Alejandro De Oto
Secretary of Philosophies of the South and Fanonian Studies.
Secretaria de Filosofías del Sur y Estudios Fanonianos.
Alejandro is researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) in Argentina, and a professor of philosophical research methodology at the University of San Juan, where he also taught history of historiography and history of Asia and Africa, centering on the theoretical and political processes of postcoloniality. He holds a doctorate from the Center of Asian and African Studies at the Colegio de Mexico, has been a Research Fellow at Brown University, and has participated in the University of Cape Town African Series Seminar. He is a member in different academic associations and has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on postcolonial critical theory, travel literature, and Fanonian critical theory. He has authored several books including Frantz Fanon. Política y poética del sujeto poscolonial (México), which was awarded the “Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought” from the Caribbean Philosophical Association in 2005. Most recently, Alejandro co-edited Metodologías en Contexto. Intervenciones en perspectiva feminista/postcolonial/latinoamericana in the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO).
Rosemere Ferreira da Silva
Secretary of Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean Literature
Dr. Rosemere Ferreira da Silva is Associate Professor at the State University of Bahia (Universidade do Estado da Bahia / UNEB), where she has taught since 2012. She is a specialist in Brazilian Literature, Afro-Braszilian Literature, Comparative Literature and Ethnic and African Studies. Her research focuses on Afro-Brazilian and Caribbean Literature. She is the coordinator of Literatura and Afrodescendência research group at UNEB. She is currently writing a book about black intellectuals. Dr. Da Silva is a Research Scholar in the Philosophy Department at UCONN-Storrs and part of the editorial team of Black Issues in Philosophy. Click here to see her CV http://lattes.cnpq.br/5573907563872708
David Haekwon Kim
Secretary of Asian and Decolonial Thought
David teaches in the philosophy department at the U. of San Francisco. There, he has served as a director of the Critical Diversity Studies Program (which unites the various Ethnic Studies programs and Gender and Sexualities studies), and directs a Global Humanities program (which foregrounds non-Western humanities traditions in the study of the humanities). His current research promotes East-South decolonial dialogue, focusing on shared political struggle and potential philosophical hybridity in the wider South or non-West. Or, borrowing from Du Bois: If Fanon sits with Confucius, do they wince or wince not? He also does work on Korean philosophy, which widens and complicates the received view of Asian philosophy. In particular, David has been interested in Donghak thought, Minjung thought, and the contemporary resurgence of Confucianism. He has also written on philosophy of race, specifically critiques of U.S. imperialism, anti-Asian racism, certain assimilation practices, xenophobia, and the like. He continues work on phenomenology-friendly moral psychology, especially in emotion theory, including the politics of emotion.
Secretary of Outreach Across African American and
Takiyah is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College. She is particularly interested in questions of political economy (read development), gender, and health in the African diaspora. Her current book project examines the ways in which the contemporary development paradigm reproduces underdevelopment in Burkina Faso and Kenya. Here next book project will focus on legacies of population control in contemporary campaigns for reproductive rights and family planning. She has forthcoming publications in Third World Quarterly and Social Identities. She has also contributed to Pambazuka News. Her larger interests involve building connections around the African diaspora that will foment generative moments of solidarity.
Secretary of Latin American Political Thought
Juliet Hooker is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. She is a political theorist specializing in multiculturalism, racial justice, Latin American political thought, Black political thought, and Afro-descendant and indigenous politics in Latin America. Her publications include Race and the Politics of Solidarity (2009) and Theorizing Race in the Americas: Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, and Vasconcelos (2017). Her most recent publications are a co-edited special issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly on “After #Ferguson, After #Baltimore: The Challenge of Black Death and Black Life for Black Political Thought” and an article on “Black Protest/White Grievance: On the Problem of White Political Imaginations Not Shaped by Loss,” South Atlantic Quarterly 116, vol. 3 (2017): p. 483-504. Prof. Hooker has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the DuBois Institute for African American Research at Harvard, and the Advanced Research Collaborative at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Chair of British Outreach
Kojo Koram is currently studying for PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London. His thesis will examine the position of the law on controlled drugs within the legacy of empire. Kojo also works as a legal advisor with Release. In this role, Kojo offers free legal advice at several legal outreach projects across London to clients who are engaged with drug and alcohol treatment centres.
