Call for Papers (Casa de las Américas): International Seminar “Marcadores del tiempo en las Antillas”

casaThe International Seminar “Marcadores del tiempo en las Antillas” [Time Markers in the Antilles] will take place from April 23 to 25, 2014, at the Casa de las Américas (Havana, Cuba, It is organized by Casa’s Center for Caribbean Studies [Centro de Estudios del Caribe] in collaboration with the Institute of History of the Higher Council for Scientific Research ( and Spain’s Casa de Velázquez ( and the Groupe Interdisciplinaire sur las Antilles Hispaniques et l´Amerique Latine ( at the Sergi-Pontoise University in France. The deadline for submissions is March 4, 2014.

Description: The seminar will be structured around thematic and temporal axes to find processes, events, and periods that presupposed a before and after in the evolution of Caribbean societies. The aim is to cross the well-known boundaries that marked ruptures and continuities, and delve into different economic, cultural, social and political aspects and processes that constituted markers of time. There will be particular attention to universal historical trends in the reception of knowledge, and to the adaptation of the particularities of each country, as well as the correlation of external and internal factors in the development of the West Indies, particularly in the formation of their identities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The main goal is to offer transverse views of history stemming from the standpoints of different disciplines: social history, political history, economic history, cultural history, art and literature. Of particular importance in these studies is the comparative framework as a way to transcend national histories and to analyze the broader dynamics that affected the region. Proposals will be evaluated for acceptance based on their originality and suggestions on the exploration of new challenges and research areas, as well as their coherence with the main subject of the symposium.

Those interested in presenting papers may send abstracts until March 5, 2014. Please send the title, a 250-words abstract, and a 200-word resume in Arial 12 spacing, accompanied by the following information: name, nationality, level of studies completed, specialty, address, phone number, and email address. The information must be received electronically at Participation acceptances will be sent out starting March 15, 2014.

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