The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia

"Enduring Questions, New Methods: Haitian Studies in the 21st Century"

Haitian Studies Conference
Thursday, April 12, 2018 4:00 PM to Friday, April 13, 2018 5:30 PM
In the spirit of Papa Legba (a Haitian lwa, or spirit, who acts as a crossroads between the human and non-human worlds), this conference is dedicated to what Gina Ulysse has called “New Narratives of Haiti.” We envision this conference as a series of roundtables. Dispensing with formal papers, we hope to facilitate conversation as a crossroads at which scholars might generatively explore Haitian history, art, politics, and culture in ways that contest narratives of fear, repression, failure, and dependency.  Our participants represent and intersect with a range of perspectives, including art history, history, literature, anthropology, religion, politics, development, and performance studies. Ultimately, the goal of this conference is to bring together leading thinkers and cultural actors (from Haiti, the United States, and the circum-Caribbean) to share information and thereby deepen our collective understanding of the prominent role Haiti and Haitians have had in making and critiquing the modern world-system.


Conference Schedule


4:00-5:30PM – Haiti and the Digital Humanities
Minor Hall 110

Nathan H. Dize, Julia Gaffield,  Marlene L. Daut
– moderated by Kaiama L. Glover

5:45PM – Welcome Remarks 
Deborah McDowell

Clark 107

6:00-7:30PM – Building Programs for Haitian Studies in the United States

Cécile Accilien, Laurent Dubois, Claudine Michel, Jean Eddy Saint-Paul
– moderated by Robert Fatton, Jr.

7:30PM – Reception


Minor Hall 110

9:30-11:00AM – Politics and Intellectual History

Jean Casimir, Sara Johnson, Délide Joseph, Matthew Smith
– moderated by Marlene L. Daut


11:15AM-12:30PM – Translating Haitian Literature

Kaiama L. Glover, Deborah Jenson, Nadève Ménard
– moderated by Njelle Hamilton


2:00-3:30PM  – Thinking Vodou: Faith, the Archive, the Law

Kyrah Malika Daniels, Colin Dayan, Christina Mobley, Kate Ramsey
–moderated by Gina Athena Ulysse


3:45-5:00PM – Haitian Kreyòl

Michel DeGraff, Mariana Past, Jacques Pierre
– moderated by Christina Mobley

5:00-5:30PM Closing Remarks