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1. New Book

Of Divine Warning: Disaster in a Modern Age

By Jane Gordon and
Lewis Gordon. 

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2.  Digital Library of the Caribbean

Administered by Florida International University. This library is an initiative to support the vulnerable libraries and archives of Haiti. Please visit this link for more information.

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3. Relevant Video Links:

Stephon Alexander on Crisis as an Opportunity in Physics

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a) Fifteenth International Conference on "New Political Science" and the Seventh International Colloquium on "The role of philosophy and political science in the cultural heritage of the countries of the American Mediterranean."

The Cuban Society of Philosophical Research, the Division of Philosophy and History of the University of Havana, and the Raúl Roa García Higher Institute of International Relations announce the Fifteenth International Conference on "New Political Science" and the Seventh International Colloquium on "The role of philosophy and political science in the cultural heritage of the countries of the American Mediterranean."

The Conference and Colloquium will be held jointly as a single event at the University of Havana from November 14 to November 16, 2012.  During the event, the International  Day of Philosophy (November 16) will be celebrated in the Aula Magna of the University of Havana.

Papers can be presented in English or Spanish.  Faculty of the English department of the Division of Modern Foreign Languages of the University of Havana will provide simultaneous translations.

Presentations in the International Colloquium on "The role of philosophy and political science in the cultural heritage of the countries of the American Mediterranean" can include the following themes:

Problems of the philosophy of education and its present challenges.
Epistemology: the significance of atomic particles for and philosophical knowledge.
The biometric revolution.
Environmental problems and their philosophical implications.
Bioethics and the relation between bioethics and philosophy.  
The meaning of 
Political philosophy and its role in current scientific knowledge.
The Martían philosophy as an inclusive philosophy.

The registration fee is 100 Cuban Convertible Pesos (approximately equivalent to 120 U.S. dollars). The fee for students is 50 Cuban Convertible Pesos.

All persons interested in the conferences and/or workshops should contact Charles McKelvey at

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a) Call for Book Reviews for Eusi Kwayana's Th Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics

Eusi Kwayana's The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics, a classic of Caribbean history and political thought, has just been published by OooA! press.

It is a story of how the bauxite mine workers of Guyana transformed the consciousness of the Pan African movement. Ideas of Black Power and anti-colonialism arrived at the necessity for Black workers self-management. Out of this labor movement came the inspiration to pursue a multi-racial rebellion of landless sugar workers. These are the events which foreshadowed Walter Rodney's Working People's Alliance.

PLEASE consider reviewing the book for a community newspaper, scholarly, or online journal. If you are interested in doing so we will forward you a free copy of the book, ebook, or equivalent.

Please encourage others (especially elders, youth, and those without a professional affiliation) to write a review.

Donations to support these and other great projects are welcome.

For more information, please click here.

Eusi Kwayana’s The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics offered profound lessons for class struggle in a multiracial society. Many decades later, Kwayana’s work remains urgently relevant. A product of  Guyana, and a classic of Caribbean radical history,  The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics examines the struggle of Afro-Guyanese mine workers in what was the soon-to-be nationalized bauxite industry, as they faced off against the racism and sexism of the Canadian-owned aluminum firm, ALCAN, the inert and ineffective bureaucracy of the Guyana Mine Workers’ Union (GMWU), and the hostility of Forbes Burnham’s government toward their self-organization and self-emancipation. Through these events, Burnham’s regime—which initially claimed to be a patron of global African solidarity, cultural renewal, and a cooperative society—began to reveal itself as a collaborator with the empire of capital, an oppressor of Black workers, and a promoter of racial insecurity in Guyana. Kwayana’s work leads us to reconsider the nature of representative government and electoral politics. Black power, for Kwayana, began to transcend the notion of a Black ruling elite’s equal opportunity to enter the rules of hierarchy. Through engagement with Guyana’s bauxite workers, Black Power became synonymous with Black workers’ control.

