Dr Adrian H. Hearn
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Dr. Hearn’s research examines the social challenges and opportunities arising from Asia-Pacific economic integration. How is the Trans-Pacific Partnership perceived by publics in signatory countries, and non-signatories like China? How is the growing number of Cuban and Cuban-trained health workers impacting welfare outcomes in the Pacific Islands and Australian engagement with the region's health sectors? How are growing Chinese migrant communities contributing to Latin American economic development and globalization? What social and environmental lessons can Australia and resource exporters like Brazil learn from each other in light of growing demand and investment from China? Adrian has explored these questions in collaboration with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies, AusAID, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and others. Adopting an ethnographic approach to international relations has allowed him to study cultural convergences/divergences, economic development, and approaches to transparency and technology transfer from the ground up. Having lived in the United States for eleven years, Latin America for four years, and China for one year, Adrian welcomes applications from national and international students seeking Masters or Ph.D. supervision on these and related topics.
- HRTD6904 Democratisation: Theory and Practice
Grants, Fellowships, and Awards
- Open Society Foundations funding to organize workshop: “China, Latin America, and the Changing Architecture of Trans-Pacific Engagement”, the Inter-American Dialogue, 29th May 2013, $9,000 USD
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- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Visiting Scholarship at the German Institute for International Global and Area Studies for “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Asia-Pacific Integration or Disintegration?”, $6,500.
- Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) Australian Leadership Award for “Optimising Australia-Cuba Cooperation in Asia-Pacific Health Delivery”, $55,900.
- Open Society Foundations funding to organize workshop: “The China Factor in Mexico-U.S. Relations”, the University of California-Berkeley, 22nd May 2012, $12,000 USD.
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship for, “Clarifying transparency: Chinese aid and trade in Latin America”, $565,840
- International Program Development Fund (IPDF) award for, “Mexico and China: Towards a strategy of engagement”, in collaboration with Dr. Enrique Dussel Peters of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), $16,000
- 2010 Australian Academy of the Humanities Visiting Fellowship for collaboration with Dr. Paul DeCastro (CSU-Los Angeles) on the project, “Cultural Bridges to Cuba” $5,940
- 2009 - University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Support Scheme (FARSS) grant for “A Profile of Latin American Studies in China”, $11,300.
- Florida International University D'az-Ayala Award for, “Cultural Bridges between China and Cuba”, $2,000.
- University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Grant for, “Social Dimensions of China’s Strategic Relations with Latin America”, $10,000.
- University of Technology Sydney funding to organise international symposium: “China and Latin America: The New Face of South-South Cooperation” (December 2008) $10,000.
- University of Technology Sydney funding to organise international symposium: “Performing Arts and the Academy” (June 2008) $30,000.
- University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim Kiriyama Research Fellowship for, “The Impact of China on Development and Security in Latin America”, $4,500.
- Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage-International Award for “China and Latin America: New Challenges for Australia” (with Dr. Yingjie Guo), $14,000.
- University of Technology Sydney Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for “Civil Society and Economic Reform: Cuba and China”, $205,000.
- La Trobe University: Doctoral Research Fellowship for “Civil Society and NGOs in Cuba”, $76,000.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison “International Research Grant” for one year of on-site research in Senegal, $8,000.
- Enrique Dussel Peters, Adrian H. Hearn, and Harley S. Shaiken (eds) (2013) China and the New Triangular Relationships in the Americas: China and the Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations, Miami: University of Miami Center for Latin American Studies [ISBN 978-0-9892901-0-4],
- A. H. Hearn and José Luis León Manr'quez (eds) (2011) China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory, Boulder, Co: Lynne Rienner Publishers [ISBN: 978-1-58826-767-2]. See https://www.rienner.com/title/China_Engages_Latin_America_Tracing_the_Trajectory
- A. H. Hearn (2008) Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development, Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press [ISBN 978-0-8223-4180-2 (cloth), 978-0-8223-4196-3 (paper)]. See http://www.dukeupress.edu/Catalog/ViewProduct.php?productid=13398
- A. H. Hearn (ed.) (2008) Cultura, Tradición, y Comunidad: Perspectivas sobre la Participación y el Desarrollo en Cuba [Culture, Tradition, and Community: Perspectives on Participation and Development in Cuba], Havana: Imagen Contemporánea and UNESCO International Center for Sustainable Human Development [ISBN 978-959-7078-99-9]
- A.H. Hearn (in press) The Politics of Trust: China's Relations with Cuba and Mexico, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Refereed Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes:
- A.H. Hearn (accepted for publication in 2013) “Mexico, China, and the Politics of Trust”, Latin American Perspectives.
