Conference Notice: Conference on Caliban's Reason: 20 Years Strong

Call for Papers:

2020 marks 20 years since the publication of the ground-breaking, seminal and pioneering Paget Henry’s magnum opus on Caribbean philosophy, Caliban’s Reason. The interdisciplinary scholarship that undergirded the effort, the reception that greeted the work, the debates that have followed the text and the endless vistas of intellectually creative research that it has opened up have been unparalleled in brilliance, exceptionally profound and commendable in institutionalizing Caribbean intellectual traditions. Numerous accolades have been garnered by the book, praises sung of the author who has straddled two disciplinary spaces in the academy, tomes generated through the insights provoked and younger and highly talented scholars bred by the new perspectives which the work has disclosed.

To commemorate this 20-year milestone, the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy and the Joint Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of the West Indies and University of Lagos, in partnership with the Departments of Africana Studies and Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University and Department of Philosophy, University of Connecticut are organizing an international and interdisciplinary Conference on “Caliban’s Reason and Caribbean Intellectual Traditions” in March 19-22, 2020. This event will further provide the space and time first to institutionalize the preparation of future generation of scholars and confident researchers in Caribbean and Global Intellectual traditions, while the second similarly provides a unique avenue for scholars and researchers to present scholarly essays, exhibitions, as well as showcase talents in all areas of the Caribbean and Global African humanities. Scholars and researchers, artists and creative persons are encourages to forward abstracts, proposals and synopsis of their ideas on various areas of interest germane to African and Caribbean and Global African Traditions

The Conference organizers will determine where to situate these proposals; that is, either as Institute materials, where workshops, seminars, field trips and other enriching experiences are planned to enable graduate and undergraduate students to earn 3 Credits toward their various programmes.


• Ontologies of Caliban
• Epistemologies of Caliban
• Tropes of Caliban and Knowledge
• Caliban-ized History of Philosophy
• Philosophy of History
• Philosophical Traditions of Africa and the Diaspora – Pre-Classical, Classical, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary
• Metaphysics and Ontologies in Africa and the Diaspora
• Epistemology and Methodologies in Africa and the Diaspora
• Social and Political Philosophies of Africa and the Diaspora
• Theorizing Slavery
• Theorizing Race and Racism
• Existentialism and Phenomenology
• Being and Nothingness
• Epistemicide
• Thinkers, Leaders and Traditions
• Alternative Justice Systems, Crime as Protest and Scapegoatism
• Political Ideologies
• Pedagogy of the Oppressed
• The Marginalization of the Male
• Educational Dissonance and Social Disintegration
• Marxism in Retreat
• Identity Strictures and Fissures
• The Rise of Fascism and Africana Futures
• Willy Lynch Syndrome
• Reparations
• Repatriations
• Religious Diffusion and Philosophy of Religion
• Rastafari
• The State of African and Diaspora Studies
• Spirituality, Myths and Modernity in Africa
• State, Religion, and Global Politics in Africa
• Sociology, Race and ethno-identity in Africa
• Archaeology, Social Anthropology and Race in Diasporic Africa
• AU, CARICOM and African and Diaspora Humanity
• Philosophy and Science in Africa
• Gender and Sexuality in Africa and the Global African Diaspora
• Reggae, Dancehall and Struggle for Identity
• Martyrdom, Hero(ine) and Liberation Movements in Africa

Lead Presenters:

Paget Henry
Molefi K. Asante
Leonard Harris
Lewis R. Gordon
Nkiru Nzegwu
Olufemi Taiwo
John Murungi
Muyiwa Falaiye
Adebola Ekanola
Thadeus Metz
Fred Ochieng’ Odhiambo
Veli Mitova

Panel Discussions:

Panel Discussions are encouraged, to brainstorm on various aspects of the task of ensuring the survival and propagation of Caribbean, African, and African Diaspora Philosophies globally. Persons interested in organizing panels are encouraged to provide a summary of the panel, panellists, relevance to the Conference, the Caribbean intellectual traditions, Global Africa and Diaspora, and overall contribution to the development of these intellectual traditions globally.

Abstract Submission and Panel Proposals:

All abstracts and panel proposals should include essay and/or panel title, the author(s) name, institutional affiliation, address, telephone numbers and email addresses. All abstracts must not be more than 250 words and panel proposals not more than 400 words. Abstracts for consideration, which must be in electronic format, should be received not later than September 20, 2019 by any of the following individuals:

a) Professor John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji;,,
b) Dr. Sandra McCalla;,,
c) Ms. Khimaja Connell;,,

Writers of papers and panel proposals selected will be advised by October 31, 2019. Completed paper presentations are expected to reach the Conference Secretariat by January 30, 2020. This will ensure that such papers benefit from careful editing and corrections by our reviewers in collaboration with the authors to ensure the highest quality of the papers and are uploaded to the Conference Website by February 20, 2020. Final revised submissions will be published at a later date under the imprint of a leading publishing house to be determined by dedicated Editors.

Conference Fees by December 31, 2019: Regular - USA$100.00 and Graduate Students/Retirees/Associates - USA$60.00

Payment of Conference Fee after December 2019: Regular - US$150, Students/Retirees/Associates - US$100


The dates have been revised on the request by colleagues. We have relaxed the dates, bearing in mind the various obligations of our colleagues for Summer School/Term and numerous end of academic year obligations and research activities.


Conference Hotels and Guest Houses will be negotiated at group rates for the duration of the Conference and communicated to participants by October 30, 2019, so that bookings, mentioning the Conference can be made online or through the Conference Secretariat.