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Tony Idowu Aladejana teaches at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

Noel Allende-Goitía teaches music composition at Western Michigan University.  He studied with Puerto Rican composer Amaury Veray, Rafael Aponte-Ledee, and Roberto Sierra and has participated in contemporary music workshops held in the Dominican Republic and Brazil. In 1992, he made a post graduate study in Musicology at the Center of Studies and Development on Cuban Music, in Cuba, where he studied Latin American Musicology and field work techniques with the Cuban ensemble “La Sublime.” Since 1994, he has presented his works in the “Semi-Annual Grant Still Composer Concert” and the “New Music Premiere,” in Michigan State University's School of Music Composition Department.  He premiered a work for string orchestra with the Puerto Rico Symphonic Orchestra on Feb. 23, 1995 and a clarinet assemble in the “Eleventh Annual Evening New Music and Avant garde Clarinet Music” at MSU that April.  Allende-Goitía’s works in Music/Culture Social History have been presented at national and international conferences in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Mexico, and Africa.

Lawrence Ojo Bamikole is a Lecturer in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.

Marina Banchetti-Robino is Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University.  Her aeas of Specialization and research are Husserl, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, Zoosemiotics, Animal Communication.  She is co-editor of the newly founded Journal of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

George Belle holds the BSc and MSc Degrees (University of the West Indies), and Ph.D. from Manchester University, England.  He is Senior Lecturer in Government and served as Deputy Dean of the Faculty, and Deputy Dean for Outreach.  He headed the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work from 1982 to 1986 and 1994 to 1996. Dr. Belle has been a visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkely since 1995.  His current research includes Nile Valley Philosophy Analysis, Themes: Materialist Dialectics and the Memphite Cosmology and Cosmogony of Ancient Pharoanic Egypt;  Diop's African Mode of Production State (AMP);  The Origins of Political Thought; West Indian Political Thought; Maatian Philosophy and the Re-definition of Social Theory;  The Political Economy of Barbados;  Political Representation in Barbados; Dr. Belle launched the Workers Party of Barbados in 1985 and was its political leader.

Ayotunde Bewaji is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.  He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  His publications include, "The Certain, the Evident, and the Problem of Criterion: Perspectives in Roderick M. Chisholm's Response to Sceptical Epistemology" in The Philosophy of Roderick M. Chisholm. Library of Living Philosophers, Vol. 25, edited by Lewis E. Hahn, and "The self as the locus of identity - A preliminary philosophical analysis of Professor Nettleford's discussion of individuality in the Caribbean" in Caribbean Quarterly (December 1997), and essays on race and the presence of Yoruba culture in the Caribbean.

B. Anthony Bogues is Chairperson and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. Between 1994–2001, he taught at the University of the West Indies , Mona in the Department of Political Science where he specialized in courses on radical political theory, African and Caribbean politics . Bogues has had a varied career in journalism , trade unionism and politics. Between 1989–1992 he was the chief-of-staff for the late Jamaican prime-minister, Michael Manley.  In 1994, he was a member of the Commonwealth Election Monitoring group which observed the 1994 South African election. Bogues has been the recipient of the Ralph Bunche Fellowship from Howard University , Washington DC and a Fellow of the C.L. R. James Institute. He has also been a visiting scholar in the Masters of Liberal Arts Program at Dartmouth College, a member of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies , University of London , School of Advanced Studies and the recipient of numerous teaching awards both at Brown University and the University of the West Indies. He is also an associate director for the Center for Caribbean Thought (University of the West Indies).  Bogues’s major research and writing interests are radical political thought and theory, intellectual history, African and Caribbean politics and social and political theory. He is the author of Caliban’s Freedom : The Early Political Thought of CLR James (Pluto, 1997); Black Heretics and Black Prophets : Radical Political Intellectuals (Routledge, 2003); Empire, Imperial Desire and the Politics and Ways of Life (forthcoming), and editor of two volumes on Caribbean intellectual history: After Man – The Human : Critical Essays on Sylvia Wynter (forthcoming) and The Sovereignty of the Imagination : Critical Essays on George Lamming (forthcoming). He has published numerous articles and essays on political thought , intellectual history and Caribbean politics, culture and society and the associate editor of the leading Caribbean journal Small Axe; associate series editor for the book series Caribbean Routes: Beyond Boundaries (Indiana University Press ) and series editor for the book series on the Caribbean intellectual tradition Caribbean Reasonings (Ian Randle Press)

