As events in the past few weeks have amply shown, transborder and binational relations between Haitian and Dominican communities have permeated throughout history; peoples, ideas, historical processes, and environmental events have long traversed the imagined distance between the two nations.
This conference, to be held June 3-6, 2010, will bring together scholars, artists, activists, and community organizers who are interested in thinking about Dominican-Haitian realities in ways that go beyond simplistic and merely political renderings of the histories of these two countries. Invited guest speakers and workshop leaders include: Light Carruyo (Vassar College), Junot Díaz (MIT), Ramona Hernández (Dominican Studies Institute), Phil Kasinitz (CUNY), Frank Moya Pons (Historian), Silvio Torres-Saillant (Syracuse University), and Rubén, Silié, (Dominican ambassador to Haiti), among other major scholars, artists, and activists from the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
We are particularly interested in receiving individual papers; panels; media, art, poetry projects; and workshops proposals, on the following topics:
• Dominican and Haitian (trans)nationality/bi-nationality
• Gender, Sexuality, and Family in the migration process
• The Cultural Politics of the Dominican/Haitian Borderlands
• Border Identities—Haiti/DR; Mexico/U.S; St. Martin/St. Marteen
• Globalization in the Caribbean
• New Identities—Afro Dominicanidad; Haitian-Dominican
• Segunda Generaciones—Dominican-Americans; Haitian-Dominican; Haitian-American
• Community activism around immigrants’ rights
• Immigrants’ rights as human rights’; Interculturalidad
• Art Exhibits, Poetry, Poetry Slam, Essays for Sharing
Dominican Responses to the Haitian Earthquake
Dominican/Haitian Feminism and Transnational Organizing
Individual abstracts should not exceed 250 words, for 20 min. presentations.
Panels would include three or four panelists, for 15 min. presentations each, plus additional time for Q&A. Members of a panel need to submit (and be accepted) their abstract individually, indicating the panel theme and panel chair. The conference is being sponsored by and will take place, June 3-6, 2010, at the Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó, a Jesuit college, located at the Centro Bonó, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Centro Bonó is a research, academic, and social justice-oriented entity that houses the Centro Juan Montalvo and the Servicio Jesuita a Refugiados e Inmigrantes.
Please send your academic or artistic abstract, panel, or workshop submission by March 1, 2010 to: email@example.com. For further questions, please email April Mayes, firstname.lastname@example.org or Yolanda Martín, email@example.com.
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