‘To Awaken the Medical and Hygienic Conscience of the People’: Cultivating Enlightened Citizenship through Free Public Healthcare in Haiti from 1915–34

Abstract: This paper addresses the relative scholarly oversight of the history of public health in Haiti through a close examination of the colonial public health system constructed and operated by…

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Le Réseau des universités publiques en région dix ans après : vue d’ensemble sur son extension, sa consolidation et ses nouvelles perspectives de développement.

Résumé : A l’occasion du dixième anniversaire du Réseau des universités publiques en région, l’auteur, Chargé de ce dossier au cabinet du ministre de l’Éducation Nationale depuis 2011 et donc…

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Why the cocks trade: what a transnational art market can reveal about cross-border relations

In the streets of Santo Domingo, Haitian and Dominican paintings are sold side-by-side, usually by Haitian dealers attracted to their neighbour’s much larger tourist market. They are easy to tell apart, for the Haitian paintings generally conform to the naïf style, whereas the Dominican paintings feature rural scenes or Taïno designs. The cultural differences in the designs of the paintings, and their appeal to foreign tourists rather than Dominicans, lend support to decades of scholarship describing Dominican–Haitian relations as being built upon nationalism and notions of racial difference, as well as the ‘exotic’ appeal that the Caribbean holds for tourists. However, this scholarship falls short of providing a holistic account of Dominican–Haitian relations because it sidelines the crucially important role of trade – historically and contemporaneously – in structuring them. In this article, I reinterpret the history and contemporary nature of art markets in Hispaniola to argue that market relations should be considered alongside symbolic representations when assessing transnational identity politics.

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French and underdevelopment, Haitian Creole and development: Educational language policy problems and solutions in Haiti

This article argues that Haiti’s French-dominant school system is an impedimentto the nation’s development, whereas Haitian Creole-dominant educationwill lay the foundation for long-term development. In that Caribbean country,95% of the…

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