Conference Convener

Lewis Gordon is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Jewish Studies at Temple University, where he also directs the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies, and Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Government at the University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. He is the author of Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism (Humanity Books, 1995), Fanon and the Crisis of European Man: An Essay on Philosophy and the Human Sciences (Routledge, 1995), Her Majesty’s Other Children: Sketches of Racism from a Neocolonial Age (Rowman & Littlefield, 1997), which won the Gustavus Myer Award for Outstanding Work on Human Rights in North America, Existentia Africana: Understanding Africana Existential Thought (Routledge, 2000), Disciplinary Decadence: Living Thought in Trying Times (Paradigm Publishers, 2006), An Introduction to Africana Philosophy (Cambridge UP, 2008), and, with Jane Anna Gordon, Of Divine Warning: Reading Disaster in the Modern Age (Paradigm Publishers, 2009). His edited and co-edited books are Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy (Routledge, 1997), Fanon: A Critical Reader (Blackwell, 1996), A Companion to African-American Studies (Blackwell, 2006), which was chosen as the NetLibrary eBook of the Month for February 2007, and Not Only the Master’s Tools: African-American Studies in Theory and Practice (Paradigm Publishers, 2006). Professor Gordon has received many accolades for his work, including, more recently, the James and Helen Merritt Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to the Philosophy of Education. Studies of his work include The C.L.R. James Journal’s summer 2008 issue entitled “Teleological Suspensions in Africana Philosophy,” and the spring 2011 of the Atlantic Journal of Communication, entitled “Beyond Disciplinary Decadence: Communicology in the Thought of Lewis Gordon.” He was President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association from 2003 till 2008.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Arjun Appadurai, the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University will deliver the keynote address. He is a prominent contemporary social-cultural anthropologist, having formerly served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The New School in NYC. He has held various professorial chairs and visiting appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, Yale University, and The New School University. In addition, he is a founding editor of Public Culture, one of the most influential cross-disciplinary journals, and has served on several scholarly and advisory bodies in the United States, Latin America, Europe and India. Dr. Appadurai’s books include Fear of Small Numbers (Duke UP, 2006), Globalization (Duke UP, 2001), Modernity at Large (U. Minnesota, 1996), The Social Life of Things (Cambridge UP, 1986), and Worship and Conflict Under Colonial Rule: A South Indian Case (Cambridge UP, 1981). The nature and significance of his contributions throughout his academic career have earned him the reputation as a leading figure in his fields.

Plenary Speakers

Paget Henry is Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Brown University . His specializations are Dependency Theory, Caribbean Political Economy, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Art and Literature, Africana Philosophy and Religion, Race and Ethnic Relations, Poststructuralism, and Critical Theory. He has served on the faculties of SUNY-Stony Brook, University of the West Indies (Antigua), and the University of Virginia. He is the author of Caliban’s Reason: Introducing Afro-Caribbean Philosophy (Routledge, 2000), which won the Frantz Fanon Prize for Caribbean Thought, Peripheral Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Antigua (Transaction Books, 1985), and co-editor of C.L.R. James’s Caribbean (Duke UP, 1992) and New Caribbean: Decolonization, Democracy, and Development (Institute for the Study of Human Issues, 1983). Henry is editor of The C.L.R. James Journal and co-editor of the Routledge series Africana Thought. His awards and fellowships include Research Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies, Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Relations, and a Ford Foundation Grant. At SUNY, Henry 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).

R. Radhakrishnan is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.  He is the author of Diasporic Mediations: Between Home and Location (University of Minnesota Press, 1996), Theory in an Uneven World (Blackwell, 2003), Between Identity and LocationThe Politics of Cultural Theory (Orient Longman, India, 2007), History, The Human, and The World Between (Duke Iniversity Press, 2008), and Edward Said: A Critical Dictionary (Wiley. 2012). He is the editor of Theory as Variation (Pencraft, 2007), coeditor with Susan Koshy of Transnational South Asians: The Making of a Neo Diaspora (Oxford University Press, 2008), coeditor with Kailash Baral ofTheory After Derrida (Routledge India and United Kingdom, 2008), and coeditor with CT Indra of Colonialism/Theory/Modernity (Orient Longman, India, 2012).  His essays and articles have appeared in a wide range of international journals and collections. Winner of a a number of prestigious fellowships including the Fulbright, R. Radhakrishnan has published a volume of poems in Tamil and translated contemporary Tamil fiction into English.  He is now completing a book length project on temporality, historicity, and the nature of the human in a post-humanist world.