Schedule in Full

Titles provided in Spanish will be presented in Spanish.

Day 1: Wednesday, April 27
Time Information Location
4:40 pm Transportation to Opening for out-of-town guests Hampton Inn Lobby
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Conference Opening, Reception and Gallery Exhibition

  • Welcome by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, Conference Chair
  • Welcome by Alisa Carlson, Curator of the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology
  • Welcome by Michael O'Brien, Dean of the College of Arts and Science

This special exhibition focuses on two of the most celebrated contemporary Cuban artists, Manuel Mendive Hoyo and Eduardo "Choco" Roca Salazar.

MU Museum of Art and Archaeology
at Mizzou North
7:30 pm

Play
Letters from Cuba, by Maria Irene Fornés

Based on decades of correspondence between Fornés and her brother in Havana, Letters from Cuba moves back and forth in time, space and spirit, revealing the ties between Francisquita, a young dancer in New York, and her relatives in Cuba.

MU Corner Playhouse

 

Day 2: Thursday, April 28
Time Information Location
8:00 am Check-In Hampton Inn Foyer
9:00 – 10:00 am

Welcome by Michael Middleton, University of Missouri Interim System President
and Juanamaría Cordones-Cook, Conference Chair

Keynote
Inaugural Words
Nancy Morejón, Cuban Academy of Language

Hampton Inn Missouri/Stephens Rooms
10:00 am

Coffee Break

 
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions  
1A

PANEL: The Poetics and Landscapes of Afro-Cuban Literature

Chair: Dawn Stinchcomb, Purdue University

The Ashé Poetry of Nicolás Guillén
Thomas Edison,
University of Louisville

Reverse Ekphrasis: The visual poetics of “Amo mi a Amo,” by Nancy Morejón
Cathy Callaway,
University of Missouri

Nancy Morejón: A writer who paints (Una escritora que pinta)
Gabriel Abudu, York College of Pennsylvania

Hampton Inn Stephens Room
1B

PANEL: Afro-Cuban Religions as Transcultural Movements

Chair: Lisa Rathje, Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education

Bilongo: The Racialized Exoticism and Cultural Imaginary of the Afrocubana
Stephen Cruikshank, University of Alberta

La Regla de Ocha Ifá. Más allá de las fronteras de la transculturación
Hugo García,
Western Washington University

La Regla de Osha-Ifá dentro y fuera de Cuba. Un devenir en movimiento
René Rubí Cordoví,
Texas A&M University

Hampton Inn Missouri Room
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch (additional ticket required) Hampton Inn Columbia Room
1:30 – 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions  
2A

PANEL: Afro-Cuban Women: Between Text and Image

Chair: Mamadou Badiane, University of Missouri

Poéticas de la transculturación: Danza afrocubana entre texto e imagen
Adriana Méndez Rodenas,
University of Iowa

Magdalena Campos-Pons frente a José Antonio Robés: dos maneras de proyectar la imagen de la mujer afro-cubana
Ana Zapata-Calle,
University of West Georgia

Hampton Inn Stephens Room
2B

PANEL: Representations in Puerto-Rican Art

Chair: Gabriel Abudu, York College of Pennsylvania

Maternidades puertorriqueñas: pintura, grabado y collage
Ivette Guzman Zavala,
Lebanon Valley College

En primera persona plural: Arte en el contexto de una comunidad afrodecendiente
Daniel Lind-Ramos,
University of Puerto Rico Humacao

Hampton Inn Missouri Room
2:30 pm Coffee Break Hampton Inn Columbia Room
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Keynote
Welcome by Flore Zéphir, Director of the Afro-Romance Institute
Afro-Cuban Intellectuals and Artistic Creation
William Luis
, Vanderbilt University

Hampton Inn Missouri/Stephens Rooms
4:30 pm Transport to Evening Event for out-of-town guests Hampton Inn Lobby
5:00 – 6:00 pm

Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal
Exhibition, Artist's Gallery Talk and Reception

 

