Haiti: Beyond Commemorations and Boundaries.
Abstr. due: 14.08.2015
Dates: 12.05.16 — 14.05.16
Organizing comittee e-mail: email@example.com
Organizers: University of Chicago
This joint conference explores the field of Haitian Studies through multiple approaches that go beyond geographical and linguistic boundaries as well as the chronological limitations of a century. The aim is to transcend the curiosity towards the Haitian Revolution, and the extended series of sociopolitical crises made more acute in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Vast fields of potential inquiry in Haitian Studies (notably literature, history, anthropology, culture, and language) are too often under-examined, whereas the most popular of these fields seem bound by deeply entrenched traditional academic discourses. This event will attempt to generate a pertinent, innovative, and theoretically informed approach to understanding Haiti. It proposes a brainstorming on current work in a number of disciplines, thereby attempting to move scholarly work and theoretical reflection on Haiti “beyond commemorations,” as the conference’s title so aptly puts it. The contributors will represent a diverse group of scholars (both established and young researchers) in terms of discipline, methodological and theoretical perspectives.