- A.H. Hearn (accepted for publication in 2013) “China’s Social Engagement Programs in Latin America”, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research.
- A.H. Hearn (2013) “Chinatown Havana: One Hundred and Sixty Years Below the Surface”, in Bernard Wong and Tan Chee-Beng (eds.), Chinatowns Around the World: Gilded Ghetto, Ethnopolis, and Cultural Diaspora, Leiden and Boston: Brill, pp.163-186.
- A.H. Hearn (2013) “China and Latin America: Economy and Society”, Latin American Policy 4(1):24-35.
- A.H. Hearn (2012) “What can South America and Australia learn from each other in relation to China?”, in Ariel C. Armony (ed.), Setting the Agenda: Asia and Latin America in the 21st Century, Miami: University of Miami, pp.33-38; http://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/clas_publications/1/
- A.H. Hearn (2012) “China, Global Governance and the Future of Cuba”, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 41(1): 155-179.
- A.H. Hearn (2012) “Harnessing the Dragon: Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs in Mexico and Cuba”, The China Quarterly, 209 pp. 111-133.
- A.H. Hearn and Félix J. Alfonso (2012) “Havana: From Local Experiment to National Reform”, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 33(2): 226-240.
- A.H. Hearn and Félix J. Alfonso (2012) “Antecedentes locales y globales de las reformas cubanas”, Temas 71: 21-28.
- A.H. Hearn (2012) “Cuba and China: In Mixed Enterprise we Trust”, Hemisphere 21 (July) pp. 20-22.
- A.H. Hearn, Alan Smart, and Roberto H. Hernández (2011) “China and Mexico: Trade, Migration, and Guanxi”, in Adrian H. Hearn and José Luis León-Manr'quez (eds), China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory, Boulder: Lynne Rienner, pp. 139-157.
- A.H. Hearn (2010) “México y China: Amenazas, oportunidades y el impacto de la cultura”, in Antonio Dueñas and Valentina Prudnikov (eds) [[i||La Cuenca del Pac'fico: Alternativa para la pol'tica exterior de México], Mexico City: Impresora Múltiple, pp.73-87.
- A.H. Hearn (2009) “Cuba and China: Governance and Industrial Collaboration”, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research (JILAR) 15(2): 65-82.
- A.H. Hearn (2009) “Cuba and China: Lessons and Opportunities for the United States”, CubaInfo Report Series, Florida International University, Cuban Research Institute, http://casgroup.fiu.edu/cri/pages.php?id=1176
- A.H. Hearn (2009) “China’s Relations with Mexico and Cuba: A Study of Contrasts”, Pacific Rim Report Series, The University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim. http://usf.usfca.edu/pac_rim/new/research/pacrimreport/pacrimreport52.html
- A.H. Hearn (2008) “Cultura y Sociedad Civil en Cuba”, in Adrian H. Hearn (ed.) Cultura, Tradición, y Comunidad: Perspectivas sobre la Participación y el Desarrollo en Cuba, Havana: Imagen Contemporánea and UNESCO Center for Sustainable Human Development, pp. 42-67.
- A.H. Hearn (2006) “Economic reform in Cuba and China” in Mauricio Font and Scott Larson (eds.) Cuba in Transition? Pathways to Renewal, Long-Term Development, and Global Reintegration, New York: CUNY Graduate Center, pp. 143-158.
- A. H. Hearn (2005) “Political Dimensions of International NGO Collaboration with Cuba”, in Mauricio Font (ed.), Cuba Today: Continuity and Change Since the ‘Special Period’, New York: CUNY Graduate Center, pp. 209-227. Available at http://web.gc.cuny.edu/bildnercenter/publications/cubatodaybook.pdf
- A. H. Hearn (with B. Pritchard) (2005) “Introduction” in Regulating Foreign Direct Investment: Southeast Asia at the Crossroads, Sydney: The Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP) in association with the Ministry of Finance of Japan, pp. 1-23.
