The principal 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.

HIGHLIGHTS


CPA 2018

SHIFTING THE GEOGRAPHY OF REASON XV:

WAYS OF KNOWING, PAST AND FUTURE

JUNE 19-22 – DAKAR, SÉNÉGAL

Submissions for the CPA 2018 annual conference are now closed. 

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CPA 2018 SUMMER SCHOOL

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

JULY 22-29

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The CPA 2017

Shifting the Geography of Reason XIV:
Theorizing Livity, Decolonizing Freedom

was held at
BMCC, CUNY
NEW YORK CITY

 June 22-24, 2017
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Press Release: CPA 2018 Awards

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Frantz Fanon and Nicolás Guillén awards:

Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement:

Samir Amin

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Nicolás Guillén Lifetime Achievement Award

Conceição Evaristo

Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Achievements in Philosophical Literature Award

Felwine Sarr

Fanon Outstanding Book Award

Elsa Dorlin, Se défendre: Une Philosophie de la Violence (Paris: La Découverte, 2017)

Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award

Lisa Lowe, Intimacies of Four Continents  (Durham: Duke University Press, 2015)

The awards ceremony will take place at the annual Caribbean Philosophical Association international conference, which this year will be in collaboration with the Senegalese Philosophical Society.  The conference will take place June 19 to 22, 2018 at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme Shifting the Geography of Reason: Ways of Knowing, Past and Future.

For detailed information on the Frantz Fanon Prize Recipients, click here.

For detailed information on the Nicolas Guillen Prize Recipients, click here.

For detailed information on the Anna Julia Cooper Award Recipients, click here

For detailed information on the Claudia Jones Award Recipients, click here.


CPA BOOK SERIES: Creolizing the Canon

CPA BOOK SERIES: Global Critical Caribbean Thought 


Letter from the President, Neil Roberts

Dear Caribbean Philosophical Association Members:

I write you now near the beginning of my three-year term as President of our organization. I am delighted to share this leadership period with the new Vice-President, Doug Ficek. Doug formerly served as the Secretary of Fanon Studies and Chair of Social Media, Communications and Design from 2013-16, and he’s a longtime member whose acumen, collegiality, and unwavering dedication to the CPA will be an extraordinary benefit to us all. Click here to read more...


Existentialism from a Global Perspective

The Caribbean Philosophical Association meets with the Simone de Beauvoir Society and the North American Jean-Paul Sartre Society every five with the theme of shifting the geography of reason through exploring diverse lineages of existentialism. Our next meeting will take place in the summer of 2019. 

The following is a non-exhaustive list of existentialists from the Global South and existentialist of color that offers a very different portrait of existential philosophy, thought, and artistic work beyond what is often taught in supposedly mainstream courses on existentialism and thus should emerge in discussions at this meeting and future research and courses in this field:

Algeria*
Mohammed Arkoun (1928–2010)
Assia Djebar

Mohammed Chaouki Zine

Antigua
Charles Wm. Ephraim (1941–2011)
Paget Henry
Jamaica Kincaid

Argentina:
Carlos Astrada (1894–1970)
Jorgé Luis Borges (1889–1986)
Carlos Cossio (1903–1987)
Alejandro Korn (1860–1936)
Francisco Romero (1891–1962)

Australia  
Sara Ahmed (also UK)
Danielle Davis

Barbados
Kamau Braithwaite (and USA)
levis Headly (and USA)
George Lamming 

Brazil
Raimundo de Farias Brito (1862–1917)
Nilton Campos (1898–1963)
Creusa Capalbo
Paulo Freire (1921–1997)
Abdias do Nascimento (March 14, 1914 – May 23, 2011)
Ernildo Stein 

Cameroon
Elias Bongmba (also USA)
Nathalie Etoke (also USA)
Achille Mbembe (also South Africa)

Chile
Enrique Molina Garmendia (1871-1964)
Jorge Millas (1917-1982)
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) 

China
He Lin (1902-1995)
Liang Shuming (1893-1988)
Lu Xun / Zhou Shuren (1881-1936)
Mencius (c.372-289 BCE)
Pan Pingge (1610-1677)
Wang Ji (1498-1583)
Wang Xuefu 
Wang Yangming (1472-1529) 
Xiong Shili (1885-1968) 

Colombia
Gonzalo Arango Arias (1931–1976)
Fernando González Ochoa (1895 –1964)
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (also UK)

Cuba
Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980)
Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista (1902-1989) 

Dominican Republic
Junot Díaz (also USA)

Egypt
Abdel-Rahman Badawi (1917–2002)
Taha Husayn (1889–1973)

Eritrea
Tsenay Serequeberhan (also USA)

France
Jean-Paul Rocchi (also Guadeloupe) 

French Guiana 
Léon-Gontran Damas (1912–1978)

