Cuba, the Caribbean, and its Global Connections. Plantations—Migrations—Cultures

This conference brings together a group of German and international scholars researching topics on Cuba and the Caribbean from colonial times to the present.

Organized into three panels, the first will be dedicated to the slavery plantation system in the Caribbean basin and its long shadow over the region and the modern world. The other two deal with the movement of people between Cuba, Africa, Asia, and Europe and the multi-cultural experiences and exchanges through music and literature in the context of the so-called Cold World period.

The conference seeks to offer a view of the links between a past signed by imperialist control over commodity frontiers and a racialized labor force, with the complexities of the still ongoing decolonizing process.


  • Christian Cwik, Universität Graz
  • Reinaldo Funes-Monzote, University of Havana
  • Cary A. García Yero, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Christine Hatzky, Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Albert Manke, Universität Göttingen
  • Claudia Martínez-Hernández, Universität Wien
  • Ulrich Mücke, Universität Hamburg
  • Reinier Pérez Hernández, University of Applied Sciences Mainz
  • Natalia Schmiedecke, Universität Hamburg
  • Michael Zeuske, Universität Bonn


9.00 -10.30 a.m. Session 1
The Slavery Plantations and its legacies

Moderator: Dr. Ulrich Mücke, Universitat Hamburg

Dr. Michael Zeuske, Senior Professor, Universität Bonn. Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies: Work and Migration. Plantations and other Structures / Trabajo y migración. Plantaciones y otras estructuras.

Dr. Christian Cwik, Universität Graz, Austria. Center for Inter-American Studies:  Jewish Plantations in XVIII Century Surinam. Slave Traders, Enslaved and Resistance / Las plantaciones judías del siglo XVIII en Surinam: Negreros, esclavos y resistencia.

Dr. Reinaldo Funes-Monzote, Universidad de La Habana/ HIAS fellow: The Several Lives of the Caribbean Plantations / Las varias vidas de las plantaciones caribeñas.

11.00 a.m. – 12.30p.m. Session 2
Chapters of the Cold War in the Caribbean and beyond

Moderator: Dr. Reinaldo Funes-Monzote

Dr. Albert Manke, University Bielefeld en el Centro de Estudios Interdisciplinarios: The Chinesse Migrants in Cuba between the Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro Revolutions / Los migrantes chinos en Cuba entre las revoluciones de Mao Tse Tung y Fidel Castro

Dr. Christine Hatzky Leibniz Universität Hannover. Center for Atlantic and Global Studies: Cubans in Angola/ Angolans in Cuba

Dr. Ulrich Mücke, Universität Hamburg, Global History Department: Memories of Cubans Workers at East Germany / Memorias de Cubanos obreros en la RDA

1.00-2.00 p.m. Lunch Break

2.30-4.00 p.m. Session 3
Cultural Changes in a Turbulent World

Moderator: Dr. Michael Zeuske

Dr. Cary Aileen Aileen García Yero, Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin Latin American Institute/ Leibniz Universität Hannover Center for Atlantic and Global Studies: The Parnart Record in Pre-Revolutionary Cuba. Music, Racism, and Representation / La disquera Parnart en Cuba prerrevolucionaria. Música, racismo y representación.

Dr. Natalia Schmiedecke, Universität Hamburg, Global History Department: Chilean and Cuban musical exchanges during Salvador Allende’s government / Intercambios musicales entre Chile y Cuba durante el gobierno de Salvador Allende.

Dr. Reinier Pérez Hernández, Escritor e investigador independiente: Autobiographies of African Descendants in Contemporary Cuba / Autobiografías de Afrodescendientes en Cuba Contemporánea.