Haitian Studies Association

Understanding Haiti’s contemporary “crisis” and solidarity politics

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

April 2nd: Dr. Rebecca Dirksen, Associate Professor-Indiana University

Dr. Dirksen will be presenting in English on tanbou (drums) and trees, Vodou as sacred ecology, and environmental justice in Haiti.

Rebecca Dirksen is Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University and a 2020-21 Fellow at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Working across the spectrum of musical genres in Haiti and its diaspora, her research concerns cultural approaches to development, crisis, and disaster; diverse environmentalisms, sacred ecologies, and ecomusicology; and applied / engaged / activist scholarship. Dirksen is a founding member of the Diverse Environmentalisms Research Team (DERT) and co-PI for Field to Media: Applied Ecomusicology for a Changing Climate, a global initiative involving an interdisciplinary team based at the University of Minnesota, University of Illinois, and Indiana University through the Humanities Without Walls consortium. Also a Harvard Radcliffe Scholar (2016-17), Dirksen is the author of numerous journal articles and the book After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy: Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti (Oxford University Press 2020), as well as co-editor of the volume Performing Environmentalisms: Expressive Culture and Ecological Change (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2021).

This spring a virtual group, Haitian Creole in Higher Education Speaker Series Conversation Club, is taking place which is a 10-week pilot initiative where once a week, Haitian Creole speakers in higher education will meet for one hour. All meetings will take place on Fridays at 3pm Eastern time and will require the Zoom registration link to join which will stay the same for each week. Every week a different speaker from a different type of initiative will speak for 20-25 minutes about their program, followed by a question and answer group discussion period. Please contact Amanda Brinton at ab86@ufl.edu with any questions.

Fridays, 3pm Eastern time Jan 29th-April 2nd

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