We are excited to announce the launch of the Haiti Seminar, a three-year long initiative led by Marc Flandreau from the University of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and the School of Social Sciences and Government of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Guadalajara.
The Haiti Seminar finds its motivation in the profound impact of the tragedy of Haiti’s debt on collective memory. While the original focus will be on Haiti’s debt (to which we will keep returning), the seminar intends to operate a broadening of the perspective, covering diverse historical experiences during the two centuries following the original settlement of Haiti’s double debt.
The Seminar runs monthly on Thursdays, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Port-au-Prince time (18h-19h30 Paris time), on zoom.
The inaugural session will be on October 12th, 2023, we will welcome Malick Ghachem from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presenting his paper “The Debt and the Indemnity: Reconstructing French and Haitian Finances, 1720-2025”, with François Velde (Federal Reserve, Chicago), Arnaud Orain (Université Paris 8) as discussants.
The initiative will also distribute a series of research grants, thanks to the generous support of the Crédit Mutuel, Paris. It will be concluded by an academic conference in the Summer of 2026.
To register, consult the program or learn more about the initiative, please visit our website.