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17:30 - 19:00 7 February 2018

Panel discussion and book launch: Representing Post-Soviet Cuba: Media, Literature and Cultural Memo


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Ivan Darias Alfonso, Independent scholar, Dr. Ivan Darias Alfonso holds a PhD from Birkbeck, University of London and a Masters from Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. His research focuses on Media and Cuban émigrés in Western Europe. From 1994 to 2004 he worked on Cuban media (print, broadcast, and online) as a journalist and editor. He is currently working on a book on Cultural Memory in the Cuban diaspora.
Dr Juan Orlando Perez Gonzalez, Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton, Dr. Juan Orlando Pérez González is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Media, Culture and Language, University of Roehampton. He has previously taught Journalism at the University of Havana and the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom, and has been visiting lecturer in other academic institutions in Cuba, Mexico and the United Kingdom. He won several awards for his work as a reporter and writer in several Cuban newspapers and magazines and later worked for the Spanish American Service of the BBC in London. He is the author of the blog Juan Sin Nada and of a widely read column in Cuban online magazine 'El estornudo'.
Dr Angela Dorado Otero, Teaching and Research Fellow, Queen Mary University of London, Dr. Angela Dorado Otero is a postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow in Iberian and Latin American Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Her last book, Dialogic Aspects in the Cuban novel of the 1990s (Boydell & Brewer, 2014) examines six Cuban novels published between 1991 and 1999, all part of the new 'boom' of the Cuban novel in the 1990s.

The Cuban media has played a central role in shaping ideas of nation and national identity linked to the political system installed after the Revolution. The aim of defending the homeland is still regarded as a mobilizing force and an incentive to safeguard the island’s unity. To furnish those discursive strategies, the past is evoked either in epic terms, reflecting on the heroism of the early revolutionary years (Bay of Pigs, Missile Crisis, the Battle of Ideas) or to contrast it with a well-known catalogue of all the ills of pre-revolutionary Cuba. In order to support the status quo and the permanence of the revolutionary present, the Cuban media has directed the country’s collective memory to specific targets, to those events and scenarios that have enabled a positive reinforcement of the “authenticity” and legitimacy of the revolutionary government.


Oscar Martinez
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