- A. H. Hearn (2005) “International Tourism and Transculturation in Contemporary Cuba”, in Moritz Neumüller (ed.), El Otro Lado del Alma (“The Other Side of the Soul”), Bern: Otro Lado del Alma.
- A. H. Hearn (2004) “Afro-Cuban Religions and Social Welfare: Consequences of Commercial Development in Havana” Human Organization 63(1):78-87. Abstract available at: http://www.sfaa.net/ho/2004/spring2004.html
- A. H. Hearn (2004) “Guardians of Culture: The Controversial Heritage of Senegalese Griots”, The Australian Journal of Anthropology 15(2):129-142. Abstract available at: http://www.aas.asn.au/TAJA/Contents_15_2.htm
- A. H. Hearn (2003) “Transformation, Transcendence, or Transculturation? The Many Faces of Cuban Santer'a”, Humanities Research 10(1):56-62. Available at: http://www.anu.edu.au/HRC/publications/hr/issue1_2003/pdf/9_Hearn.pdf
- A. H. Hearn (2002) “Viven Los Cabildos: El Caso de la Carabal' Isuama”, in ACTAS: Cultura Africana y Afroamericana. Santiago de Cuba: Centro Cultural Africano Fernando Ortiz, pp. 107-111.
Commissioned reports, opinion pieces, book reviews, etc.:
- A.H. Hearn (2013) [opinion piece] “China changes tack on trade and the TPP,” The Australian Financial Review, 5th June, p.47.
- A.H. Hearn (2013) [commissioned policy report] China and Brazil: Searching for Sustainable Complementarity, policy paper for the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN), The European Commission, London: ECRAN.
- Adrian H. Hearn (with Jennifer Aron) (2013) “Without the Castros, What is the Fate of the Cuban Revolution?”, Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) Analysis Series, 26th February.
- Delgado, Jorge, Jim Tulloch, Adrian Hearn, and James Buchan (2012) [commissioned policy report] Cuba-Australia Medical Cooperation in the Pacific, Canberra: AusAID.
- A.H. Hearn (2012) [opinion piece] “Expansão do mercado interno chines beneficiará América Latina” (The expansion of China’s internal markets will benefit Latin America), Folha de S. Paulo, 14th November
- A.H. Hearn (2012) [analysis article] “Will Economic Successes in China and Vietnam Inspire Cuba?”, Inter-American Dialogue Latin America Advisor, 18th July, p.3.
- A.H. Hearn (2012) “Australia and South America: Toward Dialogue on China”, China Express vol. 2.
- A.H. Hearn (2012) “Chinese Immigrants and Entrepreneurs in Mexico”, Americas Quarterly 6(1):83.
- A.H. Hearn (2012) [analysis article] “With its eyes on China’s growth model, Cuba begins its slow march towards capitalism”, The Conversation
- A.H. Hearn (2012) [analysis article] “China and the Cuban Economy”, Americas Quarterly 6(1)
- A.H. Hearn (2010) [opinion piece] “Transparency and good governance: key themes in China’s global integration”, [中国在全球一体化下的关键主题] Chinese Social Sciences Today, 4th March, p.1, http://www.cass.net.cn/file/20100304259537.html
- A. H. Hearn (2009) [opinion piece] “Hey Hey, We’re Just Ignorant”, The Australian, 10th October, p.14,
- Adrian H. Hearn (2009) [encyclopedia/reference entry] “Chinatown Havana”, in Robert Benewick and Stephanie Donald, The State of China Atlas, 3rd edition, Berkeley: University of California Press.
- A.H. Hearn (2009) [Book Review] “Review of Anil Hira (2007) An East Asian Model for Latin American Success”, for Development in Practice 19(2): 257-277
- A.H. Hearn (2009) [Book Review] “Review of Riorden Roett and Guadalupe Paz (2008) China’s Expansion into the Western Hemisphere”, for Asian Studies Review 33(3):369–371.
- A. H. Hearn (2007) [Proceeding] “Cultura y Sociedad Civil en Cuba”, Proceedings of the XVII Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Montreal, September 2007.
