Hyppolite portrays the
gods who paint through his hand. These Haitian gods, painted and
painters, live simultaneously on earth and in heaven and hell: Capable
of good and evil, they offer their children vengeance and solace.
Not all have come from Africa. Some
were born here, like Baron Samedi, god of solemn stride, master of
poisons and graves, his blackness enhanced by top hat and cane. That
poison should kill and the dead rest in peace depends upon Baron Samedi.
He turns many dead into zombies and condemns them to slave labor.
Zombies—dead people who have lost
their souls—have a look of hopeless stupidity. But in no time they can
escape and recover their lost lives, their stolen souls. One little
grain of salt is enough to awaken them. And how can salt be lacking in
the home of slaves who defeated Napoleon and founded freedom in America
(Galeano 1988: 124-5).
25, 2006 - Seminar.
Adam Malka, The Haitian Evolution: Diasporan
Consciousness and Emigration in Nineteenth Century America (to access this paper, contact Toni Pressley-Sanon
for required username and password)
30, 2005 - Seminar. Venue: 336 Ingraham | Time: 3-5 p.m.
Professor Madeleine Wong, Neither Here Nor There?: Negotiating Belonging
and Betweenness in the Ghanaian Diaspora
28, 2005 - Roundtable: Why Is France Burning? Venue: 206 Ingraham
| Time: 3-5 p.m.
For several weeks now,
(sub)urban violence in France has grabbed the headlines. In order to
try to make sense of these events, faculty members interested in the
study of France from several disciplines have organized a roundtable
on Monday November 28, 3-5 pm, 206 Ingraham. Sponsoring units: Department
of French & Italian, Department of History, Department of Sociology,
Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies, Center for European Studies,
and the African Diaspora & the Atlantic World Research Circle.Participants
and Tentative Titles:
- Gilles Bousquet (Dean, International
Studies/French & Italian), Welcome Remarks & Introductions
- Richard Keller (History of Science/Medical
History & Bioethics), "Immigration and the Banlieue: Sites of Memory,
Sites of Pathology."
- Ivan Ermakoff (Sociology), "Discrimination,
Denial and Contempt."
- Deborah Jenson (French & Italian),
"The 'Pétroleurs' of the Fifth Republic: Insurgency, Alterity, and
Memory in France."
- Laird Boswell (History), "Why
now, why there, and what next?"
- Aliko Songolo (French & Italian/African
Languages & Literature), "L'Afrance."
- Florence Bernault (History), "Colonial
Debt and Paternalism."
The dialectic of master
and slave in Hegel's model of unhappy consciousness was deeply informed,
according to Susan Buck-Morss in "Hegel and Haiti," by the philosopher's
reading of news stories about the revolution by slaves in the French
colony of Saint-Domingue (which subsequently became the nation of Haiti).
To make this case, Buck-Morss examined the unusually extensive media
coverage of Saint-Domingue in the newspaper Minerva between 1804 and
1805. Buck-Morss' analysis of the diffusion and reception of information
about Haiti in the German media raises the question of the intellectual
reception of the Haitian Revolution in other countries, notably France.
Yet the significance of the reception of news of the revolution cannot
be properly understood without considering the more fundamental question
of how news was produced within and exported from Saint-Domingue during
the revolution, and what role the ex-slaves played in disseminating
their political demands and interpretations of events. In reconstructing
that role, I argue that the discursive agency manifested by ex-slaves
in proclamations, official correspondence, and other published statements
in the media represents an important dimension of nineteenth-century
decolonization and a historical "first" within the African slave diaspora.
26 - September 25, 2005
- Exhibition of -- and lectures on -- Siddi quilts
The quilts, created by the Siddi people
who are descendants of enslaved Africans taken to India, will be on
display at the SoHE Gallery of Design in the Human Ecology Building.
Our own Henry Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of African and African
Diaspora Arts in the Department of Art History, founded the Siddi
Women’s Quilting Cooperative in 2004.
Professor Drewal will
give a talk on the Siddis at the African Studies Program’s Sandwich
Seminar on September 14th at noon in room 206 Ingraham Hall. The lecture
is entitled “The Siddis (Africans) of India: Arts and Agency”. Professor
Drewal will talk about the exhibition and the quilting cooperative on
Sept. 18th at 2 pm in room 21 in the Human Ecology Building.