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Raul Rubio | La Habana: cartografías culturales

Friday, April 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 4:25 am

On April 4th, Raul Rubio will give a bi-lingual presentation of his book La Habana: cartografías culturales, a Spanish-language book on the worldwide fascination with Cuba and things Cuban during the last century. He will read excerpts from the book in both English and Spanish.

La Habana: cartografías culturales envisions how the city of Havana is more than a scenic backdrop, having become the nation’s most visible protagonist and its foremost player, perhaps second only to Fidel Castro. It offers a cutting-edge approach to the intersections between Cuban politics, ideology, national identity, and artistic production, both on and off the island. Organized through studies on a wide-range of artistic mediums, including literature, film, photography, and material products that are manufactured not only in Cuba but also globally, the book offers an alternative take on the complex state of contemporary Cuban national identity.

The book offers an archival approach to what has happened during Cuba’s transnational era, the period following the triumph of Fidel Castro’s 1959 Revolution until today, featuring:
-A long-range research on Havana’s symbolic appearance in Cuban-oriented cultural production of the last century, including a study on Afro-Cuban Havana of the 1930s, referencing the book The Crime of Cuba by writer Carleton Beals and the photographer Walker Evans.

-Political aesthetics in contemporary Cuban filmmaking as manifest in the films of Fernando Pérez.

-An analysis of a wide-range of marginal voices, including Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez and Panfilo, the Afro-Cuban citizen who was arrested in Havana for expressing his distaste with the Cuban regime.

Rubio employs the perspective that, given Havana’s isolated reality, it is the city’s image, a simulated cartography, that has become highly desired and perpetually reproduced by media and cultural sources. Havana, in that light, is therefore mostly accessible to the world through artificial means, mechanically reproduced as nuanced copies of the real city.

Born in Miami to Cuban parents in the 1970s, and trained as a Hispanist and cultural studies scholar, Rubio has already authored numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of Cuban material culture, or “things Cuban.”
Rubio, R. (2013). La Habana: cartografías culturales. For more information, visit: http://www.raulrubio.us/

Raúl Rubio es profesor de literatura en John Jay College de la City University of New York, CUNY. Doctor por la Tulane University de Nueva Orleans, es hispanista y especialista en los Estudios Culturales. Su libro La Habana: cartografías culturales (Aduana Vieja, 2013) propone el estudio del imaginario citadino habanero basado en los medios culturales contemporáneos. Sus publicaciones académicas aproximan una gran variedad de temas, que incluyen, la cultura material cubana, la antropofagia cultural, y los estudios de etnia y sexualidad. Sus colaboraciones han aparecido en numerosas revistas académicas, así como en los volúmenes Cuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced (2007) y Narratología y discursos múltiples (2013). Rubio es miembro investigador del Cuba Project del Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies CUNY y forma parte de la junta directiva de la National Association for Ethnic Studies, NAES.

La Habana: cartografías culturales (Aduana Vieja, 2013)

La polifacética ciudad de La Habana se ha transmutado de un ámbito cartográfico a uno imaginario y artificial. Esa idea propone el autor de este fascinante libro que estudia las variadas representaciones sobre el entorno de la ciudad, unas que se observan a través de los medios culturales contemporáneos. Como metáfora del país, La Habana sirve como eje escénico dentro de un sinfín de textos culturales (literarios, fotográficos, cinematográficos, virtuales) y productos comercializados que intentan definir la identidad cubana a lo largo del último siglo. Mediante un acercamiento teórico que va más allá de los confines de la isla y por lo tanto abarca a la diáspora cubana y a la Cuba globalizada y mercantilizada por otros países, el autor nos propone que la ciudad en auge, La Habana textual, ha llegado a ser una ciudad imaginaria, creada en base de las memorias, los deseos y las fantasías del consumidor, un simulacro artificial.

Details

Start:
Friday, April 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
End:
Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 4:25 am

Venue

Modern Times Bookstore Collective
2919 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
Phone:
4152829246

Organizer

Modern Times Bookstore Collective
Website:
http://www.facebook.com/ModernTimesBooks