Call for Papers: Transnational Hispaniola

Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó is hosting the conference “Transnational Hispaniola: Shared History, Shared Future: Converging Paths in the Haitian and Dominican Transborder Experience,” which will take place June 3-6, 2010, at Centro Bonó in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2010.

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. The legacy of the social, cultural, and political realities shared by both groups has created promising spaces of dialogue -in the island as well as in the diaspora, through unifying migration experiences in the United States. 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. However, social movements dedicated to immigrants’ human rights in the U.S., Haiti, and the D.R., non-governmental organizations, and cultural figures such as Junot Díaz and Edwidge Danticat have engaged in a critical debate on the way in which Dominican and Haitian relations are often deconstructed.

This conference 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.

[The Instituto Filosófico Pedro Francisco Bonó is a Jesuit college, located at the Centro Bonó in Santo Domingo. 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 transnationalhispaniola@gmail.com

For further questions, please e-mail April Mayes at april.mayes@pomona.edu or Yolanda Martín at ymartin@gc.cuny.edu

Photo from an interesting blog with a focus on the Dominican-Haitian border: http://nuestrafrontera.org/wordpress/tag/border/

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