Book Club Announcement

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Dear Colleagues,


On behalf of my fellow co-conveners, Chelsea Stieber and Shelby Sinclair, I am pleased to announce an upcoming book club on Jean Casimir’s The Haitians: A Decolonial History (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2020). Beginning in August, the club will hold four virtual, monthly meetings, free and open to the public. During these meetings, participants will focus our discussion on one of the following themes: translation; slavery and freedom; sovereignty and the state; and colonialism and decoloniality. Invited scholars will lead each discussion and lend their expertise to our collective attempt to re-think these themes, Haiti, and the world through The Haitians.  


To help participants through The Haitians and our discussion, the co-conveners of the book club have created a companion website at Among other information and resources, participants will find a readers’ guide. This guide includes a suggested summer reading schedule to guide our shared engagement with The Haitians in advance of our virtual meetings this fall. Thanks to the University of North Carolina Press, readers can secure their copy of The Haitians through the UNC Press website at a 40% discount using the code 01DAH40.   


Finally, we are excited to share that the book club will culminate in a live, in-person event featuring Casimir. This keynote will be held in December 2021 and will feature a leading scholar in conversation with Casimir. Planning is underway and more details about this exciting conclusion to The Haitians book club are forthcoming.


We hope you will join us for what anticipate will be a dynamic and interdisciplinary conversation, involving students and scholars in and outside of the academy. In the meantime, please direct any questions to



Brandon R. Byrd

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