Bruce Janz is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at UCF, graduate faculty in the Texts & Technology Ph.D. program, and co-director of the CAH Center for Humanities and Digital Research. He has been at UCF since 2003, and was chair of the Philosophy department from 2008 to 2013. Previously he was at Augustana University College (now the Augustana Faculty of University of Alberta), in Alberta, Canada. His Ph.D. is from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has taught in Canada, the US, Kenya, and South Africa.
- Ph.D. in Philosophy from U. of Waterloo (1992)
- M.A. in Philosophy from U. of Waterloo (1985)
- Contemporary African Philosophy; Postcolonial Thought
- Theories of Place/Space; Urban Studies; Environmental Thought
- Contemporary European Philosophy: Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Deleuze
- Contemporary Cultural Theory & Aesthetics; Visual Culture; Technology & Culture
- Digital Humanities; Theories of digitality
- Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies; Scholarly Cognition
- Philosophy & History of Mysticism; Religion, Philosophy & Culture
Recent Research Activities
As co-director of the Center for Humanities and Digital Research, I work with faculty and students to help formulate and implement digital strategies for studying traditional and new humanities areas. The digital humanities enables us to find new objects or new aspects of traditional objects to analyze. We focus less on producing cultural objects with digital media and more on creating and using digital tools to understand the content of culture better.
I am also working on books and articles on digital humanities, African philosophy, philosophy-in-place, and culture.
- “Response to Jonathan Chimakonam,
‘Conversational Philosophy as a New School of Thought in African Philosophy: A
Conversation with Bruce Janz’” Journal of World Philosophies. December 2016. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/635
- “Free Space in the Academy.” The
Journal of Academic Freedom, Fall 2016. https://www.aaup.org/reports-publications/journal-academic-freedom/volume-7
- “Philosophy-in-Place and the Provenance of
Dialogue”, South African Journal of Philosophy 34:4 (2015): 480-490. Special
issue, ‘Contrasts and contests about philosophy’. https://www.academia.edu/19695688/Philosophy-in-Place_and_the_Provenance_of_Dialogue
- "Place, Philosophy, and Non-Philosophy" Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology 25:3, p 20-22. https://www.academia.edu/8350704/Place_Philosophy_and_Non-Philosophy
- "The Location(s) of Philosophy: Generating and Questioning New Concepts in African Philosophy" Philosophia Africana 16:1, p 11-24. https://www.academia.edu/8179919/The_Location_s_of_Philosophy_Generating_and_Questioning_New_Concepts_in_African_Philosophy
- Shaun Gallagher, Lauren Reinerman-Jones, Brandon
Sollins, Bruce Janz. “Using a
simulated environment to investigate experiences reported during space travel” Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science.
(2014): 1-19. https://www.academia.edu/5889119/Using_a_simulated_environment_to_investigate_experiences_reported_during_space_travel
- Lauren Reinerman-Jones, Brandon Sollins, Shaun
Gallagher, and Bruce Janz.
“Neurophenomenology: An Integrated Approach to Exploring Awe and Wonder.” South
African Journal of Philosophy 32:4 (2013): 295-309. https://www.academia.edu/5889182/Neurophenomenology_an_integrated_approach_to_exploring_awe_and_wonder
- "Shame and Silence" in The South African Journal of Philosophy 30:3 (2011): 462-471. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/1835330/ShameandSilence
- Watsuji Tetsuro and Fu-do, Journalof Global Ethics, Special Issue on Climate Ethics, Martin Schönfeld,ed. (7:2: August 2011): 173-184. Also published in Martin Schönfeld, ed. PlanB: Global Climate EthicsPlanetary Crisis and Philosophical Alternatives.Continuum, 2012. http://www.academia.edu/2446287/Watsuji_Tetsuro_Fudo_and_Climate_Change
- "Paulin Hountondji, 'African Philosophy: Myth and Reality' (1974): The Folds in Paulin Hountondjis African philosophy, myth and reality," Philosophical Papers 39:1 (March 2010): 117-134. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/1835325/JanzB.-TheFoldsinPaulinHountondjisAfricanPhilosophy
- "Landscape, Language, and Experience: Some Claims and Questions," Environmental and ArchitecturalPhenomenology 21:1 (Winter 2010): 20-25. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/138462/LandscapeLanguageandExperienceSomeClaimsandQuestions
- Making a Scene and Dwelling in Place: Exhaustion at the Edges of Modes of Place-Making Textual Studies in Canada. (2008) Will Garrett-Petts, Craig Saper & John Craig Freeman, guest eds. Also in Rhizomes. (2008) Will Garrett-Petts, Craig Saper & John Craig Freeman, guest eds. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/132762/MakingaSceneandDwellinginPlaceExhaustionattheEdgesofModesofPlace-Making
- "Reason and Rationality in Ezes On Reason," The South African Journal of Philosophy, 2008. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/132760/ReasonandRationalityinEzesOnReason
- "The Terror of the Place: Anxieties of Place and the Cultural Narrative of Terrorism," Ethics, Place and Environment 11:2 (June 2008): 189-201. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/132763/TheTerrorofthePlaceAnxietiesofPlaceandtheCulturalNarrativeofTerrorism
- "Places that Disasters Leave Behind," FACS (Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies): An Interdisciplinary Journal 9 (2006-07): 33-51. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/138106/PlacesThatDisastersLeaveBehind
- "Whistlers Fog and the Aesthetics of Place," Reconstructions special edition (Rhetoric of Place, Michael Benton, ed.) 5:3 (Summer 2005) Available at: http://www.reconstruction.ws/053/janz.shtml
- "Walls and Borders: The Range of Place," City and Community 4:1 (March 2005): 87-94. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/138068/WallsandBordersTheRangeofPlace
- Bodies on Display: Bodies: The Exhibition Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory. 7:1 (Winter 2005): 103-114. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/132765/BodiesOnDisplayBodiesTheExhibition
- "Coming to Place," Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology 15:3 (Fall 2004). Available at: http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/138071/ComingToPlace
- "The Territory Is Not The Map: Deleuze and Guattari's Relevance to the Concept of Place in African Philosophy" Philosophy Today, 45:4/5(Winter 2001): 388-400. Also published in Philosophia Africana 5:1 (March 2002): 1-18. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/132767/TheTerritoryisNottheMapPlaceDeleuzeandGuattariandAfricanPhilosophy
- "Debt and Duty: Kant, Derrida, and African Philosophy." Special issue of Janus Head, Winter 2001. Available at: http://www.janushead.org/gwu-2001/janz.cfm
- Forthcoming "Phenomenology and Place in Space" in Janet Donohoe, eds. Place and Phenomenology. Lexington Books, March 2017. https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781786600295/Place-and-Phenomenology
- "Elements of Philosophy-in-Place: Learning from African Philosophy" in Murat Ates et al eds, Orte des Denkens - Places of Thinking. Verlag Karl Alber.
- “Philosophical Questions, Flowing Like Currents”,
in Kishor Vaidya ed, Philosophy for the Curious: Why Study
Philosophy. The Curious Academic Publishing.