Dana Francisco Miranda
Secretary of Graduate Student Outreach and Chair of Architectonics
Dana Francisco Miranda is a second-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He graduated from Bard College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. His research interests include Africana philosophy, political theory, philsoophy of history and geography, existentialism, and such thinkers as Hannah Arendt, Friedrich Nietzsche, Amilcar Cabral, and Frantz Fanon. He has begun preliminary investigations into geopolitics and philosophical geography in hopes of better analyzing revolutionary politics alongside racial categorization, spatial division, and public violence.
Victor Hugo Pacheco Chávez
Secretary of Critical Theory and Social Thought
Victor graduated in History from the UNAM, where he also completed a Master's Degree with honors in Latin American Studies. He is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree in Latin American Studies at the same university. Victor is an adjunct instructor of philosophy and history at various schools in the UNAM, including the School of Philosophy and Letters and the National School of Anthropology and History. He is a member of the Jose Carlos Mariátegui committee in Peru, board member of the journals “Memory” (Journal of Militant Critique), and “Demarcations” (Latin American journal of Althusserian studies in Chile), a team member in the CLACSO project “Legacies and Perspectives of Marxism,” and co-producer of the “Mistaken Times: Critical Theory from the Margins” podcast. His most recent publications include La jaula de la dominación. Ensayos en torno a la obra de Aníbal Quijano, Santiago de Chile, Editorial Doble Ciencia, 2018; Antología del pensamiento crítico mexicano contemporáneo, Argentina, CLACSO, 2015 (in México, by CEIICH-UNAM, 2018); Raquel Tibol: la crítica y la militancia, México, CEMOS/Secretaria de Cultura de la Ciudad de México, 2016; Confluencias barrocas. Los pliegues de la modernidad en América Latina, Leiden, Almenara, 2017. Victor obtained first place in the Antologías del Pensamiento Social Latinoamericano y Caribeño de CLACSO contest in 2014, and awarded the CPA Ana Julia Cooper prize in 2017.
Peter K. J. Park
Secretary of LGBTQ Affairs and Chair of Texas Outreach
Peter Park is Associate Professor in the History, History of Ideas, and Philosophy Programs at the University of Texas at Dallas. He studies European colonialism, knowledge systems, cultural transfer, cultural canons, and identity. His publications include books and articles on racism and the historiography of philosophy, German Orientalism, comparative linguistics, early modern Jewish anti-Christian literature, philosophical skepticism, scientific racism in the Enlightenment, and German and French Enlightenment thinkers on China. He teaches historiography (theories and practices of historical research and writing), early modern Europe, the European Enlightenment, the history of philosophy, comparative philosophy, and philosophies of race. His current project is a book on Enlightenment historical writers' inscribing of race into modern historiography. Since 2017, he has served as a member of the Exhibits Committee and the Programming and Education Committee for the GLBT Historical Society and Museum in San Francisco.
LaRose T. Parris
Secretary of Africana Existential Literature and
Public School Outreach
Born in Jamaica, West Indies and raised in New York, LaRose T. Parris is Associate Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY where she teaches courses in African American Literature, Contemporary Black Fiction, and Composition. Her first book, Being Apart: Theoretical and Existential Resistance in Africana Literature (University of Virginia Press, 2015), was awarded the Nicolás Guillén Prize for Outstanding Book in Philosophical Literature, bestowed by the Caribbean Philosophical Association in 2016. She has also received several Chancellor’s Research Fellowships and grants from the City University of New York. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in Callaloo, the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Entre Letras, and the Journal of Pan African Studies. In addition to teaching courses in writing and literature at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, New School University, New York Institute of Technology, and City College/CUNY, she has also led graduate seminars at the Caribbean Philosophical Association Summer Institute. Her research interests include historical literary studies, Africana cultural criticism, Africana existentialism, Black radical thought, and Black feminist thought.
