Caliban's Reason

 March, 2018

2. New Book

a) TBA

b) The Cost of Freedom: Debt and Slavery, CFP

a) 2017 ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship
b) Multicultural Pre-Doctoral Summer Teaching Fellowship, UNC Charlotte

a) Two Openings at Clemson University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion: Department Chair and  Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy
b) Assistant Professor, Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latina/o History (tenure track)

1. Focus on the Funk: Review




Dear CPA Members,

We are updating our online CPA Bookshelf and want to include references to your work.

If you have published any books, please send the complete citation(s) to with “BOOK REFERENCE” in the subject heading. 

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 Finally, if you have your own website and it includes a complete list of your publications, please send us the link at with “AUTHOR WEBSITE” in the subject heading.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Jane and Rosario

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2. New Book

Autonomia y Diseno:
La Realizacion de lo Comunal
By Arturo Escobar
Edited by the Universidad Del Cauca

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a) TBA





Deadline: FEBRUARY 1ST, 2018


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b) The Cost of Freedom: Debt and Slavery

A conference in the Ethyle R. Wolfe Series on Classical Studies and the Contemporary World, 19-20 May 2017

Brooklyn College, City University of New York 

The rhetorics of freedom and liberty permeate contemporary and historical political discourse. This language and its associated symbols is invariably positively connoted from the perspective of the speaker and the presumed audience. However, the associated values and defining principles shift dramatically in each social context. In short we can all agree freedom is good, but we cannot agree what it means to be free. One of the key sites of contention in such discourse is what needs to be sacrificed in order to achieve liberty and what costs are associated with the preservation of freedom. The valuation of liberty is directly linked to whose freedom is prioritized and who is seen as bearing the associated costs. All of this is especially true any discussion of slavery. 

The aim of this conference is to bring scholars from numerous disciplines into conversation across the historical timeline. Just as freedom and liberty are slippery concepts, so are ideas of debt, value, and payment. But rather than simply viewing these terms as rhetorical devices that make freedom seem worthwhile, we deploy debt, value,and payment as analytical tools for understanding how freedom works – while also keeping in mind that these are concepts that themselves demand investigation. These ideas unite the discourses of freedom and liberty, from ethical and economic discourses, which describe freedom as either physical labor or a mental activity, as well as the language of religion and science. Often our innumerable ways of assessing value bleed one into another, especially in conversations regarding individual and shared liberties. 

By explicitly juxtaposing the different methodologies used in asking “what does freedom cost?” from Greco-Roman antiquity to the present, we hope to explore overlapping areas of research and help expand the existing conversations in each discipline. In addition to providing vocabularies, practices and theories of freedom that we still use today, Ancient Greece and Rome provide many examples of peoples who lacked freedom but strove to obtain it, including slaves, women and conquered peoples. By simultaneously examining the Greco-Roman antiquity and modernity, we bring to light recurrent historical patterns of the costs that people have and continue pay for freedom. 

Our ultimate goal is to produce a rigorous edited volume of the most substantial and unified conference contributions for publication by a major university press.

Our confirmed keynote speakers include, Orlando Patterson (John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University), Saidiya Hartman(Professor, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University) and Deborah Kamen (Associate Professor, Classics, University of Washington).  We are seeking contributions for at least four panels of 3-4 participants each.  We hope to attract participation from a wide range of academic disciplines and from scholars at all levels, and will try to reflect this diversity in our creation of each broad panel.  Examples of possible panel titles might be: “Themes of Freedom and Payment in the Novel”, “The Economics of Emancipation”, “Cross-Cultural Political Theories of Sacrifices and Liberty”, “Comparative Histories of Debt-Bondage”, or “The Shifting Demographics of Civil Liberties”. 

We will be offering a minimum of six bursaries of up to 500 dollars to be awarded on the basis of greatest need, taking into account access to institutional funding and the distance of the conference from the participant’s home institution.

31 October 2016 is the deadline for the submission of abstracts. Please include the following as separate files:  (1) title, abstract of 300-500 words, a one page bibliography (no self identifying information please!); (2) your name, title of your proposed talk, institutional affiliation, short academic bio, and an indication of whether you’d like to be consider for a bursary, a budget for the amount requested, and any information we should take into consideration when making our bursary allocations. 

These two files (PDF or MSWord preferred) should be sent to: c-f-p [at] debtandslavery [dot] com
General questions on this conference should be sent to: queries [at] debtandslavery [dot] com

We hope to notify successful applicants by 15 November.

31 March 2017 will be the deadline for submission of draft papers for pre-circulation among fellow panelists and organizers.

We will also invite poster submissions from undergraduates conducting research on related themes; the deadline for poster proposals will be 1 March 2017.

For detailed information, click here 

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a) 2017 ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship

Every year the ACUNS Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to a student of extraordinary potential who has reached the stage of writing an advanced graduate-level dissertation on a topic of direct and demonstrable relevance to the United Nations and/or the UN system. The call for applications for the 2017 Dissertation Award is now open and we would encourage you to share this opportunity with eligible students. For more information please see

An important component of the Award for its winner is the recognition of excellence that this entails throughout ACUNS’ global community of scholars and practitioners. The Award also includes a monetary component in the amount of $1,500.00 US. In addition, the winner is encouraged to attend the ACUNS Annual Meeting in that same year, where she/he will be introduced and recognized as the Award winner. In that case, the winner will receive an Annual Meeting registration fee waiver (worth up to $150 of the registration fee) plus an additional award of up to $500 following the Meeting for the reimbursement of related travel and accommodations costs. The Dissertation Award winner is encouraged to consider in the future submitting some written product to ACUNS’ journal, Global Governance. Use of any materials, however, will be at the discretion of the journal editorial team and the normal peer review process.

