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Duquesne University Graduate Student Conference

8th Annual Duquesne University Graduate Conference in Philosophy

Philosophy of Time

February 22, 2014

Keynote Speaker:
Martin Hägglund, Yale University

Time has been fundamental for explaining the nature of the world throughout the history of philosophy, from Plato to contemporary analytic debates on time travel[a]. Discussions on the concept of time have flourished following the emergence of modern physics and phenomenology in the early 20th century. The world in general, and also human action and existence, are inextricably tied to the structures of temporality. Some have argued that time, when conceived ontologically, can be a unitary and absolute idea, despite differences in depictions of [b]it through image (linear, circular, spiral, etc.). However, contemporary discussions have addressed the variegated temporality of concrete situations and processes (psychological time, revolutionary temporality, feminist temporality, etc.). Our understanding of the temporality of political and social structures affects the way we act within these structures, whether freely or determined. This conference invites submissions from all areas of philosophy that are concerned to investigate the ontological, ethical, political, and epistemological status of time.
To help facilitate this discussion, possible topics include, but are not limited to:
aion, kronos, kairos
the relation between time and eternity
the temporal relation of humans and history time and consciousness time and event time and space/place absolute time vs. relative time futurity and determinism or freedom memory and anti-memory time in psychoanalysis being and becoming

Submissions: Please prepare submissions for blind review and send to duquesnegradconference@gmail.com by December 20, 2013. Submissions should not exceed 3000 words. Cover sheets should include name, submission title, email address, and institutional affiliation.

Marginal Theory Workshops

First Annual Workshop: November 12th, 2011

"Technology and Identity"

In the age of the internet and the Ipod, how do new technologies reshape who we are as individuals and as members of society?

On Saturday, November 12th, Duquesne's Marginal Theory Group will host a workshop on Technology and Identity. Papers on this topic will be presented and discussed at Duquesne University, in room 608 of the Student Union starting at 10am, followed by a reception in the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center on the bottom floor of the Gumberg Library around 4:30pm. All are welcome to attend. Further questions can be sent to eckstrandn@duq.edu. For those interested, here is the workshop schedule:


10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introduction

10:10-11:00 Dr. Calvin Troup (Communication and Rhetorical Studies) All for Naught: Jacques Ellul's La Technique and the case for Iconoclasm

11:00-11:15 Discussion

11:15-12:05 Dr. Michael Goodhart (Political Science, University of Pittsburgh), Communitarians for Cosmopolitanism

12:05-12:20 Discussion

12:20-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:50 Dr. Matthew Hyland (History, Duquesne university), New Deal Concrete Houses: Mastery over Nature

1:50-2:05 Discussion

2:05-2:55  Dr. Hasan Guclu (Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh), Connected: Saved or Doomed. Social Networks for Health

2:55-3:10 Discussion

3:10-3:30 Break

3:30-4:20 Dr. Haakon Faste (Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University), Posthuman Factors

4:20-4:35 Discussion

4:35-6:00 Reception


Past Conferences

Seventh Annual Conference: February 23, 2013

Conference Title: "Philosophy and Nature"

Keynote Speaker: Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico

Sixth Annual Conference: February 18, 2012

Conference Title: "Aesthetics and Politics"

Keynote Speaker: Gabriel Rockhill, VIllanova University

Fifth Annual Conference: April 2, 2011

Conference Title: "Wonder Manifested"

Keynote Speaker:  David Bollert, Manhattan College

Fourth Annual Conference: April 10, 2010

Conference Title: "Thinking Desire"

Keynote Speaker: Babette Babich, Fordham University

Third Annual Conference: March 28, 2009

Conference Title: "Why Nietzsche? Which Nietzsche?

Keynote: Kathleen Higgins, University of Texas at Austin

Second Annual Conference: February 23, 2008

Conference Title: "Ancient Friends in Contemporary Thinking."

Keynote: John Sallis, Boston College

First Annual Conference: March 24, 2007

Conference Title: "Symbioses: Political Ontology and a New Metaphysics"

Keynote: Gregg Lambert, Syracuse University