[Blackstudies-l] Call for Papers—Haiti: Paradoxes, Contradictions, Intersections in the Making of a People

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ivetteromero posted: " “Haiti: Paradoxes, Contradictions, Intersections in
the Making of a People” is the main axis for the Haitian Studies
Association’s 29th Annual Conference. The conference will take place in New
Orleans (Louisiana Xavier University of Louisiana and the Tu"
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*“Haiti: Paradoxes, Contradictions, Intersections in the Making of a
People” is the main axis for the Haitian Studies Association’s 29th Annual
Conference. The conference will take place in New Orleans (Louisiana Xavier
University of Louisiana and the Tulane University Roger Thayer Stone Center
for Latin American Studies) on November 1-4, 2017. The deadline for
submissions of proposals is June 1, 2017. See the Haitian Studies
Association <http://haitianstudies.org/callforpapers/> page for detailed
guidelines.*

*Description*: The formation of Haiti as a sovereign state and the
emergence and evolution of its people and its culture have followed a
complex route. Since the birth of the nation of Haiti, multiple hierarchies
and interconnected systems of oppression and exclusion have engendered
structural inequities with respect to Haitian citizenship. As the society
has continued to claim equality and liberty, differentiated and unequal
citizenship have actually prevailed, with social, racial, colored, and
gendered social groups having different levels of rights of participation
and belonging.

Colonial St. Domingue’s socio-political and economic landscape granted
unequal access to power and privilege. The Haitian Revolution did not
achieve a radical transformation of these unequal relations. Rather,
the régime agraire of Toussaint Louverture and the Code Rural of
Jean-Pierre Boyer reproduced the patterns of exploitation and exclusion of
the slave society. These practices led to the construction of the
category *moun
andeyò*–the peasantry, a class of people whose severely limited access to
power and resources render them the primary actors in waves of migration
and the primary victims of natural disasters. Over time, the *moun
andeyò* concept
has been mapped onto such other categories of people as women, the urban
poor, practitioners of Vodou, and people of different sexual orientations.

The Haitian Studies Association will hold its 29th Annual Conference in New
Orleans, Louisiana, a site that offers scholars a look at how the “making
of the people” occurs outside of the geopolitical spaces associated with a
nation-state. Indeed, the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 forced not only
the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but also the migration of slaves, slave
owners, and free blacks and mulattos between the two former French
territories. These movements of people led to the creation of new spaces
where migrants linked to an emergent Haiti would become part of a new North
American dynamic also characterized by inequalities and exclusion.

The questions that the Conference will seek to answer address the nature,
scope, and dynamics of citizenship in the making of a Haitian people. We
want to

   - examine, deconstruct, and reflect on the concept of rights;
   - critically engage the multiple and contested meaning of citizenship;
   - explore how the “right to have rights” has evolved in parallel in
   Louisiana/NOLA; and
   - observe and assess a paradox, where NOLA finds itself in a
   contradictory position, sponsoring many development projects in Haiti while
   similar features of exclusion and environmental catastrophes affect a large
   segment of its population (Hurricane Jeanne 2004, Hurricane Katrina 2005,
   Goudou Goudou 2010, and Hurricane Matthew 2016).

Finally, we want also to analyze issues of otherness, marginalization,
exclusion, and struggles for inclusion in the “moral community of the
nation.” We want to explore how citizens with partial or limited rights
find ways to assert, reclaim, exercise, and redefine their rights within
existing conditions created by enduring structural inequalities.

We seek a diverse set of scholarly interrogations of these themes from
disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
We are especially interested in fully constituted panels, and will
prioritize panels that speak directly to our themes and attempt an
interdisciplinary dialogue.

Panel and roundtable proposals are to be no longer than 500 words, clearly
listing the individual paper titles and authors. Individual paper abstracts
should be around 250 words. Presenters are expected to register for the
conference in advance to ensure their names are in the program

We will be accepting proposals until June 1st, 2017.

For Guidelines for Participation, see http://haitianstudies.org/
callforpapers/

[Jacob Lawrence’s “General Toussaint L’Ouverture” (1986) from the Toussaint
L’Ouverture Series. Source: https://www.clevelandart.org/
blog/2014/11/11/toussaint-l%E2%80%99ouverture-series-
jacob-lawrence%E2%80%99s-dynamic-chronicle-haitian-revolution ]
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