Stadt: Barcelona (Spanien)

Frist: 2019-10-04

Beginn: 2019-11-14

Ende: 2019-11-15


International Conference: “Enriching Afro-Iberian Cultural Heritage. Current trends on culture, religion and language”
Barcelona, 14-15 November, 2019
Institució Milà i Fontanals, CSIC

The starting point for this conference is the need to make visible the strategies used by cultural, religious and linguistic African minorities to express themselves in current Iberian societies. We propose to compare two case studies, historically and geographically related, Portugal and Spain, encouraging an Iberian studies perspective. Our central focus is the African continent, particularly taking into account the African-Iberian connections both in colonial and postcolonial times. Afro-Iberian Cultural Heritage strongly emerges as a pillar enabling the projection of shared values by means of raising awareness on the common memories that can be meaningful for both Africans and Europeans, putting in circulation new Afro-Iberian identifications. On the one hand, Music, Films, Dance and Literature are solid pieces of tangible Cultural Heritage given that all together are able to perform feelings and emotions of African minorities in the Iberian Peninsula. But how culture, religious and linguistic minorities are currently represented by this tangible Cultural Heritage? Is Iberian Cultural Heritage enriching Iberian diversities with these cultural productions favouring more cultural, religious and linguistic recognition? On another hand, African minorities’ intangible Cultural Heritage needs to be reinforced: it seems that little work has been done. This topic can make visible African minorities’ memories and experiences in Iberian contexts, some of which are appearing in blogs and social networks (Instagram, Facebook, etc.).
This call for papers addresses researches which main aim is to reflect on the way minorities from North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa are (or have been) enriching Iberian Cultural Heritage. The organizers encourage works on how African cultures, religions and languages are represented, discussed, mixed and reinforced. The conference addresses scholars from a wide variety of fields: Anthropology, Philology, Cultural Studies, History and Sociology.

Applicants are requested to send an abstract of 300-400 words in English, and a short bio of 100 words to, no later than October 4th, 2019. The language of the conference will be English, and all submissions and presentations must be in English. There will be no translation available. Selected papers will be communicated by October 10th, 2019. The final programme will be announced on October 14th, 2019. All participants must cover their own travel costs and living expenses.

Direction: Yolanda Aixelà Cabré (IMF-CSIC, Barcelona), Max Doppelbauer (Universität Wien, Wien), Araceli González Vázquez (IMF-CSIC, Barcelona)


Keynote speakers: Verena Stolcke (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Elisa Rizo (Iowa State University)

Organizing Committee: Diana Arbaiza, Universitet Antwerp; Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Pen Català; Julia Borst, University of Bremen; Eric Calderwood, University of Illinois; Manuela Ceballos, University of Tennessee; Eduardo Costa Dias, ISCTE-IUL; Nuria Fernández-Moreno, UNED; Mar García, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Jordi Moreras, Universitat Rovira i Virgili; Rui Pereira, IHC- NOVA FCSH; Jacqueline Pólvora, UNILAB; Ana Lúcia Sá, ISCTE-IUL; Sara Santamaría Colmenero, Aarhus University; Juan Manuel Santana, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Remei Sipi, Editorial Mey

Registration Period: Payment only by Bank Transfer
Early Bird – from 10 October until 20 October 2019: 80€
Late Bird – from 21 October – 30 October 2019: 100€

More information at:

With the support of: “Enriching European Cultural Heritage from Cultural Diversity and Collaborative Participation” (EUIN2017-85108)

Beitrag von: Julia Borst

Redaktion: Christoph Behrens