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XVIII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: AFRICAN AND AFRO-AMERICAN CULTURE
SANTIAGO DE CUBA
Dedicated to: Africa and its influence on the countries of the region
11th to 16th of April 2019

XVII ConferenceThe Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Centre, the Romulo Lachatañeré Chair of Afro-Caribbean Studies, the Provincial Directorate of Culture, the Directorate of International Relations of the CAP, the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Oriente and the UNESCO Chair in Afro-Ibero American Studies of the University of Alcalá, have the pleasure of announce the XVII International Conference on African and African-American Culture, to be held in Santiago de Cuba from 11th to 16th of April 2019.

The event proposes to bond experts, scholars and people interested in African and African American issues, opening a space for reflection on the most urgent problems of the subject, from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Researchers from the social sciences, artists, doctors, filmmakers, musicians, choreographers, dancers, priests and practitioners of folk religions of African origin and the public in general are convened to establish a debate on the following topics:

I- GENERAL THEMES

        Pre-colonial Africa: social, political and economic structures.

        The Atlantic slave traffic. Its treatment in the current historiography. The slave and forms of manumission. Palenque and maroons.

         Africans attitude facing the trading.

        Colonial Africa. Major European establishments. Creation of countries and nationalities in Africa. Wars of Liberation. Africa's relationship with the world.

        The African contribution as a component of the national identity of the Americas people and the Caribbean for an acknowledgement of our historical subject.

        Diachrony and synchrony in linguistic, philosophical, historical and literary studies on Africa, Afro-America and Afro-Caribbean.

        Culture and identity within the African continent.

        Gender, race and cultural identity.

        Africans and Afrodescendant in the New World.

        Multiculturalism, acculturation and re-Africanization as current trends to provide treat the African component in the New World.

        The political and cultural relationship among Africa and the peoples of the Americas and the Caribbean.

        African religions and its contemporarily en the New World

        Contemporary African and American religions.

        The so called universal religions in Africa. Catholic, Protestants, Islamic, etc.

        Current situation of the African traditional religions in the continent.

        Africa in the twenty-first century. The current cultural problems of the continent.

        Historiography written by Africans.

 

II- WORKSHOPS

A- Workshop, "Color and Shape"

Dedicated to all manifestations of the visual arts where the African trace. Painters, sculptors, ceramists, engravers, photographers may participate and attend to theoretical works about the following topics:

        The African influence in the visual arts of the New World. Spheres of contacts and influence.

        The visual arts in the African continent.

        The artist's concept in Africa and America.

It may also participate with an exhibit of their work, with no more than three pieces, which will be displayed in a collective hall previously coordinated with the management of the event.

Registration regulations comply with the general regulations of the event.

B- Workshop "Images"

Dedicated to ethnological film and video, that collects the image and treatment given to the African influence on American culture, and to the African cinema.

Participants can show films, videos and present theoretical work on topics such as:

        Literature, film and video. Treatment of African descendants by the media.

        Ethnological video. Its contribution to the knowledge of African reality and its process of transculturation in the New World.

        Audiovisuals and cinema perspectives in Africa.

Audiovisuals reception will be until December 15th, 2017. Must include a thematic and technique summary of the play and the filmmakers data. Videos and other film materials may not exceed 30 minutes. The Committees decision is unappealable.

Registration regulations comply with the general regulations of the event.

C- Workshop "The Ancestral Rhythm"

Dedicated to music and dancing of African origin.

Choreographers, musicians, dancers, musicologists and scholars in general may participate; they will discuss the following topics:

        African music: history, evolution and current situation in the continent.

        The African influence in the music and dancing of the New World. Analogies, differences, changes and creation process towards the formation of the national music.

        The African element as a base for staging musical and dance works.

        Present times of the music and dancing in Africa.

Performances not exceeding 10 minutes, with no more than 4 dancers may be presented. In the case of groups that decide to participate in full, scenic areas of the city will be provided to perform, being understood that these functions are part of their exposure during the event and will not be charged.

