Sixth Annual Conference Philosophy and Religion in Africana Traditions (PRAT)
Economic Justice in an Age of Abundance and Scarcity
Friday, October 25
10:00 AM- 6:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue,
New York, New York 10016
Saturday, October 26
10:00- AM- 6:00 PM
Mayday Community Space
176 St. Nicholas Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
L Train to DeKalb Ave
There is no other time in the modern history when such a tiny minority controls such vast
amount of wealth whether cash or kind. The well to do, the very rich, the super-rich, the ultra-rich and even the poor engage in conspicuous consumption. Conspicuous consumption has spread to almost every corner of the earth. In most cities of the industrial world and in large and small towns of most countries, vendors dot the landscape peddling useless ‘trinkets and beads’ from countries, such as, China, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.Meanwhile many among the super-rich engage in the most ostentatious life styles not only in terms of palaces, and yachts but in soliciting firms to conjure up unwholesome pleasures to mitigate their boredom. We are now witnessing the commodification of all values. The age of abundance is here and it is not only among the super-rich. The availability of goods and services for many ordinary citizens in many developed countries have superseded any period in human history. Yet among the citizenry in these same countries and regions there is lack of access and lack of means to acquire the basics for sustenance which lead sometimes to starvation and death.The radical disparity in education, health, housing and basic amenities among peoples within nations is the fundamental scandal on modern life. Abundance everywhere and scarcity all around and within us to the extent that the human person, and society collectively seem to be afflicted with the poverty of the spirit, that is, the ability to cultivate interpersonal relations and maintain a sense of cooperation.
This conference will seek to address the stupendous economic disparity that exists in the U.S.A. and in other countries, large and small and how socio-economic conditions lead to breakdown in social relations and how sometimes economic improvement does not necessarily result in better social relationships. Consideration will be given as to how excessive wealth disorder and income inequality subvert the political process and adversely affect human relations. We will emphasize the link between climate justice and human flourishing. Ultimately our task is not only to fight for a living wage but also restore dignity in work and foster solidarity among
If you are interested in being a presenter please send a brief abstract of your paper and
biographical information to:
J. Everet Green at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany O’Neal: email@example.com.
PDF flyer here: PRAT 2019 Conference Call for Papers and commentators
This event is co-sponsored by The Center for Place, Culture and Politics of the Graduate
Center of the City University of New York and HUMANITAS: The Africana Ethical and Cultural Society.
This event is free and open to the public.