Bernard Boxill is the Pardue Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He works in social and political philosophy and African American philosophy. He is the author of Blacks and Social Justice (1984), and is currently finishing a book, Boundaries and Justice: On International Ethics and Distributive Justice.  His publications include: "Morality of Reparations," Social Theory and Practice (1972); "Self-Respect and Protest," Philosophy and Public Affairs (1976); "The Morality of Preferential Hiring," Philosophy and Public Affairs (1978); "Sexual Blindness and Sexual Equality," Social Theory and Practice (1980); "How Injustice Pays," Philosophy and Public Affairs (1980); "Global Equality of Opportunity," Social Philosophy and Policy (1987); "Equality, Discrimination and Preferential Treatment," in A Companion to Ethics, ed. by Singer (1990); "Wilson and the Underclass," Ethics (1990); "Dignity, Slavery and the 13th Amendment," in The Constitution of Rights, ed. by Meyer and Parent (1992); "Two Traditions in African American Political Thought," Philosophical Forum (1993); "On Some Criticisms of Consent Theory," Journal of Social Philosophy (1993); "The Culture of Poverty," Social Philosophy and Policy (1994); "Fear and Shame as forms of moral suasion in the thought of Frederick Douglass,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society (1995); "Washington, DuBois, and Plessy v. Ferguson," Law and Philosophy (1997); "Power and Poverty, the Prospects for World Peace," in Philosophical Perspecitves on Power and Domination, ed. by Bove and Kaplan (1998).

Ed Brandon is, by training, a philosopher, and now is Programme Co-ordinator at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.

James Bryant  is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross. Before coming to Holy Cross in the fall of 2002, Professor Bryant earned a BA in sociology and history from Tulane University (1995), and an A.M. (1997) and Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University (2002).  His dissertation, entitled “Journeys Along Damascus Road: Black Ministers, the Call, and the Modernization of Tradition,” explored how contemporary African-American ministers construct meanings about their vocations by integrating their understandings of the cultural traditions of the Black Church with their professional training in the ministry. Professor Bryant teaches courses in The Sociological Perspective, Race and Ethnic Relations, African-American-American Social and Religious Thought, and Contemporary African-American Cultural Productions, each of which draw connections among his evolving interests in social theory, religious thought, and cultural theory.

Roxanne Burton is a Tutor in Philosophy in  the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.

Jeanne Christensen teaches at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.

Richard Clarke is Lecturer in Critical Theory in the Department of Language, Linguistics, and Literature at the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill.  In 2001, he co-organized the (Re)thinking Caribbean Culture conference in Barbados, which served as one of the catalysts for the founding of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.  (The other was the Sylvia Wynter Human After Man conference at Mona in 2002.)

Carolyn Cusick is a doctoral student of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.  Her research focuses on phenomenology and feminist theory, and she is a founding member of the Phenomenology Roundtable.

Thomas W. Donovan is involved with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

David Ross Fryer is Assistant Professor of Religion at Illinois-Wesleyan University, where he teaches contemporary religious thought, Continental philosophy, and race, gender, and queer theory.  He is the author of The Intervention of the Other: Levinas and Lacan on Ethical Subjectivity (Other Press, 2004) and is working on three books: one offering an expanded genealogy of African-American Queer Studies, a second arguing for a phenomenological theory of gender identity, and a third putting forth a Continental theory of the ethical subject.

Gertrude James Gonzalez de Allen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Spelman College.  She has written on aesthetics, feminist philosophy, Latin-American philosophy, and Black Existentialism.  She is also a performance artist.

Kean Gibson is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of the West Indies, Barbados. She has published several articles on Creole linguistics, African-Guyanese culture and has published two books on Guyanese culture: Comfa Religion and Creole Language in a Caribbean Community (SUNY, 2001), and The Cycle of Racial Oppression in Guyana (Univ.Press of America, 2003). Articles on linguistics and African-Guyanese culture have appeared in several journals including Language, Lingua, International Journal of American Linguistics, Lore and Language, International Folklore Review and Mankind Quarterly.

