Diversity and Inclusiveness Black Issues in Philosophy: Introduction

Black Issues in Philosophy: Introduction

Dear Readers:

We here introduce Black Issues in Philosophy: Blog of the APA Committee on the Status of Black Philosophers.

The purpose of this series is to offer announcements, discussions, critical reviews, opinionated statements (op-eds), and philosophical suggestions, ideas, or explorations relevant to the status of philosophers of African descent and readers interested in such issues.

Announcements will include call for papers, employment opportunities, conferences, and publications.  Discussions will address contemporary philosophical debates and current events, and op-eds should address issues of similar kind.  Finally, philosophical ideas or suggestions on a wide array of topics, including concerns of pedagogy and syllabi, will be welcomed.

In addition to postings from the blogging team, the blog will also include submitted pieces.   Each posting will be subject to review for approval by the Executive Editor and the Editorial Team.   Submissions should be sent to: lewis.gordon@uconn.edu

We thank the Philosophy Department and the Department of Political Science at UConn-Storrs for their generous support for assembling this editorial team.

—Lewis Gordon, UConn-Storrs


Executive Editor:
Lewis Gordon, UConn-Storrs

Editorial Team:
Derefe Chevannes, UConn-Storrs
Rosemere  Ferreira da Silva, Universidade do Estado da Bahia (UNEB) in Brazil and UConn-Storrs
Brooks Kirchgassner, UConn-Storrs
Tom Meagher, UConn-Storrs
Dana Miranda, UConn-Storrs
Colena Sesanker, Gateway Community College
Darian Spearman, UConn-Storrs

APA Committee on the Status of Black Philosophers:
Myisha V. Cherry, University of Illinois at Chicago
Stephen C. Ferguson, North Carolina State University
Lewis R. Gordon, University of Connecticut-Storrs
Rodmon King, Center College
Julie E. Maybee (Chair), Lehman College, CUNY
Lucius T. Outlaw Jr., Vanderbilt University
Keisha S. Ray, Texas State University
Kevin A. Richardson, North Carolina State University
Jeanine W. Schroer, University of Minnesota—Duluth
Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, Cornell University
Dwayne A. Tunstall, Grand Valley State University



December 2017

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference 2017 will be addressing themes of Africana phenomenology, decolonial philosophy, feminist philosophy, and First Nations’ philosophy: http://www.utas.edu.au/humanities/events/australasian-society-for-continental-philosophy-conference-2017

Job opportunities

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, AOS in Philosophy of race, philosophy of ethnicity, philosophy of social class, philosophy of gender, philosophy of disability, or non-western philosophy, Claremont McKenna College: https://philjobs.org/job/show/7962

Assistant Professor in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/faculty_hiring/employment


  1. I am delighted to discover this innovative effort. The best of luck to you. You have my support.

    Sarah Sands-Meyer


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