Founded in 2003 in Mona, Jamaica, the principal goal of the CPA is to support the free exchange of ideas and foster an intellectual community that is 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 as a trope to investigate 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 aiming to elucidate fundamental questions that emerge with discovery, conquest, racial, gender, and sexual domination, genocide, dependency, and exploitation as well as freedom, emancipation, and decolonization.

CPA 2021 
Shifting the Georgraphy of Reason (Martinique)
Cancelled due to COVID-19


CPA 2020

Shifting the Geography of Reason XVII
Dignity, Power and Place in the Caribbean










April 1–4, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

The University of the Virgin Islands, Saint Croix

To view this call as PDF, please click here.


Born out of a cesspool of de-powering ideas and actions of placement, displacement and replacement which jeopardized the very notion, practice and reality of dignity for the people maintained under the yoke of human, economic and social tyranny, the Caribbean we know today is the ideal space through which to critically engage the idea and praxis of power and place. The Caribbean is thus an epistemic locus from which the meaning of dignity, power and place can be thought about with great salience for a contemporary world where constant tensions among different groups are induced by neoliberal and neocolonial forms of domination. In its sustained efforts to proffer new and transformative ideas and practices that transcend admitted and colonial thinking, the Caribbean Philosophical Association will center its 17th annual conference around the themes of dignity, power and place.

How do dignity, power and place as notions and lived experiences be mobilized to contribute to justice, equity, and a resolutely humanized human existence?

The Caribbean Philosophical Association invites proposals related to the theme of dignity, power and place as well as contributions that enact the aim of “Shifting the Geography of Reason.”

Guidelines: Please submit your individual and panel proposals by January 5th, 2020 via email to Include the full name, paper title, abstract, institutional affiliation, preferred contact information, and rank or work (e.g., “writer” or “artist” if not an academic) of each potential participant in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese. Visit the CPA website ( for more information on the conference and organization.

Length of individual presentation: Each presenter reads for 15 mn.

Instructions for individual and panel abstracts:

Individual abstracts: Abstracts contain the presenter’s name, institution – when this applies – and email address. It should also bear a title and a maximum of 200 words.

Abstracts for panels: Panels are made up with at least three presenters and a maximum of four.

The chair of the panel submits all abstracts in one single file on behalf of her or his fellow panelists.  Each abstract contains a maximum of 200 words. Each individual abstract should start with the presenter's name, the presenter's title, institution of affiliation and email address. In addition to her or his individual abstract, the chair of the panel submits an abstract for the panel [containing the panel's title and a panel abstract of a maximum of 200 words.]



Visit this governmental site for immigration information. While US citizens do not need to show their passports to enter St. Croix, they will need to show evidence of citizenship upon leaving the territory (such as a government issued photo ID or your passport).

St. St Croix Passport/Entry Requirements:



The airport to fly into Christiansted in St. Croix is The Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (HERA), whose airport code is STX.



Visit the website below for transportation information. [There is a bus line that runs from the Albert A. Sheen campus from and to Christiansted]

Virgin Islands Transit - VITRAN 


April 1–4, 2020, The University of the Virgin Islands, Saint Croix


The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort (20 mn from campus)
5007 Estate Shoys, Christiansted, Virgin Islands
Reservations by phone at 1800 255 3881 asking for the Literary Festival rate ($150.00) or through the website entering the code VILIT20 to receive the special rate of $150.00 per night for one or two persons before tax and surcharge. Rates available from March 29 to April 7, 2020.

Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina (20 mn from campus)
5001 Tamarind Reef Christiansted, VI 00820
Tel (340) 718-4455 | Toll-Free (800) 619-0014
Rate: $206.25 + tax [$275.49 per night]
50% deposit is required at the time of reservation
Rate valid until March 15, 2020
King’s Christian Hotel (20mn from campus)
59 King's Wharf, Christiansted, St. Croix, 00820, VI
Phone : 866 925 7881
Single occupancy: $159.00 plus 20.5% Taxe
Double occupancy: $169.00 plus 20.5% Taxe 
Mention the CPA Conference to receive the discounted rate
Caravelle Hotel & Casino (20 mn from campus)
44A Queen Cross Street, Christiansted, St. Croix VI 00820
Phone: 340-773-0687
Or contact reservations manager
Standard Room (No View): $189.00 plus taxe ($232.53 per night)
Superior Room (Partial Oceanview): $209.00 plus taxe ($257.03 per night)
Deluxe (Full Oceanview): $229.00 plus taxes ($281.53 per night)
Rates valid until January 1, 2020
Mention the CPA conference to benefit from the discount
Company House Hotel (20 mn from campus)
Company Street Christiansted, St. Croix VI 00820
Phone: 340-773-1377
Classic Room: $199.00 plus taxes ($244.78 per night)
Superior Interior Room (No Windows): $209.00 plus taxes ($257.03 per night)
Superior Room: $219.00 plus taxes
Rates valid until January 1, 2020
Mention the CPA conference to benefit from the discount
Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix (20 mn from campus)
N.1 Strand Street, Christiansted, 00820, VI Promo code: CPA2020
Valid stay dates: April 1-4, 2020
Discount rate: 40% off the prevailing daily flexible rate (pre-tax)
Booking method: only using the special promo code.  No phone reservations.
Deposit: 1 night deposit per room required at time of reservation
Cancellation policy: 14 days prior to avoid 1 night penalty
Release date: December 31, 2019 unless recalled earlier by hotel management