Revolutionary Havana

Rom: Olav H. Hauge

Arrangør: Research Group for Radical Philosophy and Literature in collaboration with the House of Literature in Bergen


Cuba’s capital Havana was founded in 1519, and thus celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2019. Ever since its foundation, Havana has played a pivotal role in the country’s history, art and culture, and the city retains a mythic aura that seduces visitors and natives alike. We take this opportunity to explore what different representations of Havana may tell us about Cuba today, while also reassessing critically the artistic, literary and cultural representations of Cuba’s past. Through a special focus on the revolutionary Havana of the Castro era (1959–2018), this conference also draws attention to the relation between aesthetics and politics, both in its radical and totalitarian forms.   

The seminar will be held in English.