Alberto Sosa-Cabanas

Adjunct Lecturer of Spanish

E-mail: sosacabanasae@cofc.edu
Personal Website: albertososa.com


Dr. Alberto Sosa is a scholar in Latin-American and Afro-Caribbean culture with an emphasis on the intersections between scientific racism and cultural production in Cuba. His academic work has received numerous awards and recognitions, including fellowship support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Cuban Heritage Collection, and the Cuban Research Institute. In his role as an instructor, Dr. Sosa is a leading figure in the field of curriculum reform for Spanish for Business, Spanish for Special Purposes and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL).


Education

Ph.D.     Spanish, Secondary fields: Afro-Hispanic Culture and Latin-American Literature, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, 2020.                     

M.A.      Spanish, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, 2017. 

  • Graduate Certificate in African and African Diaspora Studies, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, 2016.
  • Certificate in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Florida International University, Miami, Florida, 2016.
  • Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, 2016. 

B.A.        Hispanic Literature and Linguistics, Summa Cum Laude, University of Havana, Havana, Cuba, 2012.


Research Interests

19th- and 20th-century Caribbean literatures and cultures; Afro-Caribbean culture; African Diaspora Studies; Colonial and Postcolonial studies; Latino studies; Cuban Literature; Semiotics; Languages for Specific Purposes, Spanish language acquisition; Task- Based Language Teaching; and diversity in the language classroom.


Honors and Awards

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Modern Languages, Florida International University, 2021-2022 

Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Workshop, 2019 

Doctoral Year Fellowship, Florida International University, Graduate School, 2019 

Library Travel Research Grant, University of Florida, Center for Latin American Studies, 2019 

Goizueta Graduate Research Fellowship, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, 2018 

Doctoral Evidence Acquisition Fellowship, School of International and Public Affairs, Florida International University, 2018 

Eliana Rivero Research Scholarship in Cuban Studies, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, 2017 

Goizueta Graduate Pre-Prospectus Fellowship, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, 2017


Publications

Book 

Reading Cuba: Discurso literario y geografía transcultural. Valencia: Aduana Vieja, 2018. Edited Volume.    

Refereed Journal Articles

“El elemento del crimen: notas sobre racismo, fotografía criminalista y cine de ficción en Cuba”, Revista Iberoamericana (accepted).

“Detectives, criminales y libros de policías: La Habana moderna en el imaginario literario de finales del siglo XIX”, Cuban Studies (accepted).

“Mito, literatura y nación: el mito de Sikán y la construcción del mundo Abakuá en Alejo Carpentier y Lydia Cabrera”. Mitologías Hoy. Revista de Pensamiento, Crítica y Estudios literarios latinoamericanos, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, vol.19, 2019, pp. 101-108.

“Paisaje insular: mujer, noche y nación en Cirilo Villaverde”, Decimonónica. Journal of Nineteenth Century Hispanic Cultural Production, vol.16, No. 2, Summer 2019, pp. 34-49. 

Cecilia Valdés de Cirilo Villaverde y Los Novios de Alessandro Manzoni: Un diálogo a través de la historia.” Revolución y Cultura, No. 3, 2012, pp. 50-54. 

Book Chapters

“Braceros, houngans y zombis: figuraciones de lo haitiano en la narrativa cubana,” in Isla diseminada. Cuba en el ensayo joven, eds. Justo Planas, Alex Werner, Reynaldo Lastre, Jorge Alvis, La Habana, Hypermedia, 2020 (forthcoming). 

“El pez y la aguadora: El mito de Sikán en ¡Écue-Yamba-Ó! y La sociedad secreta abakuá. Narrada por viejos adeptos,” in El mito como resistencia, ed. Yoandy Cabrera, Madrid, Verbum, 2020 (forthcoming).

Book Reviews 

Daigles, Megan. From Cuba with Love: Sex and Money in the Twenty-First CenturyCuban Studies, No 50, 2021, pp. 327-329.

De Armas, Frederick. Los palacios de la memoria de Frederick de Armas: ‘El abra del Yumurí.’ Rialta Megazine, agosto, 2020. https://rialta.org/los-palacios-de-la-memoria-frederick-de-armas/?fbclid=IwAR0AkxAIicOjqsLwu1RLwExbIL9YmMxenM1icjpG-cQPN40OoIZjs88aVnw

González, Reynaldo. Contradanzas y latigazosLa Jiribilla. Revista de cultura cubana. 615 (2013). www.lajiribilla.cu/secciones/dossier?page=100.