The Haiti Seminar: Spring 2024 series – 2nd session

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Date / time
28/03/2024, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
We are excited to share the program of the Spring series of the Haiti Seminar, an  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.
While not centered on Haiti, the Haiti Seminar finds its motivation in the profound impact of the tragedy of Haiti’s debt on collective memory. This episode serves as a pivot, a prime illustration, and a significant case study. Haiti’s debt is particularly noteworthy due to its role in highlighting the intricate connections between money, debt, sovereignty, and international law. The Seminar operates a broadening of the perspective beyond Haiti, covering diverse historical experiences to provide a venue for researchers interested in the international politics of debt, money and state-making and in particular, in pondering the longue durée of sovereign debt.

The Seminar runs monthly on Thursdays, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EST, on zoom.

The Haiti Seminar is supported by the Howard S. Marks chair of Economic History at the University of Pennsylvania.
Spring 2024 Program: 
29 Feb. 2024: Joelle M. Abi-Rached (Harvard University) and Ishac Diwan (Paris School of Economics)
“The Economic Legacy of the French Mandate in Lebanon”
Discussants: Jean-François Brière (SUNY-Albany), Ugo Panizza (Geneva Graduate Institute)
Chair: Sam Segura Cobos (Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara)28 March 2024: “Debt, Fraud and the Making of Countries: A Book Panel.”
Panel on the occasion of the translation of Damian Clavel’s  Créer un pays, le royaume de Poyais Gregor MacGregor, emprunts d’État et fraude financière 1820-1824
With: Damian Clavel (University of Zurich), Maria Christina Chatziioannou (Institute of Historical Research, NHRF), Anna Gelpern (Georgetown University), and Nathaniel Millett (Saint Louis University)
Chair: Trevor Jackson (University of California, Berkeley)

18 Apr. 2024: (date to be confirmed): Guy Pierre (Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México)

“How was the Odious Debt Repaid: The Domestic Loan of 1947/Comment la Dette Odieuse fut Repayée: L´emprunt intérieur de 1947”
Discussants: Ronald Gabriel (Banque de la République d’Haïti), Rebeca Gomez Betancourt (University of Lyon 2), Remy Montas (Independent)

To register, or learn more about the initiative, please visit our website: