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Shannon Lee Dawdy awarded MacArthur!

By Paul Ryer, News and Views, Notes & Queries 1 Comment »

Exciting news this morning, that Shannon Lee Dawdy has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation Grant.  As many of you know, Shannon is an archeologist and historical anthropologist whose work spans the Caribbean, focusing particularly on Louisiana and Cuba, and her publications include the pictured co-edited collection.   Please join us in wholeheartedly congratulating Shannon on this remarkable accomplishment!

Update: here is a link with more information about Shannon’s award and current projects.

Nancy Burke received tenure at UC-SF

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Nancy Burke, professor of anthropology and history of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has been awarded tenure. She has conducted research in Cuba and is a member of the Cubanist network at the University of California.

Congratulations, Nancy!

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.

Where are they now?

By Paul Ryer, Notes & Queries 2 Comments »

Does anyone know how to reach:

Audrey Charlton (Columbia U Ph.D., studied Jamaican and Haitian communities in central Cuba)

Dale Bretches (UCSD Ph.D., studied economic reforms of the socialist system)

David Forrest (UCL Ph.D., studied masculinity, gender & identity in Havana)

Please add updates/feel free to add more names here or in comments, thanks.  –PR

Update:  Thanks, Matthew, for the info about Audrey Charlton.  Also, does anyone know the whereabouts of Canadian medical anthropologist Tracey Spack, who completed a Cuba-based Ph.D., “Medicine in the special period : treatment-seeking behaviors in post-Soviet Cuba,”  in 2000 or 2001?

Feria Internacional del Libro dedicated to María del Carmen Barcia

By Paul Ryer, Conferences & CFPs, Notes & Queries, Universidad de La Habana 1 Comment »

Ed. note (Paul Ryer): I was fortunate to take a class with María del Carmen Barcia, a professor of history at the University of Havana, and am thrilled to see that she is one of two scholars to whom this year’s feria del libro is dedicated.  In addition to the scholarship for which she is being recognized here, I can add that Prof. Barcia is a fabulous teacher, with a nuanced yet rigorous approach to historical materials, and although she has high expectations of students in the classroom, she is also personally warm and without the inflated ego of so many successful academics.  So well deserved…  ¡Felicidades, Profesora!

La 19ª   Feria Internacional del Libro, Cuba 2010, se realizará del 11 al 21 de febrero en La Habana bajo el lema Leer es crecer. Estará dedicada a  los autores María del Carmen Barcia, Premio Nacional de Ciencias Sociales 2003, y Reynaldo González Zamora, Premio Nacional de Literatura 2003. En esta edición, el País Invitado de Honor será Rusia….

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What do you think about Julia Sweig’s Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know?

By Paul Ryer, Notes & Queries, Seminars & talks, Syllabi & pedagogy No Comments »

Sweig cover photoRecently, the Cuban Research Institute posted an announcement for a forthcoming book presentation (full text here) of Julia Sweig’s new book, Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know, Oxford, 2009.  On first inspection, the book seems accessible to undergraduates and fairly balanced, albeit from a North American perspective.  It is structured in a question & response format which betrays the journalistic underpinnings of the approach, and political (or politicised) topics predominate.

My question for colleagues is: what do you think of the book?  I ask because, for years I have used Jules Benjamin’s The United States and the Origins of the Cuban Revolution: An Empire of Liberty in an Age of National Liberation (Princeton, 1992) to help frame the events and politics of the early revolutionary years, but it is now almost 20 years old.  Although I’ve been looking, still have not found a text that comes close to Benjamin for lucidity, detail, dialogism, and an awareness of wider structural forces/context.  (Indeed, IMO Benjamin’s book should be required reading not just in Cuban studies, but for anyone (e.g. politicians) who has trouble understanding nationalistic responses to projections of U.S. power anywhere).  In any case, I am afraid Sweig may be sufficiently accessible to students, and cover both the early and more recent events of the Revolution, but not nearly as well grounded as Benjamin.  Does anyone have an opinion about either of these texts, or have a suggestion about comparable others worth teaching?

Beautiful Me(s) documentary

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A website inspired by the documentary film, Beautiful Me(s): Finding our Revolutionary Selves in Black Cuba, has launched at www.beautifulmes.com.  The film is the intimate travel diary of underdog students who travel from the Ivy League to the rebel state of Cuba.  In addition to information about the film, the site offers a variety of educational resources about AfroCuban politics and culture.  There are links to our Amazon store, the Progressive Pupil Collection, where you can find books, DVDs and music that relate to Beautiful Me(s) as well as a link to our Facebook fan page.

(Thanks to Kaifa Roland for this link)

LISA MAYA KNAUER GOT TENURE!!!

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EthnoCuba congratulates one of the first in our generation of ethnographers to receive tenure. She’s now a tenured professor at the anthropology department in the University of Massachussets at Darmouth.

She recently published a fantastic article entitled “Audiovisual Remittances” in the Ariana Hernandez-Reguant’s “Cuba in the Special Period”. Knauer’s article is both ethnographic and theoretical, and revolves around the video letters (which she calls video remittances) that circulate between Havana and New York City (and viceversa) among rumba enthusiasts. She looks at how these documents contribute to a transnational community of both dance and feeling.

Congratulations Lisa!

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