French-Cuban and Caribbean Studies Chair is created in
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba, 7 de sep (AIN) The Montaigne-Montesquieu
honorary cathedra was created in the eastern city of
Santiago de Cuba to encourage and spread the studies of
several aspects of the French-Cuban and Caribbean culture.
The opening took place in the Francisco Prat Puig Center and
was in charge of the Oriente University. The creation of
this cathedra represents a highlight in the more than 30
years of scholar and scientific exchange between France and
Jean Lamore, professor emeritus of the Bordeaux University
in France and honorary president of the cathedra, stated
that this is a tool to bring together the work of Cuban,
Caribbean, French-Canadian and European researchers
enthusiastic about this subject.
Lamore expressed the interest of scholars in analyzing the
imprint of the French civilization which spread through the
diaspora of the coffee growers who came to eastern Cuba
after the Haitian Revolution.
The cathedra has nearly 80 members, among specialists and
French descendents, who will exchange with cultural and
scientific institutions, both foreign and domestic.
María Elena Orozco, permanent professor and president of the
cathedra on the Cuban side, pointed out that gathering
researchers allows rescuing information, testimonies and
documents. She said that teamwork was also necessary to
debate the ideas of a subject highly implicated in the
conformation of Cuban nationality.
In Santiago de Cuba there is a strong French cultural
heritage, represented by the French-Haitian coffee
plantations, such as La Isabelica, or the neighbourhood of
El Tívoli, among others.