New Directions in Cuban Studies Conference

2021 Conference: October 27-29, 2021

(En Español)


The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) at the University of Miami Libraries and the Cuba Studies Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University will host the fourth New Directions in Cuban Studies multidisciplinary conference on October 27–29, 2021 to disseminate the research of advanced graduate students and emerging/early career scholars whose work focuses on Cuba and its global diaspora. The conference is a platform for critical thinking and the presentation of innovative scholarship in which students, junior scholars, and established academics learn from one another. Submissions across all disciplines are welcome and we are open to proposals of individual papers or complete panels on a wide range of topics. Given our current pandemic situation, the issue of access is of particular interest, and we welcome proposals that explore existing or new challenges and strategies for accessing materials and conducting research on Cuba.

The conference keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Ada Ferrer, Julius Silver Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean History, New York University.

The Goizueta Foundation generously funds this program with additional support from the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Please note that New Directions in Cuban Studies 2021 will be held virtually.


  • Graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. program
  • Emerging and early career scholars

Additional Information:

  • Past and current CHC or 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 offer an honorarium to those selected to participate in the conference.
  • Proposals may be submitted in English or Spanish. This also applies to the language of presentation.
  • Proposals for panels should include (1) discussant and no more than 4 presenters.

Application Instructions:

Proposals will be accepted electronically through Interfolio until July 19, 2021 and should include:

  • Completed Application Form
  • Abstract of no more than 500 words.
  • Language of presentation (English or Spanish)

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

Deadline for applications extended: Monday, July 26, 2021

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Opened May 17, 2021

Deadline for applications extended:
Monday, July 26, 2021