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Recent Content

ANN: The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes - Mali

The documentary film 'The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes - Mali' is now available on DVD.

A film directed by Marie Rodet


The African slave trade was officially abolished in French Soudan (present-day Mali) by the colonial authorities in 1905, but effective emancipation of formerly enslaved populations was in fact a lengthy process, the repercussions of which were still felt long after Mali’s independence in 1960.

New Resource on Haitian History

Dear H-French-Colonial Subscribers,

I'm forwarding this message on behalf of Brooke Wooldridge and Adam Silva of Florida International University.  See below for an exciting new open-access resource on Haiti, in which several specialists on French colonial Saint-Domingue participated.  The site is being launched for Haitian Heritage Month but will remain online indefinitely. It is a project of the wonderful full-text archive The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), and includes links to sources in that collection.

Antilles TV Program on Association of Caribbean Historians Annual Meeting

H-French-Colonial subscribers may be interested in a program on ATV this week, featuring Prof. Dominique Rogers of the Université des Antilles et de la Guyane.  In honor of the Association of Caribbean Historians Annual Meeting being held in Martinique, the hosts of Club Actu welcome Prof. Rogers and ask her to explain the field of Caribbean studies, what subjects are popular and what are taboo, and why foreign scholars are interested in Antillaise history.

The link may not be good past this week, but the show is currently available at:

CFP: Haitian Studies Association, November 2014, University of Notre Dame

I'm passing along the CFP for the Haitian Studies Association Annual meeting, which will take place November 6-8, 2014, at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana (U.S.).  Papers can be in English, French or Kreyòl.  It would be wonderful to have some papers comparing the Haitian experience to that of other places in the former French empire.


The 26th annual Haitian Studies Association conference will be held at University of Notre Dame from November 6-8, 2014.