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Unless otherwise stated, all sessions are held in Khairoon Room, Accra Beach Hotel


1 pm to 5 pm    On-site registration at the Accra Beach Hotel.  Pre-registered guests should pick up their packages at the registration desk.
If arriving after 5 pm, please pick up the package at the reception.

4 pm to 5 pm   Business Meeting at Lot 13, Lancaster, St. James.  Transportation will be available at the Accra Beach Hotel. 

5pm till 9 pm   Reception at Lot 13, Lancaster, St. James.  Menu will be  a variety of local / Bajan dishes and local rums and punches

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2004

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.  

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Lewis Gordon, President and Temple University Representative; 

  • Clevis Headley, Vice President and Florida Atlantic University Representative; 

  • B. Anthony Bogues, Chairperson, Department of Africana Studies, Brown University;

  • Representative from UWI, Cave Hill

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

OPENING PLENARY: Political Theory and Caribbean Politics 1:

(Moderator: Richard Clarke, UWI, Cave Hill)

  • Aaron Kamugisha, York University “Spectres of Colonialism: Reflections on Denials of Citizenship in the Caribbean Postcolony”

  • George Belle, UWI, Cave Hill “The Politics of Inclusion: A Contribution to the Sourcing and Delineation of a Discreet Ontology  of Caribbean Philosophy”

  • B. Anthony Bogues, Brown University “Shifting the Geography of Reason: From Critical Reason to Radical Reasoning”

10:00a.m.–12:00 p.m.

A. Political Theory and Caribbean Politics 2

(Moderator: Gabriel Mendes, Brown University)

  • Eddy Souffrant, Howard University “Discourse on Race, Identity and Colonial Legacies”

  • Clinton Hutton, UWI, Mona “Narratives of the Haitian Revolution: Their Epistemological Issues”

  • Neil Roberts, University of Chicago “Recognition and Freedom in Caribbean Political Theory”

  • Thomas Donovan, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project “Suriname-Guyana Maritime and Territorial Disputes: A Legal and Historic Analysis”

B. Memory, Reason, Post-European Science, and Africana Phenomenology

(Moderator: Michael Monahan, Marquette University)

  • David Fryer, Illinois-Wesleyan University “Memories of the Past and the Present of Memory: Narration, Recollection, and Constitution in Caribbean Philosophy”

  • Esiaba Irobi, Ohio University “The Philosophy of the Sea: History, Economics, and Reason in the Caribbean Basin”

  • James Maffie, Colorado State University “‘In the end we have the gatling gun, and they do not’: Charles Taylor’s ‘Technological Might Makes Epistemological Right’ Defense of the Epistemic Superiority of Western Science”

  • Kenneth Knies, SUNY, Stony Brook “Phenomenology and the Idea of Post-European Science”

  • Marina Banchetti-Robino, Florida Atlantic University “Some Suggestions for Developing a Phenomenological Africana Philosophy of Science”

12:00 pm–12:50 pm  

Lunch (On your own. There are many fine restaurants and street-side vendors in the area, in addition to the hotel’s restaurants)

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

PLENARY: African Philosophy in Three Voices: Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa

(Moderator: Paget Henry, Brown University)

  • Teodros Kiros, Brown University and Harvard University “Zara Yacob, a seventeenth century Ethiopian Philosopher on African Elightenment”

  • Ayotunde Bewaji, UWI, Mona “The Georgraphies of Reason: Remapping the Existential Model Across Cultural Boundaries”

  • Percy B. More, University of Natal, Durban-Westville “Black Existentialism in South Africa”

2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

A. Fanon and Caribbean Philosophy

(Moderator: Nelson Maldonado-Torres, University of California--Berkeley)

  • Roxanne Burton, UWI, Mona “Overdetermination from Without: Fanon’s and Kincaid’s Interrogation of Merleau-Ponty’s Body-Subject”

  • Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Lewis University “Can Blacks Save the World?: An Essay on the Anti-Survivalist Perspectives of Frantz Fanon and Toni Morrison”

  • Richard Pithouse, University of KwaZulu-Natal, “Fanon’s Fighting Culture and Communities of Resistance in Contemporary South Africa”

B. Latin Caribbean Thought

(Moderator: Marina Banchetti-Robino, Florida Atlantic University)

  • Noel Allende-Goitía, Western Michigan University “The Geographical Imagination: The Ontology of Race, Place, and Site in the Identity Debate in Puerto Rico, 1850–1940”

  • Catherine Walsh & Edizon León, Universidad Andina Simón Bolivar, Ecuador “Afro-Andean Thought and Diasporic Ancestrality”

  • Gertrude James Gonzalez de Allen, Spelman College “Discourse of Memory: The Development of an Afro-Latin Philosophy”

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

A. African Philosophy and Rastafari

(Moderator: Neil Roberts, University of Chicago)

  • Tony Idowu Aladejana, Abafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria) “Bob Marley and the Philosophy of Music”

  • Laurent Jean Pierre, St. Lucia Folk Research Centre “Weaving the Natty Dreadlocks Poly-Consciousness into Caribbean Thought”

  • Jeanne Christensen, UWI, Mona “Philosophy and Gender: From ‘Rastaman Woman’ to ‘Rastawoman’”

B. Feminism & The Geography of Reason

(Moderator: )

  • Kristin Waters, Worcester State College “‘Reason’ in Nineteenth-Century Black Feminism”

  • Katherine McKittrick, York University “Demonic Grounds: The Real and Possible Geographies of Sylvia Wynter”

  • Kean Gibson, UWI, Cave Hill “The Structure and Implications of the Reconstitution of Caste in Guyana”

5:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break Sponsored by the Barbadian Tourism Authority

6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. 