MU Bingham Gallery

6:15 pm Film – Olazábal: Un hacedor de objetos / A Maker of Objects

MU Corner Playhouse

 

Day 3: Friday, April 29
Time Information Location
8:30 am Check-In Hampton Inn Foyer
9:00 –  10:00 am

Keynote
Welcome by Pat Okker, Senior Associate Provost

Speaking from Historical Silences: Gloria Rolando's 1912: Voces para un silencio / Breaking the Silence
Flora González Mandri,
Emerson College

Hampton Inn
Missouri/Stephens Rooms
10:00 am

Coffee Break

 
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions  
3A

PANEL: Reflections and Interpretations: Afro-Cuban Visual Arts

Chair: Flore Zéphir, University of Missouri

WORD and IMAGE in recent works by Manuel Arenas and Roberto Diago
Marilyn Miller,
Tulane University

The Ship in Cuban Visual Thinking: Media and Migration
Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger
, RWTH (Rheinland-Westfalen Technische Hochschule) Aachen, Germany

Mute Screams: Althusser Between Lam and Álvarez-Ríos
Bécquer Seguín,
Cornell University

Hampton Inn Stephens Room
3B

PANEL: Memory, Resilience, and Identity Through Afro-Caribbean Music

Chair: Dawn Stinchcomb, Purdue University

Endangered Rhythms and Musical Arrangements in Contemporary Cuba: The Case of La Colmenita and Dr. Seuss
Nicole Keating,
Wordbury University

La parranda de Calzada: memoria afroboricua
Eleuterio Santiago-Díaz,
The University of New Mexico

Hampton Inn Missouri Room
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch (additional ticket required) Hampton Inn Columbia Room
1:30 – 2:30 pm Breakout Sessions  
4A

PANEL: Aesthetics of Religion and Film

Chair: Mary Barile

Transculturación, sincretismo y palimpsesto iconográfico entre la Virgen María y las deidades africanas en Cuba
Yumary Alfonso Entralgo,
Texas A&M University

Heavy Ears: Sound and Labour in the Ontologies of Nicolás Guillén Landrián
Veronica Brownstone,
University of Pennsylvania

Hampton Inn Stephens Room
4B

PANEL: Toward Ecological and Racial Harmony in Latin-American Spaces

Chair: Mamadou Badiane, University of Missouri

La ecología según la percepción de las comunidades indígenas en Latino América y cómo aplicarla en la actualidad
María Elena González Ruelas,
Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de la Costa
and Nelly Hostein, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour / Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de la Costa

Identidad racial en Cuba: estereotipos decimonónicos y retórica de la igualdad en “Los dioses rotos”
Lídice Alemán,
Wayne State College

Hampton Inn Missouri Room
2:30 pm Coffee Break  
3:00 – 5:00 pm Roundtable: Artists and Keynotes
Welcome by Charles Henson, Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Facilitated by Juanamaría Cordones-Cook
Hampton Inn
5:30 pm Transport to Evening Event for out-of-town guests Hampton Inn Lobby
6:00 pm

Manuel Mendive

  • Reading by Milbre Burch – The Separation of Heaven and Earth and other Patakís from the Santeria tradition
  • Film – El mundo mágico de Mendive / The Magical World of Mendive
MU Corner Playhouse

 

Day 4: Saturday, April 30
Time Information Location
8:00 am Check-In Hampton Inn
9:00 am – 10:00 am

Keynote
Welcome by Hank Foley, Interim Chancellor

Afro-Cuban Heritage Tradition-Bearers: Reflections on Community and Country Identities and Cuban Cultural Policy
James Counts Early
, Former Director Cultural Heritage Policy at the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Hampton Inn Missouri/Stephens Rooms
10:00 am

Coffee Break

 
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions  
5A

PANEL: Afro-Cuban Creativity: Exploring Cultural and Social Mobility

Chair: Solimar Otero, Louisiana State University

Reclaiming Rights to the Revolution: Afro-Cuban Womens’ Voices as Power
Devyn Spence Benson,
Louisiana State University

