A presentation of the main thesis developed in The Haitians: A Decolonial History (University of North Carolina Press, 2020), showing how the colonized saw their history unfolding, how they transcended enslavement, as well as race and gender barriers, how they coalesced into a nation and a sovereign people, and how they governed themselves. The underlying beauty and the limitations of their endeavors are presented as a conclusion.

Jean Casimir is a historical sociologist and professor of social science at the Université d’État d’Haïti. He has served as Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Haiti’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States, and as a United Nations official. His research concerns the social structures of Mexico, Brazil, Haiti and the Caribbean. His books, published in Haitian Creole, French, Spanish, and English, include La cultura oprimida (1981); La Caraïbe: Une et divisible (1991), Ayiti Toma, Haïti chérie (2000) ; Pa bliye 1804, Souviens-toi de 1804 (2004) ; Haïti et ses élites (2009); and Une lecture décoloniale de l’histoire des haïtiens: du Traité de Ryswick à l’occupation américaine (1697-1915) (2018). He received the 2013 Jean-Price Mars Award of the Faculty of Ethnology at Université d’État d’Haïti and the 2016 Haitian Studies Association Award for Excellence.

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Global France Seminar Spring 2022 series

02/28/22. 5pm. Camille Robcis (Columbia University)
03/29/22. 2pm. Christy Pichichero (George Mason University)
04/11/22. 5pm. François Noudelmann (New York University), April 11, 5pm.
04/25/22. 5pm. Adi Bharat (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor),
05/02/22. 5pm. Jean Casimir (University of Haiti)