The symposium to be held on the beautiful shores of the Caribbean in Cahuita,
Costa Rica, will have as a theme, “Slavery, Culture and Religion,” with a
focus on the visual and documentary representations of religion and culture
and the use of these materials in the reconstruction of the social history
of slavery. The geographical areas include the Caribbean and Central
America, that is the Atlantic world, and beyond, to the Pacific. The South
Atlantic, with the link between Brazil and Africa, and the Anglo-Atlantic
are recognized as coherent systems, which engaged Atlantic Africa and indeed
southwestern Africa across the Atlantic. The Indian Ocean extension of
slavery and the Islamic world are part of this complex history. The thematic
scope of the symposium encompasses the cultural manifestations of slavery in
all these geographical regions, with the intention of exploring and
comparing the symbolism and forms of expression that were used to transfer
and transform artistic and cultural modes across the Atlantic, and indeed
the Sahara and Indian Ocean. The symposium intends to discuss issues
informed by knowledge of Islam, Christianity, the orisa, and the religious
traditions that focus on the dead.
The conference will begin on the afternoon of 11 February, so book to arrive in Costa Rica on the 9th or 10th. Planes often arrive late in the afternoon, and it is usually necessary to spend the night in San José, which can be arranged easily.
The venue for the conference will be La Diosa, located between Playa Negra (Black Beach) and Playa Virgen (a most exquisite untouched beach), which is a small hotel, for which see: http://www.hotelladiosa.net/ The actual cost of accommodation is currently being negotiated, and there is also less expensive accommodation close by, within easy walking distance, ranging from $20.00 per night and up.
The opening session will be at 4:00 P.M., 11 February at La Diosa, followed by a walk to Cha Cha Cha restaurant, for dinner. Distance from conference site to the restaurant is about 3 kms. Bikes and auto transport will also be available. Otherwise, sessions will only be held in the mornings, ending with lunch at one of several local restaurants. Afternoons are open for reading on the beach and other stimulating activities, ecologically focused. Bring your families.
Registration: US $100.00 (Students: $25)
Registration includes transport from San José to Cahuita and lunch during the conference. Dinner on opening night at Cha Cha Cha is extra, approximately $10.00 plus drink.
Car rentals are available, not at the standard $55-65 per day, but at $34 per day, unlimited mileage. We have to know in advance for the special rate.
There are no banks or machines, or gas stations, or even pharmacies in Cahuita. There is a general store that sells booze, nibbles, insect stuff, etc. at normal prices. Bringing cash is advisable. US dollars are acceptable, and all major credit cards. Generally, there is no tipping in Cahuita; it is included, but if you leave coins, it is OK. In Cahuita, there are horses, turtles, bikes, and nice people, and dogs and kids.
You will walk everywhere, so bring an umbrella. It is the Caribbean, and the beaches are truly beautiful. If required or desired, letters of invitation can be arranged.
For more details, please contact:
Prof. Paul E. Lovejoy
Visit the historic site of the Black Star Line of Marcus Garvey in Limon.
Cacao Trails http://www.cacaotrails.com/home.htm
The Learning.Trips http://www.costa-rica.us/
Gray Line Tours – Costa Rica http://graylinecostarica.com/brochure/index.html
Interbus - The Costa Rica's Tourist Transportation Network http://www.costaricapass.com/
Puerto Viejo http://www.puertoviejo.net/index.htm
Willie´s Tours in Cahuita http://www.willies-costarica-tours.com/
and Restaurants in Cahuita
Hotel Magellan Inn: http://magellaninn.com
tel/fax (506) 755-00-35
$70-90 for double room, plus breakfast; excludes