California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race

Dedicated to Conversation and Research on Philosophy and Race-related Issues

Past Programs

2014 CRPR Meeting: Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Friday, September 19:

Session I: 9:00-11:00 am, Moderator: Michael Monahan, Marquette University

9:00 am Emily Parker, Towson University:  “Two Theories of Difference: On Denaturalization and Irrevocable Difference!”


10:00 am Lauren Freeman, University of Louisville: “Phenomenology of Racial Oppression”

11:00-11:30: Break

Session II: 11:30-12:30 pm. Moderator: Ronke Oke, Pennsylvania State University


11:30-12:30 Gwynn Markle, Cal Poly Pomona University: Race, Crime and Social Justice

12:30-2:00: Lunch

Session III: 2:00-4:00 pm, Falguni Sheth, Hampshire College

2:00 pm: Luvell Anderson, University of Memphis: “Notorious Thugs”


3:00 pm: Verena Erlenbush, University of Memphis: “Beasts, Monsters, Barbarians: The Racial Dimensions of Terrorism”


Break: 4:00-4:30 pm


Keynote Session: 4:30-6:00, Moderator: Mickaella Perina, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Anita Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

University of Pennsylvania Law School

“Philosophy and Technology: Race, Privilege and Privacy”

Keynote Reception: 6:30-7:30 pm

Saturday, September 20:


Session IV: 10:00 am-12: 00 am, Moderator: Eddy Souffrant, UNC Charlotte

10:00 am: Philip T. Mack, Marquette University: “Overlooking Racism”


11:00 am: Vanessa Wills, St. Joseph’s University: “The 'White Privilege' Concept in Marxism and Critical Race Theory.”

Lunch: 12:00-1:30


Session V: 1:30-3:30, Moderator: Grant Silva, Marquette University

1:30 pm: Ronke Oke, Pennsylvania State University: “How Race Travels”


2:30 pm: Lawrence Blum, University of Massachusetts, Boston: "Races, Racialized Groups, and Racial Identity: Perspectives from South Africa, U.S., and Brazil"

Break: 3:30-4:00 pm


Session VI: 4:00-6:00 pm, Moderator, Ernesto Rosen, University of Dayton


4:00 pm: Colleen McCluskey, St. Louis University: Black on the Outside, White on the Inside: Peter Abelard’s Use of Race


5:00 pm: Surya Parekh, Pennsylvania State University: “Affirmations of Blackness: Reading the Black Enlightenment”

Closing Reception: 6:30-7:30 pm

CRPR 2013 Program

Thursday October 10th

Cortelyou Commons on the DePaul Lincoln Park campus (map with highlighted buildings)

2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Coffee/Welcome

Session I: 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Moderator: Lisa McLeod, Guilford College

3:00 p.m.: Renisa Mawani, University of British Columbia

“Atmospheric Pressures: On Race and Affect”

4:00 p.m.: Stephanie Rivera-Berruz, University of Buffalo

“The Gaze Returned: Boomerang Perception Thrown Through Racial Realism”

5:00: Introductory Remarks and Reception


Friday October 11th

Cortelyou Commons on the DePaul Lincoln Park campus


9:00-9:30 a.m.: Coffee/Light Breakfast

Session II: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Moderator: Ernesto Rosen Velasquez, University of Dayton

9:30 am: Sybol Cook Anderson, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

“The Imperative of Post-Racialism: Ending the Racial Paradigm”

10:30 am: Alia Al-Saji, McGill University

“A Phenomenology of Hesitation: Interrupting Racializing Habits of Perception”

11:30 a.m.: Sophie Guérard de Latour, Université de Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne

“Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism, Allies or Enemies? Assessing the ‘Strategy of Des-ethnicization’ in Critical Republicanism”

Lunch: 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.


Session III:  2:00-4:00 p.m.


