Cuba Studies Program Graduate Student Symposium: New Voices in Cuba Studies


Friday, November 30, 2018, 7:30am to 7:30pm


CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge Street

CSP Grad Student Conference


We invite you to attend the Cuba Studies Program Graduate Student Symposium New Voices in Cuba Studies, where graduate students in the disciplines of History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Romance Languages/Comparative Literature, Art History, Ethnomusicology, and Performance Studies will present their works as follows:

Date: November 30, 2018

Location: CGIS South S010 - Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA, 02138

8:00am: Breakfast

8:20am: Welcome remarks by Professor Alejandro de la Fuente

8:30 – 10:15am: Panel 1
Histories and Legacies of Colonialism and Slavery
Moderator: Marial Iglesias Utset, Visiting Research Scholar, Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University

· Roseli Rojo, Ph.D. Candidate in Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University – “Challenging the colonial city: petimetres, and hysterical women in the Havana (1790-1850)

· Liana DeMarco, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Yale University –  

“‘Médicos que acomodar nuestros ingenios’: Slavery and the Making of Medical Education in Cuba, 1790-1861”

· Ayinde Madzimoyo, Ph.D. Student in History, Florida International University – “Kalunga y el Monte: Mountain, Forest, and Marronage in Nineteenth Century Cuba”

· Daniel Fernandez Guevara, Ph.D. Candidate in History, University of Florida – “Weaponizing Solidarity: Spanish Republican Exiles, Race, and the Cuban Revolution, 1939-1976”

10:30 – 12:30pm: Panel 2
Histories of the 1959 Revolution
Moderator: Jennifer Lambe, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History, Brown University

· Amalia Pérez Martín, Ph.D. Student in Sociology, University of California, Merced – “Entre la redención y la resistencia: el papel socio-histórico y político de la ley en la Cuba posrevolucionaria”

· Emily Snyder, Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American History, Yale University – “Internationalizing the Revolutionary Family: Love, Politics, and Cuban-Nicaraguan Collaboration, 1979-1990

· William Kelly, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Rutgers University

We had the bitter experience of lamenting the loss of a child: Housing and Everyday Life in Camagüey, Cuba, 1976-1980”

· Maite Morales, Ph.D. Candidate in History, Florida International University – “Communal Desires: Consumption and Ideas of Luxury and Leisure in Cuba, 1968-1975”

· Richard Denis, Ph.D. Student in Atlantic History, Florida International University “‘Una Revista Al Servicio de la Nación’: Bohemia and the Cuban Revolution, 1958-1960”

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30 – 3:15pm: Panel 3
Race, Gender, and Nation in Cuban Arts and Literature
Moderator: Esther Whitfield, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, Brown University

· Matthew Leslie Santana, Ph.D. Candidate in Ethnomusicology, Harvard University – “Transformismo masculino: Black Lesbian Performance and 'Sexual Revolution' in Cuba”

· Alberto Sosa-Cabanas, Ph.D. Candidate in Spanish, Florida International University “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Black Bodies and the Iconography of Crime at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”

· Natasha Marcus, Independent Scholar, M.A. in Political Science (2009), Washington University in St. Louis – “Afrocubana femininity in the modern pictorial vocabularies of Amelia Peláez and Mario Carreño”

· Yinett Polanco, Independent Scholar, M.A. in Latin American Studies (2016), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)El ensayo cubano y el tema latinoamericano: un modo de pensar y construir el mundo

3:30 – 5:15pm: Panel 4
Migration, Diaspora, and Citizenship
Moderator: Susan Eckstein, Professor of International Relations and Sociology, Boston University

· Ahmed Correa, Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, University of California, Merced“Migración y ciudadanía: fundamentos de membresía en la comunidad política de la Revolución”

· Nelson Jaime Santana, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Chile)¿En búsqueda de nuevos horizontes? Trayectorias laborales de profesionistas cubanos en Santiago de Chile.”

· Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, Ph.D. Student in Comparative Literature, Washington University in Saint LouisTravelers to Utopia: The Cuban Revolution as a Literary Genre

· Elizabeth Obregón, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago“Transnational Narratives of Race and Ancestry: on the island and in the diaspora”

5:15 – 5:30pm: Coffee break

5:30 – 7:15pm: Panel 5
Cuba and the US
Moderator: Alan West-Duran, Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Northeastern University

· Fabián Leyva-Barragan, Curatorial Fellow in Visual Arts, Walker Art Center – “Dissecting the desire for an 'utopia': Reflecting upon the presence of past, present, and future Cuban Art exhibitions in American Museums”

· Paloma Checa-Gismero, Ph.D. Candidate in Art Theory, History, and Criticism, University of California, San Diego – “From Anti-imperialism to conciliation: U.S. artists in la Bienal de La Habana since 1984”

· Brandon P. Martinez, Ph.D. Student in Sociology, University of MiamiAn American in Cuba: Remembering the Works and Travels of W.E.B. Du Bois

· Maile Speakman, Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies, Yale University –  “U.S. Share Economies as Affective-Racial Technologies: Tech Markets and AirBnb in Havana”