- Instrumentalization in Universities and the
Creative Potential of Race”, Pedro Tabensky & Sally Mathews eds. Being
At ‘Home’: Race, Institutional Culture and Transformation at South African
Higher Education Institutions. University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2015: 273-296. https://www.academia.edu/8179763/Instrumentalization_in_Universities_and_the_Creative_Potential_of_Race
- “Hermeneutics and Intercultural Understanding”,
Jeffrey Malpas ed Routledge Companion to Philosophical Hermeneutics. Routledge Press: 474-485. https://www.academia.edu/10006992/Hermeneutics_and_Intercultural_Understanding
- "Why Boehme Matters Today" Sarah Apterei & Ariel Hessayon, eds. An Introduction to Jacob Boehme: Four Centuries of Thought and Reception Routledge Press, 2013: 279-293. https://www.academia.edu/3690214/Why_Boehme_Matters_Today
- "Questioning Texts: Philosophy-in-Place and Texts Out of Place," William Sweet and Richard Feist, eds. Migrating Texts and Traditions. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2012: 287-303. http://www.academia.edu/2446270/Philosophy-in-Place_and_Texts_Out_of_Place
- "Forget Deleuze," Lorna Burns and Birgit M.Kaiser eds. Postcolonial Literatures and Deleuze: Colonial Pasts, DifferentialFutures. Basingstoke, England:Palgrave Macmillan, 2012: 21-36. http://www.academia.edu/2024669/Forget_Deleuze
- “The Concept as Object, Mode, and Catalyst in
African Thought,” in Gerard Walmsley & Charles Villet, eds. Philosophy
and the Future of Africa. Washington, DC: Council for Research in
Values & Philosophy, 2011. http://www.academia.edu/2455531/The_Concept_as_Object_Mode_and_Catalyst_in_African_Philosophy
- "Philosophical Issues in Ethnophysiography: Landform Terms, Disciplinarity, and the Question of Method," David Mark, Andrew Turk, Niclas Burehnult & David Stea, eds. Landscape in Language: TransdisciplinaryPerspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 2011: 101-119.
- "The Water is Wide: Risking Tears in the Met,and Elsewhere," Michele Byers & David Lavery, eds. On the Verge of Tears. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010: 12-22. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/631227/TheWaterisWideRiskingTearsattheMetandElsewhere
- "Thinking Like a Mountain: Ethics and Place as Travelling Concepts," Drenthen, Martin, Jozef Keulartz and James Proctor, eds. New Visions of Nature: Complexity and Authenticity. Series: The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics. New York: Springer, 2009. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/138069/ThinkingLikeaMountainEthicsandPlaceasTravellingConcepts
- "African Philosophy," Constantin Boundas, ed., The Edinburgh Companion to 20th Century Philosophy. University of Edinburgh Press, 2007: 689-701. Issued in the US as Constantin Boundas, ed. The Columbia Companion to 20thCentury Philosophy. Columbia University Press, 2007. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/138065/AfricanPhilosophy
- "Philosophy As If Place Mattered: The Situation of African Philosophy," Havi Carel and David Gomez, eds. What Philosophy Is. London: Continuum Publishers, 2004: 103-115. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/138067/PhilosophyasifPlaceMattered
- "Universities in Times of National Crisis: the Cases of Rwanda and Burundi," Malinda Smith, ed. Globalizing Africa. Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2003: 465-482. http://ucf.academia.edu/BruceJanz/Papers/138976/UniversitiesinTimesofNationalCrisisTheCasesofRwandaandBurundi
- “Peripherality and Non-Philosophy in African
Philosophy: Gender, the Environment, and Other Provocations” International Colloquium on Marginalisation in African Philosophy: Women and the Environment. University of Calabar, Nigeria
- “First- Second- and Third-Person Self
Understanding, the Truman Show Delusion, and the Forensics of Self.” UCT
Colloquium Series, Cape Town, South Africa
- “The Edges of (African) Philosophy”, Philosophy
in Africa, Africa in Philosophy lecture series, UCT, Cape Town, South Africa
- “What Is African Philosophy?” Philosophy Society, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- “Creating and Activating Concepts in Place: The
Example of African Philosophy” The 11th
East-West Philosophers’ Conference: “Place”. University of Hawai’i Manoa,
- “Hacking the Urban Unconscious: Urban
Exploration, Desire, and Anxieties of Place” Orders and Disorders in Spatiality workshop, University of Memphis.
