GBST 366
#OutofHaiti: Haiti, Black Sovereignty and the Global Political Economy Spring 2022
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 366
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In the Western hemisphere, Haiti (Ayiti kreyĆ²l) is a symbol of many extremes related to revolution, impoverishment, governance and institutional sabotage, Black liberation, artistic and cultural achievement, and underdevelopment. This course places Haiti at the center of broad global political economic transformations. Starting from the Haitian Revolution and its reverberations throughout colonial empires to the present, this course will critically interrogate these superlatives and depictions of Haiti. Recent media portrayals of a ‘Haitian migrant crisis’ at the United States border defy empirical facts, and whitewash imperial misadventures and harm, further exposing a narrative of Haitian anti-blackness that has been pervasive throughout US history. We will unpick these imageries and material realities to consider broader perspectives within historical and contemporary significance of struggles for Black sovereignty and liberation. Taking economic and political history as data sources, documentary films and recent academic, artistic and popular works as starting points for discussion, the course will stir debate and a broader appreciation of the political contributions of civic movements and figures within Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. From the perspective of ‘connected Blackness’, the course explores how Black peoples’ links through global struggles for liberation and freedom and against imperialism emerge today.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3322
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Journal entries (250 words each); individual essay on documentary film or media (10 pages); research report on a major contemporary social/economic/environmental issue in Haiti (10 pages); "Haiti Black Liberation Space" group public education project on the contemporary importance of Haiti to global Black liberation/ racial justice and a summative reflection on a meaningful aspect of this project (5 pages); class participation (discussion and readings)
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: If over-enrolled, preference to AFR and Global Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 366 Division II GBST 366 Division II
Attributes: PSCI Comparative Politics Courses

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