The International Congress Music, Identity and Culture in the Caribbean (MIC) is a global, critical and multidisciplinary event, organized with the aim of bringing together scholars and artists, researchers and protagonists, lovers and interested in music, dance and culture. of the Greater Caribbean, to exchange knowledge about these pillars of Caribbean culture at the national and regional levels with a comprehensive approach.

The theme of the VII MIC Congress: Bachatas and strings in the musical expressions of the Caribbean, refers to the connections of Caribbean music with a significant part of its cultural heritages: one that is based on the rhythms and genres created from stringed instruments. These have been a constant presence since the beginning of the colonial Caribbean, when the first guitars and bandurrias came to these lands immigrating with the European colonizers. The actuality of the strings as the basis of Caribbean musical production is evident in a wide variety of genres and musical expressions, from the fandangos and bachatas to the trovas of the 21st century.

Numerous styles of string music have evolved in concert with the dance traditions of the Caribbean peoples. Thus, an indissoluble link between music and dance has been established, which is so powerful that it is distinguished as a peculiar identity element of Caribbean culture, regardless of geographical, linguistic, ideological, ethnic, social, religious, age, gender or other differences.  

A clear contemporary manifestation of that musical and dance culture is found in the so-called bachatas, particularly in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Among these is distinguished, with its own personality and unique sounds, the Dominican bachata, which already in the XXI century is a musical and danceable genre of wide social acceptance, to be part of the new Dominican culture. As a musical genre, bachata has also been expanding, and is already a Caribbean sound mark on the global scene.

The VII MIC Congress seeks to bring together scholars, communicators, broadcasters and protagonists of the sound phenomenon of bachatas and cuerdas, typical of the Caribbean region. The event will focus on the expressiveness of the bachatas and the strings, addressing their links with the musical and dance traditions of the Caribbean; its diverse sonorities expressed in multiple musical styles; his connections with literature, politics and Caribbean history; its particularities in the relation music, culture and society, addressing its social, ethnic and economic aspects, among others.

General agenda
The VII MIC Congress invites researchers, academics and interested persons to present proposals for dissertations and to discuss bachatas and ropes in the Caribbean, considering their links with:

• The musical and cultural heritages of the countries and territories of the Greater Caribbean, in particular the contradictory relationships with global processes and local traditions.

• Its origins, national or regional histories, its evolution in different areas, the history of its protagonists and especially its presence, dissemination and assimilation in different geographical, social and cultural contexts.

• Its role in the identity of Caribbean peoples (insular and continental), processes of transculturation and conservation of transnational identities.

• Its assimilation and diffusion in Caribbean societies, considering the economic, political and socio-cultural contexts (migrations, urbanization, industrialization, modernization, mass communication and mass culture, etc.).

• The linguistic issue in a region with linguistic diversity.

• Its political, social and cultural implications; its ideological aspects and features focused from the categories of social class, ethnicity and gender; as well as its role in the sentimental education of the Caribbeans.

• The forms of representation of bachatas through other arts.

• Its relationship with the processes of music mediation and massification, the new modes of recording, dissemination and reception. The role of the media and socialization of music.

• Their styles, transformations and innovations, and their relationship with the musical culture of the Greater Caribbean.

• Its economic dimensions, relationship with the market of music and cultural industries.

• Its legal links: copyright and intellectual rights and public domain.


Organization and Program of Activities
This call will prioritize participants from the countries of the Greater Caribbean and the areas with greater links with this, such as Brazil, Africa, Europe and the United States. In addition to a program of previous activities, in the Congress there will be magisterial conferences; sessions of presentations and debates; Art exhibitions; he VII Meeting of Caribbean Music Collectors; presentations of bibliographic, discographic and audiovisual news; and a concert program.

Those interested in proposing dissertations should request the requirements to the mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Presentations in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese will be accepted; the translation possibilities will be dealt with in each specific case, according to needs.

Previous MIC congresses
• The first MIC Congress (8, 9 and 10 of April 2005) was devoted to the theme Merengue in the Dominican and Caribbean culture.

• The 2nd MIC Congress (13, 14 and 15 of April 2007) was devoted to the theme: The son and the salsa in the identity of the Caribbean.

• The III MIC Congress (17, 18 and 19 of April 2009) focused on the theme: The bolero in the Caribbean culture and its universal projection.

• The IV MIC Congress (15, 16 and 17 of April 2011) addressed the issue: Jazz from the Caribbean perspective.

• The V MIC Congress (12, 13 and 14 of April 2013) addressed the issue: The musical and dance folklore of the Caribbean in times of globalization.

• The VI MIC Congress (10, 11 and 12 April of 2015) dealt with: Troubadours, societies and identities in the Caribbean.

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