The Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) at the University of Miami Libraries will host a multidisciplinary conference on March 20 and 21, 2014 to disseminate the work of past CHC Graduate Fellows and survey the current state of Cuban and Cuban American Studies.

The CHC Graduate Fellowships program launched in 2010, and since then we have awarded 43 fellowships to doctoral students from across the United States. The CHC Fellowships are meant to engage research with the resources available in the Collection and thus contribute to the larger body of scholarship in Cuban, hemispheric, and international studies.

The New Directions in Cuban Studies conference is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.

This conference is presented with the University of Miami’s Center for Latin American Studies and Program in American Studies.

The CHC Graduate Fellowships and “New Directions in Cuban Studies” conference have been made possible with the generous support of The Goizueta Foundation, with additional funding from the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 20, 2014

6:30 p.m.
Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library


Keynote Lecture and Opening Reception

“Rethinking Pathways to the Cuban Past”
Louis A. Pérez, Jr.
J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Friday, March 21, 2014

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion, Otto G. Richter Library


Conference Panels
updated March 17, 2014

8:00-8:30 a.m.                Registration and Continental breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.                Welcome and opening remarks

Charles Eckman, Dean, University of Miami Libraries
Ariel C. Armony, Director, Center for Latin American Studies
María R. Estorino, Chair, Cuban Heritage Collection

8:45-10:15 a.m.             Perspectives on Colonial Cuba

Chair: Graciela Cruz-Taura, Florida Atlantic University

The Everyday Enlightenment: Slavery’s Place in the Atlantic Enlightenments of the Early United States and Colonial Cuba, 1790-1831
Eric Herschthal, Columbia University

Alexander von Humboldt y Ramón de la Sagra: viajes y saberes en la invención de Cuba en el  siglo XIX
Daylet Domínguez, University of California, Berkeley

Los Desterrados: Cuba’s 19th Century Transnationals
Raul Galván, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Discussant: Ada Ferrer, New York University

10:15-10:30 a.m.            Break

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.    Recent Studies on Post-Revolutionary Cuba

Chair: Lillian Manzor, University of Miami

“Weddings or Death”: Defining Cuban Citizenship through Marriage, 1959-1965
Rachel Hynson, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Cuban Involvement in the Guinea-Bissau Liberation Struggle and its Cultural Ramifications: the Case of Madina Boe
Marysol Quevedo, Indiana University Bloomington

The Best Go to Algeria: Algeria in the Cuban Imagination in the 1950s and 60s
Susannah Rodríguez Drissi, University of California, Los Angeles

Cuba’s Oblivion Narratives: About Some Recent Cuban Writings
Walfrido Dorta, City University of New York

Discussant: José Quiroga, Emory University

12:00-1:15 p.m.             Lunch (provided)

1:15-3:00 p.m.               Immigration and Transnationalism

Chair: Jorge Duany, Florida International University

Building a Present from the Past: Chinese Secret Societies in Cuba
Martin Tsang, Florida International University

The Translated Literacies and Figured Worlds of a Cuban Adolescent
Natasha Pérez, Michigan State University

“Give us liberty, or we will tear the place apart”: Resistance and Control in Immigration Detention during the Reagan Administration
Kristina Shull, University of California, Irvine

Discussant: Lisandro Pérez, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

3:00-3:15 p.m.               Break

3:15-4:45 p.m.               The Politics of Exile in Cuban Miami

Chair: Michelle Maldonado, University of Miami

“Little Refugees from International Communism”: The Cold War Politics of Childhood in Cuban Miami, 1959-1961
Anita Casavantes Bradford, University of California, Irvine

Some Other Place: Cuban Americans, Federal Policy, and the Intersections of the Local, the National, and the Transnational in Miami
Mauricio Castro, Purdue University

¿Exilio unido, jamás ha existido?: Cuban Exiles and the Search for “Total Unity”
Michael Bustamante, Yale University

Discussant: María de los Angeles Torres, University of Illinois, Chicago

4:45-5:30 p.m.               Closing remarks

Travel & Hotel Information

Please note that all conference activities will take place at the University of Miami and not at the hotel.


Conference participants are eligible for a discounted rate of $159/night (plus taxes) Single/Double at the Holiday Inn Coral Gables – University of Miami.  Please use this link to make your reservation at the conference rate.  The hotel has free Wi-Fi access, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and an onsite restaurant.

Holiday Inn Coral Gables –University of Miami
1350 South Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL 33146



The Holiday Inn Coral Gables-University of Miami is near the Metrorail University Station and across US 1 from the University’s Coral Gables campus.


Directions & Parking

Conference attendees will be able to park for free directly behind the Library.  The Library is located at 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.

Conference Planning Committee

María R. Estorino Dooling
Chair, Cuban Heritage Collection
University of Miami Libraries

Jorge Duany
Director, Cuban Research Institute
Florida International University

Michelle G. Maldonado
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
University of Miami

Lillian Manzor
Associate Professor of Spanish
University of Miami