“No Word for ‘Art’ in Kreyòl”: Haitian Contemporary Art in Transit

The dissertation that follows is an inter-disciplinary study of the ways in which a range of individuals with varying stakes and motivations have constructed a category called “Haitian Art” during a period beginning prior to World War II and extending to the present day. Haitian Art, like any cultural product ascribed to a group of people, is a taxonomic construction that subsumes a diverse and complex set of artistic and cultural practices under a limited and often questionable rubric

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Counter-narratives of the Diaspora: Haitian Musical Performance in World Beat Markets

This study will investigate the performance motivations of three Haitian musicians based in South Florida who use their artistic platforms to offer a version of their country omitted from dominant media projections of the country. This study focuses on narrative as a device that allows these musicians to offer counterstories against dominantly negative media projections that have real effects on Haitians.

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The Band Carries Medicine: Music, Healing and Community in Haitian/Dominican Rara/Gaga

In the southeastern Dominican Republic, a festive, carnivalesque Easter procession featuring music, dance and ritual is widely performed by small local troupes of mostly poor rural workers and working-class residents of local mill towns.

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