This new edition of The Bauxite Strike and the Old Politics includes a new introduction by Matthew Quest, and an appendix of rare ASCRIA (African Society for Cultural Relations with Independent Africa) documents and writings by Kwayana, spanning  this period of Guyanese history from 1972 to 1974. This new material documents Kwayana’s fight against government corruption, his participation in Guyana’s cooperative movement, and his facilitation, in 1973, of a multiracial rebellion of landless sugar workers.

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Call for presentations/participation

Black ExistentialismS: Situating Black Existential Philosophy
TBA February 2013

Existentialism is a theory on the meaning of the being of human being. Black existentialism is a theory on the meaning of the being of blackness. Blackness, like being, has a myriad of understanding, explanations, and explorations.

Celebrating the diversity of understandings, explanations, and explorations into the meaning of blackness within cultural, political, philosophical, and aesthetic life, Duquesne University in conjunction with the Black Aesthetics and Politics series invites participants from a wide range of disciplines and mediums to this year’s topic, Black ExistentialismS: Situating Black Existential Philosophy. This year’s conference focuses the different experiences and differential histories and different existentialisms throughout the Diaspora. What are those aspects of living that influence who we are, what we are, and our world. While geography or place has become a critical aspect of much of existential philosophy, we have yet to fully acknowledge and incorporate it in the creation of knowledge and the construction of world and identity for black existentialism. Black ExistentialismS asks whether place is significant in the construction of race identity, or if the experience of !
race is ubiquitous throughout the world. 

This conference seeks to provide multi-dimensional aural and intellectual encounters and experiences ranging from innovative paper presentations to poetry to monologue, to music to photography and installation and stage art as a means of expressing black existentialisms. We are interested in the development of differential accounting of the meaning and experiences of being black; through articulating our differences we come to appreciate our deeper similarities. 

Our last two conferences have featured documentary filmmaker M.K. Asante, in 2010 and a live, onstage dance and music performance in 2012. We want to continue this tradition. We encourage creative usage of space and theme to help think, or re-think the meaning of blackness.

Ytasha Womack, author of Post-Black: How a Generation is Redefining African American Identity

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko of The Philadiction Movement

Staycee Pearl of Staycee Pearl Dance Project
Themes and/or topics include, but are not limited to:

Philosophical foundations for black existentialisms
What are black existentialisms?
History of black existentialism
Black American existentialism
African existentialism
Caribbean existentialism
Indigenous black existentialism
Comparative black existentialisms
Black Futurism 
Black visual arts
Black being (ontology)
Black being-in-the-world
Black Phenomenology and existentialisms
Black existentialisms in literature
Black existentialisms and feminism
Black existentialisms and womanism
Black existentialisms in black political theory
Black existentialisms and black aesthetic theory
Black existentialisms and contemporary black culture (e.g. hip-hop, film, etc)
Black existentialisms and post-blackness
Black existentialism and post-humanism

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2012

Send submissions and inquiries to 

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c) Call for Papers - Immigration, Toleration, and Nationalism
30-31 May 2013 at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Sponsored by:
Moral and Social Philosophy, University of Helsinki
The Philosophical Society of Finland
The Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University, USA

*Keynote speakers:*
David Miller, Professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford and  Official Fellow in Social and Political Theory, Nuffield College, Oxford: “Neutrality, Toleration, and the Cultural Claims of Immigrants”

Samuel Scheffler, University Professor, Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University: “Immigration and Justice”

Individuals increasingly move across state borders to take up residence in  a new country, while many more desire to do so but cannot due to political, financial, cultural, or other obstacles. It is not surprising, then, that questions about the ethical and political dimensions of immigration have recently come to the fore in political philosophy and theory. These questions raise important challenges to prevailing conceptions of group identity, political authority, and cultural difference. 

This conference will consider these and related issues, which are increasingly urgent as different cultures and nations come into uneasy contact. 

