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The Haiti ExceptionAnthropology and the Predicaments of Narrative$
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Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken, Jhon Picard Byron, Kaiama L. Glover, Mark Schuller, Mark Schuller, and Jhon Picard Byron

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382998

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382998.001.0001

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date: 24 November 2017

Epilogue: Kalfou Danje: Situating Haitian Studies and My Own Journey within It

Epilogue: Kalfou Danje: Situating Haitian Studies and My Own Journey within It

Chapter:
(p.193) Epilogue: Kalfou Danje: Situating Haitian Studies and My Own Journey within It
Source:
The Haiti Exception
Author(s):

Claudine Michel

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781382998.003.0012

The Epilogue invites readers to be informed actors and to consider standing with Haiti and Haitians at the crossroads — what the text calls the kalfou — with the heightened sense of urgency evoked by the terms danje (danger). It reflects on the evolution of Haitian studies over the past twenty-five years as it relates to personal experience and, more generally, to the disciplines of Black studies and ethnic studies. The chapter proposes the kalfou, and particularly kalfou danje/re, as a theoretical model to emphasize the role of the work of scholars in claiming the importance of Haitian studies to more general research questions in the humanities and social sciences, while also noting the danger of creating narratives that exceptionalize Haiti detrimentally. The chapter suggests that scholars of Haiti are all standing at a kalfou danjere — at a ‘dangerous crossroads’ — and that Haitian studies must be prepared to deal with issues of ‘race talk’.

Keywords:   kalfou danjere, Haitian studies, Black studies, ethnic studies, humanities, social sciences, Haiti, race, kalfou, danje

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