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“Cuba is Changing!”: A Brief History of Misperception

October 25, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Greater Caribbean Studies Center and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University invite you to a talk with Vincent Bloch from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.


Over the past 25 years, many Cuban scholars have analyzed the way widespread social discontent, economic “reforms” and rapidly evolving cultural norms are paving the way for regime change. American tourists are now urged to visit Cuba before capitalism takes hold and Fidel Castro dies. These views rely largely on a misunderstanding about what is a political regime and what is totalitarianism. Cuban society was never inert and no form of life can remain unchanged throughout the time. Sociologist Vincent Bloch explains how the processes of transformation that Cuba has been undergoing over the past decades have left untouched the constraints that perpetuate the Castroist form of life.


Vincent Bloch holds a PhD in Sociology from EHESS, Paris and is the author of Cuba, une révolution (Vendémiaire, 2016) and Cuba sous la “période spéciale”: anthropologie de la “lucha” (Vendémiaire, 2017). His research areas include political sociology, social history, anthropology of norms, and political theory. His current work on Cuban migrants and Colombian displaced persons focuses on the evolution of authoritarian rules and the norms on which they rely in contexts of institutional erosion, ideological collapse, and shifting borders.


October 25, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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