News for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016: We welcome Paul Ryer, our new Director of Scholar Programs

Paul Ryer, Director of Scholar ProgramsPaul Ryer, Director of Scholar ProgramsPhoto courtesy of Paul RyerPaul Ryer, Director of Scholar ProgramsPhoto courtesy of Paul Ryer

Trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, Professor Ryer has conducted long-term research in Cuba — where he was affiliated with the University of Havana — and its diasporas. His research rethinks the imagined geographies of cubanidad, or Cubanness, arguing that in the Cuban vernacular, cubanidad rests uneasily between the scarcities of socialism and the consumer goods of the West, and that its contradictions and limits are distinctively exposed by the experiences and positioning of resident African-born, Cuban-educated students. His most recent work has followed such students as they migrate again, forging new diasporas and fashioning hybridized homelands. Professor Ryer’s book, Beyond Cuban Waters: África, La Yuma, and the Revolutionary Global Imagination, is in final production with Vanderbilt University Press. He is also the author of “The Rise and Decline of La Yuma: Global Symbols and Local Meanings in a Remittance Economy,” Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, in press: “Immigration and Its Effects,” in the Latin American Research Review, vol. 49 no. 3 (2014); “Diasporic Misfits: Cubarauis as ‘1.5 generation’ Saharan-Cubans,” in The New Cuban Diaspora, ed. by Ariana Hernandez-Reguant and Nadine T. Fernandez, University Press of Florida; “The Maine, the Romney, and the threads of conspiracy in Cuba,” International Journal of Cuban Studies, vol. 7.2; and "The Hyphen-Nation of Cuban-educated Africans: Rethinking the ‘1.5 Generation’ Paradigm," International Journal of Cuban Studies, vols. 2.1 & 2.2, Spring/Summer 2010, pp. 74-87. He is the founder and co-editor of a professional blog by and for ethnographers of Cuba and its diaspora, ethnocuba.ucr.edu, now an eponymous Facebook group with over 500 members. Before coming to SAR, Professor Ryer taught at Williams College, Mount Holyoke College, and UC - Riverside. He has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, two grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a Ruth Landes Field Research grant, and a Thomas J. Watson Travelling Fellowship.

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