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Roots and Branches - new directions in Haitian studies - NYU

Conference - "Roots and Branches: New Directions in Haitian Studies"

Monday, January 23, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Maison Francaise, 16 Washington Mews, New York University, New York, NY 10012 (map)

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NYU is proud to host "Roots and Branches: New Directions in Haitian Studies," a day-long conference that will give emerging scholars the occasion to present and workshop their research at various stages in their development. The field of Haitian studies remains a small one, yet each year, it continues to grow richer with the advancement of scholarship from fresh voices. While many of us have been trained for Haitian Studies in well established fields of History, Religion or Political Science, it can often be a challenge to identify other scholars of regional studies; in the organizing of this conference, we hope to provide a forum for dialogues between voices of these various disciplines. The aim of this conference is to highlight emerging graduate students whose work demonstrates top quality research, exceptional innovation in approach and insight into how we might enliven and inspire new conversations about Haiti in its cultural, social and historical contexts.

The conference will consist of nine presentations with three panelists on each panel, leaving ample time for discussion and dialogue between panelists with overlapping and overarching themes. After each paper, presenters will also have the opportunity to receive feedback from faculty commentators and other conference participants. After the conference, there will be evening conversation about Haitian Studies at the Maison Francaise with speakers Laurent Dubois of Duke University and Fabienne Doucet of NYU.


9:30 – 10:00 : Registration

10:00 – 12:00 : Panel 1: Representations and Political Imagining
Discussant : Sibylle Fischer (NYU)
Erin Zavitz (U Florida) : Revolutionary Ceremonies: Commemorating One Hundred Years of Haitian Independence, 1804-1904
Adam McGee (Harvard) : Dreaming in Haitian Vodou : Vouchsafe, guide, and source of liturgical novelty
Emilie Boone (Northwestern) : A Concatenation of Meaning : Charlemagne Péralte as Imagined by Philomé Obin and the US Marines

12:00 – 1:00 : Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:00 : Panel 2: Shadows of Empire
Discussants : Jeremy Popkin (U Kentucky) and Ada Ferrer (NYU)
Johnhenry Gonzalez (U Chicago) : Commodity Production and the Haitian Revolution : 1791-1844
Chelsea Stieber (NYU) : Camelots du Roi Christophe: Far-Right French Nationalism in Northern Haiti
Erica Johnson (Florida State U) : Freedom through Faith : Abolitionist Members of the Clergy in Saint-Domingue

3:00 – 3:30 : Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:30 : Panel 3: Haiti in Other Cultural Spaces
Discussants : Michael Dash (NYU) and Mark Schuller (CUNY York)
Kantara Souffrant (Northwestern) : "Post-Quake" Haiti : Visuality, Memory, and (Per)forming the Haitian Dyasporic Imaginary
Sabine Cadeau (UChicago) : French or Kreyòl? The Kreyolofòn Response to La Francophonie in the 1970's
Sophonie Joseph (Columbia) : What Does Planning for Development in Haiti Mean? An Analysis of Development Culture's Impact on Planning Institutions' Capacity Building

6:30-8:00 : Keynote Event : Interdisciplinarity in Haitian Studies
A Conversation with Laurent Dubois (Duke) and Fabienne Doucet (NYU)

Sponsored by New York University’s Institute of French Studies, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of History, the Center for French Civilization and Culture, and La Maison Française