Call for Papers: Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa

Call for Papers
Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa
Edited by Drs. Celucien L. Joseph, Jean Eddy Saint Paul, and Glodel Mezillas

Price-Mars

Jean Price-Mars (1876 – 1969), Haitian physician, ethnographer, diplomat, educator, historian, politician, was a towering intellectual in Haitian history and cultural studies, and a Pan Africanist who called to reevaluate the contributions of Africa in universal civilizations and to revalorize African retentions and cultural practices in the Black diaspora, especially on Haitian soil. Through his writings, Price-Mars, whom Leopold Sedar Senghor called “the Father of Negritude,” sought to establish connecting links between Africa and the Black Diaspora, and the shared history and struggle between people of African descent in the Diaspora.

For many scholars, Price-Mars is the father of Haitian ethnology and Dean of Haitian Studies in the twentieth-century, and arguably, the most influential Haitian thinker that has graced the “Black Republic” since the death of Joseph Auguste Anténor Firmin in 1911. In Haitian thought, Price-Mars has exercised an enduring intellectual and ideological influence on the young Haitian intellectuals and writers of the generation of the American Occupation in Haiti (1915-1934) and the post-Occupation culture from the 1930s to 1970s. He is especially known for launching a cultural nationalism and an anti-imperial movement against the brutal American military forces in Haiti.

The writings of Price-Mars were instrumental in challenging the Haitian intellectual of his leadership role in the Haitian society, and in promoting national consciousness and unity among Haitians of all social classes and against their American oppressor. Comparatively, his work was a catalyst in the process of shaping and reshaping Haitian cultural identity and reconsidering the viability of the Afro-Haitian faith of Vodou as religion among the so-called World religions. His thought anticipated what is known today as postcolonialism and decolonization.

Moreover, scholars have also identified Price-Mars as the Francophone counterpart of W.E.B. Du Bois for his activism, scholarly rigor, leadership efficiency, and his unremitting efforts to challenge Western racial history, ideology, and white supremacy in the modern world. Unapologetically, Price-Mars challenged the doctrine of white supremacy and the ideological construction of Western history by demonstrating the equality and dignity of the races and all people, and their achievements in the human historical narrative. As Du Bois, he was a transdisciplinary scholar, boundary-crosser, and cross-cultural theorist; in an unorthodox way, he had brought in conversation various disciplines including anthropology, ethnography, geography, sociology, history, religion, philosophy, race theory, and literature to study the human condition and the most pressing issues facing the nations and peoples of the world, as well as the possible implications they may bear upon us in the postcolonial moment.

Between Two Worlds: Jean Price-Mars, Haiti, and Africa is a special volume on Jean Price-Mars that reassesses the importance of his thought and legacy, and the implications of his ideas in the twenty-first century’s culture of political correctness, the continuing challenge of race and racism, and imperial hegemony in the modern world. Price-Mars’ thought is also significant for the renewed scholarly interests in Haiti and Haitian Studies in North America, and the meaning of contemporary Africa in the world today. This volume explores various dimensions in Price-Mars’ thought and his role as medical doctor, historian, anthropologist, cultural critic, public intellectual, politician, pan-Africanist, and humanist.

Hence, the goal of this book is fourfold: 1) The book will explore the contributions of Price-Mars to Haitian history, thought, culture, literature, politics, education, health, etc., 2) This volume will investigate the complex relationships between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in Price-Mars’ historical writings, 3) It studies Price-Mars’ engagement with Western history and the problem of the “racist narrative,” and 4) Finally, the book will highlight Price-Mars’ contributions to Postcolonialism, Africana Studies, and Pan-Africanism.

If you would like to contribute a book chapter to this important volume, along with your CV, please submit a 300 word abstract by Monday, February 29, 2016, to Dr. Celucien Joseph @ celucienjoseph@gmail.com, and Dr. Jean Eddy Saint Paul @ jsaintpaul@yahoo.fr
Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance in the first week of April, 2016. We are looking for original and unpublished essays for this book. Translations of Price-Mars’ works in the English language are also welcome. Potential topics to be addressed include (but are not limited to) the following:

I. Price-Mars as Historian
• Price-Mars as Historian
• Price-Mars’ engagement with Western history
• Price-Mars’ interpretation of Haitian history
• The function of Haitian heroes and heroines in Price-Mars historical writings
• The Origin (s) and History of Haiti and Dominican Republic in Price-Mars’ works
• Particularism and Universalism in Price-Mars’ historical writings

II. Price-Mars as Cultural Critic and Public Intellectual in Haitian Society
• Price-Mars as cultural theorist and literary critic
• The role of Price-Mars’ thought in the Haitian Renaissance in the first half of the twentieth-century
• Price-Mars and the Crisis of Haitian Intellectuals
• Price-Mars and the Crisis of Haitian bourgeoisie-elite
• Price-Mars, Vodou, and the Haitian culture
• The Haitian peasant in the writings of Price-Mars
• The Education of the Haitian masses in the writings of Price-Mars
• The problem of Race in Price-Mars’ writings
• Haitian Women in the thought of Price-Mars
• Price-Mars’ contributions as Medical doctor in Haitian society.

