Sites that Speak is a digital humanities 2.0 publication that focuses on the development of Spanish theater in Miami through the re-search of its performing spaces since 1959. I want to map-- literally and figuratively-- the development of Spanish theater from garages and schools to warehouses, from the former Flagler Theater where Fidel Castro addressed an audience in Spanish in 1955 and Teatro Martí --a Ku Klux Klan meeting space in the 40s-- to the Gables Cinematheque, previous home of Teatro Avante. By doing a cultural mapping of Spanish theater in Miami, I demonstrate the ways in which claiming a space as a theatrical space, in addition to adding to the cultural development of our city, has contributed to the survival of theater as an art form, as an intangible cultural heritage of a community in the making. In so doing, I also analyze the economic and socio-political transformation of the different communities that have contributed to the transformation of Miami into a global city. This research is of utmost relevance because it fills a research gap (Spanish theater in Miami) while at the same time proposes a different conceptualization of Miami as a world city through its theatrical spaces. Most importantly, it will do so through a Digital Humanities 2.0 publication that incorporates GIS for cultural mapping thus pushing the borders of digital humanities scholarship.
The introduction lays out the theoretical, historical and socio-political background for the analysis. You can read each section