The meeting will be held at the University of
Vienna, 10 – 14 June 2024. The Forum was founded in 2000 to bring together
scholars in pragmatism from North America and Central Europe. As founders
John Ryder (former President of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy)
and Emil Višòovský (Comenius University) have explained: “The idea was
simply to enable communication and the mutual enhancement of one another’s
thinking in the style of a ‘summer school’.” In 2024, about 30 participants,
distributed evenly between Europeans and Americans, will gather to discuss their
work. The theme of the meeting is “Pragmatism as Global Philosophy,”
which is intended to support a wide range of related topics.
Participants in the Forum are by invitation
only. All participants will give papers, and all sessions will be plenary.
The keynote speaker for 2024 will be Dr.
Leonard Harris, Professor and Joyce and Edward E. Brewer Chair in Applied
Ethics at Purdue University. Dr. Harris Editor of Philosophy Born of Struggle
(1983) and three books on the philosopher Alain Locke. Harris is the author
of “struggle philosophy,” an approach to philosophy that is different from
the Socratic dialogue method, the ethics of insurrection, critical pragmatism,
advocacy aesthetics and the concept of racism as “necro-being.” A graduate of
Central State University, Ohio, and Cornel University, Harris is a professor of
philosophy at Purdue University, Board member of the Philosophy Born of Struggle
Association and the Alain L. Locke Society.
For the 2024 meeting, there will be two ways
to register. One may register for six nights in the conference hotel,
arriving on Sunday and leaving on Saturday. It is also possible for those
who live closer to Vienna and who can travel to the venue on Monday morning to
register for four nights, arriving on Monday and leaving Friday afternoon.
The hotel will also make possible one or two nights before or after the
conference in order to spend additional time in Vienna.
The fee for participants is 550 Euros for four
nights or 750 Euros for six nights. The fee will cover accommodation at the
conference hotel, most meals, and coffee breaks during the conference sessions.
There will be an opening dinner and reception on Monday evening, lunches
and dinners on Tuesday through Friday afternoon, and a farewell dinner.
Keep in mind that this is a week-long
commitment. The purpose of the CEPF is to provide an opportunity for a
sustained engagement with one another, so our participation is expected
throughout the week, and all participants will stay in the same hotel. There
will be roughly 30 participants, distributed evenly between Europeans
and Americans. Papers presented at the Forum will also be
considered for inclusion in special issues of
the Journal of the Central European Pragmatist Forum.