Newsletter 29 November 2011
The International Institute for the Study of Cuba has been reborn as a membership association and is now open to anyone who shares its aims and objects to join.
IISC is relaunched as a membership association
The Institute has severed all ties with London Metropolitan University and is now an independent body with the goal of supporting and maintaining the publication of the International Journal of Cuban Studies, organising public events in which academic research on Cuba can be discussed and disseminated, and encouraging the serious study of the island, its history, culture and scientific achievements.
The Institute is relaunched with the announcement of a major conference in April 2012. Paper proposals are now being accepted for "Cuba in the 21st Century" a one day conference to be held at the Senate House, University of London on 17 April 2012.
The conference, in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas will count on the participation of two of Cuba's leading scholars. More details of this and other activities are to be found on the new website www.cubastudies.org.
Call for papers
CONFERENCE – CUBA IN THE 21st CENTURY
Tuesday 17 April 2012
University of London
Organised in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas
Call for papers
In April 2011 the first Cuban Communist Party Congress in over a decade agreed a programme of economic policy measures aimed at what it called the ‘updating of the Cuban socialist model’ heralding the most intensive and extensive change since the earliest days of the Revolution more than 50 years ago. In February 2012 the Communist Party is to meet again in a special conference to discuss and agree political reforms that are likely to be equally profound in their effect. Just what are the prospects for Cuba and the Cuban socialist project in the 21st Century? How will these changes affect the trajectory of the revolution and it relationship with the wider world?
This one day conference is for all those interested in answering these questions.
Reforms do not threaten socialism, says research
The current reforms being undertaken by the Cuban government to increase the non-state sector and introduce market solutions do not threaten the socialist nature of the revolution according to research published this month in the International Journal of Cuban Studies
Professor Michael O’Sullivan of Brock University in Ontario, Canada, interviewed Cuban young people about their attitudes to the revolution, socialism and their future following the reforms announced by Cuban President Raúl Castro in 2010 and implemented by the Cuban Communist Party in April this year.
His findings conclude that the reforms are part of a continuing process of renewal of the revolution that has gone through four distinct phases since 1959 and is now entering its fifth:
“Each of these phases constitute a continuation of the historical process and does not constitute a rupture with that process,” says O’Sullivan. “The most obvious of the ongoing characteristics is the socialist character of the country which is not threatened by creating a large non-state sector.”
‘Educated Cuban youth and the 2010 economic reforms: reinventing the imagined revolution’ is published in Volume 3 Number 4 of the IJCS. To subscribe visit the journal website
or join the International Institute for the Study of Cuba.