Registration regulations comply with the general regulations of the event.

D - Workshop "Mask"

Dedicated to the theatre. The African influence, and the afrodescendant on stage, to a contemporary view.

Actors, theatre directors, set designers and students of theatre in general may participate; they can exchange experiences from the following topics under discussion:

        Presence of African elements in theatrical productions

        African descent on stage, both as subjects of history and as playwrights

        The theatre in Africa.

        African literature and its theatrical representation.

In the case of groups that decide to participate in full, they will be provided scenic areas of the city to perform, being understood that these functions are part of their exposure in the event, and will not be charged. Registration regulations are those general regulations of the event. In the case of theatre groups who wish to participate and prior coordination with the management of the event, a special registration fee may be established per group.

E. Workshop AfroMelenas

Project and the African Cultural Center Fernando Ortiz is proud to announce the first Cuban Expo for women of Afrodescendant, on April, 2019.  This exciting event will be held in conjunction with the XVII International Conference of African and African-American Culture in the Caribbean city of Santiago de Cuba.  Presenters will offer interactive workshops on beauty, health, relationships, and history, based on the particularities of the black women, especially the Cuban women of today.

The event pretends to gather specialists, attendees, academics and all interested people about styling and how to take care of the natural Afro hair, creating a spot to reflect about the most urgent problems of the general matters from a multidisciplinary point of view.

Our objective is to demonstrate to  black women they look beautiful with their natural hair, showing an ethnic style that also needs treatment for a healthy development, using natural and easy- access products.

Professors in physical education, trainers, nutritionists and all those that they have experience on the theme will be able to participate, they can present works referred to the subject matter.

This workshop will treat about the home economy and how to prepare a healthy food that favors not only the body but also the growth and strengthening of the hair.

We summon to all that are interested in the topic to establish a debate in the following workshops:

1.     Healthy and happy: training and inner strength.

Dedicated to all the people that  take care of their health through a natural routine.

2.     At home: Healthy food

The participants will present about the following questioning:

-        Does what we eat have influence in our hair?

-        Cuban cuisine and beauty.

 

 

3.     Outfit, style, fashion and beauty.

Like its name indicates, this workshop will extend throughout on the use of the natural hair, focusing on the Afro style, its care, types of hairdos, the Santiagueras’  woman's present-day style, the indiscriminate usage of products for the stretching of the hair and the result in health.

Hair stylists, hairdressers and barbers that are experienced on working the natural afro hair will be able to participate. They can present shows of hairdos, exposing works about the theme.

4.     Spiritual health and well-being.

Live in harmony with the nature, the benefits of practicing the traditional and natural medicine, the energies and vibrations of the universe.

Botanists, practitioners, trainers, professors and all those interested in the natural and traditional medicine, tai-chi-chuan, chi-kung, reiky, etc.


III- SYMPOSIUM: Medicine and Culture

A space dedicated to the relationships established between the medical sciences and disciplines of social sciences from the practice of the Cuban internationalist medicine and other health agencies, which also set intercultural contacts through the medical channel. A space dedicated to the medicine doctors, where they can present their experiences, both in the field of medicine, with works of their specialty and the challenges experienced  due to the cultural shock.

Papers could be presented on: 

        Traditional African medicine. Its evolution and relationship with others in the New World 

        Tropical Medicine in Africa and Afro-America 

        Homeopathic medicine.

        The Cuban medical experience in Africa. Relations among medicine and culture 

        Doctors without Borders and other similar organisations in their practice of medicine and culture 

        The World Health Organization and its role in Africa.

        Medicine, medical policies and human relationships.

        Endemic diseases in Africa and America.

        Disease and ethnicity.

        Epidemics, viruses and control of the spread of disease 

       

IVº- GENERAL RULES OF PARTICIPATION

 

A- Reception of dissertations and communications

The papers should provide general information includding: title, full name of the author or authors, scientific degree, educational category, institution and country of origin, address, phone, fax, e-mail.

The papers may not have more than two authors and they may not appear in more than two publications.

