Lecture: Johanna Moya Fábregas Discusses Women and the Negotiation of Masculinities in Cuba


The Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture entitled “La formación del ´hombre nuevo´: Mujeres y la negociación de masculinidades en Cuba, 1959-1975” [The Formation of the ‘New Man’: Women and the Negotiation of Masculinities in Cuba, 1959-1975] by Dr. Johanna Moya Fábregas (Humanities Department, Inter-American University-Bayamón Campus). Prof. Margarita Mergal, (School of Public Communication, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras) will serve as commentator. The activity will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00pm in Amphitheater CRA 108, Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

The gender politics prompted by the Cuban Revolution brought about unprecedented opportunities for women and influenced their lifestyles in many ways. Women were incorporated into the revolutionary process through workplace, education, and multiple campaigns directed by the Federation of Cuban Women.  Nevertheless, the state did not develop analogous campaigns designed for the transformation of the Cuban male. Moreover, the ideal of the “New Man” was modeled after the figure of Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who went on to personify the expectations of the new revolutionary government. Dr. Moya argues that the increased participation of women into the public sphere presented a challenge that forced men to negotiate between the traditional patriarchal paradigms with the new gender politics.

For information on the conference series, write to iec@uprrp.edu  or contact Humberto García Muñiz, Director, Instituto de Estudios del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, at hgarcia@prw.net

For more information on The Institute of Caribbean Studies, see http://graduados.uprrp.edu/icaribe/

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