1804 & Its Afterlives: An international conference

A two-day seminar in Nottingham, England; free admission; live streamed
Friday Dec. 7 and Saturday Dec. 8, 2012
At: The Space, Nottingham Contemporary
Full details and live streaming here.

Friday December 7:
10.30 Arrivals & Registration (Refreshments served in TheSpace Foyer )
11h - 13h Session one:
11.00 Introduction
11.30 Keynote Lecture, Colin Dayan*: 'The gods in the trunk (or, writing in a belittered world)': "I offer a context for refiguring our understanding of the supernatural, a recognition of attentiveness that asks: What could we feel if we could feel what we experience sufficiently? With vodou practice-and the threats now against its very existence-as my prompt, I go beyond the borders of academic decorum to substantially political encounters. In asking what remains alive, vivid, and unsettling outside our conventions and characterizations, I question the meaning of'justice' and the reach of 'cruelty,' as well as the uses of 'reason.' By reshuffling our conceptual schemes, my objective is to give theclaims of spirit the color and shape of matter. Finally, I want to breach the gap between body and mind, dead and living, humanand non-human. How else can we work and think through this time of extinctions?"
12.30 Conversation & Q&A with Colin Dayan, chaired by Leah Gordon (Curator Kafou, Haiti Art & Vodou)
14h - 16h30 Session two
14.00 Charles Forsdick, Introduction
14.30 Nick Nesbitt: Legacies of 1804: Anti-slavery, Decolonization and the Critique of Violence
15.00 Dick Geary: The Contradictory Legacy of Haiti for Slave Revolt in Brazil
15.30 Conversation with Dick Geary & Nick Nesbitt, Chaired by Charles Forsdick
16.00 Q&A
16.30 Exhibition visit Kafou, Haiti Art & Vodou - with curators Alex Farquharson & Leah Gordon
17.30 Drinks for speakers and delegates served in The Space
Saturday, December 8

10.30 Arrivals& registration (refreshments served in TheSpace Foyer )
10.45h-13.30h Session Three
10.45 Introduction by Philip Kaisary
11.00 Michael Largey: 1804 and Musical Memory: Occide Jeanty and Recombinant Mythology in Haiti
11.30 Martin Munro: The Revolution's Ghosts: Dessalines, theChimeres, and Apocalyptic Creolization
12.00 Barbara Browning: Catching the Rhythm: Infectious Politicization in the Figuring of Haitian Dance Since the Revolution
12.30 Conversation with Barbara Browning, Martin Munro & Michael Largey & Q&A Chaired by Philip Kaisary
14.30-17h Session four
14.30 Introduction
14.45 Millery Polyne: The Commercial and Ideological Uses of Haiti, from post U.S. Occupation to post-earthquake
15.15 Matthew J Smith*: Haitian Revolutions: Politics, Conflicts, and the Shadow of 1804
15.45 Conversation with Millery Polyne and Matthew J Smith, chaired by Nick Nesbitt
16.15 Q&A
17.00 Close
* Colin Dayan, (also known as Joan Dayan), is the Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches American Studies, comparative literature, and the religious and legal history of the Americas. She has written extensively on prison law and torture, Caribbean culture and literary history, as well as on Haitian poetics, Edgar Allan Poe, and the history of slavery. Her most recent book, The Law is a White Dog (2011), inspired by the rules of the Haitian lwa (or spirits), argues for a re-interpretation of judicial sorcery. In Haiti, History, and the Gods (1995) Dayan investigated how Haiti is created and recreated in fiction and fact, text and ritual, discourse and practice. Uncovering a silenced, submerged past, she argued provocatively for the consideration of both Vodou rituals and narrative fiction as repositories of history.
* Matthew J. Smith is the author of Red and Black in Haiti: Radicalism, Conflict, and Political Change, 1934-1957 (published in 2009).