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rRaciela Chailloux LaffitaGraciela Chailloux Laffita

Graciela Chailloux Laffita is an AfroCuban, an adjunt professor of economics at the University of Havana and a senior researcher at the Don Fernando Ortiz Casa de Altos Estudios. She was professor of Cuban economic history during 1972-83 and since then has been a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of the United States in Havana. She has lectured at universities in the United States, Spain, Ecuador, the West Indies and Cuba, and won grants won such institutions as the University of Texas and Johns Hopkins university. Her publications include Globalizacion y conflicto Cuba-EEUU, and Cuba: El periodo especial.


Angola, Cuba, The Caribbean: Culture, Race, and Identity Formation Workshop  2/28/2014 Boston University: with Graciela Chailloux, Alejandro de la Fuente and faculty from BU.


Rastafarianism in Havana  3/2/2013 1804 Carib Voices: "One of the books presented this year at the Havana’s International Book Fair was Marialina García Ramos’ fascinating study of Rastafarianism in Cuba—Rastafarismo en La Habana: De las reivindicaciones míticas de las tribus urbanas [Rastafarianism in Havana: Of the mythical vindications of urban tribes]—published in 2012 by Pinos Nuevos. The book was presented by historian Graciela Chailloux Laffita."

New Politics: Still Searching For Representation - Graciela Chailloux  7/10/2012 YouTube: "Dr Graciela Chailloux, University of Havana, Cuba speaking with Gregory McGuire, Energy Economist, Director, Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies speaking at the Common Sense Convois, about the subject of "New Politics: Still Searching For Representation". The discussion took place on Saturday March 24, 2012 in Tobago."

A review of PBS “Black in Latin America. Cuba: the Next Revolution”  5/1/2011 Ethnocuba: the show featured Skippy Gates - "It highlights as well Fidel Castro’s declaration against discrimination (I think 1960), and then moves on to the issue of economic and social advancement and rights–the infrastructure and superstructure line that becomes emblematic of the Revolution’s position on race (and represented as well through the figures of Dreke and Chailloux). I thought it covered the debacle of the special period effectively as well as the effects of the dual economy, the greater access to dollar paying jobs by white sectors. (It skipped throughout the waves of emigration and exile).The discussion on the lingering of racial prejudice in Cuba that has been recently exacerbated by new global factors is actually tame."

For a Caribbean Cultural Space, Graciela Chailloux  3/13/2010 Norman Girvan: "Reflections on the publication of the first Spanish edition of C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by Casa de Las Americas, Havana, in February 2010. The aspiration to construct the Caribbean as a common cultural space is of long vintage. Its realization has been frustrated not only by the separation imposed on us by the currents of the sea that is our home, but also by the different languages that divide us…"

For a Caribbean Cultural Space  3/13/2010 Norman Girvan: by Graciela Chailloux

Palabras de la investigadora cubana Graciela Chailloux en la presentación del libro Los jacobinos negros  2/25/2010 Rebelion: por Dr Graciela Chailloux

“Los jacobinos negros”. Haití, la revolución vindicada  2/22/2010 La Ventana, Casa de las Americas: "La oportunidad de revisitar la historia del país caribeño, en especial su Revolución, llega en el momento justo, tal como afirma el prologuista John Bracey. El tratamiento mediático y político hacia Haití por los estadounidenses y europeos “con demasiada frecuencia expresa su necesidad de ayudar a un país desprovisto de todo tipo de recursos —políticos, sociales, económicos y culturales— y con toda una historia de pobreza, superstición, violencia y corrupción desde el momento en que fueron gestadas sus bases”. Pensar una “re-fundación” de Haití es un argumento usual por estos días, pero no será posible si no se respetan sus sólidas bases históricas y culturales."

The Black Jacobins, teachers of revolution  6/1/2008 Caminos: by Graciela Chailloux - "When history is written from the centers of power, with the aim of defending the superiority of western civilization, the only way a politically and ideologically radical group can be only acknowledged as legitimate is within the framework of a process like the French Revolution. The only way to allow for the existence of Jacobins in the Caribbean, especially if they are Black, is by taking the audacious step of flatly rejecting the idea that there are higher and lower models of civilization. Otherwise, when history sees the Third World (making up no less than three-quarters of humanity) through the eyes of the centers of power, it explains that we are an odd, strange, anomalous offshoot of Western civilization, and that we will remain so until we reach the levels of civilization that they have achieved at our expense. From this perspective, then, the existence of, for example, Petrocaribe is completely unthinkable and totally improbable."


Globalizacion y conflicto: Cuba-Estados Unidos (Economia) (Spanish Edition)

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Globalization and Cuba-U.S. Conflict (Paperback, English edition)

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Subjects or Citizens
British Caribbean Workers in Cuba, 1900–1960
Robert Whitney; Graciela Chailloux Laffita



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