Seminar in Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Studies

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Spring 2024

Sponsor: Morrison Fund for Cuban Studies at the University of Miami

The Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries is pleased to announce its first Seminar in Cuban and Cuban Diaspora Studies, to be held in Spring 2024.

The seminar provides a virtual forum for works-in-progress that explore issues in Cuban and Cuban diaspora studies, irrespective of period, discipline, or approach. We also welcome comparative and interdisciplinary topics. The seminar is open to faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars.

The seminar meets via Zoom select Fridays in spring/summer 2024, from 2 to 4pm EST. To maximize time for discussion, papers are circulated electronically in advance. Each session begins with brief opening remarks from the paper author and comments from an invited discussant. Conversations will be held in English and Spanish, in accordance with the language in which the pre-circulated paper is authored.


Register to attend the entire series or individual sessions.
Papers and Zoom log-in information will be sent to registered participants 2 weeks prior to each session.

We aim is to make this an annual program extending through the fall and spring. Our goal is to foster a community of scholars that gathers to read, debate, and celebrate new scholarship.

If you have questions, please contact Cuban Heritage Collection Program Manager Annie Sansone-Martínez or Program Coordinator Sofi-Nicole Barreiro


  • JANUARY 19 (Paper pre-circulated January 5)
    Grethel Domenech Hernández, Ph.D., Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)“Los intelectuales en su laberinto: las relaciones con el poder político cubano (1959-1971)”Discussant: Lillian Guerra, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • MARCH 8 (Paper pre-circulated February 23)
    William Kelly, Ph.D., independent scholar“‘Every Cuban Has the Right to a Decent Home’: Housing Policy, Poverty, and Pathologization in Cuba, 1959-1962”Discussant: Brodwyn Fischer, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • MAY 3 (Paper pre-circulated April 19)
    Katie Coldiron, Ph.D. candidate, Florida International University“Bridging Divides: Working with Individuals and Institutions in Cuba After 1959 from Miami’s Two Major Research Universities.”Discussant: María de los Ángeles Torres, Ph.D., University of Illinois Chicago
  • JUNE 21 (Paper pre-circulated June 7)
    Tara Phillips, Ph.D. candidate, University of California-Berkeley“Revising Cuba’s Past, Revisiting Its Future: El mito del cafetal in Emilio Bacardí Moreau’s Vía Crucis”Discussant: Roseli Rojo, Ph.D., SUNY-Oswego
    Discussant: Olga Portuondo, Ph.D., Universidad de Oriente (Cuba)