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Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium (CHiPS) 2017
Conversations XII: Interrogating Caribbean Philosophical & Intellectual Traditions
“One of the peculiar features of Caribbean intellectual life is the near absence of an explicitly cultivated tradition. Yet the region has produced authors such as C. L. R. James, Frantz Fanon, and Wilson Harris, whose works are brimming with original philosophical insights and arguments.” (Paget Henry)
The theme of the twelfth edition of Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium (CHiPS) centres on interrogating Caribbean philosophical and intellectual traditions. In this endeavour, we seek papers exploring the variety of philosophical and intellectual issues within, or relevant to, the Caribbean region. We are interested in papers that examine the theoretical foundations of issues pertinent to the Caribbean: issues such as those pertaining to investigation of identity, race, and social change; the question of diaspora; slavery, colonialism, and reparations; aesthetics and ethics; religion, spirituality, and culture; gender and sexuality; regionalism and integration; ramifications of CSME.
In keeping with the spirit of our conversations, we hope to bring together thinkers operating in and across different cultural and philosophical traditions as well as other disciplines that share a boundary with philosophy, disciplines such as cultural studies, critical theory, sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, theology, etc.

Abstracts (300-500 words) are due by January 31, 2017 to Feedback on abstracts will be provided within a week of submission. Participants whose abstracts are accepted by the vetting committee will then be required to submit their completed papers via email as an attachment in Open or LibreOffice, Word, or Wordperfect by the firm deadline of  March 15, 2017. These papers will then be posted online for other participants to consult prior to the conference with the intention that time at the Symposium can be devoted more to discussion than to exposition of the written papers.

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