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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28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at participating theaters in the New Orleans area. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring several films, including Olancho and Cuban Short Stories.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following films:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee. For information on times and locations, visit the Olancho event page.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano
These Cuban short stories are a series of short films highlight cultural and social subject manner relating to the Cuban community. For more information on show times and locations, visit the event page.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Parade
Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders.

Connection (Conectifai)
A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

Charlie
Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)
Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection.

Prince of Smoke
Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.

Additional titles relating to the Latin American community include:

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans. The entire synopsis, as well as show times and location may be found here.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

CUBAN SHORTS: CINE CUBANO

  • Saturday, October 14th 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13
  • Thursday, October 19th 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10

Cultural Kinship Conference: Presented by the LA Creole Research Association

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The Louisiana Creole Research Association will host its’ 13th annual conference from October 20-22 in New ORLEANS, LA. The conference will explore the phenomenon of Creolization and identity that exists in both the Caribbean and in New Orleans and their common Creole culture. Learn how the influence of the St. Domingue immigrants in New Orleans bolstered that common Creole on the cusp of Americanization following the Louisiana Purchase. Registration for the conference is now open, using the following link.

2017 Conference Schedule

  • Friday, Oct. 20- Annual Members Meeting
    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
    938 Lafayette St.
    6PM-9PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 21- Annual Conference
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    1 Drexel Dr., Administration Auditorium
    8AM-4:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- Laura Plantation Tour & Lunch
    2247 Highway 18, Vacherie 70090
    9AM-2:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- LAGNIAPPE!
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    2PM

For more details on the 2017 Schedule and Speakers, visit our post on Facebook! To register, become a member, or get extra information, click here.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.