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The principal goal of the CPA is to support the free exchange of ideas and foster an intellectual community that is 
truly representative of the diversity of voices and perspectives that is paradigmatic of, but not limited to, the Caribbean. The Caribbean is thus understood not solely as a geopolitical region, but more generally as a trope to investigate certain dimensions of the multiple undersides of modernity. Likewise, philosophy is conceived, not as an isolated academic discipline, but as rigorous theoretical reflection about fundamental problems faced by humanity. Understood in this way, Caribbean philosophy is a transdisciplinary form of interrogation informed by scholarly knowledges as well as by practices and artistic expressions that elucidate fundamental questions that emerge in contexts of  discovery, conquest, racial, gender, and sexual domination, genocide, dependency, and exploitation as well as freedom, emancipation, and decolonization. Reflection about these areas often appears in philosophical texts, but also in a plethora of other genres such as literature, music, and historical writings. The CPA invites theoretical engagements with all such questions, thematic areas, and genres with emphasis on any given discipline or field, but with a common interest in  shifting the geography of reason, by which we mean approaching the Caribbean and the  global south in general as zones of sustainable practices and knowledges.


Highlights


The CPA is happy to announce that

Neil Roberts and Doug Ficek have been elected as

CPA’s President-Elect and Vice-President-Elect.  

They will begin their terms as President and Vice-President in January of 2017.

We are very excited about the new directions in
which they will take the organization. 

 


CPA 2017

Shifting the Geography of Reason XIV:
Theorizing Livity, Decolonizing Freedom

BMCC, CUNY
NEW YORK CITY

 June 22-24, 2017

A tentative program is now available
Click here for more information 

 


 

Press Release: CPA 2017 Awards

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to philosophical thought, literature, and last year’s best papers by beginning scholars and graduate students or independent young scholars:


Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award:

                Carole Boyce Davies

                Maureen MacGrogan

 
Nicolás Guillén Lifetime Achievement Award:

                Hortense Spillers

 
Frantz Fanon Outstanding Achievements Award:

                Eduardo Mendieta

 
Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Awards:

Michael Neocosmos, Thinking Freedom in Africa.  Johannesburg, SA: Wits University Press, 2016.

Santiago Slabodsky, Decolonial Judaism: Triumphal Failures of Barbaric Thinking.  New York: PalgraveMacmillan, 2014.

 
Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award:

Nadia V. Celis-Salgado, La rebelión de las niñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal.”  Madrid, Sp: IBEROAMERICANA, 2015.

Jeremy Matthew Glick, The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution.  New York: NYU Press, 2016.


Anna Julia Cooper Award:  Best Paper by a Beginning Scholar from 2016 Conference

Victor Hugo Pacheco, “La colonialidad del poder, impronta, desarrollo y reformulación de un concept”


Claudia Jones Award: Best Paper by a Graduate Student from 2016 Conference

Li Beilei, “The Big World in ‘Small Places’: James W. Johnson’s Interpretation and Participation in the Reconstruction of African American Folk Culture”


The award ceremony will take place at the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s international conference, June 22nd to 24th, 2017, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City in the United States.

For detailed information on the Frantz Fanon Prize Recipients, click here.

For detailed information on the Nicolas Guillen Prize Recipients, click here.

For detailed information on the Anna Julia Cooper Award Recipients, click here. 

For detailed information on the Claudia Jones Award Recipients, click here.


CPA BOOK SERIES: Creolizing the Canon

CPA BOOK SERIES: Global Critical Caribbean Thought 

 


The Caribbean Philosophical Association 2016 Annual Meeting
Shifting the Geography of Reason XIII: 
Theorizing from Small Places

was held in

UCONN at Storrs, Connecticut
June 16-18, 2016

Click here to see the program



Letter from the President, Neil Roberts

Dear Caribbean Philosophical Association Members:

I write you now near the beginning of my three-year term as President of our organization. I am delighted to share this leadership period with the new Vice-President, Doug Ficek. Doug formerly served as the Secretary of Fanon Studies and Chair of Social Media, Communications and Design from 2013-16, and he’s a longtime member whose acumen, collegiality, and unwavering dedication to the CPA will be an extraordinary benefit to us all. Click here to read more...

 


Existentialism from a Global Perspective

The Caribbean Philosophical Association will be meeting with the Simone de Beauvoir Society and the North American Jean-Paul Sartre Society this year with the theme of shifting the geography of reason through exploring diverse lineages of existentialism. Click here to view the CFP.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of existentialists from the Global South and existentialist of color that offers a very different portrait of existential philosophy, thought, and artistic work beyond what is often taught in supposedly mainstream courses on existentialism and thus should emerge in discussions at this meeting and future research and courses in this field:

Algeria*
Mohammed Arkoun (19282010)
Assia Djebar

Mohammed Chaouki Zine


Antigua
Charles Wm. Ephraim (1941–2011)
Paget Henry
Jamaica Kincaid

Argentina:
Carlos Astrada (1894–1970)
Jorgé Luis Borges (1889–1986)
Carlos Cossio (1903–1987)
Alejandro Korn (1860–1936)
Francisco Romero (1891–1962)

Australia  
Sara Ahmed (also UK)
Danielle Davis

Barbados
Kamau Braithwaite (and USA)
levis Headly (and USA)
George Lamming 

Brazil
Raimundo de Farias Brito (1862–1917)
Nilton Campos (1898–1963)
Creusa Capalbo
Paulo Freire (1921–1997)
Abdias do Nascimento (March 14, 1914 – May 23, 2011)
Ernildo Stein 

Cameroon
Elias Bongmba (also USA)
Nathalie Etoke (also USA)
Achille Mbembe (also South Africa)

