Annual Meeting

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 00:00
36th Annual Meeting of ACPI

Annual Seminar at Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth (Kerala), 10 – 13 Oct. 2011

Monday, 10 October
09.30 am Registration
10.00 am Inauguration, Releasing of the ACPI Book & Launching of ACPI Website
11.00 am Coffee Break
11.25 am Dynamics of the Meeting
11.45 am Paper I: “Fudging Figures and Twisting Facts: A Reflection on the Philosophy of
History” by Ashley Miranda, sdb
12.45 am Lunch
03.00 pm Paper II: “Towards Philosophical Historiographies and Historical Philographies”
by George Panthanmackel msfs
04.00 pm Tea & Free Time
06.00 pm Papers III & IV “Subaltern Historizing” by John Peter Vallabadoss, ofmcap
“Historizing of the Tribals” by Mathias Toppo
07.45 pm Prayer
08.00 pm Supper
Tuesday, 11 October
06.45 am Holy Mass
07.45 am Breakfast
08.45 am Papers V & VI: “History as the Story of Victors” by Johnson Puthenpurackal, ofmcap
“Construction and Deconstruction of History” by Nishant Alphonse
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Papers VII & VIII: “History as Narrative” by Keith D’Souza, sj
“History, Reality and the Myth” Victor Ferrao
12.45 pm Lunch
03.00 pm Business Session (Planning for the next acpi Seminar)
04.00 pm Tea & Free Time
06.00 pm Papers IX & X: “Physical History of the Universe” by Mathew Chandrankunnel, cmi
“History: Science or Art” by Gerard Pushparaj
07.45 pm Prayer
08.00 pm Supper
08.30 pm Get-Together
Wednesday, 12 October
06.45 am Holy Mass
07.45 am Breakfast
08.45 am Paper XI & XII: “Historizing: Hindu Understanding” Dolreich Pereira
“Historizing: Islamic understanding” by Jose Pennaparambil
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Papers XIII & XIV: “Religious Understanding of History” by Selva Raj
“Historizing: Christian (Protestant) Understanding” by James Daniel
12.45 pm Lunch
03.00 pm Paper XV: “Mass-Mediated History” by Francis Arackal, op
04.00 pm Tea & Free Time
05.30 pm Papers XVI & XVII: “History and Historicising: A Madhyamika Reading” by Kurian
Alunkal, ocd & “Roots of Indian Civilization” by Andrew Anbarasu, omi (its summary)
07.00 pm Cultural Evening
08.00 pm Dinner
08.45 pm Business Session
Thursday, 13 October
06.45 am Holy Mass
07.45 am Breakfast
08.45 am Papers XVIII & XIX “Historical and A-Historicals: A Postmodern Look” by Sekar Sebastin
“Archaic vis-à-vis Historical: Two Worldviews” by Nelson Falcao, sdb
10.30 am Coffee Break
11.00 am Paper XX & XXI: “Post-Colonial Historizing” by Saju Chackalackal, cmi
“Indian History: Christian Contribution” by Thomas Padiyath
12.45 pm Lunch
02.30 pm Concluding Session
Association of Christian Philosopher of India
Annual Statement 2011
‘History and Historizing: Philosophical Reflections’
We, the members of the Association of Christian Philosophers of India (ACPI), gathered for the thirty-sixth annual meeting at Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Kunnoth, Kerala, from 10th to 13th October 2011, to reflect on the theme, “History and Historizing: Philosophical Reflections,”hereby state:

  1. History involves relationship between historians and events. It is not merely descriptions of past, but also interpretations, in order to revitalize the present and the future. History is not a linear progression of events. We recognize history is not exhaustive reporting of the past facts, rather a selective, interpretative and discontinuous recording of the past. History is performative act, involving both discursive and non-discursive practices. No history is static but evolving and dynamic.
  3. We realize that there are varying and even contradictory and competing understandings of histories in general and particularly in our country. These various understandings of histories are based on different ontological and religio-ethical perspectives with individual and collective interests. Objective history remains an ideal.

  5. The distinction drawn in the West between the mythical and historical, we as philosophers, find them inadequate. In our reflection, we confirm that the line drawn between mythos and history is ambiguous. There is no history without an element of the mythical and no mythos without the elements of history.

  7. Humans do not exist as submerged in the here and now, but are able to relate to the past and transcend it by projecting to the future. Historizing is a way of being human in the world.

  9. We realize that contemporary philosophical trends of postmodernism, deconstruction, hermeneutics, critical theories and subaltern studies can be of great help in understanding and analyzing various histories in the Indian context. These philosophies can be employed as tools in our efforts of rectifying the deviations of the past and also further historizing in our land.

  11. The task of historiographies is to affirm the ‘little narratives’ and not to emphasize the overarching grand narratives. Our wish is that various histories coexist like many flowers in the garden in our homeland.

  13. We also realize that the grand narratives of histories are often narrated by the victors from their own perspectives leading to the rendering of various little communities voiceless. We resolve to support these communities for whom their identities as subjects of history are denied and their stories are suppressed.

  15. This is also true of Media that often reports the ‘immediate histories.’ We note most often media become propagandist serving the interests of the media barons and ruling political and industrial classes.

  17. The presence of multiple discourses makes us aware of play of differences. We propose that the conflicting and competing historical perspectives may find legitimate place through dialogical process based on critical reflection.


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