Moderator: Janine Jones, University of North Carolina, Greensboro


2:00 p.m.: Shannon Sullivan, Pennsylvania State University

“The Hearts of White People: Ignorance and the Physiology of White Racism”

3:00 p.m.:  Andrew Pierce, Sacred Heart University

 The Myth of the White Minority


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


Keynote: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

McGowan South Room 108 on the DePaul Lincoln Park campus


Lucius Outlaw, Professor of Philosophy and of African American and Diaspora Studies

Vanderbilt University


“If not Raciality...?: Bio-social Groupings, Philosophical Anthropology, Social Ontology”

Moderator: Darrell Moore, DePaul University

Keynote Reception: 6:00-7:30 pm

Saturday, October 12th

Cortelyou Commons on the DePaul Lincoln Park campus


9:30-10:30 a.m.: Coffee/Light Breakfast

Session IV: 10:00 a.m.-12 p.m.

Moderator: Lawrence Blum, University of Massachusetts, Boston


10:00 a.m.: Grant Silva, Marquette University

“The Colonial and Racial Dimensions of Immigration: Why No One Has a Problem With Legal Immigration”

11:00 a.m.: Eddy Souffrant, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

“The Challenge of Universal Freedom: Douglass in Haiti”

Lunch: Noon-1:30 p.m.

Session V: 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Moderator: Michael Monahan, Marquette University

1:30 p.m. Megan Mitchell, UNC Chapel Hill

”‘Everything’s a Little Bit Racist:’ An Account of Implicit Racial Bias as Institutional Racism”


2:30 p.m.: Joseph Smith, Southern  Illinois University, Carbondale, “The Niggarization of Black Bodies”

3:30-3:45 Break

3:45 p.m.: Kristin McCartney, Oakton Community College, “This Bridge…: On Reading Lesbian Contexts as Philosophers of Race”


Break: 4:45-5:00 p.m.


Session VI: 5:00-6:30 p.m., Roundtable on the Roundtable

Closing Reception: 6:30-7:30 p.m.


CRPR 2011 Meetings

September 23-24, 2011

University of Massachusetts, Boston


Friday, September 23, 2011

Session I. 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Chair: Jose Jorge Mendoza, University of Oregon

10:30 am: Michael Monahan, Marquette University, “Privilege, Scarcity, and Oppression"

11:30 am: Catherine Kendig, Missouri Western State University, “Race as a Physiosocial Phenomenon”


12:30-2:00 pm Lunch

Session II. 2:00-4:00 pm

Chair: Darrell Moore, DePaul University

2:00 pm: Nana Adusei-Poku, Humboldt University, Berlin, “Gazes And The Unbranded”

3:00 pm: Robin James, UNC Charlotte, “Sound & Sensibility: Theorizing Race Beyond the Visual”


4:00-4:30 Break

Keynote. 4:30-6:00 pm

Chair: Mickaella Perina, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Professor Linda Martín Alcoff, Hunter College, "The Future of Whiteness"

6:30: Reception

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Session IV. 10:30-12:30 pm

Chair: Devonya Havis, Canisius College

10:30 am: Helen Ngo, Stony Brook University, “The Problem with Levinas' Other”

11:30 am: Sunera Thobani, University of British Columbia, “The Race of Sovereignty: Bare Life, Empire and States of Exception"

Lunch: 12:30-2:00 pm

Session V. 2:00-3:00 pm

Chair: Lisa McLeod, Guilford College

2:00 pm: Jessica Otto, SUNY Buffalo, "When is Racism Really Racism: A Critical Examination of J. Angelo Corlett's Theory of Racism"

3:00 pm: Bart van Leeuwen, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), “Urban Civility or Urban Community?  A False Opposition in Richard Sennett’s Conception of Public Ethos”



Darrell Moore, DePaul University

Mickaella Perina, UMass Boston

Falguni Sheth, Hampshire College




California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race


7th Annual Meeting

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


October 8-9, 2010

Friday, October 8:


