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Reconceiving Citizenship in Cuba-Race, Gender, Environment, Urban Infrastructure, and Neoliberalism- International Field Program

The New School

2 months
5130 USD/full
5130 USD/full
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The Reconceiving Citizenship in Cuba International Field Program, from The New School is designed to extend learning beyond the classroom. Students get firsthand field exposure to a multiplicity of perspectives, ideas, and people through orientation, field trips, guest speakers, professional internships, faculty-supervised projects and research, and day-to-day interactions.


Cuba is witnessing profound change. The presidencies of Miguel Díaz-Canel (2018-present) and Donald Trump have dramatically redesigned the social, political, and economic reality on the island. 

This shifting environment positions Cuba as an ideal site to explore issues related to socialism, economic transformation, race relations, gender and sexuality, illicit/informal economies, poverty, food security and environmental risk, and urban challenges and planning as they unfold.

The Reconceiving Citizenship in Cuba International Field Program is offered by The New School.

Watch The New School Field Programs Zoom webinar recording The Cuba presentation starts at timecode 1:18:36.

Project and Partner Organizations:

Havana is Cuba’s economic, touristic, and political heart and a place where you will learn as much on the streets as in the classroom and through your involvement with Cuban organizations. 

Given the many assumptions of people outside, the shifting landscape within, and the need for cultural mediation in between, the project is articulated around three cores. First, you will take classes with leading Cuban intellectuals, providing you with an alternative viewpoint on concepts we question from and against a neoliberal perspective in the United States. 

Second, you will gain hands-on experience through visits, workshops, and direct engagement with projects run by Cuban NGOs and CBOs. 

Third, you will have to conceive, execute, and evaluate a research project leading to a publishable paper or other final product (e.g., a documentary film) — this can be an individual or group research project.  

  • CASA/Casa de Las Américas  (host institution)
  • CEEC/Centro de Estudios de la Economia Cubana (macro- and micro-economy)
  • CIPS/Centro de Investigación Psicológica y Social  (youth, inequality, social distortions, cuentapropismo, marginality) project in La Timba with the Nicolas Guillen Foundation
  • Journal REVOLUCIÓN Y CULTURA (peer-reviewed journal: Cuban culture)
  • Journal TEMAS (peer-reviewed journal: Cuban society)
  • CEDEM/Centro de Estudios Demográficos (demography, Cuba-U.S. migration)
  • FLACSO/Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales  
  • JUAN MARINELLO (society, race, youth)
  • ICAN (anthropology) 
  • ISRI/Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales (Cuba-U.S. relations)

Cuban and Foreign NGOs/GONGOS:

  • FANJ/Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la naturaleza y el hombre  (environment, food security)
  • Fundación Nicolás Guillen (marginality, race)
  • OAR/Oscar Arnulfo Romero (gender, violence, marginality)
  • CIERIC/Centro de Intercambio y Referencia-Iniciativa Comunitaria (culture, local development)
  • CEDEL/Centro de Desarrollo Local y Comunitario (local development, decentralization)
  • ANAP/Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (food security, food production; 350,000 members)

Programme Structure

Key Facts
  • The objective of the Reconceiving Citizenship in Cuba field program is to provide you with a unique research-oriented experience in which lectures and interactions with your peers from different countries provide you with a more in-depth understanding of global problems at play in a specific context. 
  • By studying the emergence of neoliberal practices in an allegedly market-less economy, of class and race disparity in a purportedly classless and post-racial society, and of gender equality in a highly gendered reality, you will acquire a political grammar that will make you a better citizen of your own country. 
  • Due to the pandemic, the summer field program will be facilitated through virtual arrangements. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 2 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Knowing Spanish is a plus, but it is not a precondition for acceptance. If not already fluent, students are encouraged to take Spanish classes at their home institution (New School students may audit fall and spring Spanish classes). Spanish classes will be given throughout the program in Havana, based on the results of a language test administered upon arrival in Havana.


English, Spanish


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

To apply you will need to have the following materials ready before filling out the online application:

  • A recent résumé or CV
  • An academic or professional writing sample OR portfolio
A brief essay (approximately 250-500 words) explaining:
  • Your reasons for wanting to participate in that particular site — what experience or coursework leads you to choose that country?
  • What experiences (research, internships, community service, travel, extracurricular activities, etc.) have you had that make you a strong candidate?
  • What do you expect to gain from the experience, and how does the program fit into your study plans and goals?

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5130 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5130 USD for the full programme during 2 months.
  • National

    5130 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5130 USD for the full programme during 2 months.

Tuition, noncredit:  There is a $5,130 flat fee


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