Academic journal article Cuban Studies

Preface

Academic journal article Cuban Studies

Preface

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The year 2009 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the triumph of the Cuban revolution. An event with far-reaching national consequences and far-flung international repercussions, the Cuban Revolution must be considered as one of the momentous occurrences of the twentieth century. It spoke to the prevailing concerns of its time: a period of postcolonial transitions in which matters of sovereignty and self-determination and issues of social justice and economic development loomed as the overriding preoccupations of the third world.

That is why, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, the conference entitled "The Measure of a Revolution: Cuba, 1959-2009" was held from May 7-9, 2009, on the campus of Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Jointly organized by Catherine Krull (Queen's University), Soraya Castro (Havana University), Louis Pérez Jr. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Susan Eckstein (Boston University), the conference assessed the revolution's achievements, analyzed its shortcomings, considered its prospects, and contemplated its legacy in the years to come. Representing over 15 countries, approximately 260 participants - including academics, writers, politicians, and artists specializing in a wide variety of themes relating to Cuba - shared their knowledge and analysis at this conference.

Now, Cuban Studies highlights some of the work that was presented at this conference from a variety of crucial angles. The articles in this special issue represent a variety of disciplines that study Cuba's past and present, and they provide diverse methodological approaches and multiple analytical frameworks. …

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