The author or co-author who cannot attend the event will receive his diploma of speaker and a disc with the publication if he pays the registration fee.

In the case of the workshops, both theoretical works and photographs of art exhibitions, abstracts and records of filmic works and data of the exhibit must be submitted for inclusion in the Proceedings of the Conference.

They thesis may have a maximum length of 12 pages - if this length is exceeded, the paper will not be published - and 15 minutes of presentation. The papers will be published on a DVD, for which it must be delivered in digital format: double spacing, Arial 12 for the text and Arial 10 for bibliography and notes (the lastest will be placed at the end of the document and its extension does not count in the number of pages).

Papers will be accepted until 15 January 2019.

Only the papers that meet the above requirements will be published. The Organizing Committee is not responsible for the publication of the works that arrive after the deadlines provided as admission or do not meet the requirements of this announcement.

The verdict of the Scientific  Committee and the Editorial Department is unappealable and the it will be informed until the January 30th, 2019.

C-Workshops 

In the case of visual artists, they should send a short CV with no more than two pages and photographs of the exhibit they will present for inclusion in the Proceedings; also, playwrights and dancers will accompany the synopsis of their works, with a curriculum no more than one page; and if it is a group, information about its history no more than three pages

D- Tickets

The Organizing Committee is not responsible with the transportation from and to their provinces of origin.

E- Registration fee

Speakers and delegates: 200.00 CUC / MN

Students: 100.00 USD / MN

In the case of interested in participating during an specific moment of the event there will be a different fee coordinated with the direction of the event.

50.00 MN/CUC per workshop

30.00 MN/CUC per participation of one day during a work commission.

NOTA, THE PAYMENT IS IN CUCS, NO OTHER CURRENCY ALLOWED.

E- Accommodation 

There will be modules of affordable accommodations in hotels of the city, which may be requested through the Organizing Committee or the tour operator Paradiso Agency.

F- Languages

English, French and Spanish

G- Contacts

Dra. Marta E. Cordiés
Director: Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Centre

General Coordinator of the XVII Conference
|Ave. Manduley No. 106 esq. A 5ta
Reparto Vista Alegre, Santiago de Cuba, CP: 90400

Telefax: (53-22) 642487
(53-22) 623893 (nights)

E-mail: martacordies@gmail.com
  

Lic. Maria Liduvina Bergues
Esp. / International Affairs

dayanet@sc.sc.rimed.cu

Lic. Martha Martinez Verges
President Scientific Committee

ccult.f.ortiz@cultstgo.cult.cu

Dr. Luis Mancha
International coordinator
UNESCO Chair in Afroiberoamericanos Studies 
E-mail:
luis.mancha@uah.es
Professional Congress Organizer (PCO):

Paradiso
Commercial Specialist
Paradiso turismo cultural
Santiago de Cuba

Email: paradiso@scsc.artex.cu

Phone: 53 22 620214/654814

Note: Please send communications and acknowledgment through the three e-mail addresses to facilitate prompt communication.

 

Articles/Artículostop

Conferencia de cultura africana y afroamericana en Santiago de Cuba  4/18/2018 Cuba TV: "Pinturas e instalaciones que salieron al público en 1986 volvieron a mostrarse en Santiago de Cuba para confirmar a todo color la herencia africana en esta isla. “Huellas en el tiempo” de Alberto Lescay Merencio fue la única exposición que se reservó en el programa de la XVII conferencia internacional de cultura africana y afroamericana que se clausura este lunes en Santiago. En la ocasión la Excma Sra Catherine Abelema Afeku, ministra de cultura, turismo y artes creativas de Ghana destacó el impacto de este encuentro para visibilizar la herencia del continente negro en el mundo."

