New Directions in Cuban Studies Conference

2019 Conference: October 17-18, 2019

Call for Papers

The University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection will host the third multidisciplinary conference to disseminate the work of advanced graduate students and emerging scholars that survey the current research and findings on Cuba and its diaspora. We encourage submissions across all fields and disciplines.

The selection committee for the New Directions in Cuban Studies conference welcomes individual paper proposals that relate to the themes of fresh, innovative, and emerging research on Cuba, past and present. We welcome papers that engage or interpret any of the following thematic yet broadly defined panels: Visual Art and Performing Arts; Health, Science, and the Environment; Digital Cuba: Emerging Technologies; Challenging Cuban Diasporas; and Reframing Cuban Studies.

The conference keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Esther Whitfield, Brown University.

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Conference History

The inaugural conference was held in 2014 and included the participation of 13 presenters. The event’s keynote speaker was Louis A. Pérez, Jr (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Panel discussants included Ada Ferrer (New York University), José Quiroga (Emory University), Lisandro Pérez (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York), and María de los Angeles Torres (University of Illinois at Chicago).

In 2016, the Cuban Heritage Collection hosted the second installment of New Directions. That year, the number of panels and presenters increased to 6 and 27, respectively, evidencing a growing interest by the community of emerging scholars in Cuban studies in participating in this biennial event.

The New Directions in Cuban Studies conferences have been made possible in part through funding from The Goizueta Foundation and the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection.


  • Currently enrolled graduate students
  • Emerging and early career scholars (defined as one having received the Ph.D. within the last five years).

Additional Information:

  • Past and current Goizueta Foundation Graduate Fellows are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Papers presented may be selected for publication in the conference proceedings.
  • With thanks to generous funding from The Goizueta Foundation, the Cuban Heritage Collection will contribute toward the travel expenses of those selected to participate in the conference.

Application Instructions

Proposals will be accepted electronically through Interfolio until July 22, 2019 and should include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Individual Paper proposals with a title and abstract of no more than 500 words
  • Language of presentation (either English or Spanish)

Questions? Please contact Annie Sansone-Martínez, Program Coordinator at the Cuban Heritage Collection, at or 305-284-4900.