Patrick Goodin is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Howard University.  Professor Goodin received the Ph.D. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York City. His philosophical interests lie in Ancient Greek Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Africana Philosophy, African-American Philosophy, and Afro-Caribbeana Philosophy. He is the President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Society for the Study of Africana Philosophy (S.S.A.P.). He organized a symposium on Afro-Caribbeana Philosophy at Howard in 2000 and a series of one-day conferences on the same subject since 2001.  Professor Goodin was born in Jamaica, W.I.

Lewis R. Gordon is Professor of Africana Studies and Modern Culture and Media at Brown University.  He was Chairperson of Africana Studies (1999–2003), and beginning summer 2004, he will be the Laura H. Carnell University Professor in Philosophy at Temple University.  He also is Ongoing Visiting Professor of Government at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.  He is the author of several books, including Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (Humanity Books, 1995), Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay in Philosophy and the Human Sciences (Routledge, 1995), Her Majesty’s Other Children: Sketches of Racism in a Neocolonial Age (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), which won the Gustavus Myer Award for Outstanding Work on Human Rights in North America, most recently, Existentia Africana: Introducing Africana Existential Thought (Routledge, 2000).  He is editor of Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (Routledge, 1997) and co-editor of Fanon: A Critical Reader (Blackwell’s, 1996) and A Companion to African-American Studies (Blackwell’s, forthcoming).  His special editing projects include the section editor for "Philosophy of Existence" in The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy  (Edinburgh UP, 1999), the Executive Editor of Radical Philosophy Review: Journal of the Radical Philosophy Association (1998–2003)), and co-editor of the Africana Philosophy section of the on-line Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  Gordon has written many articles, book chapters, and reviews, and he has presented many distinguished lectures and keynote addresses in North America, the Caribbean, and Africa. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the City University of New York and was honored, as well, by the Southwest Philosophy Association, which devoted its 1997 meetings to his work, and in 1999 by a special meeting of sister colleges in the Philadelphia region, which was devoted to his thought, and discussions of his work have appeared in several encyclopedias, anthologies, journals, and dissertations in his fields of specialization. Gordon has also been the recipient of numerous humanities fellowships and residential scholarships at universities in the United States and abroad. He has been a National Research Foundation Fellow in South Africa, a Danforth-Compton Fellow, a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education (on whose board he served from 1996 till 1999), a member of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Blacks in Philosophy and a member of that association’s Advisory Committee to the Program Committee, and a member of the Steering Committee for Philosophy of Religion in the American Academy of Religion. Interviews with Professor Gordon appear in a variety of forums, including African American Philosophy: 17 Conversations, which won the 1999 Choice Outstanding Book Award, and the PBS documentary Parliament of Minds, which focused on several influential philosophers worldwide.  Before Brown, Gordon taught at Purdue University, where he was the earliest tenure in the Department of Philosophy and the Program in Afro-American Studies and a member of the Doctoral Committee on English and Philosophy.  He is a Board of Trustee of the Institute for Caribbean Thought at UWI-Mona, Board Member of The Encyclopedia of African-American Studies, and a Fellow of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research.  He is President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

Jane Anna Gordon is a William Penn Fellow in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is writing a dissertation on the importance of the concept of the general will in democratic practices of legitimation and its significance in the thought of W.E.B. Du Bois, Max Weber, Antonio Gramsci, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Frantz Fanon.  She is author of Why They Couldn’t Wait: A Critique of the Black-Jewish Conflict Over Community Control in Ocean-Hill Brownsville, 1967–1971 (Routledge, 2001), which was listed by The Gotham Gazette as one of the four best books recently published on Civil Rights, and editor of “Radical Philosophies of Education,” a special issue of Radical Philosophy Review.

