Call for Papers: International Seminar—“The Role of Culture in the Caribbean Today”


The International Seminar organized under the title “The Role of Culture in the Caribbean Today: Contexts and Challenges,” will take place from September 29 to October 3, 2014 at Casa de las Americas in Havana, Cuba. The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 1, 2014.

The keynote speakers are: Anja Bandau, Richard Price, Sally Price, and Félix Valdés. Workshops will be led by specialists Alanna Lockward and Jean Frédéric Chevallier.

Description: In the current context, exponents of culture in the Caribbean region face numerous recurrent or recent issues, such as various colonial legacies, multilingualism, socioeconomic inequalities, and geographical isolation that serve as obstacles to dissemination and exchange. This situation, which is expressed in the frameworks of its multiplicity, implies for creators, producers, researchers and other professionals in the culture, the ability to develop sustainable projects, corresponding to the specifics of this cultural region. The seminar will feature keynote speeches by national and international experts; in addition to panels and workshops, there will be an opportunity for exchange and project planning for young professionals under 40 in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts.

The main topics to be addressed are: The contemporary Caribbean: A multicultural and trans-territorial cultural context; interdisciplinary approaches: popular religion, community, marginalities and exclusions in the Caribbean; the role of culture and critical debate in the Caribbean today: artistic creation and institutionalization; and perspectives of knowledge and new networks in the era of global communication.

Each workshop will have a maximum enrollment of 10 participants each, organized around the following topics: 1) Emerging artistic forms and sustainable projects for the Caribbean; and 2) Contemporary cultural practices, and community outreach in the Caribbean.

Interested parties should send their proposals for papers (for 15-minute presentations) or for participation in the workshops in Spanish to before September 1, 2014. Proposals should include a brief abstract (250 words and title), a 200-word curriculum vitae, and a document with the following personal information: full name, nationality, highest degree attained, specialization, postal address, phone number, and email address. Submissions for papers should specify the main topic (see list above) to which the presentation relates. Submissions for workshops should indicate the preferred workshop topic.

Accepted participants will be notified by September 10, 2014.

For more information, please write to the secretariat of the Center for Caribbean Studies at

For full article (in Spanish), see

[Photo by Josef Willems.]

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