From: Deb Ranjan Sinha (Gmail) <debsinha@...>
Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM
Subject: Fw: Shifting the Geography of Reason
sorry for x-posting....
Call for Papers
"Shifting the Geography of Reason: Migrations and Diasporas"
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,
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
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