The CPA 2019 Summer School was held at Williams College, June 16-23, 2019.
Information about the CPA 2020 Summer School
will be coming soon
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Shifting the Geography of Reason XVI:
RESISTANCE, REPARATION, RENEWAL
took place from June 6 to June 8, 2019 at
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
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CPA 2020 Awards
The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to philosophical thought, literature, and mentorship:
The Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award
Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award
Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Outstanding Achievements
Stuart Hall Outstanding Mentorship Award
Raymond ("Ray") Rocco
Frantz Fanon Outstanding Book
Julius Scott, The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian Revolution. Verso, 2018.
Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Outstanding Book Award
Lamonte Aidoo, Slavery Unseen: Sex, Power, and Violence in Brazilian History. Duke University Press, 2018.
The selections are made annually by the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s Awards Committee, which consists of all prior recipients of the Frantz Fanon and the Nicolás Guillén Awards (and, as of 2019, the Stuart Hall Award) and an appointed senior scholar and an appointed junior scholar. For more information, please consult:
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 Stuart Hall 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.
The award ceremony will take place at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Croix, April 1–4, 2020. For more information about the conference, click here.
CPA BOOK SERIES: Creolizing the Canon
CPA BOOK SERIES: Global Critical Caribbean Thought
Letter from the President, Hanétha Vété-Congolo
Dear Caribbean Philosophical Association Members:
I am writing to you with, in mind, the framework of thought that governs the raison d’être and action of the Caribbean Philosophical Association. This is what I would like to insist on. But before doing so, I want to thank you for your trust and the honor you are making me of assuming the role of President for the next three years. As Vice-President, Yomaira Figueroa joins me in expressing a common gratitude to you. Our energies will be placed at the service of this institution whose aim is serious and whose intellectual project is uplifting. Click here to read more...
Existentialism from a Global Perspective
The Caribbean Philosophical Association meets with the Simone de Beauvoir Society and the North American Jean-Paul Sartre Society every five years with the theme of shifting the geography of reason through exploring diverse lineages of existentialism. Our next meeting will take place in the summer of 2019.
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
Trinidad and Tobago
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.