Possible topic areas include: interpretations and implications of toleration in ethics and political philosophy; connections among the concepts of respect, recognition, and toleration; competing conceptions of ‘culture’ or ‘nation’; the clash between religious and secular (including political) values; the clash between individual and group values; explorations of various accounts of human rights including, e.g., African, Arab, Asian or western human rights charters; whether states have rights to exclude prospective immigrants for nationalist or any other reasons; the assimilation responsibilities, if any, of immigrants; 21st century demographic shifts and their impact on states’ rights; justice within nations, justice between nations and the (im)possibility of global justice; the structure, scope, or content of any right to immigrate; the challenges of refugees or guest workers; and related themes. 

*Submitting a proposal:*

 1. Prepare an extended abstract as an attachment in MS Word or a .pdf (500-750 words, including select bibliography). The abstract should be suitable for blind review. 

2. Include in the body of the email relevant contact information: the author(s), department(s) and affiliation(s), mailing address(es), email address(es); and phone number(s).

3. Email the abstract and contact information Claire Murata Kooy at by 20 December 2012. 

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by late January, 2013. Completed papers are due April 30th, 2013.

Contact with any queries: 
Timo Airaksinen, Professor, Moral and Social Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, tel. +35850 4154913,

Andrew I. Cohen, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Director of Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA, tel. [+1] 404-413-6111,

Conference website: Registration, accommodation, and schedule information will be posted in early 2013.

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d) APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy CALL FOR PAPERS

The Spring 2013 issue of the APA Newsletter on Hispanic/Latino Issues in Philosophy will be open to any topic on Hispanic/Latino philosophy. Submissions should be accompanied by a short biographical summary of the author. Electronic submissions are preferred. All submissions should be limited to 5,000 words (twenty double-spaced pages) and must follow the APA guidelines for gender-neutral language and The Chicago Manual of Style formatting.

Call for book reviews

Book reviews in any area of Hispanic/Latino philosophy, broadly construed, are welcome. Submissions should be accompanied by a short biographical summary of the author. Book reviews may be short (500 words) or long (1,500 words). Electronic submissions are preferred.

January 15, 2013

Please send all articles, book reviews, queries, comments, or suggestions to:

Co- editor: 
Bernie Cantens
Moravian College
Co-editor: Carlos Sanchez
San Jose State University

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1. American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants

For work in February through December, 2013, deadline due on October 1, 2012.
For work in April through December, 2013, deadline due on December 3, 2012. 

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2. 2013/2014 African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) Dissertation Fellowship

DEADLINE: 8 February 2013

Boston College’s African & African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) invites scholars working in any discipline in the Social Sciences or Humanities, with projects focusing on any topic within African and/or African Diaspora Studies, to apply for our dissertation fellowship. We seek applicants pursuing innovative, preferably interdisciplinary, projects in dialogue with critical issues and trends within the field.

This fellowship includes a $30,060 stipend, health insurance, a $1,500 research budget, and a shared office. The fellow must remain in residence and maintain an active presence on Boston College’s campus for the academic year.  The fellow must deliver one public lecture and teach one seminar course.

The successful applicant will have full access to all libraries as well as several rare books and manuscripts collections; the Nicholas M. Williams/Caribbeana Collection may be of particular interest. The fellow can also benefit from programs sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts; International Studies, American Studies, and Middle East Studies Programs; as well as the internationally renowned McMullen Museum.

Applications must include: 1) a 3000 word project proposal that includes a plan for completion and description of how this fellowship will assist in achieving future professional goals, 2) a 25 page MAXIMUM writing sample, 3) a

CV, and 4) three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation advisor. Eligible applicants must be ABD by the start of the fellowship year.

Submit applications by Friday, 8 February 2013, either electronically to or postmarked by regular mail to Chair, AADS Fellowship Committee, AADS, Boston College, 301 Lyons Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467-3806.

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.

