Ready to receive more than 100,000 visitors, Anthropology and History Book Fair (FLAH) counts on with the presence of more than 100 publishing houses and more than 10,000 volumes exhibited. It is dedicated to Catalonia as an acknowledgement to Catalan intellectuals exiled in Mexico that developed important cultural and academic institutions in our country.

The 21st edition of the fair will take place from September 17th to 27th 2009 and coincides with the 45th anniversary of the National Museum of Anthropology (MNA) celebrations, traditional seat of the fair.

In press conference, Benito Taibo, INAH Divulgation national coordinator, informed that this editorial fair also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) foundation. “More than 300 activities will be presented, among them, colloquies, congresses, homage, book presentations, concerts and spectacles for children, as well as a great offer of publications at reasonable prices”. 

In this occasion the fair is dedicated to Catalonia, “characterized by concentrating the greatest number of Spanish language editorials, with a culture that grows stronger each day”. A pavilion with books about Catalonia will be set, with recent bibliography, and academic activities will take place to acknowledge this Spanish region contribution on the fields of archaeology, history, anthropology, literature, cinematography and general culture.

FLAH begins in September 17th 2009 at 11:00 hours, with the presentation of Antonio Garcia Cubas Award to the best anthropology and history publications. The 2nd Encounter for Endangered Languages will follow, where specialists will discuss the actual state of Catalan language, prohibited during Franco dictatorship, and importance of conserving endangered languages.

Accompanied by Diana Magaloni, director of MNA, and Rodolfo Palma, INAH Publishing director, Benito Taibo remarked among the fair activities, the 14th Roman Piña Chan Colloquy, specialized in archaeology, and the 5th Traditional Music International Forum, organized by INAH Sound Archive.

Homage to physical anthropologist Juan Comas and to archaeologist Pedro Bosch Gimpera will take place in Saturday 19th at 17:00 hours and Sunday 20th at 11:00 hours, at Jaime Torres Bodet, where contributions of both Catalan academics to Mexican research will be acknowledged.

More than 120 specialists in different disciplines and more than 62 book presentations will be livened up with concerts and activities for children like workshops and spectacles.

Novelists Jorge Belarmino Fernandez and Ignacio Solares will talk about “History and Literature, 162 years after Civil War”, regarding North American invasion in 1847. “Batallon de San Patricio” bagpipe band will accompany them as a remembrance of Scottish and Irish soldiers who fought for our country.

Rodolfo Palma mentioned that Africanias Colloquy will refer to Cataluña as receptor of African migration, among other themes, in September 18th from 10:00 to 20:00 hours.

“Catalonia to Mexico” Colloquy and “Catalan exile in Mexico” Round Table will take place in Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, part of academic forums where migration, revolutionary Cataloniapresence in our country and  intellectuals’ contributions to Mexican culture will be discussed. 

FLAH 2009 has the support of Spanish institutions such as Universidad Publica de Cataluña, Instituto Catalan de Arqueologia Clasica de la Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona; Institut Ramon Llull de Cataluña, Television de Cataluña, Instituto de Estudios Catalanes and Museo de Historia de Cataluña.