April 12-15, 2012
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
TRANSNATIONAL HISPANIOLA II: Bodies, Commodities, Cultures and Regimes of Mobility
Transborder and binational relations between Haitian and Dominican communities have permeated throughout history. The legacy of the social, cultural, economic, and political realities shared by both communities has created promising spaces of dialogue. Political and economic elites in both countries have, for the most part, ignored and/or tried to suppress these expressions of commonality, in favor of a more divisive political and socio-economic discourse. This conference will bring together activists, scholars, artists, and community organizers who are thinking about Dominican-Haitian relations in ways that go beyond simplistic and political renderings of the histories of both nations.
The official languages of the conference are Kreyol, Spanish and English. Confirmed plenary presenters include Josefina Baez, Myriam Chancy, Ana Lara, Louis Lesly Marcelin and Mireille Stephen, Irka Mateo, Solange Manuela Pierre, Gina Ulysse, and Antonio Vicioso.
A special plenary on Sunday morning is dedicated to human rights activist Sonia Pierre.