III. Price-Mars as Politician
• The Political career and goals of Jean Price-Mars
• Price-Mars, Haiti’s Ambassador to the nations
• Price-Mars and the American occupation and American imperialism
• The political philosophy and democratic ideas of Price-Mars
• Nationalism and Patriotism in Price-Mars’ thought

IV. Price-Mars as Pan-Africanist
• African history or the meaning of Africa in the writings of Price-Mars
• The Black Diaspora in the thought of Price-Mars
• Price-Mars’ Postcolonial Rhetoric and Linguistic Strategy
• The Vindication and Rehabilitation of the Black Race
• The Role and Contributions of Pre-colonial African civilizations to world civilizations
• Price-Marsian Negritude or Blackness

About the Editors
Dr. Celucien L. Joseph is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Indian River State College. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he studied Literary Studies and Intellectual History. Professor Joseph also holds an M.A. in French language and literature from the University of Louisville. In addition, he holds degrees in theological and religious studies. He serves in the editorial board and Chair of The Journal of Pan African Studies Regional Advisory Board; he also the curator of “Haiti: Then and Now.” He edited JPAS special issue on Wole Soyinka entitled “Rethinking Wole Soyinka: 80 Years of Protracted Engagement” (2015). Dr. Joseph is interested in the intersections of literature, history, race, religion, theology, and history of ideas.

Professor Joseph is the author of several books including Race, Religion, and the Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization (2012), From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Race, and Religion in Haitian Thought (2013), Haitian Modernity and Liberative Interruptions: Discourse on Race, Religion, and Freedom (2013), God Loves Haiti (2015). He has also contributed several encyclopedia entries and scholarly articles in various journals. His forthcoming book is entitled Thinking in Public: Faith, Secular Humanism, and Development in Jacques Roumain (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2016). He is the lead editor of a forthcoming two volume anthology entitled Vodou in Haitian Memory: The Idea and Representation of Vodou in Haitian Imagination (Collection 1), and Vodou in the Haitian Experience: A Black Atlantic Perspective (Collection 2)—to be published by Lexington Books in 2016. He is currently working on a volume on Jean-Bertrand Aristide, former President of Haiti and Catholic-Priest Liberation Theology entitled Aristide: A Theological and Political Introduction (under contract with Fortress Press).

Academic Bio of Jean Eddy Saint Paul, PhD, Sociologist,
Professor of Sociology and Politics
Universidad of Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Mexico).

Jean Eddy Saint Paul is a Haitian scholar and social scientist. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from El Colegio de México (2008), an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá (2002) and a B.A. in Social Work from the State University of Haiti. Dr. Saint Paul is a Professor of Politics and Sociology whose specializations include Religions, Citizenship, and Democracy, and Elites, Political Discourse and Ideologies. He currently works as a Professor for the Division of Law, Politics and Government at the Universidad of Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Mexico). He is also a regular Professor at the Inter-Institutional Doctorate (Ph.D.) Program in Law. Dr. Saint Paul is one of the founders of the Doctorate Program in Law, Politics and Government, and the Master Program in Political Analysis at the Universidad de Guanajuato. He usually teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs and offers courses such as “Political Science”, “Sociological Theory”, “Politics and Religions”, “Political Theory” and “Qualitative Research Methods.” Before joining the University of Guanajuato, Dr. Saint Paul was a visiting professor of “Comparative Politics” and “Political Theory” at the Ph.D. Program in Political Science and Master Program in Sociology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
Prof. Saint Paul’s work covers an unusually broad spectrum of topic including Historical Sociology of Politics, Politics and Religions (Secular State for Civil Liberties and Human Rights), Civil Society, Politics of Memory and Citizenship, Civil Society and Democratization from a Political & Sociological Perspective, Sociology of Violence, Patrimonialism, Neopatrimonialism, and Politics of the Belly. A Member of the National System of Scholars-CONACyT, level 1, Professor Jean Eddy Saint Paul was in 2013 a “Visiting Scholar” at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va. United States of America) and previously in 2011 was a “Visiting Fellow” at the Centre d’études et de recherches internationales (Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI), SciencesPo, CNRS, Paris.
Dr. Saint Paul conducts research on Latin America and the Caribbean, and has published his works in prestigious national and international press, like Karthala (Paris), Maison des sciences de l’homme (Paris) and El Colegio de México (Mexico). Among his recent publications on Haiti, it is important to mention: Chimè et Tontons Macoutes comme milices armées en Haïti. Essai sociologique, published in 2015 by the Cidihca press in Montreal (Québec), Canada; “La laïcité en Haïti. Approche sociologique des erreurs épistémologiques et théoriques dans les débats récents,” published in the international Peer Review Journal: Histoire, Monde et Cultures Religieuses (HMC), Thematic Number: Etat, Religions et Politique en Haïti (XVIII-XXI siècles), # 29, April 15, 2014, Paris: Karthala, pp. 83-100. ISBN: 9782811111540. Currently, he is working on two new books: Duvalierism, Rhetoric and Political Practices, and Civil Society and Politics of Memory in Haiti”.
Prof. Saint Paul is fluent in Haitian Creole, French, English and Spanish.
https://ugto.academia.edu/JeanEddySaintPaul.

