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17/04/2016

THE FACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY AND THE CULTURAL CENTRE OF SOFIA UNIVERSITY

in partnership with:

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Guanajuato
Center for Philosophy, University of Tokyo
Faculty of Humanities, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
Department of Comparative Literature, Istanbul Bilgi University

International interdisciplinary conference
THE ENLIGHTENMENT FROM A NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVE

23, 24, 25 MAY
Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
New Conference Hall

The Enlightenment is an intellectual and philosophical high point of European historical development. It created powerful ideas and ideals such as freedom, moral law, empowered, autonomous citizenship, fraternity and equality, representative democracy and tolerance, along with the ideas of progress and rational governmentality of society. At the same time, however, it also legitimized the Eurocentric domination of the world, serving as universal justification for all imperial conquests, for the destruction of local traditions, for ruthless technologization and exploitation of various non-European cultures and the forceful export of civilization, and modernity.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM:

23 MAY
Aula Magna, Main building of the Sofia University

11:00 12:00 Official opening of the conference
Introduction: Dimiter Denkov, Alexander Kiossev, Christopher Britt, Satofumi Kawamura

12:00 13:00 Lunch

New Conference Hall, Main building of the Sofia University
13:00 Registration

Section 1 The Fate of Ideas and Metaphors: What Happens to Enlightenment Ideology in the Peripheries?

13:30 14:00 Sarah Burton, Goldsmiths College: Periphery and the Dominant Symbolic: Challenging the Legitimacy of Western Knowledge
14:00 14:30 Ihor Andriichuk, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy: Marginal Enlightenment: Critique of Non-European Reason
14:30 15:00 Edith Velázquez Hernández, University of Guanajuato: Beatitude, Bliss and Knowledge of God: the Spiritual Background of Enlightenment

15:00 15:30 Discussion
15:30 16:00 Break

16:00 16:30 Andrej Mitic, University of Nis: Space Oddity? Rethinking (anti)modernism in Southeastern Europe meso-regional context
16:30 17:00 Ireri Armenta Delgado, University of Guanajuato: Post-colonial Modernity: Teaching English in the Periphery
17:00 17:30 Macarena Marey, University of Buenos Aires: A Defence of the Kantian Enlightenment from a Peripheral Perspective (and Almost without Apology)

17:30 18.00 Discussion

24 MAY
New Conference Hall, Main building of the Sofia University

Section 2 Debates and Case studies

9:00 9:30 Satofumi Kawamura, The University of Tokyo Centre for Philosophy: The Principle of Medium: Kyoto School and the Wartime Ideology of Overcoming Modernity
9:30 10:00 Miglena Nikolchina, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski: Discreet Charms of the Enlightenment: Voltaires Candid and Tzvetan Stoyanovs Budi Budev
10:00 10:30 Sana Sakihama, The University of Tokyo Centre for Philosophy: Political Philosophy of Ifa Fuyu

10:30 11:00 Discussion
11:00 11:30 Break

11:30 12:00 Saúl Ramírez Jiménez, University of Guanajuato: Mexican Modernization Process
12:00 12:30 Yutsul Ramirez, University of Guanajuato: José Revueltas. The relevance of a critic to the enlightenment heritage in the Mexican revolution
12:30 13.00 Gergana Petrova, University of Guanajuato: From the Mexican Youth Athenaeum towards the age of new darkness

13:00 13:30 Discussion
13:30 14:30 Lunch

Section 3 Enlightenment and the Asymmetries of the Imagined Geographies

14:30 15:00 Dimitar Denkov, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski: Mapping the Enlightenment: Kants Geography
15:00 15:30 Dessislava Lilova, independent scholar: Europe and Russia in the Bulgarian Imagined Geographies: Mapping the Border
15.30 16.00 Alexander Kiossev, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski: A Personal Trajectory in a Geocultural Field: Life Path between Real and Imagined Cultural Spaces

