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Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla

Profile pic. Belgium 2018
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 3: Thursday 10.00-11.00 on Microsoft Teams or by appointment













Dr. Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla

Head of School for Cross-Faculty Studies

Associate Professor, HEA Senior Fellow

Co-director of the Oral History Network at Warwick

Co-director of the Latin America at Warwick Network


I joined the Global Sustainable Development programme in May 2017. Prior to that 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, Sociology 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 (collective) 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.

This year I convene the honours module Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean (GD313).



El testimonio en la Pentagonía de Reinaldo Arenas, Tamesis Books, 2016
• With A. Esteban, Gabo y Fidel. El paisaje de una amistad, Espasa, 2004 (Translated into English, Polish, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean and Turkish).

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

• "Laughter in Oral Histories of Displacement: "One goes on a mission to solve their problems", Oral History Review 47:1 (2020): 73-92.

• With Virginie Grzelczyk, "A Future, but at what Cost? Cuba and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Quest for Sustainable Development", Third World Quarterly 40: 6 (2019): 1163-83.

• With Christophe Panichelli, “Humorous Sublimation of a Dying Cuban Writer in Reinaldo Arenas’ The Color of Summer”, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 31: 4 (2018): 623-43.

• With Olga Saavedra de Oca, “Dealing with Sensitive Topics in Communist Societies: Oral History Research in and on Cuba”, Oral History 45: 2 (2017): 31-8.
• “Cuban Doctors in the Sandinista Nicaragua: Challenging Orthodoxies”, Oral History 45: 2 (2017): 39-49.
• With Séverine Hubscher-Davidson. “Educating for Sustainability in Language Degrees: A Tale of Two Case Studies”. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 17: 3 (2016): 404-16.
• “Autofiction as a fictional metaphorical self-translation: The case of Reinaldo Arenas’ El color del verano.” Journal of Romance Studies, Vol. 15 (Spring 2015), Issue I: 29-53.
• “La nostalgia y el exilio: comparación entre “Final de un cuento” de Reinaldo Arenas y Paso a nivel de Manuel Díaz Martínez”, in Piney, Grace and Pancrazio, James. Cuba: Arte y Literatura en exilio, Legua editorial, 2011, 45-54.
• “Una novela inédita de Reinaldo Arenas”. Revista Caribe 11: 2 (Winter 2008-2009): 51-60.
• “Otra vez el mar… Los cantos de Reinaldo Arenas”. Revista Hispanocubana 30 (Jan.-Apr. 2008): 125-142.
• “García Márquez y Cuba desde la perspectiva de César Leante”. Creación y Exilio. Memorias del I Encuentro Internacional Con Cuba en la distancia. Cádiz: ed. Hispanocubana, 2003, 182-188.

Special Issue
“Oral History and Cuba.” (ed.), Oral History (2017)

Other Publications
By sending doctors to Italy, Cuba continues its long campaign of medical diplomacy, (The Conversation, 26 March 2020)

Castro’s Legacy: Cuban doctors still go abroad, but are not driven by international solidarity anymore (The Conversation, 30 Nov. 2016)
The public and private faces of the friendship between Fidel Castro and Gabriel García Márquez (The Conversation, 12 December 2016)
• “Cuba’s Medical Drain” Cuba Counterpoints. Public Scholarship about a Changing Cuba (4 July 2015)
• With Cristian Batalla Candas, “El Blog de Medicina Cubana: información y denuncia”. Cubaencuentro (6 Sep. 2013)
• “La generación del silencio (I). El éxodo del Mariel, 25 años después: Un acercamiento a los escritores e intelectuales que abandonaron la Isla para ejercer la creación artística y la libertad de expresión”. Encuentro en la red (22 Apr. 2005)
• “La generación del silencio (II). El éxodo del Mariel, 25 años después: Un acercamiento a los escritores e intelectuales que abandonaron la Isla para ejercer la creación artística y la libertad de expresión”. Encuentro en la red (11 May 2005)
• “Quién es quién: Los escritores del Mariel”. Encuentro en la red (22 Apr. 2005)

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.