Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Cuba Futures: Past and Present
March 31 – April 2, 2011
Call for Papers
Since the early part of the 19th century, Cuban intellectuals, political leaders, civil society organizations and institutions have created multiple visions, projects and blueprints for building an independent Cuba. External and transnational groups, including governments, have also participated in generating ways of shaping or improving Cuban society. These efforts continue in the present. Past or present, these visions can often clash with each other, fail to attract support, or much less induce change consensually perceived as desirable. However, they have generated legacies that stand and shape realities, memories, perceptions, and diverse plans for reforming Cuba.
This international symposium invites interested academics, both young scholars and established specialists, to submit paper and panel proposals on actors, processes, ideas, institutions, and prospects/outcomes in these efforts. The symposium is organized by the Cuba Project at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies (The Graduate Center, CUNY). The Cuba Project welcomes participation from academic, artistic, and professional institutions and endeavors. Papers can explore a wide range of historical and contemporary themes. Written by academics and other scholars, they may illuminate the visions, processes, institutions, civil society organizations, social movements, and other actors operating or focused on various contexts and futures.
The list of possible ideas for sessions, papers, and special events include:
Revolutionary period and Post-communist dynamics: Cultural, economic, and political dimensions
Republican Cuba (1902-1959) and 19th Century
Creation and demise of utopias and paradigms
Cultural spheres: Literature, cinema, arts
Intellectuals and knowledge
Diverse substantive and policy areas: Racial & Ethnic Relations, Identity, Education, Health, Environment, Economic reform,Political organization and Democracy
Cubans living abroad
Transnational actors and processes
Political mobilization, civil society, state-society relations
The city of Havana through history, including the character of the culture, politics, cosmopolitism, geography
Issues about socialism, post-socialism, and participation
Afro-Cuban culture and society
New voices and approaches: HavanaTimes and local young scholars
* We welcome ideas about panels about these and other themes and contexts*
Proposals should consist of a 1-2 page abstract, with a cover letter indicating the author's professional affiliation, biographical sketch and contact information.
Submission: Please send proposals by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org; or via fax to: 212-817-1540. Or send a hard copy in a sealed envelope to:
Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies,
Attention: Cuba Project
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5209
New York, NY 10016-4309
Deadlines: We strongly encourage early submission. We will accept proposals starting July 1, 2009. Proposals for sessions, papers, and special events will receive preliminary assessment as they arrive. In any case, final deadlines are as follows:
Proposals for Sessions and Special Events: December 31, 2009
Paper Proposals: July 31, 2010
Final Paper Submission: November 24, 2010
For updates and further information visit http://web.gc.cuny.edu/bildnercenter/cuba/events.shtml, and for general information about the Bildner Center visit www.bildner.org.
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