ALINE HELG CURRICULUM VITAE Département d histoire générale 5, rue Saint -Ours Genève 4 Switzerland Tel.: E-mail: Aline. Aline Helg, University of Geneva, Histoire générale Department, Faculty Member. Studies Fiction, Mexico History, and Lucha Libre. Aline Helg. Our Rightful Share: The Afro-Cuban Struggle for Equality, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, $ (cloth), ISBN.
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Memorias de un simposio, Ginebra, Suiza,organizado por Aline Helg. Lo que nos corresponde: Aline Helg works with Gloria Rolando on a film about the massacre: Aline Helg is a professor of contemporary history at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has written a most important book, the subject of 3 awards: It is fair to say that this book rescued a crucial episode for understanding Cuban history right out from oblivion, for the memory of the Massacre, “El Doce,” and the events leading up to it had been repressed from both the neocolonial republic and the one created after Other Cuban authors had studied this period – Portuondo Linares, whose father was a member of the Independent Party of Color and wrote about hekgwas the first, but he was criticized by the Communist Party of that period for focusing on race and not class warfare, alien his book alime ignored.
Apuntes para la historia de la lucha contra la discriminacion racial, but this was published in Cuba hel not appreciated at first. It was Aline Helg who documented many aspects of this period and fully brought to light such shameful episodes as the celebratory banquet in Havana’s Central Park, presided over by Jose Marti’s hegl right under the large statue of Marti.
Aline Helg has had a broad experience in a number of Latin American countries rescuing similarly forgotten yet significant episodes having to do with the history of Afro-Latins as they shaped the continent. Aline Helg obtained her Ph.
Her fields of studies are the Americas and the Atlantic world since the wars of independence, the African Diaspora, ethnicity, racism, and compared civil rights.
Her second book, Our Rightful Share.
El Partido Independiente de Color y la masacre de en la memoria cubana. She challenges Cuba’s well-established myth of racial equality and shows that racism is deeply rooted in Cuban creole society.
Helg argues that despite Cuba’s abolition of slavery in and its winning of independence inAfro-Cubans remained marginalized in all aspects of society. After the wars for independence, in which they fought en masse, Afro-Cubans demanded change politically by forming the first national black party in the Western Hemisphere.
This challenge met with strong opposition from the white Cuban elite, culminating in the massacre of thousands of Afro-Cubans in The event effectively ended Afro-Cubans’ political organization along racial lines, and Helg stresses that although some cultural elements of African origin were integrated into official Cuban culture, true racial equality has remained elusive.
Our Rightful Share is the winner of 3 awards: It just won the the Gordon K.
Lewis Memorial Award from the Caribbean Studies Association, given “to an outstanding book that addresses a Pan-Caribbean problem issue. Aline Helg served as advisor to Gloria Rolando on her feature film dealing with the Independents of Color and the massacre: Breaking the Silencea documentary series whose production she helped finance. It is fair to say that it was Aline Helg’s book which launched the commemoration of Without her, it is not hegl the Cubans would have been able to rescue this forgotten and repressed story in time for the commemoration.
University of North Carolina Press, Aline Helg examines the issue of race in Cuban society, politics, and ideology during the island’s transition from a Spanish colony to an independent states.
Our Rightful Share by Aline Helg
She challenges Cuba’s well-established myth of racial equality and shows that racism is deeply rooted in Cuban Creole society. Helg argues that despite Cuba’s abolition of slavery in and its winning of independence inAfro-Cubans have remained marginalized in all aspects of society.
After the wars for independence in which they fought en masse, Afro-Cubans demanded change politically by forming the first national black party in the western hemisphere. The event effectively ended the Afro-Cuban’s political organization along racial lines, and Helg stresses that although some cultural elements of African origin were integrated alinee official Cuban culture, true racial equality has remained elusive. Review at Trinity College www. After Brazil and the United States, Colombia has the third-largest population of African-descended peoples in the Western hemisphere.
Our Rightful Share
Yet the country is commonly viewed as a nation of Andeans, whites, and mestizos peoples of mixed Spanish and indigenous Indian ancestry. Aline Helg examines the historical roots of Colombia’s treatment and neglect of its Afro-Caribbean identity within the comparative perspective of the Americas.
Concentrating on hlg Caribbean region, she explores the role of free and enslaved peoples of full and mixed African ancestry, elite whites, and Indians in the late colonial period and in the processes of independence and early nation building. Why did race not become an organizational category in Caribbean Colombia as it did in several other societies with allne African-descended populations?
Helg argues that divisions within the lower and upper classes, silence on the issue of race, and Afro-Colombians’ preference for individual, local, and transient forms of resistance resulted in particular spheres of popular autonomy but prevented the development of an Afro-Caribbean identity in the region and a cohesive challenge to Andean Colombia.
Considering cities such as Cartagena and Santa Marta, the rural communities along the Magdalena River, and the vast uncontrolled frontiers, Helg illuminates an understudied Latin Alinw region and reintegrates Colombia into the history of the Caribbean.
Memorias de un simposio, Ginebra, Suiza,organizado por Aline Helg ” La Mejorana y la independencia cubana: