Reflections on Fidel Castro’s death

Since January 1959, Cuba has generally been somewhat ill-served by the outside media, being so often the object of preconceptions, half-truths and superficiality. And never more so than in the media’s responses to Fidel Castro’s death (25 November 2016), responses which – ironically –  were often stuck in the very ‘time-warp’ which, they repeatedly told …

“Why I Love My PhD” – Researching Cuban Independence

Alberto Martí, a postgraduate student at the Center for Research on Cuba in CLAS, has reflected on his experience of researching and writing a PhD thesis in a piece written for the Guardian. Alberto’s research uses different disciplinary approaches, including ‘landscape archaeology,’ to explore the emergence of the ‘concentration camp’ during the Cuban war for …

Learning languages at Nottingham

                                                      Emma with friends in Cádiz, Spain I started my UoN career as an undergraduate studying French and Beginners’ Spanish. Starting a language ab initio was daunting at first …

MA Translation Reflections

A number of people have asked why, with over 20 years experience in the translation industry, I decided to apply to do the MA in translation. It wasn’t going to progress my career – I am already a company director, and studying part time was a major challenge on top of a demanding full time …

Cuba at the Crossroads?

Cuban politics, economics and diplomacy are all at historic turning points. On 29 September 2015, the Centre for Research on Cuba’s annual seminar series began with a well-attended discussion by three of Cuba’s leading commentators and political experts (Rafael Hernández, political scientist and editor of the influential magazine Temas, Carlos Alzugaray, ex-diplomat and Cuba’s leading …

@wethehumanities: My week discussing linguistics and languages on Twitter

Twitter is a great platform to share your work and connect with other people who are interested in similar topics and issues. In July, I took a break from tweeting from my usual account @SaschaStollhans, and I took over the @wethehumanities Twitter account for a week in July 2015 to share my thoughts on linguistics, …

Luis de Morales Altarpieces

Last Summer I spent time visiting two small churches in Extremadura, in western Spain. St Martin’s, in the town of Plasencia, towards the north, is now closed. The church Our Lady of the Assumption is an active parish church in the heart of the village of Arroyo de la Luz, near the city of Cáceres. …

Theatre Practice Vs. Academic Research

The relationship between theatre practitioners and academics has long been fraught, each camp viewing the other with equal suspicion and ensuring that the other is kept well at arm’s length. That’s why when a suitable opportunity arises to bridge this gap, either as a practitioner or in the world of academia, I leap on it. …

Visiting the Valley of the Fallen

I have recently returned from a visit to one of Spain’s most (in)famous monuments, El Valle de los Caídos (The Valley of the Fallen), where I was doing an interview with some journalists from the BBC. I first visited the monument in 2009, and having spent the best part of five years researching and writing …

Portuguese Masterpiece Destroyed in Christmas Eve Fire

A painting of the Holy Family by Josefa de Óbidos (1630-1684), the greatest Portuguese painter of the seventeenth century, was destroyed in a fire in the church of the Holy Cross Monastery in Bussaco, near the university town of Coimbra, on Christmas Eve. The fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical short …