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Antoni Kapcia

Professor of Latin American History, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

My research and publications have long specialised on modern Cuba, specifically in two areas.

a) Modern Cuban history: this has meant a special focus on political radicalism in the 1920s-50s and the roots of the post-1959 Revolution, and, on the Revolution's ideology, radicalisation and cultural development, with a wider interest in the questions of nationalism, national identity, and ideological patterns.

b) Contemporary Cuban history and politics, focussing on participation, the Party, the political system and cultural politics.

I am currently collaborating with Dr Par Kumaraswami (University of Reading) on a project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and called 'Beyond Havana and the nation? Peripheral identities and literary culture'. It examines the relationship between, on the one hand, local culture and historical identity in rural Cuba (focussing on the eastern province of Granma), and Cuba's national culture and historical narrative, all seen within the context of a wider globalisation which is always presumed to be superseding the national.

I am also completing a Historical Dictionary of Cuba for Scarecrow Press.

Expertise Summary

Although my research expertise is concentrated on modern Cuban political history and contemporary Cuban politics, I teach, and have taught, across a range of subjects within the broad field of modern Latin American history, both general survey/introductory modules and specialist modules on political radicalism and national identity. I have also successfully supervised 20 PhD and 5 Masters-level projects to completion, on different aspects of Cuban history, culture and society, and currently supervise eight PhD projects.

Research Summary

My research and publications have long specialised on modern Cuba, specifically in two areas.

a) Modern Cuban history: this has meant a special focus on political radicalism in the 1920s-50s and the roots of the post-1959 Revolution, and, on the Revolution's ideology, radicalisation and cultural development, with a wider interest in the questions of nationalism, national identity, and ideological patterns.

b) Contemporary Cuban history and politics, focussing on participation, the Party, the political system and cultural politics.

I am currently collaborating with Dr Par Kumaraswami (University of Reading) on a project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and called 'Beyond Havana and the nation? Peripheral identities and literary culture'. It examines the relationship between, on the one hand, local culture and historical identity in rural Cuba (focussing on the eastern province of Granma), and Cuba's national culture and historical narrative, all seen within the context of a wider globalisation which is always presumed to be superseding the national.

I am also completing a Historical Dictionary of Cuba for Scarecrow Press.

