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Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (Mar. 8, 2024)Friday, March 8th, 2024 | 12PM-1PM CST via zoom
Join the LSU Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS) on Friday, March 8th for a lecture with Dr. Alyssa Sepinwall, where she will discuss her book Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (University Press of Mississippi 2021). Long silenced in academia, the Haitian Revolution has made some surprising appearances in popular culture, ranging from a Chris Rock comedy to video games. This talk will consider how these media have portrayed the Haitian Revolution, and the challenges Haitian artists have in creating their own depictions of the Revolution.
Authors Meet Readers Roundtable: The Sexual Politics of Empire (Jan. 26, 2024)FRIDAY, JAN 26, 2024 | 1pm CST/2pm ET
The Sexual Politics of Empire (2022, University of Illinois Press, ISBN: 0252044754) by Erin L. Durban was recognized, in an earlier version, as a significant contribution to American studies as the winner of the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize, as well as the NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. Now published, this book—the first monograph engaging the “LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) community” in Haiti—is of great importance to the field of transnational American studies, exploring the long term effects of U.S. imperialism in Haiti in relationship to racialized gender and sexuality. This Author Meets Readers roundtable contributes to the conference-wide theme “Solidarity: What Love Looks Like in Public,” which calls on us to address the responsibilities of transnational American studies scholar-activists to ensure that we are engaging the lives of those who live in the shadows of U.S. empire and showing up to transform social relationships through solidarity work.
Gang Proliferation and the Political Crisis in Haiti: An Intricate Web (Dec. 15, 2023)Upcoming online event: Gang Proliferation and the Political Crisis in Haiti: An Intricate Web
Get ready to delve into the tangled web of gang proliferation and political crisis in Haiti.
Kenya's Intervention in Haiti: An interrogation of Impetus, Objectives, and Consequences (Nov. 21, 2023)In September 2023, the United Nations Security Council voted for the deployment of military forces to combat gang violence in Haiti. The United States pledged $200 million (USD) and Kenya more than 1,000 troops from its police force.
Progressive organizations and activists in Haiti and its diasporas denounce the mission, naming it as an occupation. They argue that, since 2004, Haiti has already been under the direct political, economic, and social control of the United Nations, and more precisely the United States. Moreover they recall that it is under U.S. tutelage that many of Haiti’s most murderous gangs formed and multiplied.