5th Yaounde Seminar on Theories of Justice
Tim Meijers is co-organizing the Yaoundé PhD Seminar, and presenting a paper. The Yaoundé PhD Seminar – Theories of Justice is an international and summer school that has been put together in 2012 at the initiative of African and non-African PhD students with the aim of establishing a genuine and lasting North-South conversation, understanding and solidarity in academic philosophy.
The Yaoundé Seminar is a summer school in political philosophy, which takes place on the campus of the UCAC in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The aim of the summer school is to establish connections and dialogue between African philosopher and philosophers from Europe and North America, by getting PhD students from all over the world to discuss and argue. Such dialogue is almost completely absent in academic philosophy. We see this as a serious deficit. We think philosophy does better when it engages in dialogue with other philosophical traditions and with other perspectives on the world.
The theme of the fifth edition of the summer school focusses on our obligations to future generations, and how we should distribute the burdens of these obligations fairly in an unjust world. The Yaoundé PhD Seminar offers a platform which fosters mutual exchanges of diverse experience and thorough scientific expertise contributing thereby to the training of young researchers and to the building of their professional future. It aims to bridge the gap between the North and the South in higher education and research.
Previous summer schools dealt with questions of global justice, justice and gender, and agency of justice. We have had the pleasure of welcoming many renowned philosophers as lecturers in Yaoundé, like Alison Jaggar, Adam Swift, Fabien Eboussi, Ajume Wingo, Philippe Van Parijs.
We are proud and happy to announce that Katrin Flikschuh, Olatunji A. Oyeshile; Stephen Gardinar; Eszter Kollar, Dominic Roser and Fabien Eboussi will be this years lecturers and mentors.