Haiti and Decolonization in Biblical and Religious Studies

When and Where

Friday, April 01, 2022 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Featuring the DSR's Professor Ronald Charles, who is co-organizer along with Nathan Leach of the University of Texas at Austin.

Haiti and Decolonization in Biblical and Religious Studies: Christian Origins, Liberation Theologies, and Vodou

Elizabeth McAlister (Wesleyan University): Contemporary White American missionaries to Haiti and the paradoxes of decolonization (including discussion of missionary representation of Vodou as “Satanic”) 
Nathan Leach (University of Texas at Austin): The politics of missionary financial patronage in Pauline letters and in Haiti.  
Celucien Joseph (Indian River State College): Theology and violence in the writings of Jean-Bertrand Aristide 
Henri Claude Télusma (Université de Strasbourg): The anthropological analysis of religion and mental pathology in Haiti  
Lewis Ampidu Clorméus (Université d’Haiti): 19th century anti-vodou laws in Haiti 
Ronald Charles (University of Toronto) will provide a response to these papers to help foster discussion between them.  

(Note: 2:00-5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time = 1:00-4:00 pm Central Standard Time)

Papers and Q&A will be bilingual with French and English live translation.

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University of Texas Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins, University of Toronto Department for the Study of Religion