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1. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, Rutgers University


The Women’s and Gender Studies Department, in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Women (IRW) at Rutgers University, is pleased to announce a two-year postdoctoral fellowship supported by the Andrew W.Mellon Foundation. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000 each year as well as an annual research allocation of $2,000 and Rutgers University health benefits.  The fellow will pursue research and teach three courses in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department during the two-year term of her/his appointment and will participate in seminars, and other IRW activities. For more information on the programs available for the Mellon fellows at the IRW, please click here.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department has particular interest in scholars of U.S. Latina and Latin American feminism and African feminism, especially those working on critical sexualities, health or technologies, but welcomes applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with our department and with the IRW.

Rutgers is an institution with a deep commitment to scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality.  Both the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the IRW are part of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), a consortium of nine different Rutgers units focused on women and gender, constituting the most extensive collection of resources on these issues at a university in the United States. Rutgers, therefore, provides a uniquely stimulating environment for feminist research.

Candidates should submit their applications, consisting of a CV, a 2500-word statement and 3 letters of recommendation, electronically at: (search for Department of Women’s and Gender Studies). The statement should address the following: (1) the significance of the candidates research and the specific project that will be developed during the two year postdoc, (2) a brief description of some of the courses the candidate could offer, and (3) how and why Women Studies and the IRW at Rutgers can advance the candidates areas of research. (search for listing under “Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship” for each participating department).

Applications must be received by January 7, 2013. Candidates must have received the Ph.D. after August 31, 2008; applicants must have finished all requirements for the Ph.D. by July 1, 2013.

For more information on eligibility and how to apply, please click here

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The institution values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University.

Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers, in collaboration with the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies is pleased to announce a one-year competitive postdoctoral fellowship for a scholar pursuing research in Caribbean Studies. Scholars working on comparative cultural studies especially the Dutch or the French Caribbean, with focus on transnationalism, migration and/or queer feminist studies are encouraged to apply, but we welcome applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with Rutgers. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $65,000 as well as an annual research allocation of $3,000 and Rutgers University health benefits. The successful applicant must have the doctorate in hand at the time of application (defense date no later than May 31, 2013), be no more than three years beyond the Ph.D., and be able to teach one course during their tenure at Rutgers.

The Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean studies was founded in 1973, and offers interdisciplinary courses in Latino and Caribbean studies at the undergraduate level. The department’s mission includes the study of the Anglo, French and Hispanic Caribbean.  Department faculty include 12 core, and 32 affiliate members, enriched by specializations in Africana Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Sociology Women’s and Gender Studies, and Comparative Literatures in English, French, and Spanish.

Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers aims to foster multi-disciplinary research about the Caribbean to allow a better understanding of the region and its people from a variety of perspectives.  Affiliates conduct research on such diverse areas as diaspora and transnational studies, migration and immigration, cultural and performance studies, critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, psychoanalysis, colonial and postcolonial studies, decoloniality, political theory, critical epistemology, intellectual history, history of New World slavery, social movements and revolution, eighteenth century studies, the urban Atlantic, contemporary urbanization, environmental studies,  insularity, and the archipelagic Americas.

There will be opportunities for the postdoctoral fellow to connect with broader academic and community-minded research units at the University, including the Center for Cultural Analysis, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, the Center for Race & Ethnicity, and the Institute for Research on Women.

Candidates should submit their applications, consisting of a CV, a 1,500-word statement and 3 letters of recommendation, electronically to

The statement should address the following: (1) the significance of the candidates research and the specific project that will be developed during the one year postdoctoral fellowship, (2) a brief description of the course the candidate could offer, and (3) how and why Rutgers can advance the candidates areas of research. Applications must be received by Saturday, January 12, 2013.

Rutgers University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The institution values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

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3. Nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position, Department of History and Philosophy, Kennesaw State Universityty 

The Department of History and Philosophy seeks applications for a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Philosophy beginning Fall 2013. The ideal candidate will have expertise in Phenomenology and competence in Aesthetics and Non-Western philosophy. The successful candidate will teach courses in general education and ethics, as well as upper division courses in their area of expertise. A commitment to excellence in teaching, complemented by strong scholarship and service is expected of all faculty members in KSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
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4. Tenure Track Position Assistant Professor, African Experience in Latin America, California State University

African Experience in Latin America ?Assistant Professor AY Chicano Latin American Studies / Africana Studies.

