CV Claudia Martínez Hernández

Professional Education

2020 – 2023 University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. PhD student of the Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies.
2017 – 2019 Center of International Humanitarian Law Studies, Havana, Cuba Master in International Humanitarian Law.
2010 – 2015 Higher Institute of Foreign Affairs “Raúl Roa García” (ISRI), Havana, Cuba Graduated summa cum laude in International Relations.

Working Experience

2019 – 2023 Scientific collaborator in the historical research project “Entanglements Cuba-GDR: mobilities, exchanges, circulations within the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA/COMECON)” and employee of the University of Vienna.
2018 – 2019 Project manager at the University of Havana.
2018 – 2019 Scientific collaborator in the historical research project “Trans-continental circulations within the Council of Economic Assistance. The Example of labor mobility between Cuba and the GDR (1975-1990)”, Gerda Henkel- Stiftung Düsseldorf.
2015 – 2018 Diplomatic attaché/ Specialist of the General Division of Multilateral Affairs and International Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba.
2015 – 2016 Scientific collaborator in the historical research project “Experts in ‘Development’ and ‘Socialist Aid’ in the era of global competition between the political systems ‘West’ and ‘East’”, Austrian Science Fund/FWF Vienna.

Conferences and workshops

June 2022 Development dreams from the socialist Global South (online). Presentation entitled “Cuban Internationalism”. University of Bristol.
June 2022 Socialist (Dis)Connections. Presentation entitled “Socialism leading a temporary educational migration”. University of Vienna.
March 2022 Migration, Education, Development, Labour and the State (online). Organization and presentation entitled “The Party as educator of the students and workers sent to Eastern Europe”. University of Vienna.
September 2021 The Construction of Educational Spaces in a post-Soviet and postsocialist area (online). Presentation entitled “The importance of education for Cuban workers in the GDR”. Frankfurt am Main.
June 2021 Sixth European Congresses on World and Global History (online). Co-presentation with Berthold Unfried entitled “Cooperation in the mutual interest: Cuba and the GDR as an example for the role of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance as a development organization” in the Panel “Actor or instrument. The role of the CMEA in the global Cold War”. Turku.
November 2020 Immanuel Wallerstein und die Rezeption der Weltsystem-Analyse im deutschen Sprachraum“ (online). Comments on the presentation “Socialist world system? The practice of international cooperation in the GDR” by Berthold Unfried. Vienna.
November 2020 Alternative Forms of Globalization? The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) as Development Organization” (online). Organization and presentation entitled “Organization, implementation and interactions of a system of temporary migration: The organizational framing of Cuban Workers in socialist Europe”. University of Vienna.
October 2020 Research Design Course of the European Graduate School for Training in Economic and Social Historical Research (ESTER) (online). Presentation entitled “Organization, implementation and interactions of a socialist system of temporary migration. The framing of the Cuban personnel circulation within the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance by the organizations of the Communist Party of Cuba, 1972-1990”. Lisbon.
October 2020 Fifth Annual Conference of the SFB 1199 “Processes of Spatialization under the Global Condition”. The Making and Unmaking of Spatial Orders Mobilities under the Global Condition from the 19th Century to the Present (online). Presentation entitled “Researching Socialist Mobilities: Framing of the Cuban Personnel Circulation”. Leipzig.


Cold War History Ongoing edition of the special issue “The CMEA as a Development Organisation. Globalization Projects of socialist states, 1949-1990” and contribution under the title “Cuban Workers for the CMEA: Beyond Labour Market Complementarity. The Cuban View”.

Bildung und Erziehung Ongoing contribution to the special issue “Constructions of Post-soviet and Post-Socialist Educational Spaces” under the title “The importance of education for former Cuban contract workers in the GDR”.

H-Soz-Kult Report of the International Workshop (online) “Alternative Forms of Globalization? The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) as Development Organization”.

Revista Estudos Historicos “El internacionalismo, la solidaridad y el interés mutuo: encuentros entre cubanos, africanos y alemanes de la RDA” in collaboration with Berthold Unfried.

Revista de Relaciones Internacionales de la UNAM Relaciones Cuba – Union Europea (1959 – 2014) desde un enfoque historico

CubaDebate “Países de la UE y Cuba: lecciones del pasado”, lecciones-del-pasado/

Teaching at University
Summer Semester 2023 Latin America and the International Relations of the Cold War
Summer Semester 2023 Phases and Facets of the Cuban Revolution, co-teaching with Berthold
Winter Semester 2020 The “Socialist World System”, co-teaching with Berthold Unfried
Summer Semester 2020 Work and Development, co-teaching with Berthold Unfried

Additional knowledge
Languages Spanish – native proficiency
English – professional working proficiency German – limited working proficiency French – limited working proficiency

Computer Microsoft Office HTML, CSS
Teaching Basic Qualification for Junior Staff – Teaching in Higher Education at University of Vienna, June 2020