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World Philosophies and Traditions of Knowledge-Making

19 September 2022 - 21 September 2022

World Philosophies and Traditions of Knowledge-Making: Why Now? Why Here?

Traditionally, scholarship on world philosophies has been predominantly tacked onto the nation-states that populate the world discourse today. Although such a framing might suit the needs of the current academic setup in philosophy in North America and Europe, it is in need of an urgent overhaul. For one, the migration of ideas that have impacted world-philosophical traditions cannot be studied adequately when they are read as if they were derivative of the national context in which they are located today. For another, positions associated with these traditions are not mere historical relics. Critical interventions that took place within them continue to inform the present in many ways.

World Philosophies and Traditions of Knowledge-Making will bring together scholars who challenge contemporary ways of studying world-philosophical traditions that juxtapose them against each other and/or depict them as bygone relics of a hoary past. It endeavors to foreground deviant ways of doing this work, both in research and teaching and provide a forum to exchange thoughts about how to carry forward this work into the future.

The workshop will take place hybrid

To register for the webinar, use:

Webinar ID: 910 3074 7862

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Programme (in CET)

19th September, 2022

(Room: Forum 2)

  • 10:00-11:00 Helen Verran, Charles Darwin University (zoom)
    Conceptualizing Concepts as Praxial in Institutionally Working Disparate Epistemic Traditions
  • 11:00-12:00 Lilith W. Lee, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Merdeka in Ideas: (Re)constructing a Straits Chinese Philosophy
  • 12:00-13:00 Mariëtte Willemsen, Amsterdam University College
    Teaching ‘Comparative Philosophy’: Pitfalls and Antidotes
  • 13:00-14:30 Lunch break
  • 14:30-16:30 Carlo Ierna, Guno Jones, Norah Karrouche, Marije Martijn (all Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
    Panel: Teaching the Canon
  • 16:30: 17:00 Coffee Break
  • 17:00-19:00 Amy Donahue, Kennesaw State University
    Workshop: Using Sanskrit Logic to Invigorate Democracy and Resist Epistemic Chaos  

20th September, 2022

(Room: Agora 4)

  • 9:00-10:00 Emma Irwin, University of Hawai’i, Manoa
  • 10:00-11:00 Jayan Nayar, University of Warwick (zoom)
    On ‘Europe’ and the ‘Postcolony’: An Anti-Colonial Repudiation
  • 11:00-12:00 Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Knowledge Making Through Art under Conditions of Coloniality: The Tagorean Vision
  • 12:00-13:00 Richard King, SOAS, University of London
    “Religion” and Cognitive Imperialism: India and the Parochialization of “Non-Western Philosophy” 
  • 13:00-14:30 Lunch break
  • 14:30-15:30 Stephen Harris, University Leiden
    Can We Understand Bodhisattva Ethics as Eudaimonistic?
  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:00-17:30 Mickaella Perina, University of Massachusetts
    Keynote: Authority, Expertise and Coloniality: Reflections on World Philosophy

21th September, 2022

(Room: Agora 4)

  • 10:00-12:30 Panel: Working with World Philosophies for Doctoral Dissertations
    Martine Berenpas, Leiden University
    Finding The Pivot of Dào as a Method for Global Philosophy
    Saheed Bello, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/SOAS, University of London
    Òrúnmìlà, Orality and Philosophy
    Staci-Marie Dehaney, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Military Objects and Colonial Thinking
    Li-Fan Lee, Leiden University
    What Are We Doing Exactly? Self-Conceptions of Intercultural Philosophy and a “Hermeneutic” Model
    Arnold Yasin Mol, University Leiden
    The Kalāmic Anthropology of Al-Māturīdī (d. 944 CE)
  • 12:30-12:45 Coffee break
  • 12:45-13:30 Chiara Robbiano, University College Utrecht
    World Philosophies from Concepts to Practice—the Researcher as Educator and Citizen (includes concluding discussion)

About World Philosophies and Traditions of Knowledge-Making

Starting date

  • 19 September 2022 - 21 September 2022


  • VU Main Building


  • De Boelelaan 1105
  • 1081 HV Amsterdam

Organised by

  • Monika Kirloskar-Steinbach