Visiting Scholar Will Document Galician Identity in Cuba and Miami

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Dr. Estíbaliz Santamaría Cadaval will conduct a year-long study of the historical archives of the Casa de Santa Marta de Ortigueira en Miami, a mutual aid society established by descendants of Galician immigrants in Havana in 1928 and reestablished in Miami in 1972. The study proposes to document the persistence of a sense of galleguidad (Galicianness) among the members of this voluntary association over nearly a century. The study of their music, in its more social facet, will serve to accompany these migratory flows and the significance of the concept of galleguidad.

Dr. Santamaría Cadaval will contextualize the history of Galician migration to Cuba (1928–1965) and Miami (1970–2022) by examining primary and secondary sources of information, such as the Spanish and Cuban press, and completing oral histories of some of the key protagonists of the Galician diaspora in Miami. The project will be carried out between October 2022 and July 2023, with the support of the Cátedra Iberoamericana of the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Xunta de Galicia, the Cuban Research Institute, and the Díaz-Ayala Collection of Cuban and Latin American Popular Music at FIU.

Estíbaliz Santamaría Cadaval holds a Ph.D. in Musicology with an International Mention from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She also earned a master's degree in Music Education and a bachelor's degree in History and Music Sciences from the same university and the IUFM (University Teacher Training Institute) of L'Académie de Versailles. She holds the professional degree in piano. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the Galician song Unha noite na eira do trigo (A Night in the Wheat Fields), in which she analyzed the significance of this work throughout its history. During her Ph.D. research she was a Visiting Scholar at FIU's Cuban Research Institute. She is a member of the International Bagpipe Organization and the American Musicological Society, and actively participates in conferences and centers of Galician studies.