Clevis Headley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, where he also is Assistant to the Dean of Liberal Arts.  He has published essays on Gottlob Frege; Africana philosophy; and race theory. He is currently working on a manuscript dealing with developments in postmodernism, deconstruction, and the question of Black subjectivity.  He is directing the development of Africana Studies at Florida Atlantic University.  He is Vice President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and co-editor of The Journal of the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

Paget Henry  is Professor of Africana Studies and Sociology at Brown University, where he was also director of Afro-American Studies (1992–1999).  He is the author of Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (Routledge, 2000), Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua (Transaction Books, 1985), editor of New Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy, and Development (Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1983) and co-editor, with Paul Buhle, of C.L.R. James’s Caribbean (Duke University Press, 1992). Henry is editor of The C.L.R. James Journal.  Henry formerly taught at the University of Virginia and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a recipient of the Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching four consecutive years (1976 to1980). Henry’s distinction also includes the Frederick Sperling Award in Philosophy (City College, 1970).  He is Secretary of Pan-Caribbean Initiatives of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and Editor of The C.L.R. James Journal.

Clinton Hutton is Lecturer in Political Philosophy and Culture in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. Clinton's interests span Black Nationalist thought, gender studies and Jamaican political history. His PhD thesis is a study of the Ideology of the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion. Clinton is also a painter and a photographer.

Esiaba Irobi was born in the Republic of Biafra and has lived in exile in Nigeria, Britain and the USA . He studied at the universities of Nigeria, Sheffield, Leeds and holds a B.A. in English/Drama, M.A. Comparative Literature, M.A. Film/Theatre, and a Ph.D. in Theatre Studies. His play, Cemetery Road, won the prestigious World Drama Trust Award for playwriting in 1992. His other published plays include Hangmen Also Die, The Colour of Rusting Gold, Nwokedi, Why the Vultures Head is Naked, What Song do Mosquitoes Sing? and the recently finished Foreplay commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre in London. He has directed numerous plays and productions in Ireland, Hungary, USA, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, England, Nigeria, Portugal and Scotland. His forthcoming books include Theorizing the Cinema of Africa and African Diaspora: Ontology, Teleology, Semiology and Narratology (Routledge, London, 2005) and Before They Danced in Chains: Performance Theories of Africa and the African Diaspora ( Harvard University Press, 2006) and a new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest titled `The Shipwreck’ commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Theatre, USA. He has just completed a very exciting book of poetry: Why I Don’t Like Philip Larkin published by Milton and London: Nsibidi Africana Publishers, in Boston, Massachusetts , USA.

Chike Jeffers is a student at York University.  His reviews can be found under Amazon.com.

Catherine John is Assistant Professor of African Diaspora Studies in the English Department at the University of Oklahoma.  She is also affiliated with the Film and Video Studies Program as well as the African/African American Studies Program here at the University of Oklahoma. Her courses and research focus primarily on 20th Century African American and African Caribbean literature and culture. Her articles include: "Complicity, Revolution and Black Female Writing" in RACE & CLASS, Volume 40, Number 4, April-June 1999, "Neocoloniality, Literary Representation and the Problem of Disciplinary Solutions,"in Decolonizing the Academy, Ed., Carole Boyce Davies, New Jersey: Africa World Press, December, 2002. Her article, "Maybe/Baby It's a Big Mama Thang: Reclaiming the Power of the Erotic from the Demonic Ground of Black Female Sexuality" is under consideration for a forthcoming Hip-Hop Issue of the journal Callaloo.  Her book entitled, Clear Word & Third Sight: Folk Groundings and Alternate Consciousness in African Caribbean Writing is forthcoming with Duke University Press.

Clarence Sholé Johnson is Professor of Philosophy at Middle Tennessee State University.  He is the author of the critically acclaimed Cornel West and Philosophy (Routledge, 2002).  He formerly taught philosophy at Spelman College.

Aaron Kamugisha is a doctoral candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University, Toronto. He has previously studied at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and the University of California, Berkeley; and is the author of articles in the Journal of Caribbean History and Race & Class. Currently, he is a Book Review Editor of Proudflesh: a New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness.

Teodros Kiros is a philosopher and writer at Brown University, and is also a nonresident Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University. He continues to lecture at Boston University and  Suffolk University, and has taught at Emerson College and Umass, Boston. Among his six books are his award-winning Self-Construction and the Formation of Human Values, and his most recent, Explorations in African Political Thought. He has contributed extensively to scholarly journals, Blackwell’s Companion to African Philosophy, and Cambridge University Press’ Carribean and African Literature.  As an editor to the Ethiopian Reporter, The Someville Journal, and Internet publications, he has published more than three hundred articles as well as short stories for magazines.  His book Zara Yacob, a philosopher on Modernity is at the end of May, and his novel, Cambridge Days, is being readied for publication.

