Seminar by Dr. Pius Ojara

Event Information
Event Date: 
Friday, 10 February 2017 - 2:15pm

Title: Human Subjectivity and the Political Self: Reflections from Gabriel Marcel's Political Theory.

Abstract: Gabriel Marcel’s analytical framework for the construction of personal identity provides an insight into how human subjectivity is shaped within the contingency of history. Through interactions and interpretations, the human urge to be acknowledged and recognized produce the sense of the other through affirmation of the self in performance in the world. The resulting behaviors and practices as well as fears and struggles for significance lead to the birth and negotiation of one’s place in the world. This takes place through feelings, assemblages of power and the quest for plenitude. It is within human wayfaring towards plenitude that power, existential insecurity, liberative freedom,  and intersubjectivity become key referents for human subjectivity and the political self.


Dr. Pius Ojara is a Ugandan. He completed his diploma and undergraduate degree from Alokolum National Major Seminary in 1995,  MA in Philosophy at the University of Zimbabwe in 1999 and PhD in 2003. In 2006, he completed Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California. He taught at Arrupe College, University of Zimbabwe, for five years (i.e. 1999-2003, and 2007-2008), before becoming Administrator and Vocation Director for Jesuits in Uganda (i.e. 2008-2010).  In 2007-2008, he received Best Professor of the Year Award. He has worked at Marquette University, Georgetown University in Washington, DC and Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities in Vietnam.  He also worked as Project Coordinator and the Head of the Research and Advocacy department with Refugee Law Project, School of Law, Makerere University.  From August 2011-December 2016, he was Conflict Adviser with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) in Uganda and South Sudan. Currently, he is the Director of NGO Secretariat, NGO Forum, South Sudan leading the capacity strengthening and the internal coordination of 103 national and 127 international NGOs for effective delivery of humanitarian and development assistance in South Sudan. His publications include the following four books, Marcel, Girard, Bakhtin: The Return of Conversion (2004); Toward a Fuller Human Identity: a phenomenology of family life, social harmony and the recovery of black self (2006); Tragic Humanity and Hope: understanding our struggle to be scientific, sapiential and moral (2007); New Birth: Faith, Culture and Church as Family (2010); and one book chapter “Deconstruction and Demonisation: The Role of Language in Transitional Justice” in Where Law Meets Reality: Forging African Transitional Justice (2012). 


The seminar is open to all interested in attending.



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MISR Seminar Room 1

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