Within the framework of our annual festival, we invite you to present your papers and personal experiences at the academic conference segment. The conference is open to academics, artists and practitioners of Regla de Ocha (also known as Santeria). We aim to establish a dialogue on topics relevant to the continuity and preservation of this tradition, of which there are thousands of followers around the world. The conference will take place on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 from 9:00am to 8:00pm at the HistoryMiami Museum, 101 West Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130, a collaborator and sponsor of the festival.
Call for Papers
The topic of the academic section of the festival this year is: “Following the Steps of the Orishas: Afro-Cuban Spirituality in Urban Spaces”
The focus of the call allows panelists to present any work focused on Regla de Ocha or Santeria in the religious or cultural aspect. Presentations directed towards dance are welcome.
(See Call for Papers below or download it here in English or Spanish)
According to political scientist Ronald F. Inglehart:
“Postmaterialistic values are epitomized by concern for social equality; increased participation in important decisions impacting one’s life; increased desire for freedom, increased concern for quality of life, self-expression, sense of community, and environmentalism. Overall, broad value changes, characterized by spirituality and spiritually-oriented ideals, are becoming embedded in societies around the world…On the other hand, materialist values express concern for prosperity, security and control…[i]”
It can be argued that postmaterialism, then, reflects the platform of values on which Regla de Ocha has expanded at a global level as a cultural and religious phenomenon. However, despite modern society’s apparent postmaterialist values, power, gender, economic, and racial relations affect the religious structure and spirituality of this tradition as it spreads around the world through the Cuban Diaspora.
Based on this precept, we would like to investigate the following topics during the conference:
Conference sessions will include:
Individual Paper Presentations – original research including in-depth exploration and analysis of an issue related to the conference theme. [20 minutes paper/10 minutes for Q & A]
Personal experiences – any description of a personal anecdote or any lived situation related to the conference topics
Panels – organized panels of 3-4 papers on related topics, each presenting original research related to the conference theme. [3-4 panelists – 1.5 hours] [15-20 minutes paper/10 minutes for Q & A]
Movement Sessions – practical presentations of dance forms including a narrative component based on the applied Oricha dance styles [50 minutes – 10 minutes for Q & A]
Digital submission only – Mailed paper proposals will not be accepted
Deadline for abstracts and videos: May 31st
Notification of acceptance: June 30th
Abstracts should be submitted online to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract Submission Details