Ghana
Ayikwei Armah

Guadeloupe
Simone Schwarz-Bart 

Guyana
Wilson Harris (also UK)

Haiti 
Edwidge Danticat (also USA)
Jean-Price Mars (1876-1969) 
Jacques Roumain (1907-1944) 

India
Sri Aurobindo (1872 –1950)
Rabindranth Tagore (1861 –1941)

Iraq
Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayati (1926 –1999)

Iran
Ali Shariati (1933–1977)

Jamaica
Lewis Gordon (also USA)
Claude McKay (1889-1948) 
LaRose Parris (known primarily in the USA) 

Japan
Masao Abe (1915-2006)
Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990)

Kenya
Abdul JanMohamed (also USA)
Wandia Njoya
Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Lebanon
Layla Baalbakki
Suhayl Idris (?–2008)
Charles Malik           

Martinique 
Aimé Césaire
Suzanne Césaire
Raphael Confiant
Frantz Fanon [also Algeria] (1925–1961)

Mexico
Antonio Caso (1883–1946)
José Gaos (1900–1969)
Octavio Paz (1914–1998)
Jorge Portilla (1919–1963)
Samuel Ramos (1897–1959)
Emilio Uranga (1921–1988) 
Luis Villoro (1922– )
Leopoldo Zea (1912–2004)

New Zealand
Garrick Cooper

Nigeria
Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)
F. Abiola Irele (also USA)
Fela Kuti (1938–1997)

Palestine
Ghassan Kanafani [also Lebanon] (1936–1972)

Peru
Augusto Salazar Bondy (1925–1974)
José Carlos Mariátegui (1894–1930) 
(See also Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices) 

Senegal
Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001) 

Spain**
Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices (known primarily in Peru)
Ortega Y Gasset  (1883–1955)
Don Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936)             

South Africa
Steven Bantu Biko (1946–1977)
Rozena Maart (also Canada)
Noël Chabani Manganyi
P. Mabogo More

United States***
Linda Martín Alcoff (also Panama)        
Molefi Asante 
James Baldwin (1924–1987)
Robert Birt
Frederick Douglass (c. 1818–1895)
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963)
Ralph Ellison (1914–1994)
Kathryn Gines
Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965)
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Floyd Hayes, III
Stephen Haymes
Charles Johnson
Maulana Karenga
William R. Jones (1933–2012)
Nella Larson (1891–1964)
Monifa Love
Nelson Maldonado-Torres
Jacquelyn Martinez
Toni Morrison
Lucius T. Outlaw
J. Deotis Roberts
Howard Thurman (1899–1981)
Dwayne Tunstall
Cornel West
Richard Wright [also France]  (1908–1960)
George Yancy
Naomi Zack           

Uruguay
Carlos Vaz Ferreira
José Enriqué Rodó

Vietnam            
Hien Thu Luong
Ly Chanh Trung
Nguyen Van Trung
Thich Nhat Hanh
Tran Thái Dinh (1921-2005)

All of these philosophers, social theorists, and artists were in dialogue with or explored the works of European and Euro-American existentialists such as Hazel Barnes, Simone de Beauvoir, Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus, Jacques Derrida (depending on how Deconstruction is read), Søren Kierkegaard, Karl Jaspers, Martin Heidegger, Gabriel Marcel, Maxine Greene, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jean-Paul Sartre.  The dialogue that will emerge from the above broader portrait should stimulate a more rich conception of existential thought for future generations.

Please also check out the list of laureates for the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Fanon and Guillén Awards by clicking here.

Some useful recent publications reflecting a broader portrait of existential thought:

George Cotkin, Existential America.  Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Yoav Di-Capua, “Arab Existentialism: An Invisible Chapter in the Intellectual History of Decolonization,” The American Historical Review 117, no. 4 (2012): 1061–1091.

Lewis R. Gordon, An Introduction to Africana Philosophy.  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Hien Thu Luong.  “Vietnamese Existential Philosophy: A Critical Appraisal.”  Temple University Dissertation, 2009. 

Lu Qi’s lectures on Yangming at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (July 2011): http://ecoumene.blogspot.com/2011/07/wang-yangmings-philosophy-and-its-fate.html

Roberto Domingo Toledo, “Existentialism and Latin America,” in Jack Reynolds, Ashley Woodward, and Felicity Joseph (eds.), The Continuum Companion to Existentialism (London: Continuum, 2011), pp. 215–237.
 

* While Albert Camus and Jacques Derrida were born in Algeria, they are read primarily as French and more at the mainstream of the Western academy, which is why they’re reserved for the concluding paragraph.

** While geographically in Europe, Spain is geopolitically more part of the Global South, which is why it is included here.

*** Although the USA is geopolitically First World, the designation and ideas of the theorists and artists listed here are squarely located in the Global South.