Lewis Gordon recently announced on the APA blog that Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Professor of Romance Languages and an affiliate in the Latin American Studies Program and the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program at Bowdoin College, was elected President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA). Our warmest congratulations!
Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Professor of Romance Languages and an affiliate in the Latin American Studies Program and the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Program at Bowdoin College, was elected President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) in August 2019. She began her three-year term on January 1, 2020.
Professor Vété-Congolo earned doctorate in general and comparative literature from the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane. Her research and scholarship focus principally on Caribbean and African ideas, philosophy, literature and orality. Very interdisciplinary and comparative, her work pays particular attention to discourses by women and about women of the Caribbean, West and Central Africa. In addition to her numerous literary and theoretical writings, she is also a published poet (here and here).
A committed and dynamic intellectual, Professor Vété-Congolo has been actively involved in the Caribbean Philosophical Association’s project of shifting the geography reason well before becoming a member of the organization. This work includes her efforts to link ideas across the Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean with those of West Africa and Europe. As a member of the Caribbean Philosophical Association, she was Secretary for Francophone outreach and Chair of Africana Orality Research, during which she co-organized the joint conference of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and La Société sénégalaise de philosophie (SOSEPHI), Shifting the Geography of Reason XV: Ways of Knowing, Past and Present at L’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD) in Dakar, Sénégal, in June, 2018. Attracting a few hundred presenters from countries across the African continent and those of the Caribbean and South America, as well as others from countries of Eastern and Western Europe and as far away as New Zealand, the conference also drew an eager audience of a few thousand from Senegal and other countries. Professor Vété-Congolo spent her time after the conference in workshops and presentations across Senegal building relationships that continue to this day.