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About this Guide

As a component of the conference Transnational Hispaniola, this guide seeks to serve as a place where knowledge produced and shared at the conference is connected with additional resources at Rutgers University Libraries and on the Web. Divided into the broad themes addressed at the conference, a curated selection of resources will be enhanced by the recordings of the conference presentations. The guide content will be further enriched by the submission of additional resources by conference participants and other scholars and activists in the field. It is hoped that the guide will facilitate connections between geographies and disciplines in the Caribbean context.

For further information on the guide, or to suggest a resource, please get in touch with:

Melissa Gasparotto                 Kayo Denda

Librarian for African                    Librarian for Women's and Gender Studies

and Latin American          



Conference Theme and Information

Transborder and binational relations between Haitian and Dominican communities have permeated throughout history. The legacy of the social, cultural, economic, and political realities shared by both communities has created promising spaces of dialogue. 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. This conference will bring together activists, scholars, artists, and community organizers who are thinking about Dominican-Haitian relations in ways that go beyond simplistic and political renderings of the histories of both nations.

The official languages of the conference are Kreyol, Spanish and English. Confirmed plenary presenters include Josefina Baez, Myriam Chancy, Ana Lara, Louis Lesly Marcelin and Mireille Stephen, Irka Mateo, Solange Manuela Pierre, Gina Ulysse, and Antonio Vicioso.

A special plenary on Sunday morning is dedicated to human rights activist Sonia Pierre.

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TRANSNATIONAL HISPANIOLA II: Bodies, Commodities, Cultures and Regimes of Mobility

Illustration credit: "Motherland" by Miguel Tió.


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