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EthnoCuba featured on U. Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies site

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In a new post, “The Past and Future of US_Cuba Academic Exchange,” the University of Chicago’s Center for Latin American Studies showcases EthnoCuba:

US-Cuba policy experts have likened the new regulations to Cuba travel policies under the administration of Bill Clinton. During this period, a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation allowed CLAS to administer a program of scholarly exchange between Chicago faculty and graduate students, and scholars at the University of Havana, as well as other universities and cultural institutions in Cuba. Many of those who participated in the program went on to make significant contributions to the field, based on the research they conducted and scholarly connections that they formed as participants in the program.

Among them are cultural anthropologist Ariana Hernández-Reguant, now on the faculty of the School of Communications at UC San Diego, who writes on ideology, media, and cultural production in Cuba, and Paul Ryer, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Riverside, who studies Cuban culture and the African migrant communities on the island. Today, Hernández-Reguant and Ryer co-edit a collective blog, Etnocuba, where Cuba scholars discuss research in the field, their experiences on the island, and the latest happenings in Cuba and in the international Cuban community.

Become a fan of Fernando Ortiz on Facebook

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Fernando Ortiz photoIf you are on Facebook, not only should you join the etnocuba group version of this blog, but check out the Fernando Ortiz fan club.  Several colleagues have inquired about the relation of the FB and WordPress versions of etnocuba.  To clarify, they are both public and both located at the intersection of ethnography and contemporary Cuba, and many posts do and will continue to overlap.  At the same time, not everyone is on Facebook, and not everyone has the time for or ready access to this blog, so each has a distinct niche.  For now, at least, it seems like a good arrangement to have both sorts of presence as both technologies and the community/communities change and grow.

BBC’s Cuba Correspondent

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We normally do not post links from other blogs, but I do want to recommend to all anthropologists Fernando Ravsberg’s blog, Cartas desde Cuba, linked here on the blog roll. He is, I believe, from Argentina, has lived in Cuba for a long time, is a correspondent for the BBC, and writes a magnificent and very informative blog on daily life in Cuba (in Spanish) on a variety of topics. His last posting is on the housing arrangements would-be migrants negotiate in order to not lose their property after they leave for good. Not to be missed!

Ariana Hernández Reguant, Mis Recuerdos del Muro

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Check out these two blog postings on the Berlin wall circa 1989, by our colleague Ariana Hernández Reguant: one at penultimasdias.com, and the other at lapizynube.blogspot.com.

About Anthropologists, Communists and Bankers

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A fringe nationalist Cuban group called Grupo Cayman has identified anthropologists, communists and bankers as the worse types ever to set foot on the island. They describe anthropologists as: “los hombres de la ciencia mas peligrosa para los humanos, los antropologos asesorando a los gobiernos titeres para que aprendan como alimentar a las poblaciones esclavas.” Along with them, there are communists and international bankers.  I am not sure altogether we are in good company or not.

Sondeo Antropologos,comunistas y Banqueros contra Cuba.

Mensaje por Arnaldo Castro Hoy a las 11:01 pm

El comunismo que dice luchar por los mas pobres fue creado por los hombres mas ricos del mundo,ellos en el colmo de la arrogancia aspiran al gobierno mundial con total descaro,un ejercito de intelectuales han promovido la idea de un mundo unido bajo una sola administracion y han sido muy bien pagados por tan buen servicio.La banca internacional,eterna enemiga de las derechas disimula los horrores del comunismo,y se alegra con nuestra creciente deuda externa(La Cubana)y por ultimo los hombres de la ciencia mas peligrosa para los humanos,los antropologos asesorando a los gobiernos titeres para que aprendan como alimentar a las poblaciones esclavas.El cubano obligado a alimentarse con la afeminizante soya,se expone a castigos legales si decide poner en su mesa carne de res o mariscos(promotores de la virilidad),quizas si nuestros mambises hubiesen tenido ese tipo de dieta hubieran terminado siendo pacificos disidentes suplicando por participar en el gobierno colonial,en realidad el valor no reside en las hormonas,sino en el alma,tengamos el valor de ser nacionalistas.Viva y triunfe Grupocaiman (http://www.grupocaiman.org)

A literary geography of Oriente

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Here is something interesting from Kristina Wirtz, passed along via Ivor and Grete.  It’s an ongoing literary/cultural studies project, part of a University of Essex-based attempt to rethink the “American Tropics” in terms of a literary geography of six places, including Oriente, for which Peter Hulme provides an annotated bibliography.

Archivocubano on Fundación Fernando Ortiz and Museo Montané

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This Italian site, Archivocubano, has a post on the first decade of the Fundación Fernando Ortiz, written a few years ago by Jesús Guanche.  And also a post on the history of the Museo Montané at the Universidad de La Habana, by Armando Rangel Rivero.  To date, I have not been able to find a direct URL for the museum (of, for that matter, for the Centro de Antropología in Cerro).  Does anyone have other links to/from/about these institutions?  If so, please please post them in a quick comment!

afrocubaweb, “The Discourse on Racism in Anti-Castro Publications, 2008-2009: The Obama Factor”

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Thanks to Ariana for pointing out afrocubaweb‘s collection of recent writings and responses, from a wide range of perspectives, “The Discourse on Racism in Anti-Castro Publications, 2008-2009: The Obama Factor.”  Until reading this, I had never heard that Encuentro de la cultura cubana and the Afro-Cuban alliance, which publishes Islas, are among the groups which have received funding from the U.S.-government funded National Endowment for Democracy.  Perhaps partly because it’s based in Madrid, Encuentro in particular has always seemed to present interesting, independent perspectives, so while IMO still something to read regularly, this is food for thought.

Hello colleagues!

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This is my first post as administrator of this just-launched blog.  The goal of etnocuba.ucr.edu (also ethnocuba.ucr.edu) is to facilitate communication and cooperation within the community of scholars conducting long-term ethnographic work in the Republic of Cuba or its diaspora, and it is modeled after the anthropological blog Savage Minds.  Thus, the intent is scholarly rather than political, to the extent such a distinction is possible in Cuban studies.  I expect the blog to evolve as I learn about WordPress, and–hopefully–as a community of users emerges.

The blog is publicly accessible, and anyone is welcome to read it.  Given the whole point of the site, I will be delighted to enroll fellow ethnographers as editors, in order to post articles and comments.  Otherwise, however, all comments will require administrator approval.

PR

UPDATE (3/22/09).  Paul has kindly and quickly enrolled me. I will be posting information of interest as I receive it. Thank you. ariana h-r.

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