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Ms. Corinna Moebius

Doctoral Candidate/Graduate Teaching Assistant
Florida International University
A cultural anthropologist, (Little Havana) tour guide and (Cuba) tour director, I am currently completing my doctorate in anthropology at Florida International University (FIU). My dissertation focuses on the intersections between local and transnational racial politics in Little Havana's heritage district. My research interests include race, public memory and public space; performances of memory; critical heritage/landscape theory; Cuban and African diasporas; commemorations. I have lived in Little Havana for a decade.

In addition to my Graduate Teaching Assistantship at FIU, I have served as a Teaching Fellow and advisor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, for a graduate-level urban planning course entirely focused on Little Havana. In 2015, I also co-authored  "A History of Little Havana." This summer I am also a mentor for a Cuban tour operator through StartUp Cuba, and in 2014 I was a Latino Museum Studies Fellow with the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Previously, I was the director of Imagine Miami, a civic engagement initiative for South Florida, through the nonprofit Catalyst Miami. In Washington, DC I ran my own consulting business, focused on public participation and engagement in urban and transportation planning projects. I launched my consulting business in Los Angeles, California after leaving the Internet industry as a specialist in online content and usability (mid-1990s). I earned my M.A. in Speech Communication at California State University, Northridge and a self-designed degree in Communications and Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

On a personal note ... I have been studying Afro-Cuban sacred/folkloric dance for nearly two decades, and I love to dance rumba when I have the opportunity. My weaknesses include a good cigar every now and then. And I love used bookstores.

 

Sessions in which Ms. Corinna Moebius attends

Friday 3 June, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
17:00 - 19:30 | 2 hours 30 minutes
Festive Event

Saturday 4 June, 2016

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9:00 - 10:00 | 1 hour
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

What if we changed our views on heritage? And if heritage has already changed? While, on the global scene, states maintain their leading role in the mobilization of social and territorial histories, on the local scale, regions, neighbourhoods and parishes have changed. Citizens and communities too: they latch on to heritage to express an unprecedented range of belongings that no law seems to be able to take measures to contain, often to the discontent of...

18:30 - 20:00 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Public event
Simultaneous translation - Traduction simultanée

Most of what we experience as heritage emerges into conscious recognition through a complex mixture of political and ideological filters, including nationalism.  In these processes, through a variety of devices (museums, scholarly research, consumer reproduction, etc.), dualistic classifications articulate a powerful hierarchy of value and significance.  In particular, the tangible-intangible pair, given legitimacy by such international bodies as UNESCO, reproduces a selective ordering of cul...

Sunday 5 June, 2016

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7:00 - 9:00 | 2 hours
Public event

Movement, stillness, and creation will be combined during this walk as participants are encouraged to attune themselves to the environment through conscious emplacement. We will awaken our sensory awareness by experimenting with deep listening, observing impermanence and slow walking. Weather permitting, participants will also be invited to create a cyanotype photogram with found materials. An in-situ photogram is an image made in collaboration with the environment and enhances our a...

14:00 - 15:30 | 1 hour 30 minutes
Co-Construction and Community Based HeritageHeritage Changes the Social OrderCitizenshipPublic event
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"What does heritage change?" is a multifaceted  question to which the answer(s) are in primary respects related to real-life negotiations among different groups of citizens, cultures, races, ethnic groups, sexual identities, and social classes about received, official and/or widely accepted or accomodated intangible attributes, cultural traditions, historic monuments, buildings, and other transmitted or revived historical legacies. Heritage designated by and for whom, for what motivations, an...

19:00 - 21:00 | 2 hours
Public event

Monday 6 June, 2016

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7:30 - 8:30 | 1 hour
Public event

(in French and English) L’artiste et anthropologue Miléna Kartowski-Aïach nous invite dans le cadre d’une performance interactive et commentée de s’immerger dans le répertoire traditionnel profane et sacré de la musique yiddish.  _ The artist and anthropologist Miléna Kartowski-Aïach invites us, as part of an interactive and commented performance, to immerse ourselves into the traditional, sacred and secular re...

12:30 - 13:30 | 1 hour
Co-Construction and Community Based HeritageArchitecture and UrbanismPublic event

As Canada shifts from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, small communities that were established to service the primary sector are faced with a complex and unique set of challenges. They are communities built on a culture of hard work, resourcefulness, and creativity; their residents are now tasked with developing strategies to deal with a lack of employment, depopulation and resettlement.  Small is premised on the notion that leveraging the rich cultur...

18:00 - 19:00 | 1 hour
Festive Event

Tuesday 7 June, 2016

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
7:00 - 9:00 | 2 hours
Public event

(Guided visits to Two Exhibitions, Centre d’histoire de Montréal- bilingual) – The Centre d’histoire de Montréal presents Dans le Griff that takes visitors into the neighbourhood of Griffintown, as depicted through the lives and memories of the Mercier family. Their life stories will take us down the streets of an industrial sector that has undergone quite the metamorphosis. Griffintown is one of the oldest industrial and working-class neighbourhoods in Montreal. In the forefro...

19:00 - 23:00 | 4 hours
Festive Event

The closing dinner of the conference, called “Pawâ” according to a French-Canadian tradition borrowed from the Native American lexicon, will be an opportunity to discover, in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal, an original culinary creation by the caterer Agnus Dei, from the renowned Maison Cartier-Besson in Montreal, leader in its field for its boundless creativity and event expertise. The dinner, in the form of stations, will offer delegates an exploration of Quebecois culinary heritage,...