From June 18 to 21, the II Congress of Anthropology and History of Panama: The transformation of Panama and America 500 years later, takes place at the City of Knowledge Convention Center.
On August 15, 1519 Pedrarias Dávila founded the city of Our Lady of the Assumption of Panama. Located on an indigenous fishing village, this was the first European settlement on the Pacific coast of the Americas. From there came expeditions of exploration and invasion that in one way or another were transforming the continent and then the entire world giving rise to the first globalization, a process that we still live. Shortly after its founding, the city acquired that cosmopolitan character that still distinguishes it, becoming both a crossroads, a home and a melting pot of cultures and ethnic groups from all over. A microcosm in this piece of land called Panama, destined to be a place of passage but also a meeting point for connections.
It is in this scenario and spirit of diversity, tolerance and interdisciplinarity that we celebrate the 5 centuries of foundation of our city with the II Congress of Anthropology and History of Panama: The transformation of Panama and America 500 years later. An academic, scientific and cultural celebration to commemorate the event that represented a fundamental moment in the historical evolution of our world.
Professor Jorge Arosemena, Executive President of the City of Knowledge Foundation, stressed that “at the City of Knowledge, we have activities that are so mature and deep that they lead us to the need that we have to reflect on our path as human beings. We are a diverse society and it is elementary that we celebrate that”.
During the celebration of the 500 years of foundation of the city of Panama sand its meaning, there was an academic-scientific forum that disseminated the collective effort of professionals in Anthropology and History and related disciplines applied to the American environment.
Also, the event laid the foundations for the creation of a network of multidisciplinary cooperation in the search for solutions and responses to the great challenges of national and continental cultural activities.