- “The Place That Is Not Here – Derrida’s Africa
and the Haunting of Place” Derrida as a
Maghrebian Philosopher Seminar, Cornell University
- “African Philosophy and its Questions” paper in panel titled “The Future of Research in African Philosophy,” African Studies Association, San Diego
- "Free Space in the Academy" D. C. S. Oosthuizen Memorial Lecture, Rhodes University, South Africa
- “Dialogues and Dialects: Rethinking Dialogue
through African Philosophy” St. Augustine College, Johannesburg
- “Is it Possible Africanize the Philosophy
Curriculum in Universities in Africa?” African
Philosophy Workshop: What Are You Teaching Me? Africanizing the Philosophy
Curricula in Universities in Africa University of the Witswatersrand Philosophy Department
- “Refiguring the scholarly process, rethinking
university practice – Scholarly cognition, place, and the creation of concepts.” Critical Pedagogy of Place Workshop, Rhodes University, South Africa.
- “Scholarly Cognition and the Virtual Space of
Academia” St. Augustine College, Johannesburg, SA
- “Conceptualizing DH for Multiple Audiences:
Folkvine and Chinavine.” Digital
Humanities 2015. Sydney, Australia.
- “We’re World Class!: Orlando’s Successive
Attempts at Self-Definition and the Proposed University of Central Florida
& Valencia College Downtown Campus.” Libidinal
Circuits, 3nd Annual Conference of The International Association for the
Study of the Culture of Cities, Liverpool UK.
- “Scholarly Cognition, Digital Humanities and
Africa” African Studies in the Digital
Age Workshop. University of Michigan.
- “Hacking the Urban Unconscious – Code, Cities,
and Place-Making Imagination” Affective
Cities: Scenes of Innovation II. 2nd Annual Conference of The International
Association for the Study of the Culture of Cities, Toronto ON August 5-7 2014.
- “Are There Limit Conditions for Philosophical
Habitation? Torture and the Exhaustion of Dwelling” Torture and Solitary Confinement: Phenomenology and Ethics. Memphis
TN, April 11-12 2014.
- “Digital Place and Urban Space” Wits Institute
for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witswatersrand,
Johannesburg, South Africa, March 13, 2014.
- “Ontological and Cognitive Wonder” Department of
Philosophy, Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa, March 19, 2014.
- “Pushing the Limits of African Philosophy”
Department of Philosophy, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein South
Africa, March 25, 2014.
- “Pushing the Limits of African Philosophy”
University of Johannesburg Dept. of Philosophy, Johannesburg, South Africa.
March 12, 2014.
- “Torture, Solitary Confinement and Place”
Department of Philosophy, University of Ft. Hare, East London, South Africa,
March 20, 2014.
- “The Location(s) of
Philosophy: Generating and Questioning New Concepts in African Philosophy”
American Philosophical Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, December 2013.
- “Elements of Philosophy-in-Place: Learning from
African Philosophy”. Places of Thinking:
On the Claim to Inter-“Cultural” Philosophy. Vienna, Austria, September
- “Instrumentalization in Universities and the
Creative Potential of Race”, Institutional Culture Roundtable, Rhodes
University, 12-13 September, Grahamstown South Africa.
- “Wondering at Wonder: The Phenomenology of
Unprecedented Experience” Exploring
Awe and Wonder. University of Central Florida, Orlando FL 6-8 September
- “Digital Place and
Urban Space” Poeticizing the Urban
Apparatus: Scenes of Innovation Culture of Cities Conference, New York,
August 13-15 2013.
- “Phenomenology and Ethnophilosophy”,
Contribution to Roundtable on Ecological Phenomenology. World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece, August 2013.
- “Deleuzian Code Theory: Can the Materiality of
Territorialization Survive in the Digital Age?” Sixth Deleuze Studies International Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
July 8-10, 2013.
- “The Betweenness of Code”, International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and
Place (IASESP), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL April 26-28, 2013.
- Brandon Sollins, Lauren Reinerman-Jones, Shaun
Gallagher, and Bruce Janz, “An
Integrated Approach to Exploring Awe and Wonder.” Phenomenology and its Futures. Johannesburg, South Africa March
- “The Places that are
Africa: Taking Africa Seriously as a Philosopher” Florida Atlantic University Undergraduate Student Conference Keynote
Address, February 22, 2013.
- Alex J. Katsaros, Philip Peters, Bruce Janz, Rosalyn Howard, and Robb
Lindgren (University of Central Florida) “Interactive Expeditions: Designing,
Deploying, and Evaluating Real-Time Learning Delivered Live via Mobile
Satellite Communications” International Higher Education Teaching and Learning
Conference, Orlando, 13-15 January 2013.
- “African Philosophy and Philosophy-in-Place,”
Roundtable on New Currents in African Philosophy, African Studies Association, December 1, 2012, Philadelphia PA.
- “Theories and Questions in the Context of
Disciplines” International Conference of
Information Systems (ICIS) 2012 Special Interest Group Philosophy and
Epistemology of IS (SIGPHIL) Workshop on IS Theory: State of the Art.
Orlando, Florida, December 17, 2012.
- “In Awe of It All: Hermeneutical Analysis of
Astronauts’ Experiential Descriptions” Space,
Science and Spirituality Workshop, Berlin, Germany, June 15, 2012.
- Why Boehme Matters Or Should Matter Today, Closing Plenary Address, Teutonic Philosophy: Jacob Boehme (1575-1624) in Context, His Life andthe Reception of His Writings. St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, 16-18September 2010.
- Forget Deleuze, Third International Deleuze Studies Conference. Amsterdam, TheNetherlands. 12-14 July, 2010.
- “Landscape as Place” Landscape in Language: A Transdisciplinary Workshop. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct. 26, 2008.
- “Practicality and African Philosophy” University of Fort Hare, Fort Hare, South Africa, September 1, 2008
- “Reason and Rationality in Eze’s On Reason”. Concluding Keynote, Spring Colloquium, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, SA, Sept. 7, 2008.
- “Digital Humanities: New Possibilities for Humanities in a Digital Age.” Rhodes University, Grahamstown, SA, August 14, 2008.
- “Philosophy-in-Place and the Limits of Dialogue.” Stellenbosch University, South Africa, August 8, 2008.
- “The Water is Wide: Risking Tears at the Met, and Elsewhere” Rhodes University, Grahamstown, SA, August 20, 2008.
- “Philosophy-in-Place and the Limits of Dialogue” Dialogues in Place: The Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, December 5-8, 2007.
- “Imagining and Imaging Place: Exhaustion and Creation at the Edges of Place-Making” WISER, Witswatersrand University, Johannesburg, SA, October 22, 2007.
- “The Concept as Object, Mode, and Catalyst in African Philosophy” Concluding Keynote, Philosophy/African Philosophy and the Future of Africa, Johannesburg, SA, October 23-25, 2007.
- “Thinking Like a Mountain: Ethics and Place as Travelling Concepts.” New Visions of Nature, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, May 31-June 2, 2007.
- “Making a Scene: Place-Making Imagination, Artistic Production, and Narratives in Urban Space.” Imaging Place: INVENT-L Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, February 24-26, 2007.
- “What Does it Mean To Do Philosophy-In-Place?” Migrating Texts: The Jacques Maritain Society Conference, May 31, 2006, York University, Toronto, Canada.
- “Artistic Production as Place-Making Imagination” Symbolic Meanings of Places/Spaces, International Association for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place Conference, Towson University, April 30, 2005.
- “The Anatopistic Mystic, or Why Philosophers Should Read Mystical Texts” University of Alabama, Huntsville, Sept. 19, 2003.
No courses found for Spring 2018.
No courses found for Fall 2017.
No courses found for Summer 2017.