California State University, Fresno is a learning-centered University. We believe learning thrives when a strong and active commitment to diversity is shared by all. This is because learning can only take place in a climate where differing points of view are welcome, and diversity of all kinds is valued by everyone.

Fresno State has been recognized by the Federal government as an Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). Fresno State has been recognized in the Community Engagement classification by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process.

Available for Academic Year: 2013/2014.

Salary placement depends upon academic preparation and professional experience.

Instructional Level: Undergraduate and Graduate

This position is part of a University-wide Cohort that collaborates on research related to World Cultural and Global issues or Multiculturalism in the United States.

Position Characteristics:The Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Africana Studies Program are seeking a scholar with a specialty in the area of the African Presence in Latin America for a tenure-track position. This will be an appointment shared equally, with CLAS as the primary department and the new hire will work directly with faculty and students from each discipline. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in Latin America that support the CLAS upcoming BA in Latin American Studies as well as courses in the Africana Studies Program. The successful candidate, besides being able to teach existing courses in the university catalog, will also be expected to develop courses for both academic units in his/her area of specialization. Other responsibilities include research, publication, and other scholarly activities, as well as advising students and engaging in service at all levels of the university. The successful candidate may be called upon to teach in a distance education mode and will be encouraged to develop web-enhanced and/or web-based instruction. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the CLAS department, the Africana Studies program, college, and university. This unique position will also be part of a cohort of faculty who will work across disciplines to develop research and other activities related to the World Cultures and Globalization or Multiculturalism in the United States.

Academic Preparation:A Ph.D. in social sciences or humanities from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent is required for appointment to a tenure track position. Applicants must also demonstrate the ability to work and direct students with research in the designated field.

Teaching Or Other Experience:Candidates currently engaged in research in the field and with teaching experience are preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who have extensive expertise in the African presence in Latin America, specifically related to any of the following areas: the African Diaspora, culture, race, gender, social class, multiculturalism, arts, economics, history, or ecological factors that have shaped the African experience in Latin America. Spanish or Portuguese language skills are desirable. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to and potential for teaching excellence and scholarly activity at the university level. It is preferred that candidates demonstrate a history of or potential for developing grant proposals and attracting external funding.The successful candidate should have an appreciation for the richness of the San Joaquin Valley of Central California and must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For additional information on the University's commitment to diversity click here.

Other Requirements:This position may require the satisfactory completion of a background check. This may include, submitting fingerprints to the LiveScan Print Services, and evidence of degree(s) and/or certification(s) at or prior to the appointment. California State University, Fresno publishes an Annual Safety and Security/Fire Safety Report in October. This report is provided in compliance with the 1998 Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, and California Education Code section 67380. The report includes three calendar years of select campus crime statistics and it includes security policies and procedures for the campus. Applicants, students, and employees can obtain a copy of this report from the web site: or by contacting the Campus Police Department.

Equal Employment Opportunity:California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status.

Application Instructions: Complete application online at and attach the following: 1. Attach a cover letter that includes a teaching philosophy statement and current research agenda, 2. Current curriculum vitae, 3. Submit the names and contact information of three references (other than those writing letters of recommendation), 4. Either attach or mail directly to the Committee Chair three current letters of recommendation (dated within the last 12 months), 5. Graduate transcript (unofficial). In addition, finalist, upon request, wlil be required send official transcripts. Dr. Carlos Perez, Search Committee Chair California State University, Fresno Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies 5340 North Campus Drive., M/S SS97 Fresno, CA 93740-8019 Phone: 559-278-2848 Fax: 559-278-6468 Email:

Open Until Filled:To ensure the full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 11/30/2012. Searches automatically close on 4/1/2013 if not filled.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires the University to inform you that we can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work ?in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and authorization to accept employment.

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Junot Díaz, CPA Nicolas Guillén Philosophical Literature Prize 2011 Recipient, receives the MacArthur and is among the finalists for National Book Award.

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