In Paris, Conference on Migrations and Creole Identities

The Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, a museum of migration history in Paris, is hosting a series of roundtables, films, exhibitions, and discussions under the title “Migrations et identités créoles dans l’outre-mer” [Migrations and Creole Identities Overseas]. The discussions will take place on May 28 and 29, 2010, at the Museum of Migration History, 293 Daumesnil Avenue in Paris (75012) France.

The museum description states: “The islands of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean are true laboratories of cultural modernity due to the processes of historical creolization rooted in multiple migrations, cultural exchanges, and [shifting] identities.”

On Saturday, May 28, from 2:00pm to 5:30pm, there will be two roundtables on “History and Memory of Migrations Overseas Departments/Territories” [L’histoire et la mémoire des migrations dans l’outre-mer]. On Saturday, May 29, from 2:00pm to 10:30pm, there will be an exhibition, debates, roundtables, and film screening, co-hosted by Gens de la Caraïbe and organized under the theme “The Contemporary Cultural and Artistic Landscape Overseas [Le paysage culturel et artistique contemporain dans l’outre-mer], with presentations on Creole identities, exchanges, and various types of migration in Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Reunion, the British Caribbean, and different patterns of migrations within the Caribbean Basin, from Haiti to French Guiana, from the Caribbean to Paris, and others.

After the inauguration of exhibition “Les domiens en Ile-de-France” [domiens are citizens from the DOM-TOM, France’s Overseas Departments and Territories], hosted by the Association “Au nom de la Mémoire” [In the Name of Memory], there will be a roundtable on “Creolization and Identities in the Overseas Departments/Territories” [Créolisation des identités dans l’outre-mer] moderated by Michel Giraud. The event will include focus on aesthetic representations of migrations and Creole identities such as Anne Lescot’s discussion of artistic and cultural expression seen through the book Guide la Caraïbe culturelle (Vents d’ailleurs) and Nathalie Philippe on Cultures Sud, a Caribbean literary journal.

At 6:00pm L’avenir est ailleurs (2007), a film by Michel Reinette and d’Antoine Léonard-Maestrati, will be screened, followed by discussion. The evening will end with a celebration from 9:00-10:30pm.

For more information, you may contact the museum, Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration, by telephone at 01 53 59 58 60 or visit http://www.histoire-immigration.fr

For detailed schedule, see http://www.gensdelacaraibe.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4316:migrations-et-identites-creoles-dans-loutre-mer&catid=478:rencontres&Itemid=200257

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