Session I: 9:30-12:30, Moderator: Charles Mills, Northwestern University


9:30 am: Devonya Havis, Canisius College, “Arts of Existence: Locating Black Women’s Philosophies”

10:30 am: Chike Jeffers, Northwestern University, “On the Possibility of a Non-Essentialist Black Cultural Nationalism”

11:30 am: Ernesto Rosen Velasquez, University of Dayton, “Latino Identity: Higher- and Lower-Level Ethnic Traits”


Lunch: 12:30 to 2:00 pm


Session II:  2:00-4:00, Moderator: Michael Monahan, Marquette University


2:00 pm: Quayshawn Spencer, University of San Francisco, “An Impossibility Proof for Genuine Phylogenetic Classifications of Race”

3:00 pm: Thomas Teo, York University, “Empirical Psychology, Scientific Racism, and Epistemological Violence”


Break: 4:00-4:30 pm


Keynote Session: 4:30-6:00, Moderator: Mickaella Perina, U. Mass, Boston

Lawrence Blum, “Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Immigration:

A Framework for the Normative Assessment of Disparities”


Saturday, October 9:

Session III: 10:00 am-Noon

Moderator:  Robin James, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

10:00 am: Frank Kirkland, CUNY, "The Hegel Project”

11:00 am: Lisa McLeod, Guilford College, “What the Old Man Knew: Du Bois on Whiteness and Racial Justice”


Lunch: Noon-1:30 pm

Session IV: 1:30-3:30 pm

Moderator: Sarah Hoagland, Northeastern Illinois University

1:30 pm: Kristin Waters, Worcester State College and Brandeis University, “Crying out for Liberty: Five Arguments about Oppression"

2:30 pm: Alissa Bierria, Stanford University, “The Sociality of Agency and the Politics of Making Sense”

Break: 3:30-4:00 pm

Session V: 4:00-6:00 pm

Moderator: Falguni A. Sheth, Hampshire College

4:00 pm: Jose Jorge Mendoza, University of Oregon, “The Braid of Non-Whiteness: White Supremacy and Immigration”

5:00 pm: Andrea Pitts, University of South Florida, “The Production of Race and Republicanism: Motherhood and Whiteness in 19th Century Argentina” 


Closing Reception: 6:30-7:30 pm

The Guild Lounge, Scott Hall, 601 University Place


Our thanks to the sponsors  and guest organizer of this year’s conference:

Sponsor: Dept. of Philosophy


Dept. of Political Science

Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Guest Organizer: Charles Mills, Northwestern University


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, DePaul University  


CRPR 2009

October 2 & 3, 2009

Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts


Friday, October 2, 2009

 All sessions will take place in West Lecture Hall

Session I.                   Chair: Darrell Moore (DePaul)

9:30 am: Alia Al-Saji (McGill) “Cultural Racism and Muslim Veiling”

10:30 am:  Irfan Khawaja (Felician) “Orientalism, Racism, and Islam: Edward Said Between Race and Doctrine”

11:30-11:45 Break

Session II.                  Chair: Monique Roelofs (Hampshire)

 11:45-12:45 Carole Tushabe (UC Riverside) “Did you Say ‘Closet’ in the ‘Jungle’?: Global Queer and Cultural Knowledge Production”

12:45-2:00 pm Lunch Break—Esselon Café, West Street, S. Hadley

Session III.                   Chair: Mickaella Perina (U. Mass Boston)

 2:00-3:00 pm: Razvan Amironesei (Laval) “Ideology, Power and Race in Foucault”

 3:00-4:00 pm: Avram Alpert, (U. Penn) “The Form of Racism: Re-considering Levinas on Race and Culture”

4:00-4:30 break

Session IV.                   Chair: Falguni A. Sheth (Hampshire)

4:30-6:00 pm Keynote Address:

Charles Mills, "De-Racializing Rawls"

 6:00-7:30 pm: Reception at Library Art Gallery

7:30 Dinner


Saturday, October 3, 2009


Session V.                  Chair: Elaine Brown (McGill)

