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PhD Research Student, Faculty of Arts
PhD student Latin American History
MSc Human Geography Research at Loughborough University (Globalization)
GIS Assistant for Finding Sanctuary Project creating Marine Conservation Zones in the SouthWest of England
BA Geography The University of Texas - Austin (Minor in Spanish with a Psychology Interest)
Current research is focused on the regional identity of the rural province of Granma, located in the eastern region of Cuba. My goal is to highlight the significance of its religious history by… read more
Current research is focused on the regional identity of the rural province of Granma, located in the eastern region of Cuba. My goal is to highlight the significance of its religious history by concentrating on the practice of espiritismo de cordón. I am piecing together a timeline of its rise, decline and possible adaptations due to national events between 1850-1930. This should hopefully provide an insight into the cultural background of the province and the spiritual relationship with politics, colonialism and occupation. This research will also involve study of possible links with indigenous practices, which has caused discourse among local scholars.
I have undergone fieldwork in Havana and various city/towns in the Granma province, namely Bayamo, Manzanillo and Bartolome Maso - in line with the Leverhulme Trust funded project of Professor Antoni Kapcia and Dr Par Kumaraswami (Reading) 'Beyond Havana and the nation? Peripheral identities and literary culture'.
I will be returning to Cuba for further fieldwork to obtain further local knowledge, University of Granma department of research studies and archival access. Bayamo would provide the better base for this due to time limitations but will include excursions to places of worship outside of Bayamo and to the city of Jiguani said to host a highly visible indigenous population.