 ACUNS is an NGO that stimulates, supports, and disseminates scholarly research on the UN and other international organizations. We also promote dialogue and mutual understanding between academics,

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b) Multicultural Pre-Doctoral Summer Teaching Fellowship, UNC Charlotte

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Office of Extended Programs, is recruiting for three competitively-selected pre-doctoral summer teaching fellowships for Summer 2017. The purpose is to provide rising doctoral candidates from historically underrepresented groups with the opportunity to gain valuable teaching experience. Applications in any discipline represented in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are welcome. Applicants must have completed their comprehensive exams or equivalent by no later than May 1st, 2017.

The application deadline is January 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST.

For detailed information, click here. 


a) Two Openings at Clemson University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion: Department Chair and  Associate Professor of Legal Philosophy

Clemson University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion currently has two positions open; one for department chair and the other for an associate professor of legal philosophy.  Both positions have an end-of-posting date of December 30, 2016.  Although the deadline for applications has passed for the legal philosophy position and the deadline for the chair’s position is November 15, applications will be accepted for each position and given consideration up until the position is filled.

Department Chair:

The Department of Philosophy and Religion at Clemson University invites applications for department chairperson.   The Chair will provide academic and administrative leadership for the Department and its programs, promoting excellence in teaching, advising, scholarship, and service to the University and the profession.  The Chair will be expected to build consensus, practice shared governance, and value diversity and inclusion.   The position will begin July 1, 2017.  The position includes a concurrent tenured appointment in the department at the appropriate rank.  This is a 12-month position whose salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Founded in 1889, Clemson is a top-25 public university and land grant institution with more than 19,000 students (including approximately 17% ethnic minorities) in over 200 degree programs.  Located in the rapidly growing Upstate of South Carolina, the city of Clemson provides a college-town setting on the shores of Lake Hartwell, near both the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the metropolitan areas of Greenville-Spartanburg, SC; Asheville and Charlotte, NC; and Atlanta, GA.  Additional information about Clemson University can be found at:


Candidates should have an established record of scholarship and a commitment to creative and effective undergraduate teaching in addition to significant administrative experience. Applications from both tenured Associate and tenured Full professors will be considered, but all candidates should have credentials sufficient for appointment as a Full professor. The areas of teaching and research are both open. 


For full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2016 although applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.  All applications should include the following: a cover letter discussing the applicant’s reasons for applying; a full curriculum vitae, including a complete list of publications; a statement on research interests and teaching philosophy that discusses how these fit with the Department and College’s missions and curricula; and the names and contact information of at least three academic references.

Applications should be submitted through the following online application portal: Please direct any inquiries to Dr. Christopher Grau, Search Committee Chair at


Assistant Professor Legal Philosophy

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track.  Employment to begin August 15, 2017.  AOS: The department has particular needs in legal philosophy, broadly construed, in either the analytic or continental tradition.  The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual who is prepared to teach legal philosophy as well as oversee and build the department’s Law, Liberty, and Justice program.  The latter includes work with legal internship programs, development of social justice studies, and participation in pre-law programs.  Clemson is a top-25 public university located in the rapidly growing upstate area of South Carolina.  The student population of about 22,000 includes approximately 17% ethnic minorities.  We seek to attract culturally and academically diverse faculty members of the highest caliber, and thus women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.  


Ph.D. at time of appointment is expected


Submit the following via Interfoilo online application portal - a cover letter addressing their interest in the position and research plans, a CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, writing sample, and at least three confidential letters of recommendation. Materials should be submitted by November 1, 2016 for full consideration. Please direct any inquiries to Dr. Kelly Smith, Search Committee Chair, at

2. Assistant Professor, Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latina/o History  (tenure track)

Position Summary

The History Department and El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut, invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Latin American, Caribbean and/or U.S. Latina/o History, for any chronological specialization. The candidate will be jointly appointed with El Instituto; the tenure home will be in History. The successful candidate will be expected to teach survey courses in one or more of these fields, together with more advanced courses in the candidate’s area of interest. This person will be expected to develop a strong, ongoing research trajectory through high quality publications.  As jointly appointed faculty, teaching and service will be equally divided between History and El Instituto.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in History or a related field, with a specialization in Latin American, Caribbean or U.S. Latina/o History, by the appointment start date. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable. Applicants must have experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching related survey courses; show the potential to build a successful research record; and possess a deep commitment to promoting diversity through their academic and research programs. 

Preferred Qualifications

The ability to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: Puerto Rican history, Latin American/Caribbean history before 1900, U.S. Latina/o History, Gender/Sexuality history, Legal history, and Brazilian history. It is preferred that candidates have an outstanding record of research and scholarship excellence; commitment to effective teaching, integrating technology into instruction, on-line instruction; and the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

Appointment Terms

This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 2017. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To Apply

Please select “Apply Now’ to be directed to Academic Jobs Online to submit an application letter that addresses the criteria for the position; curriculum vitae; teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to foster Effective Learning, concepts for new course development, etc.); research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.); statement of commitment to diversity (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.); and a sample article or chapter. Additionally, please follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct at least three letters of recommendation on your behalf. 

Screening of applications will begin immediately, and it is preferred that applications are received by October 28, 2016. It is anticipated that preliminary interviews will be conducted via teleconference starting mid-November 2016.

Inquiries other than applications can be directed to Professor Melina Pappademos ( or Professor Samuel Martinez (, History/El Instituto Search Committee Co-Chairs, (or to History/El Instituto Search, Department of History, U-4103, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT  06269-4103, U.S.A.)

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1. Focus on the Funk: Review

by Kojo Koram
Critical Legal Thinking

Between 20–23 May 2016, a community of academics, activists and artists met at Birkbeck School of Law under an invitation to ‘Focus on the Funk.’

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