10:00-11:00 am: Larry Blum (U. Mass Boston) “Corlett, Alcoff, and Gracia on the Nature of Race”

11:00 am-12:00pm: Grant Silva (U. Oregon) “The Races Between Latin America and the United States: Two Dogmas of Racialization, Latino/a Immigration and the Mechanics of ‘Post-Racial’ Ideology”

 12:00-1:30 Lunch Break

Session VI.                   Chair: Michael McEachrane  (U. Mass Amherst)

1:30-2:30 pm: Banu Subramaniam (U. Mass. Amherst) “Casting Race, Racing Caste: The Genetic Architecture Of Race And Caste”

2:30-3:30 pm: Albert Mosley (Smith) “Should Racial Categories be Eliminated?”

 3:30-4:00 Break

Session VII.                   Chair: Kyoo Lee (John Jay)

 4:00-5:00 pm: Camisha Russell (Penn State) “The Artificial Reproduction of Race: Race and Assisted Reproductive Technologies”

5:00-6:00 pm: Allison Wolf (Simpson) “The Medicalization of Reproducing Whiteness”

6:30: Dinner


Falguni Sheth, Hampshire College

Mickaella Perina, U.Mass Boston


California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race

2008 Meetings

Host Institution: University of California, Berkeley


Guest Organizer, Nelson Maldonado-Torres (UC Berkeley),

Friday, October 3, 2008

9:30-11:30 am Charles Watson (Earlham College) Chair

9:30 am

Robin James (UNC-Charlotte), “Sensus communis and hegemonic ‘common sense’: race as interpretive horizon and distribution of the sensible”

10:30 am

Susan Smith (U. at Buffalo), “Race as a Tool in Medical Diagnoses”

11:30 am-1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm-2:30 pm Nelson Maldonado-Torres (UC Berkeley) Chair

Keynote Speaker: Maria Lugones (Binghamton University)

2:45-4:45 pm Gregory Velazco y Trianosky (CSU Northridge), Chair

2:45 pm

Kyoo Lee (John Jay), “Still (Un)Written On the Face:

On The Artifactual Originality of the “Paper Sons” of Chinese America as a Spectral Resource for Citational Politics To Come”

3:45 pm

Darrell Moore (DePaul U), “John Locke, Mary Rowlandson, and the Ontological Transformation of Space” 

Saturday, October 4, 2008

10:00 am-12:00 noon Rita Alfonso (UC Berkeley), Chair

 10:00 am

Shireen Roshanravan (Kansas State), “Long and Wide” South Asian Selves:

Feminist Implications of Horizontal Cross-Racial Identification”

11:00 am

Sarah Hoagland (N. Illinois U/Institute of Lesbian Studies), Colonial Practices/Colonial Identities: White Academic Feminist Deployment of Gender

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30-3:30 pm Tina Botts (Arkansas-Little Rock/Memphis), Chair

 1:30 pm

Alexis Artaud de la Ferriere (EHESS, Paris), “Modernist Primitivism: Aesthetic Colonialism?”

 2:30 pm

Elizabeth Philipose (CSU Long Beach), “Feminism, International Law, and the Spectacular Violence of the ‘Other’: Decolonizing the Laws of War”

4:00-6:00 pm Crista Lebens (U. Wisconsin-Whitewater), Chair

4:00 pm

Elaine Chukan Brown (N. Arizona/McGill), “Theoretical Choice and Ethical Implications: A Critique of Andreasen's Cladistic Notion of Race”

 5:00 pm

Michael Monahan (Marquette), “Racial Justice and the Politics of Purity"

 All sessions will be held in 554 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley Campus

Grateful thanks to the Department of Ethnic Studies and the Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley for sponsoring this year's CRPR.



Falguni A. Sheth (Hampshire College),

Gregory Velazco y Trianosky (CSU Northridge)