Somos Iguales... Pero No Somos Iguales

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Venue:FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus, LC 309

AADS Faculty Works-in-Progress Seminar

"Somos Iguales... Pero No Somos Iguales: Contradictory Narratives and Narrating Contradiction in Contemporary Cuba"

Dr. Andrea Queeley, Florida International University

Abstract

This piece is the first draft of an article that I hope to submit to a peer-reviewed anthropology journal. Based on field research that I conducted in eastern Cuba between 2001 and 2005 among Cubans of Anglophone Caribbean descent, it examines ‘narratives of social mobility’ articulated by Cubans who came of age before and/or during the early years of the 1959 revolution. It juxtaposes these narratives against the experiences of discrimination and heightened racialized inequality that have occurred with Cuba’s reemergence on the global market. I argue that rather than be a simple mimicking of official discourse or evidence of the doble moral, these narratives, when examined in conjunction with other data gathered through participant observation, serve as critical social commentary and illuminate the complexities of subject-making.

The format of the AADS Works-in-Progress Seminars

AADS core or affiliate faculty and graduate students in the process of writing a dissertation present a book chapter or an article about which they wish to receive feedback. Around two weeks prior to the actual seminar exchange, the chapter or article draft is circulated on the AADS faculty and graduate students e-lists so that everyone interested may come and provide feedback after the brief presentation made by the author (around 10 minutes) to contextualize the piece, express his or her doubts about a particular section of the work in focus, etc. The spirit of the seminar is that the space it provides is "safe" for the authors and favorable for respectful collegial exchanges, during which the audience generously expresses constructive comments about any aspect of the text, the journal where it could be submitted, etc. The idea here is to exploit—for the benefit of everyone—the multidisciplinarity or interdisciplinarity of the Program, as we understand that the most insightful feedback might sometime come from colleagues engaged in different disciplines than one's own.