- A. H. Hearn (2007) [Book Review] “Review of Christine Ayorinde (2004) Afro-Cuban Religiosity, Revolution, and National Identity”, for Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe 18(2):140-142, available at: http://www1.tau.ac.il/eial/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=203&Itemid=158
- A. H. Hearn (2006) [Proceeding] “Civil Society and Economic Reform: Cuba and China”, Proceedings of the inaugural Conference of CELAO (Consejo De Estudios Latinoamericanos de Asia y de Ocean'a [Latin American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania]), Melbourne, July 2005.
- A. H. Hearn (2003) [Book Review] “Review of Patrick Taylor (ed.) (2001), Nation Dance: Religion, Identity, and Cultural Difference in the Caribbean”, for Journal of Intercultural Studies 24(3): 312-314.
- A. H. Hearn (2001) [Translation] Coyula, Mario, Miguel Coyula and Rosa Oliveras, Towards a New Community in Havana: Workshops for Integrated Neighborhood Transformation, Havana: GDIC.
- A. H. Hearn (1999) [Research Report] “The Persistence of the Griot Class in Urban Senegal”, in International Reflections, Madison: University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of International Studies, pp. 20-26.
Media Interviews and Professional Activities:
- Invited speaker, The Brazil-Australia Dialogue, sponsored by the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) and the University of Melbourne, São Paulo, 21st March 2013.
- Invited speaker, The Melbourne Latin America Dialogue, sponsored by the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) and the University of Melbourne, 29th-30th August 2012. Video available at: www.latinamericadialogue.unimelb.edu.au/session-videos-dialogue
- Event organiser, “The China Factor in Mexico-U.S. Relations”, the University of California-Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, 22nd May, 2012.
- Elected Chair of the “Asia and the Americas” Section of LASA (Latin American Studies Association) for the term 2010-2013. Section website: http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/sections/asia-americas/
- Consultant for the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), project: “Cuba-Australia Joint Scoping Mission”, 2011-2012.
- Invited speaker in policy forum: “Reassessing China-Mexico Competition”, the Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C., 15th September, 2011. Video recording available at: www.thedialogue.org/page.cfm?pageID=32&pubID=2747&s
- SBS Radio National “World News” (in Spanish): interview on market reforms in Cuba, 3rd January 2012. Audio recording available at: www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/yourlanguage/spanish/episode/198181/Raul-is-reversing-Fidel-s-economy-in-Cuba
- ABC Television “Lateline Business”: featured interview on economic reforms in Cuba, 4th October 2010. Video recording available at: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/business/items/201010/s3029358.htm
- ABC Radio National “Big Ideas” program, broadcast of public lecture,
“Rethinking good governance and transparency: the China-Latin America-US
triangle”, 6th June 2010, audio recording available at:
- SBS Radio National “World News” (in Spanish): Interview on sentencing of Rio Tinto staff in China, 30th March 2010. Audio recording available.
- Event organiser and speaker, “China and World Development in the 21st Century”, Co-hosted by the University of Sydney and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, 13th November, 2009.
- Invited speaker in policy forum: “China’s Impact in the Caribbean”, the
Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C., 4th November, 2009.
- Event chair, “Mary-Alice Waters in conversation with Dr. Adrian Hearn”, The University of Sydney, 28th July, 2009.
- SBS Radio National (Australia) “World News” (in Spanish): Interview on the detention of Rio Tinto staff in China, 15th July 2009. Audio recording available
- SBS National Television News, interview on ethnic violence in Xinjiang, China, 7th July 2009. Video recording available.
- Quoted in Francois Bougon (AFP) “China keeps Chavez close, but not too close”, 11th April 2009, available at: www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hg5SVWYSvmHPGiWVmINnJopw9iVQ
- Quoted in Antonio Castillo (The Diplomat magazine) “China in Latin America”, May 2009, available at: http://the-diplomat.com/2009/06/18/china-in-latin-america/
- Organizer and speaker, International Symposium for China Research Centre (UTS), entitled, “China and Latin America: The New Face of South-South Cooperation”, 3rd December, 2008.
- SBS Radio National “News” (in Spanish): Interview on China’s deepening relations with Latin America, 2nd December 2008. Audio recording available.
