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 2020 
Call for Proposals

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


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

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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 17h 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 December 15th 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.