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Professor Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla

Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla

Contact details

Email: s dot panichelli at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel.: +44 (0) 24765 23521
Room: R3.17A Ramphal Building

Office Hours

Term 1

Monday 3.00-4.00pm or by appointment.













Head of the School for Cross-faculty Studies

Professor in Global Sustainable Development, HEA Senior Fellow

Co-director of the Oral History Network at Warwick

Co-director of the ESD Network at Warwick


I joined the Global Sustainable Development Department in May 2017. Before this, I worked in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University, in the Modern Languages Department at Wingate University and in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University.

My research focuses on Caribbean Studies from an interdisciplinary point of view, bridging the areas of Cultural Studies, International Relations, and Oral History.


I obtained a PhD in Hispanic Philology from the University of Granada in 2006. In 2004 I co-authored a book on the relationship between Fidel Castro and Colombian Nobel Prize winner: Gabo y Fidel. El paisaje de una amistad (Espasa Calpe) / Fidel and Gabo. The Portrait of a friendship (Pegasus 2010). The book was translated into six languages. My most recent monograph analyses the testimony of a persecuted homosexual Cuban writer in Reinaldo Arenas’ Pentagony (Tamesis Books, 2016).

My current research focuses on the impact of Humanitarian Aid on identity construction and alteration, and more specifically on the case of the Cuban Internationalist Solidarity Programme. In the summer of 2014, I was awarded the British Council Researcher Links grant. I was a visiting research fellow at the Cuban Heritage Collection (University of Miami) and created an archive entitled "Life Stories of Cuban Internationalist Healthcare Professionals". Initial findings of this project have been presented at international conferences and in academic and wider audience articles.

Teaching and supervision

My teaching experience lies mainly within the field of Latin American and Caribbean studies and Human Rights within a Latin American and Caribbean context. I have always had a particular interest in embedding the social pillar of global sustainable development within my classes. I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and have extensive experience of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision.

I currently convene the honours-level module Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean (GD313). I am available for PG supervision in areas related to Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America, Cuban history and culture, South-South Cooperation/South-North Cooperation, Medical Diplomacy, Oral History and Latin America, Oral History and GSD, Culture and GSD.



Selected journal articles and book chapters
Special issue
  • “Oral History and Cuba.” (ed.), Oral History (2017)
Other publications
Selected conference papers and invited presentations
  • “Laughter in Oral History interviews. The case of Cuban internationalist healthcare professionals”, Conference of the Latin American Association of Oral History, Bogota, Colombia, 4-6 April 2019.
  • “Oral History and Cuba: past, present and future”, International workshop “Oral History in 21st century Latin America and the Caribbean”, 23 February 2018.
  • With Virginie Grzelczyk, “Opening the Door to Change: Developing a sustainable future for Cuba and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”, International Studies Association, Global South Caucus Conference, Havana 8 July 2017.
  • “The Role of Humour in Oral History Interviews. A case study of two Cuban Internationalist Healthcare Professionals”, Cuba Research Forum Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 6 September 2016.
  • “Cuban Doctors in the Sandinista Nicaragua. Sharing Memories”, “Oral History and Cuba: A Changing Society?”, One-day workshop with invited speakers, Aston University, Birmingham, 23 April 2015.
  • “Roundtable on Archival Research”, Languages and Social Sciences Research Seminars Series, Aston University, Birmingham, 22 April 2015.
  • “From pride to humiliation: an Oral History project in Hialeah”, Hispanic Seminars Series, University of Birmingham, 11 February 2015.
  • “Life stories of Cuban health workers in international solidarity missions”, Poder y Democracia: Las multiples voces de la Historia Oral, XVIII Congreso de la IOHA (International Oral History Association), 10 July 2014.
  • “Life stories of Cuban internationalist health professionals”, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami, 17 June 2014.
  • “Blogging: a new way of life writing in Cuba: the case of Dr. Eloy A. González”, AHGBI Conference, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, 25 March 2013.
  • “Autofiction as a literary revenge: Reinaldo Arenas’ The Color of Summer”, AHGBI Conference, Stirling University, Stirling, United Kingdom, 2 April 2012.
  • “El color del verano de Reinaldo Arenas: ¿ficción o testimonio?”, 61st Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, Kentucky, 18 April 2008.
  • “Otra vez el mar... Los cantos de Reinaldo Arenas”. 2007 SECOLAS (Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies) Annual Meeting: “Contesting Images of Latin America”, San José, Costa Rica, 20 April 2007.
  • “Qué dura fue la vida de Reinaldo Arenas”, Race, Revolution and Representation: New Perspectives on Latin America, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, USA, 24 February 2007.

Workshop organised

  • "Hidden Stories of 21st Century Latin America and the Caribbean", International workshop with invited speakers, University of Warwick, Coventry, 21 February 2018.
  • “Oral History and Cuba: A Changing Society?”, One-day international workshop with invited speakers, Aston University, Birmingham, 23 April 2015.