Dr. Elaine Acosta González is a sociologist with a Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Studies from the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain. She also holds an M.A. in Latin American Social and Political Studies from the Latin American Institute of Social Doctrine and Studies (ILADES) in Santiago, Chile. She was previously the director of the master's program in sociology at the Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago, Chile, and the director of the program on Humanism and Society at the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Center in Havana, Cuba. She is currently the co-director of the Interdisciplinary Research Program on Care, Family, and Well-Being (CUIFABI). Funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, her ongoing research project is a comparative study of aging and social policies in three of the most aged countries in Latin America: Cuba, Chile, and Uruguay. She will be in residence at the Cuban Research Institute from October 11, 2017, to May 1, 2018.
Dr. Anna Kaganiec-Kamieńska is Assistant Professor at the Institute for American Studies and Polish Diaspora at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Jagiellonian University, as well as an M.A. in Spanish language and an M.A. in English language and culture from the Silesian University in Katowice, Poland. Funded by a Fulbright fellowship, Dr. Kaganiec-Kamieńska's interdisciplinary project focuses on the linguistic situation and cultural identity in Puerto Rico. She will conduct archival and library research, as well as interviews with experts and key informants, for her research project entitled "Language, Lifestyle, and Identity: 'Societal Lifestyle Diglossia' in Puerto Rico." She will be based at CRI between January 15 and July 14, 2018.
Dr. Consuelo Martínez Reyes is a Lecturer in Spanish at the Australian National University in Canberra. She completed her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania, and held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York. Her work focuses on the representation of gender, sexuality, and national sentiments in Hispanic Caribbean cinema and literature. Dr. Martínez Reyes will develop a preliminary investigation by consulting resources available at the Cuban Research Institute, as well as visiting local archives, bookstores, universities, and libraries, as part of her two research projects on "Colonial Legacies and Decolonial Literature in the Hispanic Caribbean" and "Translating Bilingual Literature: The Case of the Hispanic Caribbean." She will visit the institute between December 7 and 21, 2017.