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||Humanistic Tradition Ⅱ
|This course is a tour of Western and World history and culture from about 1500 to the present day. By the end of the course students will be able to identify and discuss major landmarks in thought, art and culture, and understand the context and significance of events and ideas which have shaped cultures around the world. This course will consider cultural products such as visual art, sculpture, architecture, music, literature, dance, theatre, and opera, as well as the religious, philosophical, scientific, historical, and cultural contexts and currents that produced them.
||Knowledge Responsib & Society
|This graduate course looks at the issues which arise at the borders of epistemology, ethics, and social philosophy, or put another way, at the borders of knowledge, values, and policy/action/social organization. We will be looking at areas and questions such as:
• Is there a link between self-knowledge and virtue? Does knowing yourself lead to acting better, or engaging the world in a responsible manner?
• What does responsibility look like in a digital world?
• How do advances in medical and environmental knowledge relate to the state of our social policy and ethical intuitions?
• Do corporations have responsibility past the profit motive?
• What are our obligations to the environment?
• Is there such a thing as artistic responsibility (e.g., misleading truth claims in “non-fiction”)?
• Do we have responsibility to other nations?
• Do we have responsibility for past injustices (e.g. reparations for slavery)?
• Is there a responsibility to follow scientific insight?
• Is knowing an ethical responsibility? Do we have an obligation to know the world, in order to make informed decisions and/or speak up when needed?
||Date and Time
||Intro to Texts & Technology
||W 6:00PM - 8:50PM
|This course is the core introductory course in the Texts and Technologies Ph.D. program. Its purpose is to familiarize students with some core concepts that will recur throughout the T&T program, and which form the theoretical basis and backbone of the program. At the same time, we will be looking at some aspects of digital humanities tied to the concepts. The goal will be to both give students a lexicon and familiarity with concepts, and also to discuss some issues of the production of digital knowledge and experience.
|In African Humanities we will attempt to define what the humanities are in Africa (and whether the term means the same as elsewhere). There is no single central issue that will run through this course. Rather, there will be several goals. One will be to enable students to tell the difference between non-African stereotypes about Africa, and a more accurate picture of African experience. A second goal will be to develop a deep understanding of what cross-cultural work entails, by considering examples from a variety of African countries. We will look at both Africa's cultural past as well as its present. A third goal will be to strive to understand what Africa is from an African perspective. We will consider contemporary examples of the humanities in Africa (philosophy, religion, history, art, music, theatre, film, digital media).
||Key Figures in Hum & Cult St
||Th 6:00PM - 8:50PM
|Key Figures in the Humanities & Cultural Studies is a course that surveys the work of a single author, or a closely connected group of authors (in the case of significant co-written work). It provides students with the ability to think about figures in their historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts, and enables them to explore the implications of the positions they held in the contemporary world. Students are allowed to take the course more than once for credit, if the content is different (that is, if the concept being considered is different from a version of the course they took previously). While the figure considered may change, what does not change in this course is the focus on the development of skills such as close reading of texts, the ability to identify shifts and changes across a writer’s life, the ability to understand the milieu in which the writer worked, and the ability to creatively work with the writer’s central ideas in new areas.
This version of the course will be a study of the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. These highly influential thinkers are significant in a wide range of humanities and social science questions. We will be looking at texts from all parts of Deleuze’s life, including his many collaborations with Guattari. We will consider the applications of his/their work to philosophy, cinema, art, gender and race, psychoanalytic theory, literature, science, politics and social theory. The goal of the course will be to develop skills in the analysis of a major thinker, and to be able to understand the currents of thought that surround that figure throughout his life. By the end of the course, the student will be able to place Deleuze and Guattari in the thought of the 20th and 21st centuries, and be able to use concepts such as difference, becoming, the fold, schizoanalysis, the body without organs (BwO), nomadism & rhizomatic thought, capture, desire, immanence, intensity, the plane, de/re/territorialisation, minoritarian, lines of flight, smooth space, repetition, exteriority, faciality, vitalism, and the virtual to think about contemporary issues in the humanities.
No courses found for Summer 2016.
Updated: Apr 24, 2017