Chile
Enrique Molina Garmendia (1871-1964)
Jorge Millas (1917-1982)
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) 

China
He Lin (1902-1995)
Liang Shuming (1893-1988)
Lu Xun / Zhou Shuren (1881-1936)
Mencius (c.372-289 BCE)
Pan Pingge (1610-1677)
Wang Ji (1498-1583)
Wang Xuefu
Wang Yangming (1472-1529) 
Xiong Shili (1885-1968) 

Colombia
Gonzalo Arango Arias (1931–1976)
Fernando González Ochoa (1895 –1964)
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (also UK)

Cuba
Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980)
Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista (1902-1989) 

Dominican Republic
Junot Díaz (also USA)

Egypt
Abdel-Rahman Badawi (1917–2002)
Taha Husayn (
18891973)

Eritrea
Tsenay Serequeberhan (also USA)

France
Jean-Paul Rocchi (also Guadeloupe) 

French Guiana 
Léon-Gontran Damas (1912–1978)

Ghana
Ayikwei Armah

Guadeloupe
Simone Schwarz-Bart 

Guyana
Wilson Harris (also UK)

Haiti 
Edwidge Danticat (also USA)
Jean-Price Mars (1876-1969) 
Jacques Roumain (1907-1944) 

India
Sri Aurobindo (1872 –1950)
Rabindranth Tagore (1861 –1941)

Iraq
Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayati (1926 –1999)

Iran
Ali Shariati (1933–1977)

Jamaica
Lewis Gordon (also USA)
Claude McKay (1889-1948) 
LaRose Parris (known primarily in the USA) 

Japan
Masao Abe (1915-2006)
Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990)

Kenya
Abdul JanMohamed (also USA)
Wandia Njoya
Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Lebanon
Layla Baalbakki
Suhayl Idris (?–2008)
Charles Malik
           

Martinique 
Aimé Césaire
Suzanne Césaire
Raphael Confiant
Frantz Fanon [also Algeria] (1925–1961)

Mexico
Antonio Caso (1883–1946)
José Gaos (1900–1969)
Octavio Paz (1914–1998)
Jorge Portilla (1919–1963)
Samuel Ramos (1897–1959)
Emilio Uranga (1921–1988) 
Luis Villoro (1922– )
Leopoldo Zea (1912–2004)

New Zealand
Garrick Cooper

Nigeria
Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)
F. Abiola Irele (also USA)
Fela Kuti (1938–1997)

Palestine
Ghassan Kanafani [also Lebanon] (1936–1972)

Peru
Augusto Salazar Bondy (1925–1974)
José Carlos Mariátegui (1894–1930) 
(See also Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices) 

Senegal
Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001) 

Spain**
Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices (known primarily in Peru)
Ortega Y Gasset  (1883
–1955)
Don Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936)             

South Africa
Steven Bantu Biko (1946–1977)
Rozena Maart (also Canada)
Noël 
Chabani Manganyi
P. Mabogo More

United States***
Linda Martín Alcoff (also Panama)        
Molefi Asante 
James Baldwin (1924–1987)
Robert Birt
Frederick Douglass (c. 1818–1895)
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963)
Ralph Ellison (1914–1994)
Kathryn Gines
Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965)
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Floyd Hayes, III
Stephen Haymes
Charles Johnson
Maulana Karenga
William R. Jones (1933–2012)
Nella Larson (1891–1964)
Monifa Love
Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Jacquelyn Martinez
Toni Morrison
Lucius T. Outlaw
J. Deotis Roberts
Howard Thurman (1899–1981)
Dwayne Tunstall
Cornel West
Richard Wright [also France]  (1908–1960)
George Yancy
Naomi Zack           

Uruguay
Carlos Vaz Ferreira
José Enriqué Rodó

Vietnam            
Hien Thu Luong
Ly Chanh Trung
Nguyen Van Trung
Thich Nhat Hanh
Tran Thái Dinh (1921-2005)

All of these philosophers, social theorists, and artists were in dialogue with or explored the works of European and Euro-American existentialists such as Hazel Barnes, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus, Jacques Derrida (depending on how Deconstruction is read), Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Gabriel Marcel, Maxine Greene, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre.  The dialogue that will emerge from the above broader portrait should stimulate a more rich conception of existential thought for future generations.

Please also check out the list of laureates for the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Fanon and Guillén Awards by clicking here.

Some useful recent publications reflecting a broader portrait of existential thought:

George Cotkin, Existential America.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Yoav Di-Capua, “Arab Existentialism: An Invisible Chapter in the Intellectual History of Decolonization,” The American Historical Review 117, no. 4 (2012): 1061–1091.

Lewis R. Gordon, An Introduction to Africana Philosophy.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Hien Thu Luong.  “Vietnamese Existential Philosophy: A Critical Appraisal.”  Temple University Dissertation, 2009. 

Lu Qi’s lectures on Yangming at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (July 2011): http://ecoumene.blogspot.com/2011/07/wang-yangmings-philosophy-and-its-fate.html

Roberto Domingo Toledo, “Existentialism and Latin America,” in Jack Reynolds, Ashley Woodward, and Felicity Joseph (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Existentialism (London: Continuum, 2011), pp. 215–237.
 

* While Albert Camus and Jacques Derrida were born in Algeria, they are read primarily as French and more at the mainstream of the Western academy, which is why they’re reserved for the concluding paragraph.

** While geographically in Europe, Spain is geopolitically more part of the Global South, which is why it is included here.

*** Although the USA is geopolitically First World, the designation and ideas of the theorists and artists listed here are squarely located in the Global South. 


Membership

To become a new member or renew your membership in the new members page of the Caribbean Philosophical Association hosted by the Philosophy Documentation Center, please click here.