Julio Batista Rodríguez

Julio Batista Rodríguez (2020) is a Cuban journalist and a member of the Editorial Board of Periodismo de Barrio since 2015. He was awarded a Special Ibero-American Prize for Environmental Journalism and Sustainable Development from the King of Spain awards in 2018. He has contributed to a number of digital magazines including Progreso Semanal, El Toque, OnCuba Magazine, Cuba Contemporánea, Cubahora, PostData, Cuba Possible Ideas Laboratory and the German newspaper Taz. He is an active contributor to Radio France International and has published articles in the anthologies “Puentes de Memoria” (Memory Bridges, Argentina/UniRio Editora 2014) and “Cuba Joven” (Young Cuba, Jonathan Moller/Turner 2018).

As a Logan fellow, he will work on his project, “The Drowned Towns,” a compilation of the histories of seven coastal populations located in the southern coast of western Cuba, which in the short- or medium-term will have to be relocated inland due to the retreat of the coastline, showcasing a larger picture about the uprooting and resilience of these communities.