Thierry Ngosso, Director
Thierry Ngosso is a political philosopher interested in global justice and more precisely in three important and interconnected contemporary issues in this field: climate change, human rights and migration. He addresses global justice from both the State/Firm division of labor and the Western/non-Western perspectives. His research has therefore a strong focus on business corporations and on comparative philosophy. Ngosso earned a PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain (2015) and is currently a lecturer at the department of philosophy of the Catholic University of Central Africa where he led the efforts towards the establishment of the Ethics and Public Policy Laboratory in 2019, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen where he is managing director of the Competence Center for African Research. Ngosso was previously a Berggruen Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics of Harvard University and was awarded a 4-years Ambizione grant (2019-2023) by the Swiss National Foundation to conduct a research on ‘The (human) right to health (care) and the obligations of states and firms in sub-Saharan Africa’.
ETHICSLAB FELLOWS 2019-2020
University of Oviedo, Spain, September - December, 2019
Claudia Delgado studied Philosophy at the University of Oviedo and then she did the Erasmus Mundus Master “EuroPhilosophy”, during which she stayed at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, at the UCLouvain and at Wuppertal University. After that, she went back to Spain, where she has worked in a private company and at public education system too. Recently, she obtained a Ph.D. fellowship at the University of Oviedo. The subject of her Ph.D. is ‘Philosophy and poverty’.
As EthicsLab Graduate Fellow, her research will focus on the study of the mechanisms used individually, socially and also at the institutional level in order to deal with the consequences of poverty in Cameroon.
Lagos State University, Nigeria, September 2019 - February 2020
Ndidi Nwaneri holds a B.Sc. in Economics, an M.A. in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Social and Political Philosophy. She has over 20 years’ academic and professional experience in public policy, social, and international development. She has worked and studied in the Americas, Europe and Africa, and has taught university courses in Public and Social Policy, Ethics and the Person, International Development, Business, and Military Ethics. She sits on the executive board of the International Development Ethics Association (IDEA).
As EthicsLab Fellow, Ndidi’s research will focus on Ethics and Technology. Her research will question the assumption that adoption of new technology is always a beneficial addition to the socio-economic development aspirations of poor countries. She argues with regards to such countries, new technologies carry high risks of immediate moderate social harms, as well as lower risk of greater (existential) harms. First, although new technologies like social media and mobile telephony have increased the quality of life of persons in developing countries, to the extent that these technologies are adopted according to existing social structures, in many cases, they further entrench pre-existing, (in many cases unjust and harmful) social structures. Furthermore, developing countries are severely ill prepared to manage the risk.
University of Douala, Cameroon, October, 2019
Jean Éric Bitang will hopefully receive his PhD from the University of Douala in 2020, where he has worked both as a teaching and research Assistant to Prof. Emboussi Nyano and Prof. Malolo Dissakè and as a temporary Lecturer in Philosophy, especially in Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art. His Dissertation focuses on the relationship between Modern and Contemporary Art in order to build a concept of Negative Modernity in the path of Theodor W. Adorno’s aesthetic thought. One of his main interest is the Theory of Ugliness on which he has written a book to be published at Éditions Dianoïa, in Paris: À la recherche d’une théorie de la laideur. Petite Critique de la Raison esthétique [In Search of a Theory of Ugliness. A short Critique of Aesthetical Reason]. He has also published Journal articles and book chapters on Paulin Hountondji and African Philosophy (2016), inquiring about the revolutionary content of Art (2017), and dealing with Horkheimer and Adorno (2017). He is currently working on a book questioning the philosophical legacy of Marcien Towa (expected for late 2020-early 2021).
As EthicsLab Fellow, Jean Éric Bitang will be working on the ethical issues arising from the return of African artworks to their native lands decided by Emmanuel Macron, President of France, in November 2018. To this extent, he will intensively discuss the “Sarr/Savoy Report,” a document commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture and written together by Felwine Sarr and Bénédicte Savoy. This Report stands as the intellectual framework for this action of ‘Returning back the African Cultural Heritage to Africa’. According to Sarr and Savoy, the aim of such an action is to move ‘towards a new relational Ethics’ with Africa in which the ‘pacification of Memories’ is certainly one of the main goals to achieve. Jean Éric Bitang’s claim is that the notion of ‘Responsibility’ is the ethical concept at the core of this endeavor, and this responsibility is not only to be related to colonialism (from which the act of giving back the African artistic and cultural treasures to Africa makes sense); it also engages Africans and African states regarding their relationship to those cultural productions, while they are returning to their native lands in a different state or existence than the one they had before they were stolen or teared from their direct and immediate life.
Tamo Atabong, November 2019 - March 2020
Ernest Mbonda, University of Moncton, Canada & UCAC, Cameroon (EthicsLab-Oviedo Faculty Fellow 2019-2020)
Ajume Wingo, University of Colorado, USA
Danielle Allen, Harvard University, USA
Emmanuel Babissagana, University of St. Louis-Bruxelles, Belgium
Ernest-Marie Mbonda, University of Moncton, Canada & UCAC, Cameroon
Florian Wettstein, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Gabriel Ndinga Boundar, UCAC, Cameroon
George Pavlakos, University of Glasgow, UK
Jess Miner, Harvard University, USA
Juliana Bidadanure, Stanford University, USA
Katrin Flikschuh, London School of Economics, UK
Mathias Risse, Harvard University, USA
Mikael Petitjean, University of Louvain, Belgium
Nien-hê Hsieh, Harvard University, USA
Nir Eyal, Rutgers University, USA
Noelia Bueno, University of Oviedo, Spain
Philippe Van Parijs, University of Louvain, Belgium
Rose Leke, University of Yaoundé I, Cameroon
Samia Hurst, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Thomas Bienvenu Tchoungui, UCAC, Cameroon
Tim Meijers, University of Leiden, Netherland.