Caribbean Philosophical Association 2013

Caribbean Philosophical Association  2013
November 21–24, 2013

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Deadline for Submissions: 1 July 2013

Shifting the Geography of Reason X: Exploring Decoloniality at the Dawn of a Our Second Decade

For its ten-year anniversary meeting, the Caribbean Philosophical Association invites critical inquiries into existing forms of coloniality and the exploration of multiple forms of decoloniality in the areas of knowledge, power, being, and value in the Caribbean and elsewhere. They also welcome individual presentations and panels in each of the areas of emphasis over the past ten years. These are:

2003 (Barbados): Shifting the geography of reason
2004 (Puerto Rico): Gender, science, and religion
2005 (Montreal, Canada): Aesthetics, science, and language
2007 (Jamaica): Intellectual movements
2008 (Guadaloupe): Intellectual movements
2009 (Miami, U.S.A.): Migrations and diasporas
2010 (Cartagena, Colombia): Music, rhythm, and movement
2011 (New Brunswick, NJ, USA): The University, public Education, and the transformation of society
2012 (Trinidad and Tobago): Racial capitalism and the Creole discourses of Native-, Indo-, Afro-, and Euro-Caribbeans

More information on Call for Submissions from the CPA website:

As in the past, we continue to welcome papers from multiple disciplines and on related themes, including presentations that focus on other parts of the globe or that seek to contribute to South-South dialogues. Our view of philosophy is a highly transdisciplinary and intertextual one. We welcome multiple forms of theoretical decolonization and critique. To this extent, we also invite artists, public intellectuals, and organizers who see a value in engaging scholars to join our meeting. We also invite panel proposals that include dialogues among scholars, scholar-artists, or scholar-activists with other scholars, artists, and/or activists. Although each year we have a special focus, we have always welcomed papers that go beyond the scope of our organizing theme and that explore the significance of “shifting the geography of reason” in different sites of knowledge production. We also encourage the submission of papers to the CLR James Journal, the official journal of the CPA.

Send submissions for panels, roundtables, discussions, and abstracts of individual presentations by July 1st, 2013 by email to

Abstracts should include: 1) name, position, institutional and department affiliation (if any), and highest university degree obtained, 2) title of proposed paper, panel, roundtable, or discussion, 3) up to one page description of the problem(s) addressed and identification of the sources used per participant. Panel presentations must include a description of the panel as well as title and abstracts of individual presentations and the basic biographical information (as listed above) of each presenter. The maximum of presenters per panel is four, in addition to a moderator. The fourth panelist could be a presenter or a commentator.

We will consider submissions of two to three interconnected panels on key issues that relate to the main theme of the conference. These panels will take place at different days and times throughout the conference to be determined by the organizing committee. We also encourage panels that seek to establish dialogues among scholars, and artists, professionals, activists, and community leaders who are in dialogue with intellectual and scholarly work.

We will review proposals in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish and will create panels for presentations in those four languages. We provide translations of keynote speakers but are not in a position to provide translation of each panel. While we do our best to facilitate translations, panelists are welcome to make these arrangements. They also need to consider the time for translations as they prepare their panels.
All presenters will be asked to pay conference fees and membership to the association as well. For more information on membership rates and conference fees go to: Membership and registration are non-refundable.
More information on the CPA can be found at their website.

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