Kenneth Knies holds the Graduate Council and Presidential fellowships in Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  His areas of focus are phenomenology, philosophy of existence, social and political thought, and Africana studies. His current projects include developing the Idea of post-European science as a way into phenomenology and elaborating a descriptive theory of political expression.  He has previously taught African-American Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, and his writings include articles for The C.L.R. James Journal and Radical Philosophy Review.

H. Yvette Koch is a doctoral student in American Civilization at Brown University.  She is also very active in the arts community of Providence, Rhode Island, and community and international programs devoted to women’s health.

Edizon León is a photographer particularly interested in the topic of visual memory in black communities. He is a member of the collective team of the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino (Afro-Andean Documental Fund) of the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador and the coordinator of the Fondós  photographic archive.

Lisa Lowe is Professor in the Department of Literature at UC San Diego.  She teaches comparative literature and intellectual history, and her research addresses Asian migration within European and American modernity. She has published books on orientalism, immigration, and globalization, including Immigrant Acts On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 1996), a coedited volume The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (Duke UP, 1997), and a forthcoming book, Metaphors of Globalization. Her current project, The Intimacies of Four Continents, is a study of the convergence of colonialisms in the early Americas as the conditions for modern humanism and humanistic knowledge.  In her conference paper, she will share a part of the project that examines the 'forgetting' of Asian indentured labor, native and native-descendant peoples, and African slavery within modern European liberal discourses of freedom, and its 'return' in gendered racial taxonomies that persist today.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He studies European intellectual productions as well as theories that emerge on the "periphery," including postcolonial expressions in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. His publications include, among others, "La antropología filosófica de Emmanuel Lévinas," Intersticios 5.10 (1999); and "The Cry of the Self as a Call from the Other: The Paradoxical Loving Subjectivity of Frantz Fanon," Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture (Winter 2001).  He has completed a book entitled, Against War!, and is completing another entitled, Fanonian Meditations.  He was formerly the Andrew Mellon Assistant Professor of Religion and Critical Theory at Duke University.

Earl McKenzie is a Lecturer in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.

Katherine McKittrick is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at York University.  Katherine completed her PhD in 2003; her dissertation, Demonic Grounds:  Black Women, Geography, and the Poetics of Landscape, is currently (and hopefully) under review at University of Minnesota Press.  Her research interests include the historical, material and philosophical geographies of the black diaspora, black Canada, black feminist thought, and Sylvia Wynter.  Her writings can be found in Gender, Place and Culture:  A Journal of Feminist Geography, Topia:  A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and The Journal of Social and Cultural Geography.

Brinda J. Mehta is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Mills College.  Her primary interests are in the fields of postcolonial African and Caribbean literatures and transnational feminisms.  She is the author of the forthcoming Diasporic (Dis)locations: Indo-Caribbean Women Writers Negotiate the "Kala Pani;" Rituals of Memory in Contemporary Arab Women's Writings; a co-edited volume on Indo-Caribbean and Afro-Caribbean Intellectual Thought; numerous articles on postcolonial literature; and a book on 19th century French realist fiction. She is currently working on a manuscript on Indo-Caribbean and Afro-Caribbean Francophone women writers entitled, Framing Diaspora in Contemporary Francophone Caribbean Women's Literature.

Gabriel Mendes is a doctoral student in American Civilization at Brown University, where he is working on a dissertation exploring the concept and impact of “normality” in American history with a focus on racialization and racism in the 1950s.

Rekha Menon, State University of New York at Buffalo

Michael R. Michau is in the English and Philosophy Ph.D. Program at Purdue University. His interdisciplinary research interests include 19th-21st century Continental European philosophy, specifically phenomenology, critical social and race theory, and philosophy of (religious) existence. His presentation, "A Discourse Ethics of Liberation?," places into conversation German philosopher and social theorist Jurgen Habermas' notion of a discourse ethics with Argentinian philosopher and theologian Enrique Dussel's praxis-based concept of an ethics of liberation.

