Dr Alysa Ghose

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

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Overview

I am an anthropologist who works in Cuba on questions of race, gender, kinship, sexuality, and nation. My doctoral project examined Espiritismo Cruzado, a Cuban religious tradition of African inspiration, predicated on communication with spirits of the dead. I showcase how relationships and communities (made up of both the living and the dead) are fostered through practice and how they help practitioners get by in the everyday hustle of making do in post-Soviet and now post-Fidel Cuba. I endeavour to address the interrelated material and affective concerns of my interlocutors on their terms. My forthcoming research examines reproductive citizenship through induced abortion to make sense of how women and families are navigating the country’s political and economic situation. I examine Cuba as an island attempting to stay afloat as a socialist welfare state in a sea of late capitalism, considering the US Trump administration’s policies and COVID-19, which exacerbated existing difficulties of the longstanding global embargo. This project looks at questions of motherhood as it is configured and experienced in dialogue with post-plantation legacies in the Caribbean and Americas more broadly.

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