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Sjamme Van de Voort

PhD student of Hispanic and Latin American Studies, Faculty of Arts,

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My current research focuses on the extent to which Cuban historiography, academic and popular, has grounded itself in cultural memory in Cuba. The investigation will have two constituent parts. I… read more

Current Research

My current research focuses on the extent to which Cuban historiography, academic and popular, has grounded itself in cultural memory in Cuba. The investigation will have two constituent parts. I will first survey three categories of historiography: the one presented in educational material, in mass media, and finally in academic publications. The second step will be based on an analysis of 20-30 in-depth oral history interviews conducted among a group of Cubans who will have completed their primary education after the implementation of the 1976 constitution, and before the collapse of the USSR in 1991. The investigation will shed light on the effect of Cuban historiography on cultural memory during its socialist heydays, but also to facilitate the understanding of cultural memory of Cubans in Cuba with cultural memory of Cubans outside of Cuba, anticipating a reconciliation process between the two in the years to come.

Past Research

Before coming to Nottingham, I have worked on a variety of issues related to Cuba.

One project, suggests to view academic publication as a micro-arena of larger, and analyse the rules that guide what can and cannot be said within the arena. Focussing mainly on publications on race and racism in the magazine TEMAS, this study clearly showed the boundaries of the critical micro-arena of which TEMAS is a part, and stands in clear contradiction to the idea of a non-racist Cuba, as well as ideas of race as performative cultural construct, that gained currency in pre-revolutionary academia, only to be employed as stepping stones for the three strategies that are brought out by this research.

Furthermore, I have worked on topics related to the internet in Cuba, such as the creation of political identities in the blogosphere, as well as other impacts the internet has had on civil society on the island.

Centre for Research on Cuba

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


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