The Frozen Revolution: Ruins, Aura and Melancholy in Post-Communist Cuba

Duanel Díaz

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The Frozen Revolution:
Ruins, Aura and Melancholy in Post-Communist Cuba

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm | 83 Dwinelle Hall

Vintage cars on a Havana street. (Photo by Bryan Ledgard.)
Vintage cars on a Havana street. (Photo by Bryan Ledgard.)

Cuba is a land of strange contrasts: vintage American cars among dilapidated buildings with walls covered in revolutionary slogans. Duanel Díaz argues that what distinguishes contemporary Havana from other decayed places such as Detroit and New Orleans is precisely this striking coexistence between the revolution and the ruins. Any effort to understand Cuba’s post-communist present takes us back to the heyday of the revolution.

Duanel Díaz Infante is an assistant professor of Spanish at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses on culture and politics in Cuba as well as theoretical and historical issues of Marxism and Communism.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.