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Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 From: Patrick D Bellegarde-Smith [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] CALL FOR PAPERS Congress of Santa Barbara Congres de Santa Barbara Kongre Santa Barbara (KOSANBA) The Site Committee, spearheaded by Gerdes Fleurant and Florienne Saintil, has been hard at work paving the way for KOSANBA's IXth International Colloquium/ KOSANBA WONBLE 9/ Neuvieme Colloque International. The Colloquium will take place in Mirebalais, in the Plateau Central, Departement du Centre, in Haiti, starting on Sunday, July 12th until Sunday, July 19th, 2009. The Sundays are "travel days." The central theme is "Sak pase? Na pe koute!/Dites donc, nous sommes a l'ecoute!/Tell Us: We Are All Ears!" Because this is our first colloquium in Haiti, we are planning this event under the eagis of all the Lwa, but most particularly, of Danbala, Ogou, Danto, Freda, Agwe -- may we be wise, be disciplined and lovers of justice, back into the arms of the mother, lovingly, and may we be transported safely across the waters....Praise the Lwa! As you may imagine, the discourse in Mirebalais and the format, must be different from what we normally expect from previous academic conferences. We are in the "countryside," we expect a large crowd of Vodouisants, and we come to listen respectfully. We shall have exceedingly short presentations of about five (5) to seven (7) minutes, in order to dialogue with our audience. These presentations, in the forms of long "abstracts," can be in Haitian (Kreyol), French, and English. There will be simultaneous translation from these foreign languages into the Haitian language, and vice versa, assumed by those of us able to do so. Please think in terms of some "ideas" you might want to try, some series of questions you might want to ask....thoughts you might want to try out, speak about the objectives of your research. Summarize the "state" of the research in this area of Vodou studies. It would be a very good idea to bring into Haiti research that you are doing in other African systems, such as Cuban Santeria or Brazilian Candomble or Trinidadian Shango. Completed papers can be sent to the Journal of Haitian Studies, for submission for possible publication in that refereed journal. Published authors are asked to bring their books on any subject as presents for Haiti's libraries. The nights and days will be filled with conversations, sevis/ceremonies (rituals), cultural events, pilgrimages to important religious sites, and these are being planned by the local Site Committee. In the Gonaives area, are the hounfo of Nan Soukri, Nan Souvenans, Lakou Badjo, about one hour and a half from Mirebalais; and the famed Saut d'Eau about thirty minutes away. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSALS BY MAY 1ST, 2009 AND SEND THEM TO: Dr. Patrick Bellegarde-Smith <email@example.com> and copy Dr. Gerdes Fleurant <firstname.lastname@example.org>. We shall get back to you in a very brief period of time once your proposals have been received. Please consult the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA) website, at UC-Santa Barbara, Center for Black Studies for important and frequent updates. Registration costs, hotel reservations and all such vital information will be available online on the website: <http://www.kosanba.org>. The headquarters of KOSANBA are at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Center for Black Studies. Prof. Patrick BELLEGARDE-SMITH President, KOSANBA <email@example.com> __________________________________________________________________________ Also, MOST IMPORTANTLY, by May 1st, 2009 we shall need a deposit for the various hotels located in the city of Mirebalais, whose information are listed below. One will be able to register for the colloquium and reserve a hotel room on the KOSANBA website. WE SHALL NEED A DEPOSIT OF 30% FOR THE HOTELS ON MAY 1ST, 2009 as the Colloquium coincides with the pilgrimmage to Saut d'Eau on July 16th, 2009. HOTELS: The hotels are as follows: WOZO PLAZA, 20 rooms double or single occupancy at $70 a night for single and $100 for double with two meals. HOTEL LE MIRAGE, 20 rooms double or single occupancy at $60 a night for single and $80 for double with two meals CHEZ GERARD, 10 rooms double or single occupancy at $45 a night for single and $60 for double with two meals THE C-CLAK, 10 rooms double or single occupancy at $50 a night for single and $70 for double, with two meals. Some of these hotels are equipped with air conditioner and a swimming pool. Others have ceiling fans. WOZO PLAZA <http:www.wozoplaza.com> LE MIRAGE <http:www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDpD1-5ROWE> C-CLAK <http:www.gawouginoufoundation.org> City of Mirebalais <http:www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-city/Haiti/Mirebalais/tpod.html> INTERUNIVERSITY INSTITUTE (Port-au-Prince for those arriving before July 12 who may have to stay there) 4 rooms at $55 a night with two meals. Information can be obtained on the KOSANBA website. Mirebalais, and environs, is a city of about 84,000 inhabitants, located on Haiti's Plateau Central. It is not far from the town of Lascahobas, where we can find additional housing. Because of its location, the July temperature hovers between 80o and 85o Farenheit. It is, however, the rainy season, and you are asked to bring an umbrella (that doubles as a parasol), or a raincoat.