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“Three Bags Full” by Hermer & May, 1941

By Paul Ryer, Consumption & material culture, History, Syllabi & pedagogy, Tourism No Comments »

Given that many of us earn our keep, at least in part, by teaching Anglophone undergraduate students about Cuba, I thought it would be of interest to share teaching successes.  So, please, if you have a good pedagogical strategy or reading you’re willing to share, post or send it to me to post.

Personally, I have had great luck with this short reading: “Three Bags Full,” by Consuelo Hermer & Marjorie May, Random House, NY, 1941, ch. 2.  (Unfortunately, had to lower the scan quality a bit to fit into ethnocuba’s media library; it is also available under the title “What to Wear” in the out of print book Havana: Tales of the City, ed. by Miller & Clark, 1996).

Taken from a 1941 travel guide for North American tourists, I’ve found that students–aside from the occasional one who takes the reading as a literal prescription of current Cuban fashion–not only are relieved to read something on the lighter side, but that ultimately the piece leads them to raise their own questions about the nature of US influence on pre-revolutionary Cuban culture.  For many undergraduates, then, this article moves indigestible concepts like “hegemony,” “colonialism” and “imperialism” into realms of couture, daily life, tourism, etc, in a way that follows the old dictum: “show, don’t tell.”   If you do try it, let me know how it works with your own students.

Los Rumbos de la Rumba

By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, Cultural production, Images, Religion No Comments »

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Berta Jottar’s (Williams College, Latino Studies) newly released CD-Rom “Los Rumbos de la Rumba” has been followed by rave reviews in the specialized press and has been selected as editor’s pick in the prestigious Descarga website:

The Routes of Rumba stand out from the rest is that it is a “concept album” that takes the listener through the entire rumba experience, from the emotional to the physical, from the sacred to the profane. (…) Berta Jottar, PhD. Dr. Jottar, who is a professor of Latino/a Studies at Williams College, asked Pedrito and Román to interpret rumba’s deep conceptual elements, tracing an arc from Africa to Havana to NYC and beyond, with each track clearly dedicated to different “psychic spaces” in the Diaspora.

I recommend you browse through the CD’s official website, as well as through Berta’s interactive webpage on rumba.

Berta’s latest article on the rumba guarapachanguera in Central Park was published last summer in the Latin American Music Review. The complete citation is:
The Acoustic Body: Rumba Guarapachanguera and Abakuá Sociality in Central Park
Latin American Music Review – Volume 30, Number 1, Spring/Summer 2009, pp. 1-24

VQR, “Fidel’s Cuba,” special issue, winter 2009

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VQR_2009Here is a general interest journal special issue on Cuba, with a range of articles: Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 2009.  Much of it will be old hat to specialists, but in case you have not seen the issue, it’s worth a look at the table of contents at least, especially if you’re looking for up-to-date accessible readings for undergraduates.

New book, Cuba in the Shadow of Change, by Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb

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weinreb-cuba_shadow_change Cuba in the Shadow of Change: Daily Life in the Twilight of the Revolution, by Amelia Rosenberg Weinreb, University Press of Florida, is now available

Overview (from UPF’s website):Amelia Weinreb takes readers deep inside the everyday life of middle-class Cubans–arguably the majority of citizens on the island. Un-theorized and under-described, it is a group that is portrayed honestly, accurately, and empathetically. Weinreb has made repeated visits to the island, frequently living in local communities along with her family. Thus her ethnography of this “shadow public” is based upon traditional participant-observer methodology. Her experiences–from the clothesline, the back bedroom, the kitchen table, and the living room sofa–allow her an unprecedented opportunity to bring to outside readers the reality of daily life in Cuba, and she includes an epilogue that addresses citizen and consumer changes that have taken place since Raúl Castro became president in February 2008.

On Race and Identity in Colonial Cuba

By Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, History, new chapter/edited volume, Race No Comments »

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Professor Maria Elena Diaz, from UC-Santa Cruz’s History Department, just published the article “Conjuring Identities: Race, Nativeness, Local Citizenship and Royal Slavery on an Imperial Frontier (Revisiting El Cobre, Cuba)” in an edited volume on Race and Identity in Colonial Latin America, just released on Duke University Press.

The chapter is available for download HERE

Maria Elena Diaz is the author of  The Virgin, the King and the Royal Slaves of El Cobre: Negotiating Freedom in Colonial Cuba, 1670-1780 (Stanford Univ. Press, 2000).

You may also check out her webpage on El Cobre.

NADINE FERNANDEZ GOT TENURE!

By Paul Ryer, Journals No Comments »

Please join us in congratulating Nadine Fernandez, who has recently received tenure at Empire State College.  While the outmoded notion of “being there first” is both uncomfortable and factually suspect, as many of us know, Nadine has  certainly been a trailblazer for ethnographic work in post-Soviet Cuba.  For instance, when I began to plan to work in Cuba, my then-adviser R.T. Smith was initially highly skeptical.  He did not think it would be possible to do substantive research within the Republic, and only when I was able to say: “But Mr. Smith, a UC Berkeley graduate student has just come back from two years of fieldwork in Havana,” his attitude shifted just enough to proceed.  Perhaps others have similar stories, but in any case, it is certain that Nadine has also been a consistently generous, patient, and unpretentious colleague in the years since, and her tenure is welcome and well-deserved news indeed.  Hip Hip, Hooray for Nadine!

Also, look for Nadine’s book, Revolutionizing Romance: Interracial Couples in Contemporary Cuba, due to be published by Rutgers University Press in early 2010!

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