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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.

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