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Spring Colloquium 2016

The Wits Philosophy Department will be hosting the annual Spring Colloquium on the weekend of 1–2 October 2016.

Papers from all traditions in Philosophy will be presented by graduate students and professional philosophers.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Samantha Vice.

Workshop on Mark Leon’s philosophy

Professor Mark Leon is retiring at the end of this year. He has been at Wits for over three decades and has been instrumental in making it the top department in the country.

Mark Leon

We are holding a workshop on Mark’s philosophy on September 30th to celebrate Mark's contribution to the Department and University and to bid him the farewell he deserves.

Humanities Graduate Centre Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building

The provisional programme is outlined below.

This will be followed by a drinks reception on the evening of Friday September 30th:
Venue: Atrium, South West Engineering Building
Time: 6:30pm
Attendance at both events is open to anyone interested, but please RSVP so we have an idea of numbers for catering.
Workshop programme:
9:00–9:30 Welcome

9:30–10:30am Helen Robertson, TBA

10-30–11:30am Andrew Nicholson 'Cultivating Independent Reason: The Interconnection between Ownership, Autonomy and Rationality of Belief'

12:00–1:00pm Jason Werbeloff 'Freeing Q46F'

2:00–3:00pm David Bilchitz 'The moral relevance of wholes and parts: can the environmental right in the South African constitution offer protection for the interests of animals?'

3:00–4:00 James Grant, TBA

4:30–5:30 Michael Pitman, TBA

5:30–6:30 Paul Snowdon ‘Mark on Perception; Some Remarks’

Wits Philosophy Research Seminars

Wits Philosophy Research Seminar photo, with speaker presenting a slide to audience

2nd Semester 2017

Thursdays, 4:15–6pm
Robert Sobukwe Block (formerly Central Block) ground floor, room RS 3C

3 August


AProf Sharlene Swartz
University of Cape Town / HSRC

Social restitution as voluntary moral action: Another kind of White response to the past

Chair: Lucy Allais

10 August


Dr Victor Castellani
University of Denver

‘On Misreading Sophocles’ Antigone  (not without reference to Athol Fugard’s The Island)’

Chair: Dylan Futter

17 August


Mr Siseko H. Kumalo
Rhodes University

‘Explicating Abjection – Historically White Universities creating Natives of Nowhere’

Chair: David Martens

31 August


Ms Zinhle Manzini
University of the Witwatersrand


Chair: Robert Kowalenko

21 September

Mr Mutshidzi Maraganedzha University of KwaZulu–Natal, Pietermaritzburg


Chair: Samantha Vice

5 October


Ms Mpho Tshivhase
University of Pretoria


Chair: Monique Whitaker

19 October

Dr Dylan Futter
University of the Witwatersrand


Chair: Brian Penrose