Recent Publications

  • 2018. What’s in a name? Emigrant Cubans since 1959 and the curious evolution of discourse. In: Rethinking past and present in Cuba: Essays in memory of Alistair Hennessy University of London. 204-227 (In Press.)
  • 2016. Cuba just yesterday and today: Negotiating toward what, exactly? Latin American Politics and Society. 58(2 Summer), 148-156
  • ANTONI KAPCIA, 2015. How should we understand the Cuban Revolution?. In: PATRICIA CALVO GONZÁLEZ, ed., Discursos e ideologías de derechas e izquierdas en América Latina y Europa Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Servizo de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico. 25-52
  • 2014. Leadership in the Cuban Revolution: The Unseen Story 1. Zed Books/Fernwood Publishing.
  • 2018. What’s in a name? Emigrant Cubans since 1959 and the curious evolution of discourse. In: Rethinking past and present in Cuba: Essays in memory of Alistair Hennessy University of London. 204-227 (In Press.)
  • 2016. Cuba just yesterday and today: Negotiating toward what, exactly? Latin American Politics and Society. 58(2 Summer), 148-156
  • ANTONI KAPCIA, 2015. How should we understand the Cuban Revolution?. In: PATRICIA CALVO GONZÁLEZ, ed., Discursos e ideologías de derechas e izquierdas en América Latina y Europa Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Servizo de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico. 25-52
  • 2014. Leadership in the Cuban Revolution: The Unseen Story 1. Zed Books/Fernwood Publishing.
  • 2013. The exception proves the rule: lessons from the Cuban case. In: STEPHEN G.H.ROBERTS AND ADAM SHARMAN (EDS), ed., 1812 Echoes: The Cádiz Constitution in Hispanic History, Culture and Politics Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 298-313
  • ANTONI KAPCIA, 2012. Celebrating 50 years – but of what exactly, and why is Latin America celebrating it?. In: PAR KUMARASWAMI, ed., Rethinking the Cuban Revolution nationally and regionally: Politics, culture and identity Wiley-Blackwell. 58-76
  • KUMARASWAMI, P., KAPCIA, A. and NEHRU, M., 2012. Literary culture in Cuba: revolution, nation-building and the book Manchester University Press.
  • KAPCIA, ANTONI, 2011. Beyond Fidel: towards an understanding of the Cuban political vanguard of the 1960s. In: ESSER, CRISTINA, ET AL, ed., Kuba. 50 Jahre zwischen Revolution, Reform – und Stillstand? Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, Berlin. 143-162
  • ANTONI KAPCIA, 2011. Defying expectations: the external profile and activism of the Cuban Revolution. In: GARDINI, G-L, & LAMBERT, P, ed., Latin American foreign policies: Between ideology and pragmatism 1st. Palgrave Macmillan. 179-196
  • ANTONI KAPCIA & PAR KUMARASWAMI, 2010. The Feria del Libro and the ritualisation of cultural belonging in Havana. In: RICHARD YOUNG AND AMANDA HOLMES, ed., Cultures of the City.: Mediating Identities in Urban Latin/o America University of Pittsburgh Press. 204-229
  • KAPCIA, A., 2009. Lessons of the special period: learning to march again Latin American Perspectives. 36(1), 30-41
  • KAPCIA, ANTONI, 2009. Batalla de Ideas: old ideology in new clothes? Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies. Available at: <http://web.gc.cuny.edu/dept/bildn/cuba/documents/ChangingCubaChangingWorldBook.pdf>
  • KAPCIA, ANTONI, 2008. Cuba in Revolution.: A History since the Fifties 1. Reaktion Books.
  • KAPCIA, A., 2008. Does Cuba fit yet or is it still 'exceptional'? Journal of Latin American Studies. 40, 627-650
  • ALEXANDER I. GRAY AND ANTONI KAPCIA, ed., 2008. The Changing Dynamic of Cuban Civil Society University Press of Florida.
  • KAPCIA, A, 2008. Cuba after Fidel: Continuity and Change Global Dialogue. 10, 120-129
  • KAPCIA, A., 2008. Setting the Stage for a discussion of Cuban civil society: the nature of Cuban "communism" and of the Revolution's political culture. In: GRAY, A.I. and KAPCIA, A., eds., The changing dynamic of Cuban civil society University Press of Florida. 20-39
  • ANTONI KAPCIA, 2008. Planning for succession in Cuba: the long "anti-transition" Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations. 9(1, Winter-Spring), 43-54 (In Press.)
  • KAPCIA, A.M., 2006. Political change in Cuba: the domestic context for foreign policy. In: ERISMAN, H.M. and KIRK, J.M., eds., Redefining Cuban foreign policy: the impact of the 'Special Period' Gainesville, FL : University Press of Florida. 23-48
  • KAPCIA, A., 2006. Lucha and cubanía: the (re)construction of a Cuban historical identity through the idea of (revolutionary) struggle. In: FOWLER, W and & LAMBERT, P.W., eds., Political violence and the construction of national identity in Latin America 1st. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 55-72
  • KAPCIA, A.M., 2005. Havana: the making of Cuban culture Oxford: Berg.
  • KAPCIA, A.M., 2002. The siege of the Hotel Nacional, Cuba, 1933: a reassessment Journal of Latin American Studies. 34(2), 283-310
  • KAPCIA, A.M., 2001. The Academic and Political Space in Cuba: Higher Education and the Revolution. In: MUCKLE, J. and MORGAN, W. J., eds., Nottingham : Continuing Education Press, University of Nottingham. 188-208
  • KAPCIA, A.M., 2000. Cuba : island of dreams Oxford : Berg.
  • KAPCIA, A.M., 2000. 'One hundred years of solitude: 1898 and 1998 in the Cuban search for national identity. In: , ed., Spain's 1898 Crisis. Regenerationism, modernism, post-colonialism Manchester : Manchester University Press. 229-241

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