Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse: “When the Body is a Country’s Archive: Some Women’s Stories of Trauma, Stories of Will” – March 8, 2011

Recounting conversations with women in Haiti and abroad since the January 12th earthquake, I consider how the body—a depository or reservoir of discursive, physiological, psychological and social memories – functions as an archive of the nation and its diaspora to make an argument for the continuous significance of feminist methods especially reflectivity. My ultimate aim with this focus is to insist that Chak moun gen ti istwa Haiti pa yo or Everyone has their own little history of Haiti, which must not only become part of collective consciousness, but is necessary if the plurality that has historically underlined Haiti is to ever become characteristic of the Republic.

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