Filmmaking as a Transnational Gesture Towards Community in Works by Leonardo Guevara Navarro
Andrea E. Morris,
Louisiana State University

Inle: Exploring a Trans-Caribbean Poetics in Afro-Cuban Mythology, Literature, and Art
Solimar Otero,
Louisiana State University

Hampton Inn Missouri Room
5B

PANEL: The Urban Performance of Afro-Cuban Religiosity in Public Art

Chair: Geoffroy de Laforcade, Norfolk State University

Creación artística, marginalidad y turismo: entrelazamientos y malentendidos
Elías Asseff Alfonso,
Callejón de Hamel

Símbolos religiosos de ascendencia africana en el arte cubano contemporáneo
Lázara Menéndez,
University of Havana

Conviviality, Discursive Dissonance, and the Aesthetics of Public Art in a Working-Class Community of Havana: The Callejón de Hamel
Geoffroy de Laforcade,
Norfolk State University

Hampton Inn Stephens Room
5C

PANEL: Three women artists, three generations, three ethnicities, three mediums: the Aesthetics of Engagement and Resistance

Chair: Dorothy Payne, Revolutionary Poets Brigade and ArtInternationale

The Insistent Gaze: Appropriating the Tropes of Individualism to Elicit Liberating Critical Re-Visioning in Poetry and Painting
Dorothy Payne,
Revolutionary Poets Brigade and ArtInternationale

Reconciliation and Revision: The Critical Imagery of Subjective and Shared Re-Memory in Black and White; an African Artist in Exile
Fatimata Vetu, Artinternationale

The Valorization of Experience: The Past as a Bridge to Empower and Transform — Visual Narratives and Poetic Proclamations
Denise Ward-Brown,
Washington University in St. Louis

Hampton Inn Columbia Room
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch (additional ticket required) Hampton Inn
1:30 – 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions  
6A

PANEL: A Question of Time? Blackness, Cubanness, Justice
in Art and Literature

Chair: David Lisenby, William Jewell College

Non-Redemptive Mourning in Eusebia Cosme’s “Mamá Dolores”
Erin Finzer,
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Cuadros de costumbres y cultura visual en Cuba en el siglo XIX
Daylet Domínguez,
University of California, Berkeley

“Stories only wise fish can tell”: Afro-Caribbean Spirituality in the Poetry of Adrián Castro
Emily Maguire,
Northwestern University

“Dios será una mujer”: Retro-Futurist Peregrination in Fulleda’s Historical Theatre
David Lisenby,
William Jewell College

Hampton Inn Missouri Room
6B

PANEL: Literary Discourse: Remembering the Ancestors

Chair: Lucy Lee, Truman State University

El vodú: protagonista y arma revolucionaria en “El reino de este mundo,” de Alejo Carpentier
Francis Agbemade,
Arizona State University

Commemorative Struggle: Slave Rebellion, the Cuban Revolution and the Art of Remembering
Alexander Sotelo Eastman,
Washington University in St. Louis

Histeria femenina en “los Cuentos negros,” de Lydia Cabrera
María Vazquez,
Eastern Connecticut State University

Hampton Inn Columbia Room
6C

PANEL: Cuban Artists: In Search of African Heritage

Chair: Jack Draper, University of Missouri

Experimental Autoethnography: "Yoko Osha" and "Bare-Faced" filmworks
Lázara Rosell Albear,
Filmmaker

Afrocentric Journey through Cuba: a Reflective Interview with Afro Cuban Artist Choco about the Application of the Nguzo Saba
Paulette Pennington Jones,
City Colleges of Chicago

Hampton Inn Stephens Room
5:40 pm Transportation to Evening Event for out-of-town guests Hampton Inn Lobby
6:00 pm

Eduardo "Choco" Roca Salazar presentation

  • Film – Choco
MU Student Center
Leadership Auditorium
7:00 pm Cuban-themed Dinner & Music MU Student Center
The Shack

Previously announced keynote speakers Alejandro de la Fuente and Victor Fowler Calzada, unfortunately, are no longer available to present at the conference.

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