanities.

The focus of this year’s conference “Philosophy: The New Generation” is, therefore, to doubt common knowledge and prevailing opinions in order to analyze and (re)discover what often remains obliterated, neglected or repressed.

We encourage you to join the discussion of these topics and suggest the following lines of elaborating them:

1) The Figure of Philosopher within the Mainstream/Margins Opposition:

- What determines the place of any particular philosopher or any philosophical text within the mainstream/margins opposition?
- What causes the shifts in this positioning and what hidden structures are in action behind the curtains of the mainstream/margins dynamics?

2) The Social and Political Role of Intellectuals:

- Philosophical criticism: the voice of the marginalized or the instrument of the mainstream?
- The public and the private: philosophical inquiry in the light of individual freedom, duty, and responsibility.
- What is the conscious self-positioning of a philosopher as a public figure or a “philosopher from the underground” aimed at?

3) Group Identities:

- Celebrating diversity: the notion of diversity and its mainstream and/or marginal status in contemporary philosophy.
- Postcolonial and feminist studies: revising the canon.

4) Philosophy and Institutions:

- Institutional and extra-institutional aspects of philosophical inquiry: what are the problems of professional acknowledgment and legitimation?.
- Is it possible to define the universal limits of philosophical inquiry beyond this division?

To apply, please fill out the online form ( and send your abstract to

Application deadline: February 15, 2020

Formal requirements for abstracts:
- Text: max 4500 characters with spaces;
- Font: Times New Roman, size 12; 1,5 space;
- Specify your name and surname, institution, faculty, specialization, and title (center alignment) at the top of the document with an abstract;
- The title of the document must include the author’s surname;
- In-text citations and bibliography must be formatted according to the APA style.

Working languages: Ukrainian, English, Russian.

The organizing committee has a right to reject materials that do not meet the formal or content requirements or violate the rules of academic integrity.

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#Mainstream, #Margins, #Diversity, #Feminism, #Postcolonial studies