Centre for Research on Cuba

Cuba Research Forum

In 1998, the Universities of Wolverhampton and Havana jointly inaugurated the dedicated research network called the Forum for the Study of Cuba/Cátedra de Estudios sobre Cuba, based in Wolverhampton.

In 2003, the Forum was transferred to the University of Nottingham and, in 2004, was renamed the Cuba Research Forum. It is based in, and managed by, the University’s Centre for Research on Cuba.


The Cuba Research Forum acts as an international focal point for the study of Cuba through a network of members.



Aims of the Cuba Research Forum
  • To further research collaboration between the University of Nottingham and Cuba, in the first instance with the University of Havana (through the organisation of annual bilateral conferences and other programmes), but also through collaborative links with other Cuban academic, cultural and research institutions.
  • To act as a national focal point for the study of Cuba through its network of Members, through various and regular activities (principally workshops and conferences, but also the seminars and other activities of the University’s Centre for Research on Cuba), through the dissemination of academic information from and on Cuba, and by developing active links with other universities where Cuban studies are carried out.
  • To continue developing the research resources of the Centre for Research on Cuba, specifically through the Hennessy Collection, whose resources are open to all Members, and also any students supervised by Members.



There are four categories of membership, all of which are free

  • Honorary members
    Non-academic staff who have played a fundamental part in supporting the work of the Cuba Research Forum.
  • Full members:
    This category of membership is for full-time or part-time academics affiliated to an institution or retired, who have worked on Cuba or are currently working on Cuba, any professional whose work involves contact with and research on Cuba, and any Cuban academic or intellectual who has participated in Forum activities. Currently, Members reside or work in the UK and Cuba, but also Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Australia, Mexico, Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico
  • Associate student members
    These are postgraduate students currently working on Cuba.
  • Corresponding members:
    These are former Members or Associate Student Members who, while not working in academic posts, nonetheless continue to keep an interest in Cuba and in the activities of the Forum.

Membership is by invitation, but anyone may ask to be enrolled. Enquiries can be made to parvathi.kumaraswami@nottingham.ac.uk



Events, conferences and workshops

The core event of the Forum is the annual bilateral conference, alternating between Nottingham and Havana. These conferences have taken place since 1998, and generally take place in Cuba in early July and Nottingham in early September.

The Forum also organises a one-day postgraduate workshop every academic year (usually in February/March), each time focussing on a specific topic (e.g. interviewing in Cuba, Cuban responses to research on Cuba, applying theory and methodology to Cuba, etc.). This workshop is open to any postgraduate working on Cuba in Europe.



International Executive Committee

  • Professor John Kirk (Dalhousie University, Canada)
  • Professor Guillermo Grenier (Florida International University, US)
  • Professor Emeritus Antoni Kapcia (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Professor Par Kumaraswami (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Dr Alexander A. Cordovés Santiesteban (Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana, Mexico)
  • Dr Anne Luke (University of Leeds, UK) Dr Rosa María Voghon (independent researcher)
  • Arturo Hernández (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Dr Rosi Smith (De Montfort University, UK)
  • Dr María Reyes Baztán (University of Nottingham, UK/University of Reading, UK)
  • Dr Isabel Story (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
  • MSc Adrián Ludet Arévalo Salazar (Universidad de Holguín, Cuba/Western University, Canada)
  • Dr Lauren Collins (University of Nottingham, UK)
  • Delio Orozco (Director, Enciclopedia de Manzanillo, Cuba)
  • Dra Mayelín González (Universidad de La Habana, Cuba)
  • Dr Ernel González Mastrapa (Universidad de La Habana, Cuba)
  • Leah Guy

Centre for Research on Cuba

The University of Nottingham
Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5800