Proposals for this thematic issue of our journal, presently in its 50th year in print, will examine multiple aspects of the discovery, exploration, and settlement of Cuba. By extension, we would also include papers that would focus on encounter. We seek both papers that discuss Cuba as a recipient of external influences and cultural contributions as well as papers that investigate Cuba’s influence on other Latin American and African countries in terms of culture, politics, and medicine.
We envision an issue consisting of six articles. The Society for the History of Discoveries will hold its annual meeting in the fall of 2019, and the theme of the conference will be Cuba. Authors will be encouraged to consider presenting their research at the SHD conference. Contributions will ideally feature the perspective of exploration and encounter from primary source material: manuscripts, logs, journals, cartographic material, reports, newspaper and journal articles, and travel brochures published by railroad and steamship lines.
Areas of investigation could include but are not limited to:
:: Appearance and form of Cuba in early maps, nautical charts, and atlases
:: Spanish conquest of Cuba
:: Indigenous resistance to Spanish incursions
:: Arrival of first slaves; the growth of African communities in Cuba; African culture in Cuba
:: French, Dutch, and English attacks on Cuba in the 17th and 18th centuries
:: French migration to Cuba from Saint-Domingue in late 18th and early 19th centuries
:: 19th century slave uprisings
:: Chinese migration to and contract labor in Cuba; Chinese influence on Cuban culture
:: American interest in annexing Cuba beginning in the 1850s; annexation, statehood
:: American sugar companies and other business interests in Cuba from the 1870s onward
:: Cuba as seen in the American press from the 1850s onward
:: American occupation of Cuba 1899-1902 and 1906-1909 in all of its aspects
:: Russian presence in Cuba from the time Castro forward
:: Cuba’s role and involvement in Latin America and Africa; military presence and training of doctors in
Please send a 200-word abstract stating the subject of the contribution as well as its critical frame (e.g. historical context), citing as necessary examples of the primary and secondary literature that will feature prominently in the submission, to the editor, Anthony Mullan, at: email@example.com no later than January 31, 2019. Authors will be notified by April 30th whether their submissions appear to be promising and fit well with the special number’s theme. Those authors will then be asked to submit full- length manuscripts prepared according to the journal’s style guide which will be due November 30, 2019. Those manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer review. The issue will be published in mid-2020 (ca. June 30, 2020).