- Organizer and speaker, colloquium for the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China in Mexico and the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California entitled, “Mexico’s Economic Integration with the Asia Pacific Region”, 4th November, 2008.
- Radio Tijuana (Mexico) “En Pocas Palabras” Program, interview on Mexico-China economic relations, 25th September, 2008.
- Organiser of UTS International Symposium entitled, “Performing Arts and the Academy”, 16th-17th June, 2008.
- ABC Classic FM (Australia) “Morning Show with Margaret Throsby”, featured guest, 4th March, 2008. Audio recording available.
- Triple J Radio (Australia) “Hack: Current Affairs” Program, interview on the future of Cuba following Fidel Castro’s resignation, 20th February, 2008. Audio recording available.
- Invited speaker, “Religion, Society, and Social Justice in Contemporary Cuba”, policy workshop sponsored by the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, Miami, 25th January 2008. Audio recording available.
- Invited speaker, “Experts Brief: Afro-Cubans and Economic Development; What Role for Strategic Policy and Civil Society?”, policy brief for The Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), sponsored by the Centre for Developing Area Studies (CDAS), McGill University, Montreal, 6th September 2007. Audio recording available.
- Radio Beijing (China) “A Tale of Two Cities” Program, interview on research activities in Beijing and Sino-Latin American relations, 3rd July 2007.
- Radio Ind'gena (México) “Politics Forum” Program: Interview on China’s relations with Mexico and Cuba, 29th August 2007.
- Keynote Speaker for the Australian launch of the book, “Our History is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution” by Pathfinder Press, University of Technology Sydney, 11th March 2007.
- Eastside Radio Sydney (Australia) “Cuban'simo” Program, interview on religion, music, and politics in Cuba, 21st December 2006. Audio recording available.
- SBS Radio National (Australia) “World News” (in Spanish): Interview on the current state of political leadership in Cuba, 7th September 2006. Audio recording available.
- Successful negotiation with the University of Havana to establish an MoU with UTS to facilitate academic exchange, 9th August 2006.
- ABC Radio Sydney (Australia), “The Breakfast Show with Adam Spencer”: Interview on political challenges of conducting research in Cuba, 21st April 2006. Audio recording available.
- 3CR Radio Melbourne (Australia): “Focus on Latin America” Program, interview on Religion and Development in Cuba, 16th January 2003. Audio recording available.
Conference Papers and Seminars:
- “Australia and South America: Toward Dialogue on China”, paper delivered at the X Biennial Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia [AILASA], Wellington, 5th July 2012.
- “What Latin America and Australia can learn from each other in relation to China”, paper delivered at the XXX Congress of the Latin American Studies Association [LASA], San Francisco, 25th May 2012.
- “Toward Mixed Enterprise: Latin America looks to China”, paper presented at the Center for Hemispheric Policy forum China’s Engagement with Latin America, Miami, 16 March 2012.
- “La Comunidad China en México: El Reto del Comercio Balanceado con la RPC”, paper delivered at the 125th Anniversary of the Min Chih Tang Society, Havana, 8-10 January 2012.
- “Chinese Small and Medium Enterprises in Mexico”, paper delivered at the workshop The China Impact: Asia-Pacific Policy and Responses, University of Guadalajara, 13-15 December 2011.
- “Cuba: Economic Reform and the Trajectory of Change”, public lecture at the Australian National Center for Latin American Studies, the Australian National University, 2nd June, 2011. Video recording available at: http://www.anclas.anu.edu.au/node/266
- “Clarifying Transparency: The China-Latin America-U.S. Triangle”, paper delivered at the workshop The Asia-Pacific, Regionalism and Global Governance, 13th May 2011, the University of Leeds.
- “The Transparency Horizon: Chinese Communities in Mexico and Cuba”, paper delivered at the workshop From the Great Wall to the New World: China and Latin America in the 21st century, University of California-Los Angeles, 16th April, 2011.
- “Transparent Talk: China’s Relations with Cuba and Mexico”, paper delivered at the workshop China in the Western Hemisphere, The University of Toronto, 4th March 2011.
- “The ‘China model’ in Latin America: industry, governance, and transparency” paper delivered at the XXIX Congress of the Latin American Studies Association [LASA], Toronto, 7th October 2010.
