Caribbean Philosophical Association 

Shifting the Geography of Reason


November 21–24, 2013


San Juan, Puerto Rico

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General Information

For its ten-year anniversary meeting, the Caribbean Philosophical Association invites critical inquiries into existing forms of coloniality and the exploration of multiple forms of decoloniality in the areas of knowledge, power, being, and value in the Caribbean and elsewhere.  Also, therewill be ndividual presentations and panels in each of the areas of emphasis over the past ten years.  These are:

2003 (Barbados): Shifting the geography of reason

2004 (Puerto Rico): Gender, science, and religion

2005 (Montreal, Canada): Aesthetics, science, and language

2007 (Jamaica): Intellectual movements

2008 (Guadaloupe): Intellectual movements

2009 (Miami, U.S.A.): Migrations and diasporas

2010 (Cartagena, Colombia): Music, rhythm, and movement

2011 (New Brunswick, NJ, USA): The University, public Education, 

and the transformation of society

2012 (Trinidad and Tobago): Racial capitalism and the Creole discourses of 

Native-, Indo-, Afro-, and Euro-Caribbeans

As in the past, this year's conference presents papers from multiple disciplines and on related themes, including presentations that focus on other parts of the globe or that seek to contribute to South-South dialogues. Our view of philosophy is a highly transdisciplinary and intertextual one.  We welcome multiple forms of theoretical decolonization and critique from artists, public intellectuals, and organizers who see a value in engaging scholars as well as panels that include dialogues among scholars, scholar-artists, or scholar-activists with other scholars, artists, and/or activists.  Although each year we have a special focus, we have always welcomed papers that go beyond the scope of our organizing theme and that explore the significance of “shifting the geography of reason” in different sites of knowledge production. 


The conference registration page is now up and early registration is now available.  For the page in English, please click here

For the Spanish/Página en español, haga clic aquí

All presenters must be current members.  There is a section in the conference registration that you can use to pay membership dues. 

More information on the CPA:

The CPA is a non-profit organization founded on June 14, 2002 at the Center for Caribbean Thought at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.  Since then, the organization has held conferences in Barbados, Puerto Rico, Montreal (Canada), Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Miami, Cartagena (Colombia), New Brunswick (NJ, USA), and Trinidad and Tobago.

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 instead as rigorous theoretical reflection on fundamental problems faced by humanity, including our relationship to physical reality.  Understood in this way, Caribbean philosophy is a transdisciplinary form of interrogation informed by scholarly and scientific 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 and 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 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.

Although the focus is on engaging philosophy that emerges in the Caribbean, membership is not limited exclusively to scholars with degrees in philosophy, and any region and historic moment is open to the exchange of ideas.  In similar kind, membership in the organization is not limited to professional scholars.  Any one with an interest in theoretical and philosophical work can become a member.  Finally, the Caribbean Philosophical Association is also dedicated to assisting with the development of institutions that would preserve and cultivate thought in the Caribbean and facilitate the creation of new ideas.

The CPA offers four prizes every year: the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award, the Frantz Fanon prize for outstanding book on Caribbean philosophy, the Nicolás Guillén Lifetime Achievement Award, and the the Nicolás Guillén prize for outstanding literary book.