[Hum_Calendar_Events] Conference Announcement: Stories of Saint-Domingue, Stories of Haiti: Representing the Haitian Revolution, 1789-2009, Oct. 30-31

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Stories of Saint-Domingue, Stories of Haiti:   Representing the Haitian Revolution, 1789-2009


A conference at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, organized by Jeremy D. Popkin, University of Kentucky


Friday, October 30, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 31, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


The Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 is increasingly recognized as one of the crucial moments in the struggle for freedom and equality.  In the past two decades, the burgeoning scholarship on the events that led to the proclamation of the Western hemisphere's second postcolonial republic in 1804, culminating the world's first successful struggle of a population of color against white rule and slavery has radically changed our understanding of the Haitian Revolution.  This conference brings together leading scholars from several countries and disciplines to look back at some of the ways in which the Haitian Revolution has been represented in history, literature, art and collective memory, starting with the narratives that circulated at the time and moving forward to the approaches represented in current scholarship. It will provide an opportunity to consider the implications of scholarship on the Haitian Revolution for the understanding of the "age of revolutions" in general, the challenge of integrating Anglophone, Francophone, and Haitian scholarship on the subject, and the relationships between historical, literary, and artistic representations of the events in Haiti.


Program Schedule:

Friday,  October 30th


1:00 p.m.             Session IA: The New Look of the Haitian Revolution
Patrick J. Coleman, UCLA, Introduction


Alyssa Sepinwall, California State University San Marcos, Chair


Jeremy D. Popkin, University of Kentucky
The Unsilenced Story of the Haitian Revolution 


Sibylle Fischer, New York University
The Abstract Nakedness of Being Human 


3:00 p.m.             Session IB: Toussaint Louverture as Memoirist and Biographical Subject


Daniel Desormeaux, University of Chicago
The Unthinkable Revolution in Toussaint and Isaac Louverture's Memoirs


David Geggus, University of Florida
Toussaint Louverture and His Biographers


5:00 p.m.             Reception



Saturday, October 31st


9:00 a.m.              Session II: Individual Narratives and the Haitian Revolution
Françoise Lionnet, UCLA, Chair


Elizabeth Colwill, San Diego State University
Bearing Witness: Gendered Narratives of Re-enslavement


James Alexander Dun, Princeton University
Elizabeth Drinker's Revolutions: "Shocking Doings" in Early National Philadelphia


Donald J. Cosentino, UCLA
The Return of the Ginen Spirits: Re-imaging the Haitian Revolution in the Paintings of André Pierre and Edouard Duval-Carrié


Doris L. Garraway, Northwestern University
After the Revolution: Universalism, Equality, and Sovereignty in the Writings of Baron de Vastey, Secretary to the King of Haiti


1:00 p.m.             Lunch


2:00 p.m.             Session III: Contemporary Historiography of the Haitian Revolution
Lynn Hunt, UCLA, Chair


Marcel Dorigny, Université de Paris-VIII
Two Parallel Revolutions: Fifteen Years of Historiography on the Birth of Haiti-From the Bicentenary of the French Revolution to the Haitian Bicentenary of the Proclamation of Independence, 1989-2004


John D. Garrigus, University of Texas at Arlington
"L'Orgueil des Mulâtres": Nineteenth-Century Accounts of Free Men of Color in the Haitian Revolution


Franklin Midy, Université du Québec à Montréal
The Haitian Revolution in Prefigurative, Postfigurative, and Plural Memory


5:00 p.m.             Concluding Discussion


To register, please visit: http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/c1718cs/haiti09.htm



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