Cuba & Africa – International Conference – 23-24 May 2016 – UCT



The French Institute of South Africa and the Institute for Humanities in Africa are convening an international conference on the links established between Cuba and several African countries in the 20th century. Military and medical engagements, training and cultural cooperation: the objective of this first meeting is to start measuring the scale of a multifaceted Cuban  engagement in Africa. Gathering scholars from three continents and open to the public, the conference will take place at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA), based at the University of Cape Town, on May the 23rd and the 24th


Provisional Programme


Monday 23 May

09.30 – 10.00     Welcome


10.00 – 11.00     Introduction and Notes

Adrien DELMAS (IFAS), Giulia BONACCI (IRD, URMIS), Shamil JEPPIE (HUMA, University of Cape Town) and Jean Albergel (IRD)


11.00 – 12.00     Panel 1: Contours of a Cuban Pan-Africanism I



José Luis MARTÍN ROMERO (Universidad de La Habana)

Health Cuban Collaboration in Africa. The experience of Health National School of Cuba and the Impact of Solidarity in the Formation of its Staff Culture of Work

Agustín LAÓ MONTES (University of Massachusetts)

Diverse Discourses and Politics of Pan-Africanism: Comparing Cuba, Brazil, and Venezuela


12.00 – 13.30     Lunch


13.30 – 15.00     Panel 2: Imagining and Experiencing Africa I

Karo MORET MIRANDA (Universidad Pompeu Fabra)

Ecué Yamba Ó, hermeneutical Juego by Alejo Carpentier

Marzia MILAZZO (Rhodes University, Vanderbilt University)

Disappearing Blackness: Transculturation and Fernando Ortiz’s Por la integración cubana de blancos y negros (For a Cuban Integration of Whites and Blacks)


Cubanos en Nigeria, nigerianos en Cuba: los actores políticos, científicos y religiosos de la construcción de una filiación


15.00 – 15.15     Coffee break


15.15 – 16.45     Panel 3: Imagining and Experiencing Africa II


João Felipe GONÇALVES (Universidade de São Paulo)

Across the Straits and the Ocean: Cuban-American Connections with Africa

Emma GOBIN (Université Paris VIII)

Between a Renewed Cuban Africanism and a Nigerian Panafricanism: Reflections on Contemporary Religious Collaborations

Nahayeilli B. JUÁREZ HUET (CIESAS, México)

From ‘Negro Brujo’ to Cultural Patrimony: Transnational Circulation of the ‘Orisha Tradition’ between Nigeria and Cuba


16.45 – 17.45     Itinerary

 Pablo RODRÍGUEZ RUIZ (Instituto Cubano de Antropología)

Hacer antropología en un contexto de conflicto armado. La experiencia de la investigación multidisciplinaria acerca de la cuestión nacional en Angola 



Tuesday 24 May


09.00 – 10.30     Panel 4: Contours of a Cuban Pan-Africanism II

Emmanuel ALCARAZ (Université Paris X)

The Relations between Algiers and Cuba (1962-1965) at the Origins of Cuban Pan-Africanism

Bernardo J.C. ANDRE & Héloïse KIRIAKOU (Paris IV Sorbonne, Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne, IMAF)

“The Cuban Internationalism” to serve the “Brothers” parties


Cuba against Apartheid


10.30 – 10.45      Coffee break


10.45 – 12.15     Panel 5: Contours of a Cuban Pan-Africanism III

Michel LUNTUMBUE (GRIP, Bruxelles)

Congo-Kinshasa, first meeting point of Cuban influence in Africa

Delmas TSAFACK (University of Dschang)

The Cuban Presence in Equatorial Guinea from 1969 to Today: Motivations and Legacies

Yonas ASHINE (Makerere University)

Friendship Square and Cuba Camp in Addis Ababa. Narrating the Ethio-Cuba Relations in the Age of Two Successive Developmentalisms in Ethiopia


12.15 – 13.45     Lunch


13.45 – 14.45     Panel 6: Afro-Cuban Rhythms and Exchanges

Charlotte GRABLI (EHESS)

Atlantic Dialogues: Sound Correspondences and the Congolese Recreation of Afro-Cuban Music

Elina DJEBBARI (King’s College)

Cold War and Cultural Policies: Musical Exchanges between Cuba and West Africa, 1960s-1970s


14.45 – 15.00      Coffee break


15.00 – 16.30     Concluding Remarks and Open Debate






Scientific Committee

Kali Argyriadis (URMIS, IRD) ; Belete Bezuneh Yehun (Addis Ababa University) ; Giulia Bonacci (URMIS, IRD) ; Adrien Delmas (IFAS) ; Piero Gleijeses  (John Hopkins University) ; Shamil Jeppie (HUMA, University of Cape Town) ; Antonio Tomás (Stellenbosh University) ; Pablo Rodriguez Ruiz (Istituto Cubano de Antropologia)



URMIS (Unité de recherche Migrations et Société, UMR205)

IFAS Institut français d’Afrique du Sud (UMIFRE 25, USR 3336)

HUMA Institute for Humanities in Africa (University of Cape Town)