Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Ariana Hernández-Reguant

Research Assistant Professor

Ariana Hernandez-Reguant is a cultural anthropologist studying the public expression of social and political ideologies, including ideologies of race, within institutions and social contexts of interpretation. She spent several years in Cuba during the 1990s and did fieldwork at state media outlets, recording studios, and new advertising agencies on the commercialization of culture and its impact on socialist governance. Lately, she has been doing research in Miami on Spanish-language media and performances of race and citizenship among Cuban immigrants, and is in the process of writing her findings into a book. At present, she is conducting new research on citizenship and notions of freedom in Hialeah, FL. Her publications have appeared in academic books and journals as well as in the popular press, online blogs and zines, and art tabloids.

Ariana is the founder and moderator of the international network of Cuba scholars that coalesce in the EthnoCuba Facebook group, with over 700 members. Since 2015, she is the editor-in-chief of Cuba Counterpoints, a webzine on Cuban and Cuban-American affairs, culture, and the arts that is the public voice of the scholarly Cubanist community.

Degrees

  • B.A. Autonomous University of Barcelona, History (1986)
  • M.A. University of Maryland, Applied Anthropology (1991)
  • PhD University of Chicago, Cultural Anthropology (2002)

Academic Experience

  • Research Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2015-
  • Visiting Fellow, University of Miami, 2013-2015
  • Research Fellow, University of California, San Diego, 2012-2013
  • Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego, 2004-2012
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Tulane University, 2002-2004

Research & Teaching Specialization: Urban Studies, Political Anthropology, Critical Study of Art and Art worlds, Mass media, Cultural Industries, Ideologies of Race and racism, Cuba, Miami, Latin/o America

Related Experience

  • Editor. Cuba Counterpoints, 2015-
  • Manuscript Reviewer. Duke University Press, University of Florida Press, Indiana University Press, American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Latin American Anthropology, * * Latin American Research Review, Latin American Music Review, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Museum Anthropology, New West Indian Guide. 2002-

Distinctions (last 5 years)

  • Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Award. 2015.
  • American Association of University Women Writing Fellowship. 2012.

Languages: Spanish, French

Selected Academic Publications
Books

  • From Cuba to the World. The migrant cohorts of diaspora. Edited volume with Nadine Fernandez. Contracted by University Press of Florida, In press. (expected publication date: December 2016)
  • Cuba and the Special Period. Culture and Ideology in the 1990s. Palgrave-McMillan (2009). 3rd edition, 2010. (reviewed in Cuban Studies. El Nuevo Herald, the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology and The West Indian Guide)
  • Cuba’s Alternative Geographies (Guest editor). Journal of Latin American Anthropology 10 (2). Fall 2005.

Articles

  • “The Inventor, the Machine, and the New Man.” In Jacqueline Loss and Jose Manuel Prieto, eds. Caviar with Rum. Cuba/USSR. (Palgrave, 2012).
  • “World Music Producers and the Cuban Frontier” In Bob White, ed. Music and Globalization. Creative Encounters. Critical Worlds. Indiana University Press (2011).
  • “Writing the Special Period.” In Cuba and the Special Period. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (2009).
  • “Multicubanidad.” In Cuba and the Special Period. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan (2009)
  • “Havana’s Timba. A Macho Sound for Black Sex.” In Kamari Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas. eds. Globalization and Race. Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Durham: Duke University Press (2006). Reprinted (in Portuguese) in Outras Ilhas: espaços, temporalidades e transformações em Cuba, Olivia da Cunha, ed. Rio de Janeiro: Ed. Aeroplano (2011).
  • “Radio Taino and the Cuban Quest for Identi… que?” In Doris Sommer, ed. 2006 Cultural Agency in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press
  • “Cuba’s Alternative Geographies.” Journal of Latin American Anthropology 10 (2): 275-313, 2005.
  • “Copyrighting Ché. Art and Authorship under Cuban Late Socialism.” Public Culture 16 (1): 1-29, 2004. Reprinted in: Renato Rosaldo and Jonathan Xavier Inda, eds. (2007). Anthropology of Globalization. London: Blackwell. Abridged as: “Artistic Labor and Contractual Citizenship in the Cuban Culture Industries.” (2002) Anthropology of Work Review 23 (1-2): 3-7. Translated into Catalan: “L’estatus de persona juridical I el treball artistic en la transició de Cuba al capitalisme.” Revista d’Etnologia de Catalunya 18, 2001.

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The Evolution of African Visuality in Cuban Art: A talk by Raul Ruiz Miyares

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Join Raul Ruiz Miyares for a talk on the African presence in Cuba and its’ influence in regard to its representation in art. During the colonial period in Cuba, the first painters were descendants of Africans who recreated images of virgins, saints, and sacrifices. With time, the art evolved to depict scenes from everyday life, as well as the life of Africans and their descendants. Today, we continue to find exemplary models of African heritage in the visual arts in Santiago de Cuba.

Raul Ruiz Miyares is an art critic and specialist in Afro-Cuban culture and religions. He has worked as a researcher at the Fernando Ortiz African Cultural Center, and currently works at the Casa del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba. This event is free and open to the public. The talk will be given in Spanish.

From Cuba to New Orleans

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From Cuba to New Orleans: A series of events celebrating Cuban music featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection, The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans, and the National Park Service.

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The Historic New Orleans Collection Presents: FRANCISCO BOULIGNY LECTURE
Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 PM
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street | Admission is free
Reservations: wrc@hnoc.org or 504.523.4662

The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans Presents: FLAVORS OF CUBA
Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 PM
L’Entreprot, 527 Julia Street | Tickets are $40
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The National Park Service Presents: KEYBOARD CONNECTIONS: Havana, New Orleans, and Music in the 1800s
Friday, September 29, noon
Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue | Admission is free

Carnaval Latino's Parade of the Americas

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Join us for the 18th annual Carnaval Latino during the weekend of September 30th, 2017.

This celebration during National Hispanic Heritage Month will commence with the vibrant Parade of the Americas (Desfile de las Américas) through New Orleans’ historic French Quarter. The Krewe of Quetzal ‘s fifth annual Desfile de las Américas will feature floats, folkloric groups, and bands celebrating Louisiana’s Hispanic Heritage. The Parade will commence on Saturday, September 30th, at 6:00 pm. For more information on the parade route, visit Carnaval Latino’s official website.

After the parade, festival goers will then enjoy Latin music, art, food and drink, during Carnaval Latino’s festival at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District. Besides an outstanding musical line-up, the festival showcases a sampling of authentic Latin cuisine in the Cantinas area. Children are most welcome during this family-friendly celebration. Carnaval Latino is offering plenty of music and dancing for those who can’t resist the urge to move to the Latin beat. Featured artists include La Makina de Puerto Rico, Rumberos de Cuba, Round Rock Ballet Folkorico, and La Banda Blanca (Honduras).

For more information on the festival and parade, visit Carnaval Latino’s official webiste or Facebook page.

28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at the Ace Hotel, New Orleans. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring select films from this year’s Latinx programming.

Titles relating to the Latin American community include:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making msuci for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee.

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.