The Anna Julia Cooper Award is for best paper presented by a beginning scholar at the previous year’s Caribbean Philosophical Association International Conference. No award was given for the 2019 conference. Information on past awardees can be found below:

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 recipient of the Anna Julia Cooper Award for best paper by a beginning scholar at the CPA 13th annual meeting held June 16-18 at UCONN at Storrs. The award will be conferred in a special session of the CPA14th annual meeting, which will take place June 22–24 at BMCC, CUNY  in New York City. For more information on the conference, click here.


The Anna Julia Cooper Award for Best Paper 
presented by a beginning scholar in the CPA 2016 Annual Conference
“La colonialidad del poder: impronta, desarrollo y reformulación de un concepto”
By Victor Hugo Pacheco









Victor Hugo Pacheco holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Latin American Studies the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where is also pursuing his doctorate in Latin American Studies. He is an adjunct instructor in Social Theory and Marxist Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the UNAM, and a full time instructor of History, Time and Politics in Walter Benjamin at the National School of Anthropology and History.  He is in charge of the Historical Archive at the Socialist and Labor Movement Studies Center. He is the 2014 winner of the Anthologies in Latin American and Caribean Social Thought (CLACSO) Grant. He has co-authored the books Antología del pensamiento crítico mexicano contemporáneo (Argentina, CLACSO), 2015,  and Raquel Tibol: la crítica y la militancia (México, CEMOS/Secretaria de Cultura de la Ciudad de México), 2016. He has published articles on Marxism, Critical Theory and Coloniality in various journals from Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Chile and Peru.  He is currently involved in several projects, such as ongoing researh on Marxist perspectives, political practices in Mexico, and modernity and coloniality in Latin American Thought. He is one of the editors for the journals De Raiz Diversa and Memoria and is a member of the production team for the podcast “Tiempos Equivocos.”

According to the referee, “This paper is a careful analysis of Anibal Quijano’s theoretical formulation on the coloniality of power in the late twentieth century.” The author rethinks these contributions of the Peruvian sociologist and suggests that the imprint of the articulating axis defining Coloniality Power: race / work in the works of the late 1960s that Quijano elaborated on the problem of “cholo.” From the 1990s, the question of the coloniality of power redefined this problem of caste / class to the axis of the social classification as an articulation between race and work. In each of these moments are the debates that Quijano would have with authors such as José María Arguedas or his relation with theories like the world system. The excellence of its execution and research warrant its receiving this award.”




Seulghee Lee, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of English at Williams College, for his paper: “‘It Has Been a Lifeline’: Audre Lorde’s Technologies of the Flesh”
Work presented at the CPA 12th annual conference in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo. Merxico, June 2015.

Mia Angélica Sosa-Provencio, Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, University of New Mexico College of Education, for her paper: “La Revolucionista and Her Mexicana/Mestiza Critical Feminist Ethic of Care: Resisting and Healing the Wounds of Domination through a Subversive, Concealed Revolución.”
Work presented at the CPA 12th annual conference in Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo. Merxico, June 2015.


Jina Fast: “The Ambiguities of Privilege and Identity in the Work of Simone de Beauvoir”
Work presented at the CPA 11th annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri, June 2014.