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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Michael Skinkus and Moyuba at the Delgado Music Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane presents Michael Skinkus with Moyuba at the first annual Delgado Music Festival on Saturday, April 1 at 5:30 pm. The performance is part of a two day inaugural festival that is the culminating event of a week of educational music activities and will include master classes and a songwriting contest. Moyuba is a group that performs “Modern Jazz compositions based upon the Yoruba sacred songs and Bata drum rhythms that form the ceremonial music of Santería or Regla de Ocha in Cuba. The band uses the sacred songs and rhythms as a basis for it’s original compositions that are in fact suites of songs dedicated to orishas such as Eleguá, Ogún, and Ochósi.” (from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival website where they will perform on Friday, April 28). The performance is supported with funds from the Stone Center for Latin American Studies’ US Department of Education’s Title VI National Resource Center grant.

For more information on Delgado Community College’s first annual music festival, visit the website here.

Hermes Mallea presenting Great Houses of Havana

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Hermes Mallea presenting Great Houses of Havana: A Century of Cuban Style
An insider’s tour of Havana’s exceptional houses built between 1860 and 1960 and their fascinating personal histories, alongside Havana’s architectural patrimony.

Lecture at 6:00 PM and book signing at 7:30 PM.
For more information visit www.nohhf.org

This presentation is sponsored by the NOHHF in collaboration with the New Orleans Museum of Art, Beatriz Ball, JW Marriott, Jahncke & Burns Architects, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Ileana and José Suquet, Tulane School of Architecture-Master of Preservation Studies and Tulane University-Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute