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  • Alan A. Lew
    ... From: Deb Ranjan Sinha (Gmail) Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM Subject: Fw: Shifting the Geography of Reason To:
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      From: Deb Ranjan Sinha (Gmail) <debsinha@...>
      Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM
      Subject: Fw: Shifting the Geography of Reason
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      sorry for x-posting....

      Call for Papers

      "Shifting the Geography of Reason: Migrations and Diasporas"
      Interdisciplinary Conference
      Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA)
      University of Miami
      Coral Gables, FL (USA)
      12-15 August 2009

      The Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) invites proposals from
      scholars in any discipline, including graduate students, 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. The conference
      will take place at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, on August 12-15,

      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

      Send submissions for panels and abstracts of individual presentations by
      February 15, 2009, by email to <caribphil@...>. 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. We will review proposals
      in English, French, and Spanish and will create panels for presentations in
      those three languages. More relevant information about membership, panel
      proposals, and the goals of the associations attached.

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

      We will 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.

      All presenters will be asked to pay conference fees, and in most cases,
      membership to the association as well. The conditions for membership and
      the fees for this year will be announced soon and are expected to be no
      more than most professional associations in the United States.

      Caribbean Philosophical Association
      Email: caribphil@...

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