Archive for December, 2008

CFP: Caribbean Philosophical Association 2009 meeting Miami

December 11, 2008

The Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) invites proposals from
scholars in any discipline who aim to “shift the geography of reason”
by exploring critical, theoretical, and creative questions about or
relating to the Caribbean, its Diaspora, and the “global south” more
generally, including the South in the North.  We particularly welcome
North-South and South-South intersections and/or dialogues.  The theme
for this meeting deals with migrations and diaspora.  While proposals
dealing with the broader organizing theme of the CPA (“shifting the
geography of reason”) will be welcome, the organizers are especially
interested in presentations and panels that highlight questions about
space, traveling, national and transnational communities, gender and
sexuality, and issues of race and identity across migrations and
diasporas not only in the Caribbean, but globally. We accept proposals
in English, French, and Spanish.

The principle 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.  As stated above, the
principal areas of focus in the 2009 conference are migrations and

The deadline for abstracts and panel proposals is February 15, 2009.

Best regards,

Nelson Maldonado-Torres

CPA President &

Associate Professor



CFP: MEMORY/POSTMEMORY, MUSIC & IDENTITY:The Construction of a Diasporic Black West Indian Experience

December 3, 2008

An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Caribbean and its Diaspora


The Construction of a Diasporic Black West Indian Experience

Saturday 25th April, 2009

Centre for Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Warwick

Coventry, United Kingdom

This is an interdisciplinary conference that seeks to analyze how the
shifting boundaries, sense of dislocation, and loss of rootedness are
grounded into the construction of the urban transnational Black West
Indian identity. Yaad/Yard-Hip Hop characterizes this identity through
the post-immigration generation, who found themselves “locked
symbiotically in an antagonistic relationship” between their parent/s’
memories of home and their understanding of self within the
socio-political context of Britain and the United States. The aim of
this conference is to initiate a scholarly interchange between
disciplines, in ways that will critically analyze the intersection of
memory/rememory/postmemory and popular culture in the construction of
the Black West Indian experience in Britain and the United States
between the 1960s and the 1990s.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Geography and identity
Race/ethnicity/national/dual identities

Migration, ethnic diasporas, translocal communities
Place and space
Music-reggae/dancehall and rap/hip-hop
Popular culture



Music Videos


Gender, sexuality, and the Black body
Nation language
Politics of location


Please submit a working title and a brief abstract of 250-300

An abbreviated CV
Your institutional affiliation, phone number, and e-mail

A statement of your audio/visual needs, if necessary
Send all materials electronically as attachments to the contact
listed below;

Abstract Due:31st December 2008 (250-300 words)

Essay Due: 16th March 2009 (MLA style, 8-10 pages)

Conference paper
presentations are limited to 20 minutes.

Submit to: La Tasha Brown

Centre for
Translation & Comparative Cultural Studies
University of
Coventry, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
Tele.:Â +44 (0) 24
7652 3655; Fax: +44 (0) 24 7652 4468

The authors will be notified about their conference acceptance by
February 2, 2009. The final copy of the essay will be due by March 16,
2009. Submissions and questions should be directed to