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Dayana Murguía Méndez


International Research Training Group 'Temporalities of Future'

PhD Candidate


Project: "Socialist Education and International Collaboration. The Isle of Youth's Scholarships in Cuba (1977-2012)"


Since 01/2020

Associated PhD Candidate, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’, Freie Universität Berlin

Since 10/2018

PhD Candidate, Humboldt-Universität Berlin (DAAD scholarship holder).


Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies on Latin America, the Caribbean and Cuba, Havana University


Bachelor of Arts (Licenciatura) in Education, Higher Pedagogical Institute ´Enrique José Varona´, La Habana

Work Experience

Since 01/2020

Researcher, International Research Training Group ‘Temporalities of Future’

Since 09/2008

Researcher, Institute of History of Cuba


Project: "Socialist Education and International Collaboration. The Isle of Youth's Scholarships in Cuba (1977-2012)"

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Marcelo Caruso, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The project proposes the description of an international official scholarship programme as a model of South-South, massive, multicultural and intergenerational cooperation that, organised with scarce resources, provided comprehensive training (from primary to tertiary education) to children, adolescents and young people from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, between 1977 and 2012.  To achieve this, I am interested in both the institutional perspective (objectives, structure and administration of the scholarships) and the impacts of the programme on the trajectories and aspirations of a diversity of participants. This holistic approach makes it possible to show a past and a future as temporalities of the future in dialogue, during the difficult scenarios of the Cold War, the African independences, the South-South cooperation movement and the transitions to socialism. 

In summary, the research could contribute insights to the debate on the formulas of development aid that are useful in challenging what has been described as a global crisis of quantity and quality in education, particularly if these are projects based on cooperation between countries in the global South.

Murguia Mendez, Dayana (2017): “The regulation of private education in Cuba. Main projects, norms and controversies”, Caribbean History, Vol. XII, No. 30, January-June, Colombia, (coauthor).

Murguia Mendez, Dayana (2015): “Revolution and University, Thought and Praxis of Juan Marinello”, Latin American Studies Papers, Institute for International Studies of MGIMO-University, Year 4, No.10, Moscow.

Murguia Mendez, Dayana (2015): “Juan Marinello and the educational controversy of the forties. The unified school and the debate for its implementation in Cuba”, Cultural Paradoxes of the Republic. Cuba 1902-2000. Edited by Mildred de la Torre, Editorial Social Sciences, Havana.

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