Caribbean Philosophical Association 

Shifting the Geography of Reason




The Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) is glad to announce its 2010 conference in Cartagena, Colombia, on August 11-14.  

We invite 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. In recognition of the central importance of music, dance, festivals, and performance in the Caribbean, this meeting will focus on shifting the geography and bio-graphy of reason throughmusic, rhythm, and movement. Paper and panel proposals that address or are in conversation with the broader and ongoing organizing theme of the CPA (“shifting the geography of reason”), and/or those that focus on any of the specific themes highlighted in this year’s conference, are welcome. As always, we invite submissions that explore race and racism, gender, colonization and decolonization, sexuality, imperialism, and migration, social and intellectual movements, and related areas, not only in the Caribbean, but globally. We accept proposals in English, French, and Spanish.

Send submissions for panels and abstracts of individual presentations by March 31st, 2010 by email to Abstracts should succinctly state the problem(s) addressed and identify the sources used in one paragraph to one page per individual presentation. All titles must include the name of the presenter, the highest university degree obtained, and the current institutional affiliation, if any.

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 number of presenters per panel is four, in addition to a moderator. The fourth panelist could be a presenter or a commentator.

We will also 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.

Presenters are expected to pay conference fees and membership to the association as well.

Registration and updates about the conference will soon be available here.