CFP: Caribbean Philosophical Association 2009 meeting Miami

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
Diasporas.

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

Best regards,

Nelson Maldonado-Torres

CPA President &

Associate Professor

UC-Berkeley

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