Calls for Papers

Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: May 7, 2018

Radical History Review

Revolutionary Positions: Sexuality and Gender in Cuba and Beyond 

Deadline: June 1st, 2018

The Radical History Review invites proposals on how the sexual and gendered dimensions of the Cuban Revolution were interpreted, debated, appropriated, and reimagined, globally; and, in turn, how Cuban policies responded to or engaged with global conversations about gender and sexuality, including feminist movements and movements for gay and lesbian rights.

As the Cuban Revolution approaches its sixtieth anniversary and in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death, the time is ripe to reengage the historical impact and legacy of Cuba’s revolutionary experiment beyond its own borders. Exploring the transnational meanings of the Cuban Revolution through the lens of sexuality and gender opens new windows onto:  a) the rise of the global New Left across Europe and the Americas, including its various structures, ideological debates, and revolutionary subjectivities; b) Third World revolutionary nationalism from Vietnam and Southern Africa to Central America and China; c) Cuba’s impact on the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc; d) Cuban international solidarity through healthcare, education, and the arts; and e) Anti-Communist responses to socialism articulated around the defense of family and morality.

From 1959 to the present, Cuba’s transformative aspirations for gender and sexuality —from proclamations of women’s emancipation to iterations of the “New Man” and displays of revolutionary love— have been a touchstone and central arena of the Revolution’s global reverberations. For the Left, the revolution provided a source of inspiration for a broad spectrum of organizations and movements, while also generating criticism within the Left and from gay and feminist activists globally concerned with some Cuban policies, including the persecution of homosexuals. The anti-Communist Right, meanwhile, often distorted and dramatized Cuba’s perceived moral transgressions. Cuban revolutionaries, too, were proactive in attempting to influence these global debates. References to gender, sexuality, love, and the daily realities of lived socialism were embedded in Cuban cultural strategies for global engagement, from the emotionally effusive musical genre Nueva Trova to critically acclaimed  films like Strawberry and Chocolate.

Proposed papers might address:

  • Women’s labor and emancipation: accomplishments, limits, international impact
  • Cruising and “getting it on” under Castro: sex in the socialist sixties
  • Racial bodies: revolutionary inclusion, intersectionality, and silence
  • Charismatic leadership and the manly burden of “Fidel” and “Che”
  • Cuban revolutionary culture as global culture
  • Falling in (and out) of love with the revolution: personal and political encounters  
  • International solidarity and missions to Angola, Chile, Nicaragua, Haiti, etc.
  • Revolutionary families and cold war culture wars
  • Revolutionary masculinity and global variations of “The New Man”
  • Revolutionary refusals: deviant desire, illicit love, commercial sex

By June 1, 2018, please submit a 1-2 page abstract summarizing the essay or article you wish to contribute as an attachment to with “Issue 136 Abstract Submission” in the subject line. If you wish to contribute an essay on visual materials, please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will later need to send high-resolution image files and secure permission to reprint all images.

By July 15, 2018 authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their manuscript for peer review. The due date for completed manuscripts will be November 1, 2018. Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 136 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in January 2020.

Abstract Deadline: June 1, 2018


New Voices in Cuba Studies

Deadline: July 1, 2018

We invite graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to submit proposals for a symposium exploring new directions in Cuban studies. Students in the disciplines of History, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Romance Languages/Comparative Literature, Art History, Ethnomusicology, and Performance Studies are encouraged to apply. Interdisciplinary, transnational, and multiepochal approaches are welcome.

Accepted papers will be grouped in panels organized thematically, with one faculty commentator per panel. Participation in this symposium provides an opportunity to engage in lively discussion with faculty and an emerging cohort of doctoral candidates engaged in Cuban studies from universities around the northeast.

Interested students should submit a 200- word abstract and a one-page CV (Word or PDF) to All applicants will be notified of participation by July 1, 2018

Date of Symposium: November 30th, 2018

Thematic Areas of Symposium (but not limited to):

Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality from the Colonial Period to the Present

  • Cuban-US relations; or, Cuba’s international relations both historically and today
  • Mobility, Migration, and Exchange
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Intellectual and Cultural History/Production
  • Political Economy, Politics, State Formation, Political Science

All applicants will be notified of participation by July 1, 2018



Call for submissions: 2018 Edition of the Peter C. Marzio Award
Deadline: July 30, 2018

The ICAA is proud to invite upper-level undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in universities in the US and abroad to apply for the 2018 edition of the Peter C. MarzioAward for Outstanding Research in 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art. Named for the late, longtime director of the MFAH, who founded the ICAA in 2001, the award recognizes new scholarship in the field of 20th-century Latin American and Latino art. A first prize of $2,500 and an honorable mention prize of $1,000 will be awarded for outstanding academic papers based on the primary-source materials available from the digital archive Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art and its companion book series, Critical Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art. The two selected papers will be published in an upcoming number of the ICAA Documents Project Working Papers series, which is available on the ICAA Documents Project website. The prize is generously underwritten by the Transart Foundation of Houston.

For the official call for participation, please see the ICAA Peter C. Marzio Award page.



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