German Visiting Scholar to Study Cuban Transnationalism in Miami

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The Cuban Research Institute has appointed Myriell Fusser as a Visiting Scholar during the fall and spring semesters of 2023–24. Myriell is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Sociology of Philipps University-Marburg in Germany. She will be in residence at CRI from November 13, 2023 to January 26, 2024.

Myriell is currently working on her dissertation on transnational migration and memory in the case of the Cuban diaspora, and transnational Cuban families between Miami and Havana. During her field research in Miami, she will conduct narrative and focus group interviews with Cuban migrants from various generations. These data will be complemented by participant observation at political and cultural events as well as by the analysis of social media. Myriell’s Ph.D. project will contribute to a better understanding of how collective memory is constituted by migration, exile, and diaspora, and how memories travel and get reshaped along the way.

Myriell holds an M.A. in International Development Studies from Philipps University-Marburg and a B.A. in Social Sciences and Philosophy from Leipzig University, and spent semesters abroad at the University of Havana and at SOAS London. She has received a scholarship from the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation. Myriell has several publications on development, cooperation, and reconciliation in Colombia, and has given several workshops and presentations on these topics in Germany. She is also an advisor for nonviolent conflict transformation.