Symposium—“Che and Cuba: Between Cold War and Third World Internationalism”


The symposium “Il Che e Cuba: Tra Guerra Fredda e Internazionalismo Terzomondista [Che and Cuba: Between Cold War and Third World Internationalism] will take place on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 10:00am – 6:30pm, at Fabbrica del Vapore, Auditorium – 1st floor, Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini 4, Milan, Italy. See post by Peter Jordens and link below for more information:

The meeting, which will involve Italian and foreign contemporary historians and experts in Latin American history and international relations, will focus on situating Cuba in the “long” sixties, at the crossroads between the Cold War and the Third World dynamics following the process of decolonization. The focus will be in particular on the role of Ernesto Guevara in Cuban foreign policy between 1959 and 1967, including the missile crisis (1962) that brought the world to the brink of World War III and the Tricontinental Conference (1966) that tried to include Cuba within the international liberation struggles. Attention will also be paid to the international impact of Che’s myth in those years, including on movements, actors and associations of Third Worldism in the Americas, Europe and the rest of the world.

The program:

Part 1 (10:00am – 1:30pm): After the Revolution
Antoni Kapcia (University of Nottingham) – Cuban Foreign Policy: 1959-1967
Antonio Annino (Università degli studi di Firenze) – Ernesto Guevara Minister of Industry
Luigi Bruti Liberati (Università degli studi di Milano) – The Export of the Cuban Revolution
Eduardo Rey Tristán (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) – Guevaran “foquismo”
Enrico Palumbo (Università IULM) – Che and Africa

Part 2 (3:00 – 6:30pm): The turning point of 1967
Maria Matilde Benzoni (Università degli studi di Milano) – Che and International Culture
Onofrio Pappagallo (Università degli studi di Bari) – Cuba, Che and the European Communist Parties
Massimo De Giuseppe (Università IULM) – Che and the Catholics, between Europe and the Americas
Giancarlo Monina (Roma Tre/Fondazione Basso) – Cuba and the Russell Tribunal II
Irina Baijni – Che in the Imagination of Young Cubans

The complete, original announcement (in Italian) is at

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