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El Monte Conference

When:  Thursday, November 09, 2023, 08:30am

Where:  Rutgers Academic Building

Category:  Conference

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El Monte GraphicEL MONTE:  Narratives, Aesthetics, and Afrodiasporic Spirituality in the Contemporary Caribbean

 November 9 - 10, 2023 | Rutgers University   


On the 70th anniversary of the publication of El Monte (1954) by Cuban author and ethnologist Lydia Cabrera, Rutgers University, Baruch College (CUNY), and the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami, invite scholars, graduate students, and social and religious activists to discuss pressing issues around Afrodiasporic spirituality and ethnomedicinal technologies in the cultures of the Hispanic Caribbean.

Often taken as a reference text for those initiated into Santeria and other spiritual traditions, El Monte has become not a book but a guiding concept or code to read the evolution of Afrodiasporic culture in the Hispanic Caribbean. This conference offers a unique opportunity to reflect, from multidisciplinary perspectives, on the complexities and challenging power of Afro-Caribbean agency.

Keynote Speakers 

  • Mabel Cuesta, University of Houston 
  • Emily Maguire, Northwestern University
  • Stephan Palmié, The University of Chicago 

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Event supported by:

  • Baruch College CUNY
  • Cuban Heritage Collection
  • Rutgers Advances Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies
  • Rutgers Center for Latin American Studies
  • Rutgers Department of English
  • Rutgers Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Rutgers Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice