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Katrin HansingKatrin Hansing

Dr. Katrin Hansing is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Baruch College (CUNY). Prior to her tenure at Baruch she was the Associate Director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University in Miami. As an anthropologist she has spent the last thirteen years conducting research in the Caribbean (especially Cuba) and Southern Africa and its diasporas. Her main areas of interest and expertise include: race/ethnicity, religion, migration, transnational relations, remittances, medical internationalism, youth, and civil society. Currently she is working on a new book project on contemporary Cuban youth.

Dr. Hansing received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and is the author of numerous publications including the book Rasta, Race, and Revolution: The Emergence and Development of the Rastafari Movement in Socialist Cuba (2006). She has worked as a consultant for think tanks and policy institutes, is often quoted in the international media and recently completed her first documentary film: 'Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator' about Cuban - African relations.

Dr. Hansing was a fellow at Open Society Foundations and at one point coordinated their Cuba efforts as a consultant: "And she is working with Open Society Foundations as a consultant to help us think through what the potential role-- and value added of the foundations might be-- with respect to Cuba going forward. And as part of that she has-- is designing this series of events-- which we'll be holding over the coming months-- and will be moderating today's session." -- www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/cuba-s-changing-economy-challenges-and-opportunities-20131104_0.pdf

Rasta, Race and Revolution: The Emergence and Development of the Rastafari Movement in Socialist Cuba

Decades after its birth and subsequent tour du monde Rastafari has more recently also appeared in revolutionary Cuba. How the movement has been globalized and subsequentially localized in a socialist and Spanish speaking context are the main foci of this book. In particular it examines how Cubans have adopted and adapted the movement to their own socio-political and cultural context and what, given these circumstances, 'Babylon' is in Cuba. As a predominantly Afro-Cuban youth movement particular attention is paid to Rastafari's development in the context of Cuba's current economic crisis and reappearance of more overt racism. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Cuba, the study shows how Rastafari's growth and presence on the island have influenced and contributed to the formation and expression of new cultural identities and discourses with regard to what it means to be young, black and Cuban.

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Freddy Ilanga: Che's Translator

Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator, Icarus Films


Screening of "Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator"  10/30/2009 Seton Hall: "Join us for a free screening of "Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator" on November 5 at 6 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center Auditorium. A roundtable discussion with film director Katrin Hansing, and professors Maxim Matusevich and Vincente Medina will follow the screening. This film is a documentary about Freddy Ilanga, an African man whose life was abruptly transformed through a chance encounter with one of the great icons of the 20th Century and which has predominantly been determined by the power struggles of the Cold War and the Cuban Revolution. It is a story about migration and displacement and the high human costs caused by states' neglect and disrespect for individual human rights."

Obituary: Freddy Ilanga Yaite  2/8/2006 The Guardian: "As a boy in the Congo, Freddy Ilanga Yaite, who has died aged 56, tried to teach Swahili to Che Guevara during the abortive 1965 Cuban campaign to spark an African revolution. Then, sent by Che to Havana, he qualified as a paediatric neurosurgeon, becoming one of that select group who championed Che's ideas and burnished his reputation in Cuba."

 

 
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De patria y cultura en tiempos de Revolución (III)  1/14/2021 Cubadebate: "A las tertulias de Kelly también asistió una condiscípula suya en Georgetown: Katrin Hansing, profesora de Antropología del Baruch College en Nueva York y experta en el tema Cuba dentro de la vertiente menos beligerante del diseño de influencia. El 10 de febrero de 2013 —mientras su compañero de claustro, Ted Henken, se preparaba para acompañar a Yoani Sánchez en su gira por Estados Unidos—, Katrin envió a Soros un informe con un título revelador: “Documento de antecedentes: Cuba”, que concluía: “El actual período de cambio es un momento oportuno para tender la mano y trabajar con Cuba y los cubanos, para apoyarlos a convertirse en una sociedad más abierta” (Hansing, 2013)."

When Racial Inequalities Return: Assessing the Restratification of Cuban Society 60 Years After Revolution  3/1/2020 ResearchGate: by Katrin Hansing, Bert Hoffmann - "Few political transformations have attacked social inequalities more thoroughly than the 1959 Cuban Revolution. As the survey data in this article show, however, sixty years on, structural inequalities are returning that echo the prerevolutionary socioethnic hierarchies. While official Cuban statistics are mute about social differences along racial lines, the authors were able to conduct a unique, nationwide survey with more than one thousand respondents that shows the contrary. Amid depressed wages in the state-run economy, access to hard currency has become key. However, racialized migration patterns of the past make for highly unequal access to family remittances, and the gradual opening of private business disfavors Afro- Cubans, due to their lack of access to prerevolutionary property and startup capital. Despite the political continuity of Communist Party rule, a restructuring of Cuban society with a profound racial bias is turning back one of the proudest achievements of the revolution."

Cuba’s New Social Structure: Assessing the Re-Stratification of Cuban Society 60 Years after Revolution  2/15/2019 German Institute of Global and Area Studies: by Hansing & Hoffman - "Few political transformations have attacked social inequalities more thoroughly than the 1959 Cuban Revolution. However, as the survey data in this paper shows, 60 years on, structural inequalities which echo the pre-revolutionary socio-ethnic hierarchies are returning. While official Cuban statistics are mute about social differences along racial lines, the authors were able to conduct a unique, nationwide survey which shows the contrary. If the revolutionary, state-run economy and radical social policies were the main social elevators for the formerly underprivileged classes in socialist Cuba, the economic crisis and depressed wages of the past decades have seriously undercut these achievements. Moreover, previously racialised migration patterns have produced highly unequal levels of access to family remittances, and the gradual opening of the private business sector in Cuba has largely disfavoured AfroCubans, due to their lack of access to pre-revolutionary property and remittances in the form of start-up capital. While social and racial inequalities have not yet reached the levels of other Latin American countries, behind the face of socialist continuity a profound restructuring of Cuban society is taking place."

More Black Officials in Power in Cuba as Leadership Changes  4/22/2018 NYT: "Katrin Hansing, a professor at Baruch College in New York who is studying racial inequality in Cuba, said the presence of more black people on the council was likely to be met with a collective shrug on the island. The economic disparities have grown so stark, she said, that more shantytowns are popping up on the outskirts of big cities, and people of color largely populate them. “It won’t change their socioeconomically difficult lives,” Ms. Hansing said. “The Communist Party will not change because there are three more black people at the top.” In Cuba, many people interviewed agreed, and some did not even know the changes had been made."

Race and Rising Inequality in Cuba  2/1/2018 Current History: by Katrin Hansing - "Given the island’s persistent lack of economic growth, dwindling supplies of subsidized oil from Venezuela, the Trump administration’s rollback in US-Cuban relations, and Raúl Castro’s impending retirement, Cuba’s future remains uncertain. In this context, the island’s social and racial inequalities are likely to continue growing. It is imperative that both the Cuban government and the international community introduce responsible economic and development policies as well as targeted social programs that benefit all Cubans during this time of change. If not, post-Castro Cuba may sooner or later start to resemble the island’s deeply unequal prerevolutionary past."

La tercera opción en Cuba: El drama de los equilibristas  6/27/2017 Jiribilla: por Raúl Antonio Capote, escritor, ensayista, investigador y editor cubano. La Habana, 1961. Ex agente de la Seguridad del Estado. Durante varios años estuvo infiltrado en la CIA - "En el 2007 nace el proyecto Génesis, proyecto de la CIA dirigido fundamentalmente a la juventud cubana[1] y los sectores revolucionarios. Génesis debía dar sus frutos en un periodo calculado entre unos 10 o 15 años y salir a la luz, en un escenario propicio, donde ya no estarían los principales líderes históricos de la Revolución. Las nuevas tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones e Internet, jugarían un papel fundamental para la promoción de contenidos y para la movilización. Se debería construir un entramado de líderes plantados en centros económicos, políticos y sociales del país. Acoto como interesante que en el proceso de captación de aspirantes a las becas de liderazgo promovidas por Génesis, se debía priorizar a los cuadros juveniles de la UJC y la FEU en la Universidad."

Starting a business in Cuba is more difficult for entrepreneurs of African descent  5/3/2017 Miami Herald: "Among the obstacles encountered by the Afro-Cuban population to launch a private business is the lack of start-up capital. Houses for rent on tourist circuits are mostly owned by whites, and that population also receives more remittances from relatives who live abroad. According to Baruch College professor Katrink Hansing, about 90 percent of Cuban Americans are “phenotypically white.”"

AMERICAS MEDIA INITIATIVE NFP 2015 Tax Returns  8/23/2016 Propublica: "In July, AMI Director, Alexandra Halkin, and Open Society Fellow (OSF) and Cuba scholar Katrin Hansing, offered two OSF-sponsored screenings of the feature documentary Cancin de barrio (Song of the Street) at OSF headquarters in New York City and Washington, D.C. In 2010, famed Cuban musician Silvio Rodriguez started an ongoing tour through the poorest neighborhoods of Havana. Following Mr. Rodriguez for two years, Cancin de barrio explores a largely invisible and silenced Cuba, the complexity of which is revealed through the voices of the films participants. The screenings were followed by discussions about the growing income inequality in Cuba, particularly in the Afro-Cuban communities where the film takes place."

