Call for Papers: From Duvalier to Préval

The Institute for the Study of the Americas has recently announced its international conference, “From Duvalier to Préval: Haiti Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The organizers strongly encourage submissions from academics, policymakers, and NGOs as an opportunity to debate the future of Haiti and to contextualize current events within recent historical context. The conference will take place from June 21 to June 22, 2010, at the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London. Abstracts (maximum 500 words) should be sent to and February 28, 2010.

See the ISA’s description below:

Recent events in Haiti underscore more than ever the urgency of understanding the history, politics, development and future prospects of this Caribbean nation. This international conference will bring together academics, policy-makers, and NGOs to discuss key themes in the history and development of Haiti from Duvalier to Préval. In the light of the current catastrophe in Haiti we particularly encourage contributions on themes of the environment, state capacity and the role of external agencies, economic development and international engagement with Haiti, including relationships with its Caribbean and Latin American neighbours. We also encourage contributions on the broader themes of the conference, outlined below.

In 1979 Dr David Nicholls published a widely acclaimed book From Dessalines to Duvalier and followed it shortly after with another on Haiti in Caribbean Context. The aim of this two-day conference is to explore themes developed in these books and relate them to understanding and developing Haiti today. The first day will examine the contemporary and historical evolution of politics in Haiti and how it relates to prospects for economic and social development today. The second day will examine the past and present condition of Haiti in the Caribbean and how it relates to the region and the wider world.

This conference is supported by the David Nicholls Memorial Trust and some financial support for those presenting papers may be made available.

For more information, see

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