Secretary of Critical Race and Migration Studies and
Chair of Organizational Partnerships
Kris Sealey is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, and the director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at Fairfield University She received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Memphis, and does research in the areas of Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy and Race Theory. She is the recipient of the first Anna Julia Cooper Writing Fellowship from The Pennsylvania State University, and has published articles on Jean-Paul Sartre, Emmanuel Levinas and the philosophy of race in Levinas Studies, Research in Phenomenology, the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, as well as Continental Philosophy Review. Her book, Moments of Disruption: Levinas, Sartre and the Question of Transcendence, was published in December 2013 with SUNY Press. Kris serves as the book review editor of the Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy. She is also part of the Committee of Racial and Ethnic Diversity at the Society of Phenomenology and Existentialist Philosophy. Her current scholarly research agenda is in the areas of migration and diasporic identities.
Chair of the Caribbean Aesthetics Initiative and
Secretary of the Film and Visual Arts Initiative
Anastasia Valecce is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic studies in the Department of World Languages and Literature at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her PhD in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University. Her research interest focuses on Contemporary Caribbean Studies with a special focus on Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, Literature, Performance Studies, Queer Studies, Visual Culture, Film Studies, and pop culture. Her book manuscript explores the formation of the revolutionary ideology in the pre revolutionary period and early sixties Cuban cinematography and the contacts with Italian Neorealism. Anastasia's latest projects include a study on contemporary Puerto Rican independent cinema, and a research on the relationship between urban space, muralism, and citizenship in the Spanish Caribbean. Anastasia teaches at Spelman College courses on Spanish language, literature, and culture, and she also collaborates with the African Diaspora and the World Program and the Honors Program. Her awards and fellowships include the UNCF Mellon Faculty Residency Program.
Hanétha Vété-Congolo, CPA President Elect
Secretary for Francophone outreach and Chair of Africana Orality Research
Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo is Associate Professor of Romance Languages at Bowdoin College, Maine. She is affiliated to the Africana Studies Program, the Latin American Studies Program and the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program of her institution. Dr. Vété-Congolo earns a Ph.D in general and comparative literature from the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane. Her scholarship focuses principally on Caribbean and African ideas, philosophy, literature and orality. Very interdisciplinary and comparative, her works pays particular attention to discourses by women and about women of the Caribbean, West and Central Africa. Her articles are published in refereed journals and anthologies such as among others, The CLR. James Journal: A Review of Caribbean Ideas, Ethiopiques. Revue négro-africaine de littérature et de philosophie, MaComère, Wadabagei, Anthurium, Présence francophone, Revue internationale de langue et de littérature, Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Journal of Black Studies, Negritude: Legacy and Present Relevance, The Caribbean Woman Writer as Scholar, Postcolonial Text, Images de soi dans les sociétés postcoloniales, The Caribbean Woman as Scholar: Creating, Imagining, Theorizing, Marronnages et métissages dans l’œuvre de Suzanne Dracius, Les Cahiers du GRELCEF, Women in French or Erotique Caribbean: An Anthology of Caribbean Erotica. Dr. Vété-Congolo’s 2011 academic book, L’interoralité caribéenne: le mot conté de l’identité (Vers un traité d’esthétique caribéenne), was published with Éditions Universitaires Européennes. A second edition will be published in 2015 with Connaissance et Savoir. Her edited book, Le conte d’hier, aujourd’hui : Oralité et modernité was published with L’Harmattan in 2014. Her poetry collection, Avoir et Être : Ce que j’Ai, ce que je Suis was published with Le chasseur Abstrait publisher in 2009 while Mon parler de Guinée is forthcoming (2015) with L’Harmattan, coll. Poètes des cinq continents. More information on her faculty web page: http://www.bowdoin.edu/faculty/m/mvete/