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 (11.15 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. The full programme is included below.

Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology: Special Issue – Heidegger and the Black Notebooks (2020)
Volume 51, Issue 2 of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology contains essays based on papers given at the conference.

Podcast and photographs
Some photos of our speakers from the JBSP 50th Anniversary Conference are available here. The BSP Podcast has released a number of the papers at the beginning of our fourth season in 2020.

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.

Final programme published 29 May 2019. A download is available at the end of this section 

>Day 1:
>Friday 31 May 2011

11:15 – 12:30Registration and Welcome Brunch
12:30 – 14:45Opening Address – Patrick O’Connor, NTU

How can the Black Notebooks Enlighten us about the Question for the History of Being? – Ullrich Haase, MMU

On 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
14:45 – 15:00Coffee Break
15:00 – 17:00From Pseudos to Falsum: Heidegger on Truth – Gülben Salman, Ankara University

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 – 17:30Coffee Break
17:30 – 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

09:45 – 10:15Welcome Coffee
10:15 – 12:00Heidegger’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
12:00 – 12:15Coffee Break
12:15 – 13:15The World as Natural or Abysmal? The Threat of Naturalism and the History of Beyng – Niall Keane, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
13:15 – 14:30Lunch
14:30 – 15:30The 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
15:30 – 15:45Break
15:45 – 16:45“Sacrificing for Being”: Opfer and Seinsfrage in Heidegger’s Black Notebooks – Salvatore Spina, University of Messina
16:45 – 17:00Break
17:00 – 18:30The Overcoming of the Beyng of Machenschaft – Robert Bernasconi, Pennsylvania State University

Conference Dinner
19:30 – late: HOME (see details below)

>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

Heidegger’s Marx: Finding Marx’ Place within the History of Beyng – Aleš Novak, Univerzita Karlova
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:
Final programme published 29 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 is HOME: 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

RED DOTTED LINE: Hulme St > right onto Willmott St > cross road leading to backstreet carpark and head right in front of restaurant and onto the pedestrian concourse at First Street Complex, past the Vita student building to HOME main entrance
PURPLE DOTTED LINE: Cambridge St (under railway bridge) > left onto Whitworth St West > left under railway arch then head left and follow the pedestrian concourse at First Street Complex past Starbucks, restaurants and bars to HOME main entrance

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)