Events: Personhood and Selfhood – Social Personhood

January 16th 2018, 9:00am-6:10pm, The University of Manchester.

Deadline for registration: 12pm, Friday 13th January 2018.


Registration is now open for the first workshop within the Royal Institute of Philosophy and AHRC North West Doctoral Training Partnership sponsored series on Personhood and Selfhood, to be held at the University of Manchester on the 16th January 2018. Registration is free, but places are limited, so please follow the link below to register:

Event 1: Social Personhood

Keynote speaker: Professor Arto Laitinen (The University of Tampere, Faculty of Social Sciences)

Conveners: Leonie Smith, Penelope Orr, Justina Berskyte, and Jon Bebb.

Registration queries:

Schedule: To assist you in planning for the event, the final conference schedule is also now available and shown below.


9:00 – 9:20    Arrival and registration sign in.

9:20 – 9:30    Leonie Smith (The University of Manchester).

Welcome: Themes, Aims and Admin.

Session A:

9:30 – 11:25  Speaker 1: Roxanne Burton (The University of the West Indies).

Persons, sub-persons, and non-persons in the social space: A comparison of the Akan and person life views”.

Speaker 2: Professor Simon Beck (The University of the Western Cape).

Co-authored with Dr. Oritsegbubemi Oyowe (The University of the Western Cape).

Who gets a place in person-space? The person life view and the African traditional view”.

11:25 – 11:45 BREAK

Session B:

11:45 – 13:40 Speaker 3: Dr. Douglas Giles (The University of Essex).

Personhood as the Balancing Act between Self-Constitution and Recognition”.

Speaker 4: Catherine Dale (University College London).

Remembering Children”.

13:40 – 14:35 LUNCH BREAK

Session C:

14:35 – 16:30 Speaker 5: Dr. Xiao Ouyang (University College Cork).

Relational Self and Confucian Role Ethics: Social Personhood from a Western-Chinese Comparative Perspective”.

Speaker 6: Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc (Harvard University).

Interpersonal Engagement and the Recognition of Other Persons”.

Session D:

16:40 – 18:10 Keynote Speaker: Professor Arto Laitinen (The University of Tampere).

Personhood and Recognition Theory”.

All session chairs will be following the UoM philosophy department seminar chairing policy. Details of this, along with the University of Manchester good conduct event policy, can be found at the following location:

Venue and location:

The workshop will be held in the Boardroom of the Arthur Lewis Building: Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL.

The building is set back a little from Oxford Road. The room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by lifts.


The Arthur Lewis Building is wheelchair accessible, but please get in touch beforehand if you have any more specific questions or needs relating to access and we will do our best to accommodate these. For more information on venue accessibility, including parking information for blue badge holders, please visit the UoM website:

The organising committee are committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment at this and each future workshop. Anyone is free to leave the conference room at any time for any reason, and a quiet room will be available during the event.

If you will be attending and have other access requirements, in terms of equipment, reading materials, or any other aspect that will help facilitate your attendance please let us know via email and again, we will do our best to support your requirements.


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