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May 2024: A Feminist Reading of the “Crisis” (May 20, 2024)

Monday May 20, 2024 | 4PM – 5:30PM EST | Zoom

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This panel engages the recent political events in Haiti from a perspective that centers the voices, experiences, and analyses of women. It also recognizes the interlocking systems of oppression and the ways in which they are manifested in the current crisis. The panel offers a feminist reading of the current conjuncture, its historical roots, and its geopolitical significance.

This panel will be held in Haitian Kreyòl. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.


Alexandra Cenatus 

Alexandra Cenatus, Director of Programs at Maryland Humanities, works to make the humanities accessible and engaging for diverse audiences. In her research, she examines Haiti’s social changes and their impact on Haitian Vodou practices, as well as other aspects of Haitian culture. Cenatus and her collaborators (Margarita Vargas-Betancourt and Ivanna Moreno) produced the Haitian American Dream Timeline in 2021, a digital humanities project aimed at highlighting Haitian immigration to the United States. Cenatus extends her research and programming skills to various communities by advocating for language access and serving as a board member of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA), WeaveTales, and the Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA).

Celia Romulus

Célia Romulus is an assistant professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and the School of International Development and Global Studies of the University of Ottawa. Her research and teaching draw from anti-oppression and anti-racist education, Afro and decolonial feminisms, and explore questions related to gender, race and the politics of memory, migrations, citizenship, political violence, development. The second aspect of her research explores epistemic violence and resistance and interdisciplinary methods. Célia Romulus worked as a program director in the areas of gender-based violence in public spaces and in security sector reform for UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. She continues to work as a consultant and educator on questions related to anti-oppression, anti-racism, Black femininities/masculinities, gender mainstreaming in public policies and in development. Célia Romulus is the recipient of the 2023 Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) Pro-Quest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Sabine Lamour

Sabine Lamour is a sociologist trained in France and Haiti. She is currently a visiting professor at Brown University. Since 2018, she has been a professor at the Université d’État d’Haïti (UEH). Her research focuses on gender relations, female migration, the Haitian feminist movement, family dynamics in the Caribbean and the Haitian political system. Her research and teaching focus on the epistemology of point of view, grounded theory, materialist feminism, Afro-feminism and decolonial feminism. In 2018, she co-edited a book entitled: “Déjouer le silence: contre-discours sur les femmes haïtiennes” published by Éditions Remue-Ménage (Montreal). Her current research project explores the sociological roots of Haitian feminism. Several prestigious academic journals have published her work, including Recherches Féministes, Chemins Critiques and Women, Gender, and Families of Color. Since 2005, she has worked with women’s organizations as a feminist activist, trainer and independent consultant, in both rural and urban settings. She is the former coordinator (2017-2022) of the feminist organization SOFA.


Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper

Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper is an Assistant Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is also the director of the Center for Racial Justice at UCI. Dougé-Prosper’s work generally focuses on Black social movements. More specifically, her research centers around protest movements in 21st century Haiti. Dougé-Prosper has published in political magazines such as Black Agenda Report, LeftEast, and NACLA as well as academic journals such as Women’s Studies Quarterly and International Studies Review. She is completing her first manuscript titled “Development Arrested in Occupied Haiti: Social Movements, NGOS and the Gangster State.” Dougé Prosper is also the international coordinator for Community Movement Builders and the co-host of the WBAI Pacifica in New York City radio show “Haiti: Our Revolution Continues.”