República de Ghana por fortalecer intercambio cultural con Santiago de Cuba  4/17/2018 TV Santiago: "Cerró sus jornadas la XVII Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana que desde el día 11 reunió en Santiago de Cuba a embajadores y diplomáticos del llamado continente negro, así como a estudiantes e investigadores de diversas regiones del país. En declaraciones a la prensa la Excelentísima Señora Catherine Abelema Afeku, Ministra de Turismo, Cultura y Artes Creativas de la República de Ghana expuso el interés de fortalecer el intercambio cultural con el pueblo santiaguero."

Con África en la mira prosiguió conferencia en Santiago de Cuba  4/16/2018 Prensa Latina: "Tras cinco días de debates académicos, exposiciones plásticas y espectáculos prosiguió en esta ciudad la XVII Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana, con la presencia de diplomáticos de la región."

Finaliza en Santiago de Cuba Conferencia Internacional Cultura Africana  4/16/2018 Bohemia: "Delegaciones de Gambia, Ghana, Djibuti, Mali, Namibia, Guinea Conacri, Islas Seychelles, Congo, Kenya, Sudáfrica, Etiopía, Burkina Fasso, Guinea Ecuatorial, entre otras, participaron en el encuentro, organizado por el Centro Cultural Africano Fernando Ortiz, emblemática institución santiaguera."

Finaliza en Santiago de Cuba Conferencia Internacional sobre África  4/16/2018 Cuba Si: "Con una notable presencia de intelectuales de Estados Unidos en las comisiones y talleres especializados, la cita contó también con ponencias de investigadores de Brasil, Puerto Rico y Colombia, así como las presentadas por académicos y profesores de Universidades cubanas. Entre las conferencias sobresalieron las impartidas por el vicepresidente de la Comisión de la Unión Africana, Thomas Kwesi Quartey, y la Ministra de Turismo, Cultura y Artes Creativas de la República de Ghana, Catherine Abelema Afeku, quienes reconocieron los entrañables vínculos de africanos y cubanos."

Cuba y Unión Africana fortalecen vínculos  4/16/2018 PL: "'Fidel permanece en el corazón de las personas y demostró que todo puede ser posible cuando se quiere trabajar para el futuro', subrayó Kwesi tras depositar flores en memoria del eminente pensador y el Héroe Nacional de Cuba, José Martí. En el territorio santiaguero, participó en la XVII Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana que acogió debates sobre la historia y actualidad de ese distante continente."

“Huellas en el tiempo”, expo de Alberto Lescay Merencio  4/15/2018 TV Santiago: "Pinturas e instalaciones que salieron al público en el año 1986 volvieron a mostrarse en esta ciudad para confirmar a todo color la herencia africana en la isla. “Huellas en el tiempo”, del artista Alberto Lescay Merencio fue la única exposición que se reservó en el programa de la XVII Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana que clausurará este lunes. En la ocasión la Excma Sra Catherine Abelema Afeku, Ministra de Cultura, Turismo y Artes Creativas de Ghana destacó el impacto de este encuentro para visibilizar la herencia del continente negro en el mundo."

Rinden homenaje a Antonio Maceo en la Conferencia la Cultura Africana  4/13/2018 TV Santiago: "Una ofrenda floral en nombre del cuerpo diplomático africano acreditado en Cuba se depositó en el recinto de la llama eterna de la Plaza de la Revolución santiaguera como homenaje al Mayor General Antonio Maceo Grajales, prócer mulato de las primeras gestas independentistas. Este homenaje inició el programa oficial de la XVII edición de la Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana a la que asiste una amplia representación de diplomáticos de la región."

Inició en Santiago de Cuba Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana  4/12/2018 Trabajadores: "Diversas temáticas serán analizadas en la Conferencia por intermedio de paneles, talleres, y otras modalidades expositivas, entre estas, el aporte africano a la identidad de los pueblos de América, y género, raza e identidad cultural, los africanos y afrodescendientes en el Nuevo Mundo. El encuentro está dedicado a los 30 años del Centro Cultural Africano Fernando Ortiz, institución santiaguera que da savia y aliento a la Conferencia, y que con sostenido quehacer en el más plural acercamiento al llamado continente negro."

