JBSP 50th Anniversary Conference: On the History of Being – After the Black Notebooks (2019)

In celebration of Volume 50 of the JBSP, the British Society for Phenomenology is running a three-day conference, examining the contribution of Heidegger’s Schwarze Hefte (Black Notebooks) to an understanding of the question of the history of being.

Location and time
> International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester, UK (See ‘Location’ below).
> Friday 31 May (10.45 am) to Sunday 2 June (13.15 pm), 2019.

Invited speakers
> Prof. Babette Babich (Fordham University and University of Winchester)
> Prof. Robert Bernasconi (Pennsylvania State University)
> Dr. Francesca Brencio (University of Seville)

Call for Papers
The call for papers closed on 31 January 2019. Enquiries should be directed to the conference organiser, Ullrich Haase ([email protected]). The full programme is included below.

Conference registration is now live with early bird rates until 30 April 2019.

Following the publication of the Contributions to Philosophy, the Besinnung and the History of Being, the question of the significance of Heidegger’s later work has been widely discussed. However, the manifold difficulties raised by this Turning from the Question of the Meaning of Being to the Question of the History of Being, has led many philosophers to condemn the obscurity of these later works, particularly in contrast to the clarity of Being and Time. And yet, insofar as Heidegger’s later philosophy attempts to make our contemporary world question-worthy in an essential sense, it belongs with the most significant thought philosophy currently has to offer.
The aim of this conference is to explore the importance of the Schwarze Hefte (GA 94, 95, 96 & 97) beyond their contribution to Heidegger’s political biography. While attention has up to now focused almost exclusively on other matters, the ‘Black Notebooks’ offer new views and perspectives on Heidegger’s writings from the 1930s and 1940s, and beyond. They do so from various angles, including reflections on metaphysics, on politics as much as on the political situation of the time, on the main authors that Heidegger worked on during these years, on aesthetics, on his personal position in Germany, as well as on the works he had already published.
In other words, for anyone trying to understand, evaluate and transform Heidegger’s later thinking, to see where and how he moves beyond the parameters of the historico-transcendental tradition of the 19th century, these volumes offer immeasurable wealth and it is this wealth that this conference aims to uncover.
Contributions may also be considered for publication in a special issue of the JBSP on the same theme.

Programme correct as of 18 May 2019.

>Day 1:
>Friday 31 May 2019

10:45 – 11:15Coffee and Registration
11:15 – 12:30Opening Address – Patrick O’Connor, NTU

How can the Black Notebooks Enlighten us about the Question for the History of Being? – Ullrich Haase, MMU
12:30 – 13:30Lunch
13:30 – 15:15On the Double Role of Going-Under in the History of Beyng: Thinking Beneath and Beyond Heidegger’s Ponderings in the Black Notebooks – Lin Ma, Renmin University

From Pseudos to Falsum: Heidegger on Truth – Gülben Salman, Ankara University
15:15 – 15:30Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00The Only Way Out is Through: The Inner Truth and Greatness of the Black Notebooks? – Davor Jurić, Independent

Gigantisms: Heidegger’s Black Notebooks – From the Meaning of Being to the History of Being as Heimatland and the Writing Style of the Denktagebuch – Jack Coopey, University of Durham
17:00 – 17:20Coffee Break
17:20 – 19:00Heidegger on Nietzsche’s ‘Rediscovery’ of the Greeks: Machenschaft and Seynsgeschichte in the Black Notebooks – Babette Babich, Fordham University and University of Winchester

>Day 2:
>Saturday 1 June 2019

09:30 – 10:00Welcome Coffee
10:00 – 11:30Heidegger’s Language: Why the Turn away from Nietzsche involves a Turn towards him – Dominic Kelly, MMU

What can Heidegger teach us? After the Black Notebooks – Matthew Kruger-Ross, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
11:30 – 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:45The World as Natural or Abysmal? The Threat of Naturalism and the History of Beyng – Niall Keane, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
12:45 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:45The Auseinandersetzung with Colonialism and the Oblivion of Other Beginnings in Heidegger’s History of Being – Prabhsharanbir Singh, University of British Columbia & University of the Fraser Valley

Heidegger’s Marx: Finding Marx’s Place within the History of Beyng – Aleš Novak, Univerzita Karlova
15:45 – 16:00Break
16:00 – 16:45“Sacrificing for Being”: Opfer and Seinsfrage in Heidegger’s Black Notebooks – Salvatore Spina, University of Messina
16:45 – 17:15Break
17:15 – 18:45The Overcoming of the Beyng of Machenschaft – Robert Bernasconi, Pennsylvania State University

Conference Dinner
19:30 – late: venue and other arrangements to be announced during the conference

>Day 3:
>Sunday 2 June 2019

09:30 – 10:00Welcome Coffee
10:00 – 11:30Heidegger’s Conception of Freedom and the Empowerment of Being – Matthew Barnard, MMU

“Man kann heute schon von einem Vulgärnationalismus sprechen”: Heidegger’s Rejection of Ideologism – Manuela Massa, Universität Halle
11:30 – 11:45Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:15Heidegger, Catholicism and the History of Being – Francesca Brencio, University of Seville
Conference ends

Full programme with abstracts:
Programme correct as of 18 May 2019. The full programme with abstracts can be downloaded here:

International Anthony Burgess Foundation,
Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street,
Manchester, UK. M1 5BY.
Venue website: https://www.anthonyburgess.org/

Conference meal
The conference meal will be at the end of day 2 (Saturday 1 June 2019), after 7.30pm. Venue and other arrangements will be announced during the conference.

There are many hotels in Manchester, here are four of the nearest to the venue, at the budget and medium price range:

Holiday Inn Express Manchester CC – Oxford Road2-4 Oxford Road, M1 5QA(Oxford Road, down towards the Burgess Foundation from Oxford Road station)
Crowne Plaza Manchester – Oxford Road55 Booth Street West, M15 6PQ(Near Manchester Business School, down from Royal College of Music, just off Oxford Road)
Innside by Melia Manchester1 First Street, M15 4RP(Near Home arts complex, First Street area which backs onto the Burgess Foundation)
Premier Inn Manchester Deensgate LocksMedlock Street, M15 5FJ(Not so near Deensgate Locks! – behind First Street area which backs onto the Burgess Foundation)