Walter Mignolo is the William H. Wannamaker Professor of Literature and Romance Studies and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.  Professor Mignolo has published extensively on semiotics and literary theory, and has in the past years been working on colonial cultural history and postcolonial theories. His recent publications on these topics include: Writing Without Words: Alternative Literacies in Mesoamerica and the Ande, coedited with Elizabeth H. Boone (1994), and The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, Colonization (1995) and winner of the Katherine Singer Kovacs prize from the Modern Languages Association. He is also author of Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking (1999) and editor of The Americas: Loci of Enunciations and Imaginary Constructions (1994–1995). His current interests include colonial expansion and nation building at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.

Charles Mills is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1985, and previously taught at the University of Oklahoma.  His main research interests are in radical and oppositional political theory, particularly around issues of class, gender, and race.  He has published numerous articles on Marxism, critical race theory, and African-American philosophy, and has two books on race from Cornell University Press: The Racial Contract (1997) and Blackness Visible: Essays on Philosophy and Race (1998). A third book was recently published in Rowman Littlefield's "New Critical Theory" series: From Class to Race: Essays in White Marxism and Black Radicalism. He is currently working on a joint book with Carole Pateman tentatively titled Contract and Domination.

Michael Monahan is a member of the philosophy faculty at Marquette University, where he teaches and performs research in the areas of political philosophy and race theory.  His current focus is on political agency and subjectivity, with emphasis upon theoretical accounts of oppression and liberation.  (michael.monahan@marquette.edu, 414-288-6947).

P. Mabogo More teaches Philosophy at the University of Natal at Durban Westville.  He is one of South Africa’s leading philosophers of African and European existentialisms.  His work also includes teaching at Durban’s Worker’s College.  He is currently working on a series of critical existential explorations of the thought of Steve Biko.

Supriya Nair is Associate Professor of English at Tulane University.  Her areas of interest are Caribbean literature, Cultural studies,  Feminist theory, and Postcolonial theory.   Her works include Caliban’s Curse: George Lamming and the Revisioning of History (The University of Michigan Press, 1996).

Maya Nayak is in Africana Studies at Brown University.

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat is Professor Emerita at Lewis University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Counselor.   She has written articles on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, feminism, political thought, and Africana philosophy and literature.  She also is a Member of the Executive Board of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry and a Founding Member of the Phenomenology Roundtable.

Nkiru Nzegwu is Chairperson of the Department of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of Africana Studies and the Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture Graduate Program at Binghamton University.  She also is President of the International Society of African Philosophy and is well known as a visual artist.  Her published work includes the anthologies Contemporary Textures: Multidimensionality in Nigerian Art (Binghamton: International Society for the Study of Africa [ ISSA], 1999) and  Issues in Contemporary African Art (ISSA,1998).

Frederick Ochieng-Odhiambo is Head of the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica.  He is well-known for his work on African Sage Philosophy.  He also taught at the University of Nairobi in the Department of Philosophy.  He was the secretary of the local organizing committee that successfully hosted the World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF) Conference in Nairobi in 1989. This was the first and only time that WFSF has held a conference in Africa South of the Sahara. He received his B.A (hons), M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Nairobi.  He has also written widely in the areas of social political philosophy and African philosophy.

Ivan Petrella is an assistant professor at the University of Miami. He is the author of Liberation Theology: An Argument and Manifesto and editor of the forthcoming Latin American Liberation Theology: The Next Generation.  He spends almost half his time in Argentina and in his spare time roams Buenos Aires or South Beach in search of pickup soccer games.

Laurent Jean Pierre is a member of the St. Lucia Folk Research Centre.

Richard Pithouse is a research fellow at the Centre for Civil Society at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  He has written a series of articles on Frantz Fanon and was one of the organizers of the Frantz Fanon Lecture Series at the University of Natal at Durban-Westville.

Sathya Rao teaches at the Université de Montréal and University Paris X Nanterre.

Neil Roberts is currently a graduate student in Political Theory at the University of Chicago in the Department of Political Science.  A high school teacher prior to graduate school, he is the recipient of fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.  Roberts co-founded in 2002 the Graduate Student Caucus of Chicago Political Theory [http://cptgrad.uchicago.edu], a branch of the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought that recently sponsored a historic conference in downtown Chicago in April 2004 on Colonialism & Its Legacies. His current writings deal with political theory, Afro-Caribbean thought, and the concept of freedom.  In addition to writing several articles and conducting interviews in The Pepper Bird Magazine on topics and figures such as Rastafarianism, Walter Rodney, Director of PAHO Sir George Alleyne, Angela Davis, Cornel West, and Religious Existentialism, Roberts is the author of forthcoming articles and book chapters in The C.L.R. James Journal, Sartre Studies International, and an anthology devoted to the work of Caribbean thinker Sylvia Wynter

Faith Smith is Associate Professor of English and American Literature at Brandeis University.  Her research interests are Intellectual and Literary History of the Caribbean, particularly Anglophone; Popular Culture in the Caribbean; Gender and Sexuality; African Diaspora aesthetics; African American Literature; Postcolonial Literature.  Her publications include Creole Recitations: John Jacob Thomas and Colonial Formation in the Late 19th-Century Caribbean (University of Virginia Press, 2002).  She is a member of the editorial collective, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism and a member of the editorial team for the Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History; the Black Experience in the Americas, to be published by Macmillan USA/Gale Group in 2005.

Eddy Souffrant teaches philosophy at Howard University.

Anna Sparks is currently pursuing her masters degree in Art History at Boston University. Having received her undergraduate and first masters degrees in Literature from North Carolina State University, she continues to explore the interdisciplinary relationships in the visual and verbal arts, and the critical theories that apply to both disciplines.  She has taught both university and community college level literature courses and art history education lectures in various art museums and galleries in North Carolina, New York City, and Boston. Her essay to be presented at the Caribbean Philosophy Conference allows her to integrate her interests in both the dialogic and the physical, visual elements of language and power in the works of V.S. Naipaul. After completing her studies at Boston University, Anna plans to continue teaching in both classroom and museum environments, incorporating such interdisciplinary interests into all her work.

Jennifer Lisa Vest received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkely in 2000 and joined the Seattle University faculty in 2002. Her areas of research and teaching include Native American philosophy, African and African American philosophy, philosophy and race, philosophy of science, feminism, and ethics. Dr. Vest has held research positions on a variety of projects, including projects and programs funded by the Center for the Study of Women at U.C.L.A., the American Indian Film Institute, U.S.A.I.D., and the Smithsonian Institution.  She is co-editor, with B. Smith, S. Shue, and J Villereal, of Philanthropy in Communities of Color (Indiana UP 1998) and author of the forthcoming book  A New Dialogic in Philosophy: Debates in African, African American, and Native American Philosophy.

Catherine Walsh is Professor and Director of the Latin American Cultural Studies Doctoral Program at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador. She is also a member of the collective team of the Fondo Documental Afro-Andino, and its administrative coordinator. Her research work in recent years has been focused on the geopolitics of knowledge, coloniality, and interculturality in the Latin American context.

Kristin Waters is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women's Studies at Worcester State College in Massachusetts.  She writes in the areas of ethics, feminist epistemology and political theory and most recently has edited a book, Women and Men Political Theorists: Enlightened Conversations.  She is currently working on a both a monograph and an edited collection on Black feminist theory of the nineteenth century.

Stefan Wheelock is Assisant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.  He received his PhD from Brown University, where his work dealt with the relationship between the emergence of discourses of civil liberty, reason, and freedom as they are represented in eighteenth-century writing and ideology and the emergence of black writing on slavery during the era.  His area of specialization is Anglophone long-eighteenth century literature and culture, and his research interests are interdisciplinary in scope, emphasizing the political and philosophical implications of black writing within the poltical-critical tradition of Locke, Addison, Steele, and Hume. Wheelock also has interests in Marxist critical theory, hermeneutics, Existential Phenomenology, and Africana philosophy.  His first publication, "The Slave Narrative and the State:  The Question of Political Criticism and Autobiography in the Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano" will appear in the forthcoming anthology The Silent Language of Their Pens:  Slave Narratives as Readerly/Writerly Texts.

 

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