Since 2006 Cuba has experienced sweeping reform, giving rise to wide-ranging reverberations at all levels of society. This panel invites participants to assess and engage with such new developments in Cuban culture, politics, ideology, economics, and society. How can we grasp Cuba today?
Since 2006, when Raul Castro assumed the de facto presidency of Cuba, the island has experienced sweeping socio-political and economic reforms. These changes have included an overhaul to the public sector employment system and a vast increase in the range of acceptable forms of small private investment (cuentapropismo). There are also socio-political changes, such as the recent loosening of official restrictions on foreign travel. Such reforms have given rise to wide-ranging reverberations at all levels of Cuban society, accelerating an already-rapid pace of change on the island, and have profound implications not just for the country's ongoing economic recovery, but for the wellbeing of individual Cubans, for the Revolutionary project, and for Cuba's overall place in the world. Social liberalization within the country and out-migration has also put pressure on Cuba's programs of international solidarity outreach, within and across the Global South. This panel invites participants to assess and engage with reform and its impact on Cuban society. We are interested in papers which discuss recent developments and research on Cuban culture, politics, economics, and society in light of economic restructuring and political reform since 2006. In short, how can we grasp Cuba today? The panel will share research findings that touch on the impacts of reform, including (but not limited to) market reforms, social liberalisation, South-South solidarity abroad, political transition, international tourism, grassroots activism, cuentapropismo, etc.