Cuba’s First International Encounter of Caribbean Journals


Yolanda Wood, director of the Caribbean Studies Center of Casa de Las Américas reminds us that the First International Encounter of Caribbean Journals will take place in Havana, Cuba, on November 16-20, 2009. The registration for the event will be on November 16 from 8:00 to 9:00am at Che Guevara Conference Room.  This conference is part of the ongoing activities planned throughout the year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Casa de las Américas and the thirtieth anniversary of the Caribbean Studies Center [also see First International Encounter of Caribbean Journals].

There will be panel discussions and presentations about journals spanning from the early 20th century to today. For example, the session Recuerdo de revistas [Memory of Journals] will feature presentations by Emilio Jorge Rodríguez on Bim (Barbados, 1942) and Kyk-Over-Al  (Guyana, 1945); Nancy Morejón on Tropiques (Martinique, 1941), Luisa Campuzano on Gaceta del Caribe (Cuba, 1944), and Jean Maxuis Bernard on Révue Indigène (Haití, 1927), among others. Panel discussions, round tables, and lectures will include writers, editors, and scholars from Cuba— such as Ana Cairo, Haydée Arango, Miguel Barnet, Digna Castañeda, Jorge Fornet, Lázara Menéndez, Kirenia Rodríguez, and Yolanda Wood— and abroad— such as Carlos Bojórquez (Mexico), Dominique Brebion (Martinique), Suzy Castor (Haiti), Alex Fleites (Dominican Republic), Vilma Gutiérrez (Colombia), Darío Hernández Hernández (Spain), Rupert Lewis (Jamaica), Guy Maximilien (Haiti), Annie Paul (Jamaica), Petamber Persaud (Guyane), Kim Robinson-Walcott (Jamaica), María Cristina Rodríguez (Puerto Rico), Katerine Seligmann (United States), and Nicosia Shakes (Jamaica).

The conference will include a variety of related activities, such as audiovisual presentations, film screenings, poetry readings, music, exhibitions, a celebration of the centennial of the Revista de la Biblioteca Nacional José Martí [The Journal of the José Martí National Library], and a special intervention by Roberto Fernández Retamar. 

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