Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Radical Caribbeans Conference 2013

October 3rd, 2013 - October 5th, 2013

Regular Registration: September 4th-October 5th
(On-site registration will be available)

  • Faculty: $175
  • Students / Independent Scholars: $115

Online registration is now closed. You may register onsite.

Conference Hotel Information:
The panels and the majority of the conference events will take place at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans. The Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute has arranged a group block and discounted rate at the hotel for nightly lodging. The group code is “CCS.” Please mention this code when making reservations by phone by calling (888) 696-4806 or (504) 962-0500 X 8030.

Or, you can follow the link below to access the group block reservations online:
Click here.
In order to secure your discounted rate and room reservation, please book your stay by September 9.

Group hotel rates (nightly):

  • October 2-4: $189.00 single/double
  • October 5: $205.00 single/double
    For the hotel address and other information, please visit the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel’s website: http://www.astorneworleans.com/

New Orleans City Guide
We’ve put together a brief guide to the city for quick reference. You can view or print it by clicking here. There are many online options as well, such as www.neworleansonline.com.

Conference Program
You can view or download a PDF of the conference program and schedule by clicking here.

Presenter Biographies
To view the brief bios of the panelists, click here.


Etymologically, the word radical is derived from the Latin radicalis, to have roots. In that sense, this conference proposes to explore the roots of Caribbean life and culture, but from a “radical” perspective, invoking the word’s usage as “a change or action relating or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough.”
Rather than approaching the greater Caribbean through its metropolises or mainstream critical apparatuses, a radical perspective of the Caribbean entails restaging our analytical perspectives to look at Caribbean life and culture through alternative prisms that disconnect, reconnect and electrocute how the region has traditionally been framed. Thus we welcome papers that follow rhizomatic trajectories, from and away from the city through the countryside, into the diaspora and maybe back again: how are those in these geographical, ideological, and cultural other intersecting spaces transforming the Caribbean radicalis?
Our impetus is to push the boundaries of what and how we understand the Caribbean, beyond the glittering facade of the lettered city and its grounded denizens onto other landscapes that have always been in its shadow and the travelers that configure its outer parameters.

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Concert Piano Series featuring Jorge Luis Prats

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The Tulane Department of Music presents a free concert by Cuban pianist Jorge Luis Prats.

Prats has studied piano since 1963 under Barbara Díaz Alea. In 1970, he was accepted into National Art School, from which he graduated in 1976. In 1977, Prats won the Long-Thibaud-Crespin Competition in France. He was awarded a number of decorations in Cuba, including the Félix Varela medal (the highest award in Cuba in culture) in 1984 and the Premio Nacional de Música in 2004. He was the artistic director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba until 2004.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arynne Fannin (afannin@tulane.edu or 504.862.3214) or visit the event webpage.

"Dámaso Pérez Prado, the king of Mambo: controversies of his life and work" a talk by Ulises Rodríguez Febles

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Given in Spanish.

Rodríguez Febles will talk about the creator of the Mambo and his influences. He will focus on his most important mambos from the 40s and 50s, the musician’s unique rhythms, and contributions to international culture in commemoration of the centenary of Pérez Prado’s birth.

Ulises Rodríguez Febles (Cárdenas, August 30, 1968) is a Cuban playwright, researcher, novelist, and scriptwriter for radio and television. He directs the House of Scenic Memory and Itinerant Theater (Casa de la Memoria Escénica), and is a theatrical adviser of the Provincial Council of the performing arts and other groups and institutions in Matanzas. He is vice-president of the Rolando Ferrer Chair of Drama in Havana and the José Jacinto Milanés Chair in Matanzas. He is also member of the Freddy Artiles Chair of Children’s and Puppet Theater at ISA. (Instituto Superior de Arte).