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April 8 to 11, 2003 
"Fernando Ortiz" African Cultural Center, "Romulo Lachatanere" Afro-Caribbean Chair of Studies, the UNESCO Afro-Ibero-American Chair of Studies of the University of Alcala, Heredia Theatre, University of Oriente, Applied Linguistics Center as part of the Territorial Delegation of Science Technology and Environment Ministry (CITMA), CICIBA (International Center of Bantu Civilization) call the VII International Workshop of Africanisms in the Caribbean "'Ortiz-Lachatanere", to be held on April 8 to 11, 2003 with the objective of creating a space of approach where we value the scientific work in the disciplines of the Social Sciences to which Fernando Ortiz and Romulo Lachatanere devoted their work. 

We invite specialists on arts, literature, linguistics, philosophy, religion, music and dance to share criteria and deepen on each theme in an open dialogue. This edition will be devoted to the studies on bantuity. The Bantu diaspora in America and the Caribbean was object of study of both researchers, and the scientific approach to Bantu presence in our countries is relevant nowadays. It should also be taken into account the fact that studies on ethnic inquiry conducted in our country have proved, as one of their results, that the majority of ethnic groups integrating slaves' endowments were Bantu.

General Themes

* Fernando Ortiz y Romulo Lachatanere: studies on their life and work.

* Bantu people in the history of Africa. Pre-colonial stage, expansion, territories, colonization, slave trade and the evolution of Bantu world up to this date.

*Bantu culture in Africa and the New World. Its extension and survival. Its expression in literature, music, fine arts and traditional medicine.

*Bantu religion. Its inter-dependence with Islam. Presence and evolution of the Bantu element in popular religious expressions of African root in the New World.

*Africanisms in cultural studies nowadays. Approaches in Cuba, America and the Caribbean.

They should not exceed 50 words in a single paragraph, identified by the author or authors' names and surnames, scientific level, academic category, institution, address, phone number, e-mail and country. They will be admitted up to December 30th, 2002.

Papers should be of 10 (ten) pages in length. They will be printed in a volume involving all works presented, therefore, participants are requested to send them on a 3.5 disc, double-line spacing, Arial 10 letter for the text, bibliography and notes on Arial 9 at the end of the document. Papers will be admitted up to January 31st 2003. They should be suitable for a 15-minutes presentation and 5 minutes of debate. The Organizing Committee withholds the right of accepting the papers or not. In all cases, participants will be informed anytime before February 15th, 2003.

Registration Fees
Exposers and Delegates 120.00USD Students 80.00USD

There will be accommodation facilities available at reasonable prices at city hotels.

English, French and Spanish.

General Preliminary Program
Day 8 Opening
Plenary Sessions
Welcome Cocktail

Day 9 Plenary Sessions

Day 10 Plenary Sessions

Day 11 Plenary Sessions

Organizing Committee:

Honorary President
International Coordinator
Dr. Luis Beltran R.
President of the UNESCO Chair
of Afro-Ibero-American Studies
University of Alcala

BA. Pedro A. Lopez Cervino
Director of the Provincial Office
of the Ministry of Culture

General Coordinator
Dr. Marta Cordies Jackson
Director of the African Cultural Center
"Fernando Ortiz"
President of the Chair of Afro-Caribbean Studies
"Romulo Lachatanere"


Mrs. Sandra Cabrera
BA. Zoe Creme Ramos
BA. Magalys Wilson Ferrer
BA. Reyna Perez lvarez
BA. Clara Cumba Kindelan
BA. Yuset Candebat Montero
BA. Yadine M. Yara Gonzalez
BA. Yurislayne Cutino Martorell
BA. Zaylen Claveria Centurion


Mrs. Ileana Cordova Payas
Mrs. Rafaela Matos Yance
Mrs. Damaris Torres Tamayo
BA. Ramona Quintero Rios


BA. Pedro A. Lopez Cervino
Director of the Provincial Office
of the Ministry of Culture
President of the Organizing Committee
Tel. (53)(226) 622007

Dr. Marta Cordies Jackson
Director of the African Cultural Center
"Fernando Ortiz"
General Coordinator
Ave. Manduley # 106 esq. 5ta
Rpto. Vista Alegre. Santiago de Cuba
CP: 90400
Telefax.: (53) (22) 642487
(53) (22) 623893 (noches)

Dr. Luis Beltran R.
International Coordinator
Antiguo Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso
Plaza de San Diego s/n
E-2880 Alcala de Henares
Madrid. Espana
Tel. (81) 8854087
Fax: (34 91) 8854130


Eng. Armando Perez Cobas (Santiago de Cuba)
Calle 8 No. 56 % 1ra y 3ra
Rpto. Vista Alegre. Santiago de Cuba.
CP: 90400
Tel.: (53)(226)641237

Caridad Roman Arias (Ciudad de La Habana)
Edificio Sierra Maestra, Calle 1ra e/ 0 y 2.
Miramar, Playa, Ciudad de La Habana
Tel.: (537)23 9782/ 83/ 23 9362
Fax: (537) 24 1760

Mr. ngel Kandel
Coordinator for Latin America
A.V. Corrientes 4558 30C
1195 Buenos Aires. Argentina
Tel.: (54-11)4864-0530

Mrs. Cassandra Harley
Coordinator for the Caribbean
Sales Representative of T.T.T.I.C. Services
4 Ruthven Road, off Half Way Tree Road
Kingston 10 Jamaica W.I.
Tel: (876) 968-4920-0267 / 1-700-5384
Fax: (876) 960-1956

Dra. Joceline A. Clemencia.
Coordinadora para las Antillas Holandesas
Cultural Institute Independence. Curazao




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