RACIAL INEQUALITY IN THE NEW CUBA.  10/18/2015 Cuba Counterpoints: By Katrin Hansing - "Moreover, in the context of a changing economy, new social stratifications are emerging – and doing so along clearly visible, racial lines. Inequality and racism, two key issues the Revolution fought hard to eliminate, are thus once again thriving. This article will explore the forces driving the growing racial inequalities, specifically migration, remittances and foreign citizenship during the island’s current market-oriented reforms."

The Role and Impact of Remittances on Small Business Development during Cuba’s Current Economic Reforms  6/1/2014 Desigualdades: by Katrin Hansing and Manuel Orozco - "This paper explores the extent to which Cuban remittance recipients are responding to the Cuban government’s current economic reforms which seek to incentivize entrepreneurial activities as an economic growth strategy and state liberalization policy. In so doing we hope to make some preliminary observations and recommendations about the potential role and impact of remittances in Cuba’s socio-economic development. It is based on an original survey conducted in Cuba in 2012."

For Cuba, a harsh self-assessment  7/24/2013 Progresso Weekly: "Katrin Hansing, a professor of anthropology at City University of New York, who has studied Cuban youth, said growing up in an environment where cheating and duplicity were a way of living had bred cynicism. “This cynicism feeds into people’s lack of engagement,” she said. “Individual responsibility toward the collective is very low.” Youth feel alienated from the aging leadership, she said. “There is a very visual discrepancy between who is running the show and who’s living it,” Dr. Hansing said. Young people “are living in a parallel universe.”"

Americas Media Initiative and the new documentary: “Freddy Ilanga: Che’s Swahili Translator” dir. by Katrin Hansing  9/28/2011 EthnoCuba 

Rasta, race and revolution: Transnational connections in socialist Cuba  8/4/2010 Taylor & Francis: "Within the past three decades the Jamaican Rastafari movement has been transformed from a local Caribbean to a global cultural phenomenon. Reggae music and other popular cultural media have been the primary catalysts in this international spread of the movement. As a result, Rastafari has lost its original territorial moorings and become a travelling culture. Global in scope, Rastafari has nevertheless been localised in very different ways, depending on where the movement has been appropriated. This article examines the processes involved in the transnational journey of the movement's ideas, images and music and the multiple mechanisms involved in its indigenisation with specific reference to Rastafari's emergence and development in Cuba. In particular it looks at how the movement has entered the island, why and by whom it has been taken on, and how it manifests itself locally."

Screening of "Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator"  10/30/2009 Seton Hall: "Join us for a free screening of "Freddy Ilanga: Che's Swahili Translator" on November 5 at 6 p.m. in the Science and Technology Center Auditorium. A roundtable discussion with film director Katrin Hansing, and professors Maxim Matusevich and Vincente Medina will follow the screening. This film is a documentary about Freddy Ilanga, an African man whose life was abruptly transformed through a chance encounter with one of the great icons of the 20th Century and which has predominantly been determined by the power struggles of the Cold War and the Cuban Revolution. It is a story about migration and displacement and the high human costs caused by states' neglect and disrespect for individual human rights."

Obituary: Freddy Ilanga Yaite  2/8/2006 The Guardian: "As a boy in the Congo, Freddy Ilanga Yaite, who has died aged 56, tried to teach Swahili to Che Guevara during the abortive 1965 Cuban campaign to spark an African revolution. Then, sent by Che to Havana, he qualified as a paediatric neurosurgeon, becoming one of that select group who championed Che's ideas and burnished his reputation in Cuba."

Cuba's Rastas  4/11/2004 Jamaican Observer: "According to Katrin Hansing, an anthropologist at Florida International University in Miami, "Not only is (Rastafarianism) now recognised as one of the leading Afro-Caribbean religions, but also as one of the most popular cultural trends in the world". She points out that "Rastafari communities and dreadlocked-inspired youth" can be found in Central America and Brazil, North America and Europe, many parts of Africa, and among the Maoris in New Zealand, Native Americans in the United States, and young people in Japan."
    

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Cuba's changing economy: challenges and opportunities
OSF 11/4/2013
www.opensocietyfoundations.org/sites/default/files/cuba-s-changing-economy-challenges-and-opportunities-20131104_0.pdf
"And she is working with Open Society Foundations as a consultant to help us think through what the potential role-- and value added of the foundations might be-- with respect to Cuba going forward. And as part of that she has-- is designing this series of events-- which we'll be holding over the coming months-- and will be moderating today's session."

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