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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Latin American Graduate Oraganization (LAGO) 2018 Conference: Call for Proposals

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The Latin American Graduate Organization will be hosting its 2018 Latin American Studies Conference titled Thinking of the Future: Expanding the possible in the Americas (Pensando en el porvenir: Expandiendo lo posible en las Américas) February 23 – 25, 2018, at Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year, the conference topic is meant to challenge academics and activists to move beyond critiques and recommendations of how to address modern days issues, and instead articulate a vision of and for the future.

The LAGO Conference welcomes all disciplines and all approaches, as long as the project attempts to grapple with the idea of building something better. This is a Latin American Studies Conference, but creative writers, journalists, artists, performers, organizers, lawyers and healthcare providers as well as graduate students and other academics are welcome. Proposals are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and English.

Deadlines: Abstracts of papers and projects are due November 25, 2017. Abstracts of papers or project descriptions must not exceed 300 words.

Please contact lago.tulane@gmail.com with questions. For more information, visit the official conference website.