We are preparing the event of the 44th Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association that will be held in Santa Marta, Colombia, from June 3 rd to 7 th , 2019.
Planning the conference from the Circum-Caribbean, but always having the insular territories of the Greater Caribbean on mind, constitutes an interesting and somewhat different challenge. The voice "Caribbean" evokes the Indo-American origin that today identifies the region we study. However, it also recalls the subsequent appropriations, interpretations and accounts of the European colonizers, used to subjugate and wrest humanity from the original peoples who inhabited these territories. The city that will meet us in 2019, Santa Marta, combines both the history of European colonization in its city, and the indigenous presence in the highlands of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Martathat surrounds it; the mestizo, black and Afro-descendant presence; and the Caribbean Sea that links this continental territory with the great insular region.