16:00 16:30 Discussion

25 MAY
New Conference Hall, Main building of the Sofia University

Section 4 Enlightenment and Popular Culture

9:00 9:30 Alina Novik, European University at St. Petersburg: Enlightenment Entertainment: Optical Spectacles in 19th Century Russia and their Influence on Public Education
9:30 10:00 Nataliya Mikhailova, European University at St. Petersburg: Russian Printed Ephemera as a Visual Encyclopedia at the Turn Of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
10:00 10:30 Yana Agafonova, European University at St. Petersburg: The Concept of Enlightenment in Special Books for Peasants in Prerevolutionary Russian Society: Textual and Visual Aspects

10:30 11:00 Discussion

11:00 11:30 Break

Section 5 Enlightenment in the Age of Destruction: Quartet

11:30 12:00 Eduardo Subirats, New York University: Prometheuss Descent of Golgotha as Sisyphus
12:00 12:30 Christopher Britt, George Washington University: Providential Enlightenment
12:30 13:00 Paul Fenn, Founder and president of Local Power In. Technical Enlightenment

13:00 13:30 Discussion
13:30 14:30 Lunch

Sction 6 Varia

14:30 15:00 Martin Ossikovski, University of National and World Economy, Sofia: Freedom of Speech and its Dark Medieval Prison
15:00 15:30 Ognyan Kovachev, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski: Bridging the Peripheries: Literary Mystification and Identity Construction in the Scottish Songs of Ossian and the Bulgarian Veda Slovena

15:30 16:00 Discussion

16:00 16:30 Break

16.30 17.00 Valeria Korablyova, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: EuroMaidan as Ukraines Acculturation to Modernity: a Precedent or a Repetition?
17:00 17:30 Rasa Pranskevičiūtė, Vytautas Magnus University & Lithuanian University of Health Sciences: Environmental Communalism, Nature-based Spirituality and Utopia in the Post-Soviet Region: Sociocultural Alternatives of Anastasians

17:30 18:00 Discussion



THEMATIC AREA OF THE CONFERENCE

The Enlightenment is an intellectual and philosophical high point of European historical development. It created powerful ideas and ideals such as freedom, moral law, empowered, autonomous citizenship, fraternity and equality, representative democracy and tolerance, along with the ideas of progress and rational governmentality of society. At the same time, however, it also legitimized the Eurocentric domination of the world, serving as universal justification for all imperial conquests, for the destruction of local traditions, for ruthless technologization and exploitation of various non-European cultures and the forceful export of civilization, and modernity.

Today, the general consequences of the Enlightenment seem to be ambiguous: spread of literacy, scientific and economic progress, rule of law, emancipation movements along with centuries of colonial rule, violent political changes, disastrous world and local wars. The Enlightenment ideas have inspired several revolutions political, philosophical and technological. They are the normative basis of democracy, yet of free market, technology and capitalism, too; they legitimize colonization, yet also anti-colonial and anti-capitalist resistance movements. Philosophers, writers and public figures of the Enlightenment, along with agents of mass education and literacy, spread across the world the standards of human dignity, sovereignty and emancipation, which are still enshrined in the legal and moral order of the global present. However, their dark doubles eurocentrism, nationalism, racism, xenophobia, patriarchalism are rooted in the very same intellectual, moral and political project and continue to shape our present as well.

All this shows that the Enlightenment is still very much a topical, controversial issue that has important political and intellectual implications; it raises questions and doubts is Modernity a finished or still an unfinished project? In this strict sense, thinking about the Enlightenment and Modernity means not only thinking about our own origin; it means justifying our present and designing our future.

This conference aims not only to rethink those already known and inevitable contradictions, but also to de-Europeanize the history of the Enlightenment and its contemporary condition: to offer new perspectives from the peripheries which will, as we hope, re-examine the ambivalent legacy of the Enlightenment in a new heuristic way.


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