CARIFESTA 2-Day Symposium, Haiti

CARIFESTA 2-Day Symposium, Haiti

« The Caribbean, a collective memory» – Questioning together the Issue of the “Reparations

The history of the Caribbean needs to be written beyond the reality of small parcels of land, so often separated by a strip of ocean.

How will we chronical our fragmented expressions in order to write our common history?

From Haiti to Trinidad and Tobago via Saint Kitts and Nevis, Dominica and Martinique, what are the common connections? Will the language of the great compromise be either English or Creole?

Carifesta is the opportunity to debate, to begin, to create concepts, and give shape to ideas.

Geographic assemblies can be coincidental; the important thing is to turn those chances into opportunities. We are all children of a journey, originated somewhere, particularly on the continent of Africa, under obscure circumstances. The transgression, which falls under the crime of mercantilism, left an open, bleeding wound, a feeling of great injustice and impossible reconciliation.

Haiti is the first independent black republic in the world. Whatever happened in the past 211 years; be they natural disasters, political or social upheaval, nothing can erase the epic event that defied colonialism and racism, but also confirmed the ingredients, which are a part of the construction of all democracies. All of our collective actions which have brought us to the brink of revolution have focused a light on the developmental awakening of men and women: we are all born free with equal rights, regardless of race, social origin and ideas.

The largest Caribbean cultural event, Carifesta , will be held in Haiti from the 21st to the 31st of August, 2015. All manner of cultural expression will be at the gathering, including the clarity of the spoken word. Haiti is a place of many eloquent verses. We have so much to say, invent and record.

On August 25th and 26th , intellectuals , historians, writers, Caribbean publishers will gather together round the theme ” The Caribbean, a collective memory ,” at the Haitian National Library from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “

To write the collective Caribbean memory, will we need to get to know each other; will we open our borders and address our prejudices directly?

Should we also make peace with our common past of deportees, slaves and obtain compensation for the former colonial powers. How do we see and we envision this repair? What form should it take? Can the erection of monuments, the regret and apology be sufficient to satisfy the descendants of slaves?

It is just by pure coincidence of the calendar that the largest cultural event of the Caribbean, Carifesta, will be held in Haiti during the time where the country commemorates the centennial of the US occupation that lasted 19 years. Haiti is one of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to have suffered the occupation of the United States of North America. This chance is also an opportunity to discuss the consequences of the occupation on the people, bi-racial people, of African descent, to joint action to seek and obtain reparations.

Intellectuals, writers, historians will set the tone.

Haiti is the ideal territory to discuss ” the beautiful possibilities of the Caribbean “

Our roots, our culture, our common future.

Key note speakers

  1. Laennec Hurbon
  2. Thierry L’Etang
  3. Earl Lovelace
  4. Lyonel Trouillot

Day 1 – August 25th

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Registration / Breakfast
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.: Welcome – Emmelie Prophète,
    National Library Director, Head of Communication for CARIFESTA, Director of Copyrights Bureau

Panel 1: Collective Memory & Literature in the Caribbean

  • 10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: Lyonel Trouillot – Keynote Speaker
    The Future of the Caribbean, Strategies for Connection and Disconnection
  • 10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Earl Lovelace – Keynote Speaker
    Writer, Professor, President of the Caribbean Writers Association
  • 11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.: Pierre-Michel Chery
    Is Haiti a Separate Civilization
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: Discussions
    Led by Emmelie Prophète
  • 12:10 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch

Panel 2: Language, Creation and Social Imagination in the Caribbean

  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.: Renauld Govain
    For an Integrative Caribbean Créolophonie
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Linguistics
  • 1:20 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.: Ena Eluther
    Africa, America, Caribbean, and Europe, Strained Relations: The shock of acculturationCertified Creole Professor, Doctor of Letters, Caribbean and African Literature Specialist
  • 1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Benjamin Franklin
    Cultural Memory Systems in Haiti
    Professor / Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Philosophy
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.: Al Creighton
    CARIFESTA and Trends in Caribbean Theater
  • 2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: Discussions
    Led by Herby Glaude
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Linguistics
  • 2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Coffee Break

Panel 3: Afro Descendants, Migration and Development in the Caribbean

  • 2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.: Marcia Burrowes
    Masquerade, Memories, Identities – Psychological Marronage in a Sterile Colonial Environment
  • 3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Sandrine Hilderal-Jurad
    The Caribbean: Territories, Memories and Growth
    Ph.D. in Urban Geography, Center of Research on Habitat
  • 3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.: Sydney Bartley
    The Ritualization of Memory: A Cultural Policy Imperative
  • 3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.: Hancy Pierre
    Migration and Culture in the Caribbean. Indifferent Neighbors to Dialogical Relationship
    Professor at the Université d’État d’Haïti
  • 4:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.: Discussions
    Led by Maud Laethier
    Anthropologist, Head of Research at IRD and Member of Research Unit “Migration and Society” (URMIS/IRD/Paris-Diderot)Professor at the Faculté d’Ethnologie de l’Université d’État d’Haïti
  • 4:40 p.m.: Cocktail

Day 2- August 26th

  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Registration / Breakfast

Panel 4: Memory, Slavery, and Post Colonialism in the Caribbean

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Tierry L’Etang – Keynote Speaker
    Cultural and Economic Development: The Memorial ACTe, A Guadeloupian Challenge at the Service of the Caribbean
    Chief of Cultural and Scientific Project of the ACTe Memorial
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.: Joseph Sony Jean and Katerina Enggist
    The Caribbean Connected Via Cultural Native American Dynamics
    Ph.D.s in Archeology
  • 10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Marie- Héléna Laumuno, Dominique Cyrille and Lena Blou
    The ‘gwoka’ pillar of the Guadeloupe Culture – Conference with three voices
  • 11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.: Jerry Michel
    New memorials to the service and the test of the fabric of identities in the Caribbean
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Sociology
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: Discussions
    Led by Jean-Evenson Lizaire
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Science Education
  • 12:10 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.: Lunch

Panel 5: Posing the Necessary Question Pertaining to Reparations to the Former Colonial Powers

  • 1:10 p.m. -1:40 p.m.: Laënnec Hurbon
    The Caribbean and its memory as a project
    Director of Research at CRNS, Professor at the Université d’État d’Haïti
  • 1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Jean Waddimir Gustinvil
    Violence and Imaginary Black Body in the collective memory of the Caribbean
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Philosophy
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.: Edelyn Dorismond
    The Caribbean: Slavery, Memory and Creolization
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Philosophy
  • 2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Discussions
    Led by Odonel Pierre-Louis
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Philosophy
  • 2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Coffee Break

Panel 6: Memory and United States Occupation in the Caribbean

  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.: John Picard Byron
    Thinking/Healing the Shock. A Haitian Intellectual in Front of the Occupation of 1915. Discussion between the external explanation (by the expansionist dynamic of global capitalism) and internal explanation (by the nation state’s deficit)
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti,Ph.D. in Ethnology and Heritage
  • 3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.: Eddy Lucien
    The American occupation in Cuba, Santo Domingo and Haiti: Between Sugar Production functions and Labor Supplier
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in History
  • 3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Jean-Léon Ambroise
    The Regional Project: A Post Colonial Challenge
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti, Ph.D. in Political Science
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Discussions
    Led by Rodeney Cirius
    Professor/ Researcher at the Université d’État d’Haïti
  • 4:30 p.m.: Closing Remarcks & Cocktail


August 12th, 2015

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