Cuba in the 21st Century: Call for papers

International conference: Cuba in the 21st Century


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 January 2012 the Communist Party met again in a special conference to discuss and agree political reforms. 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?

The Institute for the Study of the Americas and the International Institute for the Study of Cuba are pleased to announce:  CUBA IN THE 21st CENTURY a one day academic conference to take place on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 in the Woburn Suite at  Senate House, University of London.

The programme includes keynote addresses from two of Cuba’s leading intellectuals: Political scientist and international relations expert Professor Carlos Alzugaray Treto and Rafael Hernández, the editor of Temas, a magazine of cultural and social studies published in Havana.

ISA and the IISC are committed to serious academic scholarship while also encouraging the exploration of new subjects or new approaches to more familiar ones. This international conference is intended to be an exciting gathering of a diverse group of scholars who will discuss and debate the options open for Cuba.

Papers are now being requested on the themes of Cuban politics, culture, economy and foriegn policy in the coming decades. Papers from the conference will be published in a special edition of the International Journal of Cuban Studies and also in Spanish in the Magazine Temas in Cuba.

Academics wishing to participate please send a title a 200 word abstract and brief bio to:

Dr Stephen Wilkinson,
International Institute for the Study of Cuba,
PO Box 1406
Herts, UK
HP23 9AT
Tel: +44 (0)7956381640


  • Abstracts must be received before 15 February 2012
  • Successful applicants will be informed by 19 February 2012
  • Final programme to be publishedon 1 March 2012