PLENARY: Analytical Caribbean Philosophy

(Moderator: Clevis Headley, Florida Atlantic University)

  • Bernard  Boxill, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill “Sources of Caribbean Philosophy”

  • Charles Mills, University of Illinois, Chicago “Caribbean Philosophy”

FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2004

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  

Book Session on Caliban’s Reason

(Moderator: Maya Nayak, Brown University)

  • Chike Jeffers, York University “Strategies of Organization: Paget Henry and Traditional African Philosophy”

  • Clevis Headley, Florida Atlantic University “Critical Reflections on Caliban’s Reason

  • Patrick Goodin, Howard University “Blyden’s Alleged Providential Historicism: A Critical Response to Caliban’s Reason

  • Paget Henry, Brown University “Reply to Critics”

9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

The Frantz Fanon Award for Most Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought

Presented by Clevis Headley, Secretary of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, Marina Rabino Banchetti, Editor of The Journal of the Caribbean Philosophy Association, and Lewis R. Gordon, President of the Caribbean Philosophy Association

9:15 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

PLENARY: Race and the Geopolitics of Knowledge

(Moderator: Aaron Kamugisha, York University)

  • Lisa Lowe, University of California, San Diego “Race from Freedom”

  • Walter Mignolo, Duke University “Caribbean Philosophy and the (Geo-Bio) Politics of Knowledge”

10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

A. Racial Invisibility and Challenges to Selfhood I 

(Moderator: Jane A. Gordon, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Carolyn Cusick, Vanderbilt University “Revolutionary Inclusion in Philosophy”

  • Taitu Heron, UWI, Mona “Analysing the Challenges of Selfhood in Afro-Caribbean Existence”

  • C. S. Johnson, Middle Tennessee State University “John Locke, the Problem of Personal Identity and English Colonial/Economic Enterprise”

  • Lawrence Ojo Bamikole, UWI, Mona “Creolisation and the Search for Identity in Caribbean Philosophy”

  • Sathya Rao, University of Montreal “The Face and the Mask: Inventing Africa”

B. Discourses on Problems of History

(Moderator: Gabriel Mendes, Brown University)

  • Stefan Wheelock, University of Pittsburgh “Mythology and the Philosophy of History: David Walker’s Critique of the American Nation-State”

  • James Bryant, College of the Holy Cross “Cuguano and the Problem of Historico-Religious Thought”

  • Josephat Obi Oguejiofor, Bigard Memorial Seminary (Nigeria) “The Unity in the History of Africa / Africana Philosophy”

  • Richard Clarke, UWI, Cave Hill “Conceptualising (the Historiography of) Caribbean Philosophy” 

12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

Lunch (On your own)

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

PLENARY: Poetics, Indigeneity,  and Africana Philosophy

(Moderator: Teodros Kiros, Brown University and Harvard University)

  • N. Nzegwu, Binghamton University “Art as Identity: African Aesthetics in  Diaspora”

  • J. Vest, Seattle University “The Epistemic and Poetic Resources of Africana Philosophy”

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A. Theorizing Liberation

(Moderator: Gabriel Mendes, Brown University)

  • I. Petrella, U“Latin American Liberation Theology and the Critique of Theological Reason: Elements for a 21st Century Liberation Theology”

  • M. Michau, Purdue U“A Discourse Ethics of Liberation?: Splitting the Difference between Dussel and Habermas”

  • Michael Monahan, Marquette University “Reciprocity, Assistance, and Structural Adjustment: A Phenomenology of Liberation in the Caribbean”

B. Reason & Contradictions of Modernity

(Moderator: H. Yvette Koch, Brown University)

  • F. Smith, Brandeis U“When the West Is Not the West: Locating Reason and Modernity in the Late 19th-Century Caribbean”

  • S. Nair, Tulane University “Representing Trauma and Madness in Modern Caribbean Landscapes”

  • C. John, University of Oklahoma “Diasporic Consciousness and the Concept of Plenitude”

4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break Sponsored by the Barbadian Tourism Authority

5:00 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.  

Indo-Caribbean Thought  

(Moderator: Maya Nayak, Brown University)

  • Rekha Menon, SUNY, Buffalo  “Disrobing the Third World’s third world”

  • Ed Brandon and Nicole Parris, UWI, Cave Hill “Naipaul on Believing the Unbelievable”

  • Anna Sparks, Boston University “The Physics of Discourse: A Bakhtinian Analysis of Language and Power in V.S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River

  • Brinda Mehta, Mills College “Kalimai Worship and Indo- Caribbean Identity in Moses Nagamootoo’s Hendree’s Cure”

6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.  

CLOSING PLENARY: Caribbean Philosophy: Future Challenges

(Moderator: Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Lewis University)

  • Paget Henry, Brown University “Phenomenology and the Future of Afro-Caribbean Philosophy”

  • Nelson Maldonado-Torres, University of California, Berkeley “On the Very Idea of Post-Continental Philosophy: Caribbean Philosophy and the Future of Thinking”

  • Lewis Gordon, Brown University “Caribbean Philosophy and Shifting the Geography of Reason”

9:00 p.m. to 11: p.m.  

Will meet up at Oistins (Fish Fry Restaurant).


These are exploration days.  Will have information on activities and events that weekend.

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