After two years of virtual format, the International Anthropology and History Book Fair (FILAH) returns in its face-to-face mode to celebrate its thirty-third edition. This great event, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Mexico and the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), will be held from October 06 to 16 and will feature hundreds of free activities for all types of audiences that will take place at its traditional venue: the Anthropology National Museum.
The learning from the pandemic will not be left behind, so most of the activities will be broadcast online, with the aim of integrating people from other latitudes and leaving a record for their consultation.
The motto of the 33rd edition of FILAH will be “Globalization and resistance”. Likewise, it will have two special guests: the State of Mexico and the Republic of Chile.
In addition, 70 exhibitors will participate and there will be 100 stands around the MNA Umbrella fountain, where the tents that will receive the 50 artistic performances, the 40 workshops, suitable for the whole family – ceramics or engraving, for example – will also be set up. , and the 150 editorial presentations that will take place at FILAH.
Featured events of the FILAH
The presentations of the book-catalogue stand out The greatness of Mexicoco-published by the INAH and the Government of the State of Mexico, which collects the experience of the great homonymous exhibition, as well as the posthumous text of the historian Raquel Padilla Ramos (1967–2019): Indigenous women, emissaries of God and man. Significances and social imaginaries around the Cahíta women of northwestern Mexico.
Tributes and awards within the framework of the FILAH
FILAH will also be the space for awarding and honoring those who have contributed to anthropological and historical work. Among the main events are:
- Delivery of the XXIV Antonio García Cubas Award and recognition, in memory, entitled “Homage offering to those who came forward”, dedicated to the staff of the INAH community who died in the last year. It will be held on October 6 after the inauguration of the FILAH.
- On Friday, October 7, at 12:00 noon, INAH authorities will recognize the career of academic José María Muriá, a specialist in regional history of western Mexico.
- Four tributes will be dedicated: on October 9, at 11:00 a.m., to the archaeologist Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava (1951-2022); at 4:00 p.m. that same day, the historian Alfredo López Austin (1936-2021); on October 10, at 4:00 p.m., to the anthropologist Raquel Padilla Ramos (1967–2019); and on October 12, at 12:00 p.m., to the anthropologist Mercedes Olivera Bustamante (1934-2022).
For this year, the colloquiums will have various modalities: three will be virtual, two hybrids and one face-to-face.
The following will be broadcast digitally: the XIII Meeting of Languages at Risk; the V Colloquium of Cultural Heritage Curators and the VIII Conference on Different Perspectives on Historic Cities, on October 11, 12 and 13, respectively.
The hybrid events will be the XVIII Colloquium of Africanías, on October 14, and the XXVII Román Piña Chan Symposium, on October 8 and 9, an activity that will be concatenated with the tribute to archaeologist Pedro Francisco. And, in face-to-face format, the XVIII Traditional Music Forum will be held from October 13 to 15.
In addition to being a literary festival, the FILAH will also be a reason to visit unique exhibitions that will be on for a limited time. Three will be arranged in the lobby of the Fray Bernardino de Sahagún Auditorium: Travel and adventures. Memoirs of an archaeologistdedicated to Sánchez Nava; Devil games in Afro-Mexican communities of the Costa Chica Y House of the gods. Toulca’s snowy. The fourth exhibition Transform Museums. 50 years after the adventure of Santiagois exhibited in the National Library of Anthropology and History.
Other notable events are the Day against Violence, whose activity on October 10 will include programming with a gender focus; the night sale, on October 14; the award ceremony for the II Anthropological Video Contest “Miradas sin tiempo”, on October 15, and the I Anthropological Film Festival which, from October 6 to 12, at 6:00 p.m., will screen nine Mexican productions, four Chilean and a binational co-production of both countries.
If you want to know the complete program, be sure to visit the official FILAH website: www.feriadelibro.inah.gob.mx. As well as the INAH YouTube channel, where the activities will be broadcast.
Rodrigo Osegueda Philosopher by training. Contemplate the soul and imagination of Mexico.