The CPA is happy to announce that
Neil Roberts and Doug Ficek have been elected as
CPA’s President-Elect and Vice-President-Elect.
They will begin their terms as President and Vice-President in January of 2017.
We are very excited about the new directions in
which they will take the organization.
Shifting the Geography of Reason XIV:
Theorizing Livity, Decolonizing Freedom
NEW YORK CITY
June 22-24, 2017
A tentative program is now available
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Press Release: CPA 2017 Awards
The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to philosophical thought, literature, and last year’s best papers by beginning scholars and graduate students or independent young scholars:
Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award:
Carole Boyce Davies
Nicolás Guillén Lifetime Achievement Award:
Frantz Fanon Outstanding Achievements Award:
Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book Awards:
Michael Neocosmos, Thinking Freedom in Africa. Johannesburg, SA: Wits University Press, 2016.
Santiago Slabodsky, Decolonial Judaism: Triumphal Failures of Barbaric Thinking. New York: PalgraveMacmillan, 2014.
Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award:
Nadia V. Celis-Salgado, La rebelión de las niñas: El Caribe y la “conciencia corporal.” Madrid, Sp: IBEROAMERICANA, 2015.
Jeremy Matthew Glick, The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution. New York: NYU Press, 2016.
Anna Julia Cooper Award: Best Paper by a Beginning Scholar from 2016 Conference
Victor Hugo Pacheco, “La colonialidad del poder, impronta, desarrollo y reformulación de un concept”
Claudia Jones Award: Best Paper by a Graduate Student from 2016 Conference
Li Beilei, “The Big World in ‘Small Places’: James W. Johnson’s Interpretation and Participation in the Reconstruction of African American Folk Culture”
The award ceremony will take place at the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s international conference, June 22nd to 24th, 2017, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City in the United States.
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
The Caribbean Philosophical Association 2016 Annual Meeting
Shifting the Geography of Reason XIII:
Theorizing from Small Places
was held in
UCONN at Storrs, Connecticut
June 16-18, 2016
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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 will be meeting with the Simone de Beauvoir Society and the North American Jean-Paul Sartre Society this year with the theme of shifting the geography of reason through exploring diverse lineages of existentialism. Click here to view the CFP.
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:
Mohammed Arkoun (1928–2010)
Mohammed Chaouki Zine
Charles Wm. Ephraim (1941–2011)
Carlos Astrada (1894–1970)
Jorgé Luis Borges (1889–1986)
Carlos Cossio (1903–1987)
Alejandro Korn (1860–1936)
Francisco Romero (1891–1962)
Sara Ahmed (also UK)
Kamau Braithwaite (and USA)
levis Headly (and USA)
Raimundo de Farias Brito (1862–1917)
Nilton Campos (1898–1963)
Paulo Freire (1921–1997)
Abdias do Nascimento (March 14, 1914 – May 23, 2011)
Elias Bongmba (also USA)
Nathalie Etoke (also USA)
Achille Mbembe (also South Africa)
Enrique Molina Garmendia (1871-1964)
Jorge Millas (1917-1982)
Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
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 Yangming (1472-1529)
Xiong Shili (1885-1968)
Gonzalo Arango Arias (1931–1976)
Fernando González Ochoa (1895 –1964)
Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (also UK)
Alejo Carpentier (1904–1980)
Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista (1902-1989)
Junot Díaz (also USA)
Abdel-Rahman Badawi (1917–2002)
Taha Husayn (1889–1973)
Tsenay Serequeberhan (also USA)
Jean-Paul Rocchi (also Guadeloupe)
Léon-Gontran Damas (1912–1978)
Wilson Harris (also UK)
Edwidge Danticat (also USA)
Jean-Price Mars (1876-1969)
Jacques Roumain (1907-1944)
Sri Aurobindo (1872 –1950)
Rabindranth Tagore (1861 –1941)
Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayati (1926 –1999)
Ali Shariati (1933–1977)
Lewis Gordon (also USA)
Claude McKay (1889-1948)
LaRose Parris (known primarily in the USA)
Masao Abe (1915-2006)
Nishitani Keiji (1900-1990)
Abdul JanMohamed (also USA)
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Suhayl Idris (?–2008)
Frantz Fanon [also Algeria] (1925–1961)
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)
Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)
F. Abiola Irele (also USA)
Fela Kuti (1938–1997)
Ghassan Kanafani [also Lebanon] (1936–1972)
Augusto Salazar Bondy (1925–1974)
José Carlos Mariátegui (1894–1930)
(See also Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices)
Léopold Sédar Senghor (1906–2001)
Gloria M. Comesaña-Santalices (known primarily in Peru)
Ortega Y Gasset (1883–1955)
Don Miguel de Unamuno (1864–1936)
Steven Bantu Biko (1946–1977)
Rozena Maart (also Canada)
Noël Chabani Manganyi
P. Mabogo More
Linda Martín Alcoff (also Panama)
James Baldwin (1924–1987)
Frederick Douglass (c. 1818–1895)
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963)
Ralph Ellison (1914–1994)
Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965)
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Floyd Hayes, III
William R. Jones (1933–2012)
Nella Larson (1891–1964)
Lucius T. Outlaw
J. Deotis Roberts
Howard Thurman (1899–1981)
Richard Wright [also France] (1908–1960)
Carlos Vaz Ferreira
José Enriqué Rodó
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.
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