- At the Crossroads: Ethnic Intersections in Cuban Music”, workshop co-presented with Dr. Paul DeCastro (CSU-LA) at the IX meeting of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australia, The Australian National University, 9th July, 2010.
- “El concepto de la transparencia en las relaciones de China con México y Cuba”, invited seminar at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Mexico City, 10th June, 2010.
- “Rethinking Good Governance and Transparency: The China-Latin America-U.S. Triangle”, Sydney Ideas Open Lecture, The University of Sydney, 15th April, 2010, audio recording available at: http://sydney.edu.au/podcasts/2010/governance.mp3
- “Harnessing the Dragon: Governing ethnicity in Havana’s Chinatown”, paper presented at the annual conference of the Australian Anthropological Society, Macquarie University, 11th December, 2009.
- “Methodology in International Studies: Examples from the Field”, invited lecture at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, 16th November, 2009.
- “The Impact of China on ‘21st Century Socialism’ in Latin America” paper
delivered at the XXVIII Congress of the Latin American Studies Association
[LASA], Rio de Janiero, 14th June 2009.
- “Salsa China: The Music of Chinese Immigration to Cuba”, anthropology seminar series, The Australian National University, 1st April 2009.
- “Cultural Bridges between Cuba and China”, D'az-Ayala Lecture at Florida International University, Miami, 11th August 2008.
- “Cuba-China Commercial and Investment Relations”, paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, University of Miami, 5th-7th August 2008.
- “Cuba’s Engagement with China: Domestic and Regional Implications”, invited seminar at the International Institute for the Study of Cuba, London Metropolitan University, 30th July 2008. Details available at: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/library/f12182_22.htm
- “The ‘New Left’ in Latin America: Perceptions from Beijing”, invited seminar sponsored by the Department of International Relations, the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey campus, Mexico, 17th January 2008.
- “Ethnicity and Development in Cuba: Implications for the Formation of Civil Society”, paper delivered at the XXVII Congress of the Latin American Studies Association [LASA] in the panel “Ethnicity and Democracy in Cuba” (organized and chaired by Adrian H. Hearn), Montreal, 8th September 2007.
- “China y Latinoamérica: Econom'a y Seguridad”, 2007-2008 Inaugural Lecture, The University of Guadalajara, 28th August 2007.
- “China and Latin America: The Foundations of Economic and Political Alliance”, Sydney University, invited lecture for the Discipline of International Business, 28th February 2007.
- “China’s Engagement with Latin America: Economic and Political Implications”, The University of California-Berkeley, invited lecture co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies and Center for Latin American Studies, February 2007. Analysis of lecture available at: http://clas.berkeley.edu/Events/spring2007/02-07-07-hearn/index.html
- “El Acercamiento de Cuba y China: Implicaciones Domésticas y Regionales”, UTS conference series at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus, January 2007.
- “Cuba’s Engagement with China: Domestic and Regional Implications”, Monash University, Australia, Conference: “Revolutionary and Post-Revolutionary Cuba”, November 2006.
- “Economic reform in Cuba and China”, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, Conference: “China and Latin America: Relations with the New Global Power”, August 2006.
- “Local Autonomy and International Engagement: Cuba and China”, Brown University, USA, the Watson Center for International Studies, March 2006. Video recording available.
- “Comparative Aspects of Political Decentralization in Cuba and China”, The University of Calgary, Social Science Seminar Series, September 2005.
- “Civil Society and Economic Reform: Cuba and China”, Inaugural Conference of CELAO (Consejo De Estudios Latinoamericanos de Asia y de Ocean'a [L.American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania]. Melbourne, July 2005.
- “Foreign Direct Investment in Southeast Asia and Implications for China”, The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), sponsored in collaboration with the University of Sydney Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP). Shanghai, March 2005.
- “Decentralized Development and the Rhythm of Community Religion in Cuba”, University of California-Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, co-presented with Michael Spiro. Berkeley, April 2004. Video recording available. Seminar details available at:
- “The Transculturation of Tourism and Sacred Music in Cuba”, Second Universitat de Barcelona-La Trobe Conference. Melbourne, July 2003.