Santiago de Cuba: Rinde homenaje a Fidel y Martí el Vicepresidente de la Comisión de la Unión Africana  4/12/2018 TV Santiago: "Durante su estancia en Santiago de Cuba, el vicepresidente de la AUC asistirá a las sesiones de la 17ma. Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana, que auspicia el Centro Cultural Africano Fernando Ortiz, fundado hace 30 años en esta ciudad, y recorrerá lugares de interés histórico y cultural."

Presente en Santiago la cultura africana y afroamericana  4/10/2018 UNEAC: "En Conferencia de Prensa efectuada en la sede de la institución, la Doctora Cordiés informó que durante el desarrollo del evento habrá un reconocimiento a la UNEAC por el Aniversario 40 de su Comité Provincial, y asistirán los miembros del Cuerpo Diplomático Africano acreditado en Cuba. Sesionarán cuatro comisiones de trabajo centradas en Género, Raza e Identidad, Literatura y Lingüística, Historia, Etnología y Religión, además del Simposio de Medicina con los médicos cubanos que cumplieron misión internacionalista en el continente africano."

Una nueva celebración: XVII Conferencia Internacional de Cultura Africana y Afroamericana  4/9/2018 Ediciones Aurelia: "Destacó la realización del panel “África en el siglo XXI”, con la participación de representantes del cuerpo diplomático africano en Cuba, al tiempo que resaltó otros espacios en los que discutirá la influencia de esta cultura en nuestra idiosincrasia. Además, subrayó el simposio de cultura sanitaria, en el cual intervendrán especialistas cubanos de la salud que han colaborado en naciones africanas y que compartirán sus experiencias sobre la asistencia médica en esos países."

Presente en Santiago la cultura africana y afroamericana  4/9/2018 Radio Rebelde: "Sesionarán cuatro comisiones de trabajo centradas en Género, Raza e Identidad, Literatura y Lingüística, Historia, Etnología y Religión, además del Simposio de Medicina con los médicos cubanos que cumplieron misión internacionalista en el continente africano. Junto con la parte académica en este encuentro premiaremos a los niños participantes en el Proyecto Infantil Mi Abuelo Negro, que en su cuarta edición y atendido por la Licenciada María Liduvina Bergues Garrido, reconoce las mejores cartas de los pequeños santiagueros a sus compañeritos africanos."

Centro Cultural en Santiago de Cuba con tres décadas por Africa  2/9/2018 TV Santiago: "El Centro Cultural Africano Fernando Ortiz se apresta a festejar sus 30 años el próximo 25 de julio con un programa académico y artístico-literario que constatará sus aportes en pos de develar esa huella. La doctora Marta Cordiés, directora de esa institución, informó que en este lapso resaltan las investigaciones sobre el legado del continente más allá de Cuba, en el Caribe y América Latina, que tienen expresión en las Conferencias internacionales con esos temas realizadas desde 1990."

Female Beauty of African Origin to Be Enhanced in Santiago de Cuba  2/1/2018 PL: "One of the spaces of the 27th African and African American Culture Conference will be centered on enhancing the feminine beauty of African origin, which will be held here from April 11 to 16. Dr. Marta Cordiés, director of the African Cultural Center Fernando Ortiz, reported that this section of the event will be called Afromelenas and will consider the charms of the hair arranged according to these root causes, through theoretical sessions and hairdressing practices and other skills."

Enaltecerán en Santiago de Cuba belleza femenina de origen africano  2/1/2018 PL: "La doctora Marta Cordiés, directora del Centro Cultural Africano Fernando Ortiz, informó que ese apartado del evento se llamará Afromelenas y ponderará los encantos de los cabellos arreglados de acuerdo con esas tendencias raigales, mediante sesiones teóricas y prácticas de peluquería y otras habilidades. Como una novedad en el programa de la cita valoró esta iniciativa que ya genera expectativas entre los participantes y en particular en aquellas mujeres que admiran esas cabelleras al natural, con los rizos heredados de los ancestros o preparados gracias a las técnicas modernas."
 

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