[Blackstudies-l] Fwd: FDI Speakers Series: Annette Joseph-Gabriel and Kenneth B Morris, Jr.

Emilye Crosby crosby at geneseo.edu
Fri Feb 16 11:01:43 EST 2018


> The Frederick Douglas Institute For African & African-American Studies
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> BLACK LIVES MATTER: GENEALOGIES & THE CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENT
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> February 28, 2018
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> 12:30-2 pm, Humanities Center, Conference Room D
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> Annette Gabriel-Joseph, University of Michigan
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> From Slavery to Citizenship: The Case of Toussaint in New York
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> In this talk, I will examine the idea of citizenship through the life of Pierre Toussaint, an enslaved man from Saint-Domingue who arrived in New York City as part of the household of Jean Bérard, a French planter fleeing the Haitian Revolution. Toussaint later became an acclaimed hairdresser, drawing clients from the wealthiest French families in New York City. Throughout his life in New York City, Toussaint was a prominent economic actor who retained close ties to Saint-Domingue and France. In reading his biography and correspondence, I argue that by crafting an extensive network through epistolary exchanges with interlocutors in several cities including New Orleans, Trinidad, Havana, Petionville, Montreal, Rome, and Bordeaux, Toussaint articulated a particular transatlantic citizenship that subverted some of the restrictions imposed by his status as a slave and a refugee. Specifically, his movement from slavery to freedom, and his engagement with New York City through acts of public philanthropy, allowed him to occupy a dual insider/outsider position. In navigating this dual status, Toussaint engaged in a process of self-fashioning at an individual level, and was involved in fashioning modern definitions of freedom and citizenship, in a period when these ideas were in formation. (See attached poster).
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> Ghislaine Radegonde-Eison, Ed.D
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> Program Manager
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> University of Rochester
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> Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies
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> Morey 311A, PO Box 270440
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> Tel: (585) 275-9161 <tel:(585)%20275-9161> - fax: (585) 256-2594 <tel:(585)%20256-2594> - fdi at rochester.edu <mailto:fdi at rochester.edu>
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> Rose-Marie Chierici, Ph.D.
> Executive Director, H.O.P.E.
> www.hopehaiti.org <http://www.hopehaiti.org/>
> 585-230-5373
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> Professor Emerita of Anthropology
> State University of New York at Geneseo

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