The Cubans in Angola (1975-1991): A cultural overview

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Abstract

The cultural sphere of the internationalist cooperation between Cuba and Angola (1975-1991) has been insofar unexplored by scholars. There are some reasons for that absence. First, the readings of the Cuban-Angolan dialogue were, until not long ago, constrained by a Euro/Western-centric investigative paradigm in Cold War Studies, which always viewed “satellite nations” like Cuba or Angola in relation to the US, the USSR or Europe. The impossibility of de-territorializing that dominant narrative of the Cold War hindered the study of intellectual and ideological relations between Latin-American, Caribbean and West-African countries during the period. Secondly, the lack of comparative approaches could also have been inhibited by the linguistic limitations of scholars, usually specialized in either Hispanic, French, or Portuguese-speaking cultures, rather than approaching them in the realms of translinguistic and transnational studies. By proposing a comparative study of the cultural production arising from the Cuban presence in Angola, between 1975 and 1991, it is my aim with this article to present a transnational relationship between both countries, asking how memories of that presence still inform culture and identity in today’s Cuba, and perhaps incipiently, in post-civil-war Angola. By re-thinking Angola from Cuban culture, “outside the box” of a common perspective in Cold War studies, following a South-South approach, I believe the study of these “peripheries” of the Cold War can contribute towards a new understanding of cultural identity and nation-building in countries that have been overlooked in the canonical narrative of power relationships in (and with) the West.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeripheries of the Cold War
EditorsFrank Jacob
PublisherKönigshausen u. Neumann
Pages11-37
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)978-3826054372
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

Keywords

  • Cuban Cultural Studies
  • Angolan civil war
  • Agolan literature
  • Cold War

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