Casa de las Américas promotes Afro-American colloquium in Cuba

Havana, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Casa de las Americas in Cuba is promoting today the 2nd International Colloquium on Afro-American Studies, associated with the breaking of the silences of the past, re-writings and re-readings of the continent’s history.

From its profile on the social network Twitter, the cultural institution detailed that the event, scheduled for June 14-17, will take place in the context of the International Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development (2015-2024), declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

The current call, refers the website of that entity La Ventana, values history as a means of expression of the exercise of power and warns that what is told, written, remembered or forgotten arises from confrontations of ideologies, perceptions, experiences and criteria.

These arguments have dissimilar channels for their transmission from the sciences, arts, literature, oral tradition, practices and social speeches, mediated by territories, cultures and bodies subjected to iron systems of colonial and neocolonial domination in the Americas for centuries.

The social phenomena accumulated over five centuries go through a process of redefinition and reconstruction through the confluence of fragments of banished or relegated memories, according to the text published by Casa de las Americas.

The colloquium, to be held both virtually and in person, includes in its academic program the lecture on slavery and racism, between history and memory, given by Dr. Maria del Carmen Barcia, winner of the National Prize for Social and Humanistic Sciences and History Award.

The event includes a panel on slavery practices during the period of legal commercialization of the sale of people in the Cuban Captaincy General, the intra-Caribbean traffic and the insurgency against domination strategies applied by the great land owners.


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