Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Geographical Imaginaries and Hispanic Film - El imaginario geográfico y el cine hispano

November 4th, 2009 - November 6th, 2009

Location
New Orleans, LA

Crossings and interrogations of geographical borders have been at the forefront of much Spanish, Latin American and U. S. Latino cinema. Moreover, the historical project of transnational Hispanic cinemas often appears to have been constructed by directors and producers “imagining” audiences beyond their own immediate political borders. Theories, films, directors, genres, and actors have traveled” and continue to do so — across languages and countries. Spatiality has always played a crucial role in the politics of representation, while geographies have been central in production and circulation. The multiple facets of the Hispanic community on screen have been marked by its geographical imaginaries.

Travel and translation is emblematic of the cinematic experience in the Hispanic world. Examples range from the Paramount-Joinville-Hollywood axis that shaped Spanish language film production in the early days of sound and the folkloric films and music-based genres that connected with traditions on both sides of Atlantic since the late 1930s until the 1960s, to the more recent globalizing project within which the Hispanic sphere is itself part of a global network of cultural exchanges. “Geographical Imaginaries and Hispanic Film” will take place in New Orleans (with the support of Tulane University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies), itself a paradigmatic space of cultural flows, connections and exchanges, a territory whose history and identity have been shaped/determined by travel and geographic imaginations. We hope that the strategic location of the city and the theme of this conference will draw participants from North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe. For more information please click here.

“Geographical Imaginaries and Hispanic Film” will take place in New Orleans (with the support of Tulane University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies), itself a paradigmatic space of cultural flows, connections and exchanges, a territory whose history and identity have been shaped/determined by travel and geographic imaginations. We hope that the strategic location of the city and the theme of this conference will draw participants from North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Professor Alberto Elena (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid), a renowned scholar of cinemas from the South, and editor of Secuencias: Revista de Historia del Cine and co-editor of Tierra en trance: el cine latinoamericano en cien pelí­culas and The Cinema of Latin America, has confirmed his participation as plenary speaker for the conference.

View the Final Conference Program
View the Cinemateca Screening Schedule
Updated November 2, 2009

REGISTRATION

  • Download a Registration Form
  • On-line registration – click on link at top of page
  • One-day registrations available.
    The registration fee schedule for the conference is as follows:
    For Faculty:
  • Early Registration (before September 30, 2009): $125.00
  • Late Registration (between October 1 and November 3, 2009): $150.00
  • On site-Registration: $200.00

For Graduate Students:

  • Early Registration (before September 30, 2009): $50.00
  • Late Registration (between October 1 and November 3, 2009): $60.00
  • On site Registration : $70.00

AIR TRAVEL
Most major airlines fly into the Louis Armstrong International Airport which serves the city New Orleans and metro-area.

HOTEL INFORMATION
The Conference will be held at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center located at 859 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at $155/night for a single or double, not including tax, for the nights of November 4-7, 2009. By clicking on the link below to the Marriott at the Convention Center you will be directed to the web page with the Hispanic Film Studies event code. You can also make your reservations by calling 1-800-Marriott and asking for the Hispanic Film Studies rate. Please note that the cutoff date for reservations is October 7, 2009. Please make your reservation by this date in order to obtain the special conference rate.

New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center Click here to make a reservation at the special rate of $155 for the Hispanic Film Studies Conference.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Taxicabs
A cab ride costs $28.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) for one or two persons and $12.00 (per passenger) for three or more passengers. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area. There may be an additional charge for extra baggage. $1 fuel surcharge added to total fare.

Airport Shuttle
Shuttle service is available from the airport to the hotels in the CBD for $15.00 (per person, one-way) or $30.00 (per person, round-trip). Three bags per person. Call 1-866-596-2699 or (504) 522-3500 for more details or to make a reservation. Advance reservations are required 48 hours prior to travel for all ADA accessible transfers. Please call well enough in advance for the specially-equipped shuttle to be reserved. For group reservations of 10 or more people please dial 1-866-596-2699. Ticket booths are located on the lower level in the baggage claim area of the airport.

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Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Celebración Latina at the Audubon Zoo

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In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, please join us at the Audubon Zoo for the 2018 Celebración Latina family festival to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina, presented by Pan-American Life Insurance Group, will be held at the Zoo’s Capital One Stage and Field. It will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities, and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand crafts, and local social service, health, and education organizations will offer wellness, education, and social service information.

Celebración Latina is included with Zoo admission or Audubon membership. No outside food, beverages, or tents allowed. Portable chairs and blankets are welcomed.

Don’t forget to check out photos from past celebrations!

For more information, please visit the Audubon Zoo website.

Celebración Latina is sponsored in part by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Ron Austin & Associates.

Carnaval Latino and Parade of the Americas

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Join us for the 19th annual Carnaval Latino festival in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from October 13 – 15, 2018.

The Hispanic culture has thrived in New Orleans for almost 300 years, and Spanish influence can be seen all over the city. To celebrate the best of Latin culture, the 19th annual Carnaval Latino returns to the downtown area.

The Hispanic American Musicians and Artists Cultural Association hosts the festival to celebrate the music, food, art and culture of Latin America. Numerous musicians, both locally and from overseas, perform to honor the rich Spanish heritage in New Orleans.

In addition to live music and fantastic food, the Krewe of Quetzal will kick off the celebration with a New Orleans style parade, Desfile de Las Americas, or Parade of the Americas, on Saturday, October 13th. See the Hispanic community ride in elaborate costumes, throwing souvenirs to the crowds. After the parade, festival goers will then enjoy Latin music, art, food and drink, during Carnaval Latino’s festival at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District.

For more information on the festival and parade, visit Carnaval Latino’s official website.