Email address: jsaintpaul@yahoo.fr or jsaint@colmex.mx
Professional link: https://ugto.academia.edu/JeanEddy
His new book: Chimè et Tontons Macoutes comme milices armées en Haïti. Essai Sociologique. Montreal, Ca.: Cidihca, 2015.

http://lenouvelliste.com/lenouvelliste/article/151043/Chime-et-tontons-macoutes-la-logique-de-continuite

http://lenouvelliste.com/lenouvelliste/article/151043/Chime-et-tontons-macoutes-la-logique-de-continuite

Skype: Jean Eddy Saint Paul (Charlottesville)

Bio for Glodel Mezillas, PhD

Glodel Mezillas is a political scientist, theorist, philosopher, and a scholar of Caribbean and Latin American Studies. He received his PhD in Latin American Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), a Master’s degree in International Studies from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2001-2002. He also studied at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) of the Université d’Etat d’Haïti, UEH), from which he received a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Letters, and at the Université Toussaint Louverture a B.A. in Political Sciences He has also done special studies in Diplomacy and International Politics at Escuela Diplomática de Madrid, and in International Public Administration (ONU) at the École Nationale d’Administration de Paris, Institut des Relations Internationales du Cameroun (IRIC),and at the Institut des Nations Unies de la Recherche et la Formation (UNITAR), he specialized in the field of United Nations System.

Dr. Mezillas has served as Professor of Genealogy of Postcolonialism at Instituto de Estudios Críticos, of International Relations and the Caribbean Studies at the Institut d’Études et Recherches Africaines (IERAH) de l’Université d’État d’Haiti, of International Relations at Université Polyvalente (Haiti), and Professor of Political Sciences and Epistemology of Social Sciences at the Université Toussaint Louverture. His teaching and scholarly research interests include Black Diaspora, Cultural, Political Theory and Epistemology of Social Sciences in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. Mezillas is a prolific writer and has published in three languages English, Spanish, and French. His books including Que signifie philosopher en Haïti? Un nouveau concept du Vodou (L’Harmattan, 2015), El trauma colonial, entre la memoria y el discurso. Pensar (desde) el Caribe (EDUCAVISION, 2015), Qu’est-ce qu’une crise. Eléments d’une théorie critique (L’Harmattan, 2014), Civilisation et discours d’altérité. Enquête sur l’Islam, l’Occident et le Vodou (EDUCAVISION, 2014), Généalogie de la théorie sociale en Amérique Latine (Editions de l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti, 2013), and Haití más allá del espejo (Editorial Praxis, 2011).
E-mail address: glodelmezilas@hotmail.com

 

Sincerely,
Celucien L. Joseph, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Indian River State College
Curator of “Haiti: Then and Now”
http://www.haitithenandnowhtn.com/

Jean Eddy Saint Paul, PhD
Professor of Sociology and Politics
Universidad of Guanajuato (Guanajuato, Mexico)

Email address: jsaintpaul@yahoo.fr or jsaint@colmex.mx
Professional link: https://ugto.academia.edu/JeanEddy

Glodel Mezillas, PhD
Counselor and Diplomat
Haitian Embassy in Spain

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Dr. Joseph on the Dialogue between Vodou and Christianity

Vodou talk
I will be interviewed tonight on the subject of “Dialogue between Vodou and Christianity.”
Where: Radio Brillance (www.radiobrillance.com)
When: Today, Saturday, December 05, 2015
Time: 9:00 PM
To listen via phone: 712-775-8134
To ask Questions: 954 361-6212

Of Our Collective Strivings

Of Our Collective Strivings

In 1903, the great African American public intellectual and cultural critic, W. E. B. Du Bois, wrote these provocative words in the opening chapter of “Our Spiritual Strivings” in “The Souls of Black Folk”: ” Between me and the other world there is ever an unasked question: unasked by some through feelings of delicacy; by others through the difficulty of rightly framing it. All, nevertheless, flutter round it. They approach me in a half- hesitant sort of way, eye me curiously or compassionately, and then, instead of saying directly, How does it feel to be a problem? they say, I know an excellent colored man in my town; or, I fought at Mechanicsville; or, Do not these Southern outrages make your blood boil? At these I smile, or am interested, or reduce the boiling to a simmer, as the occasion may require. To the real question, How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom a word.”

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The people of the United States of America have created a historical narrative that continues to stress the historical struggle between white and black American citizens, even in the 21st century–with the deliberate exclusion of other ethnic or racial groups in the American society. This ambiguous narrative, which is at the very structure of this country and the American experiment, defines the meaning of life–the American life–in America, resulting in collective suffering and catastrophic pain, and the devalorization and dehumanization of certain lives that some have deemed are not worth living. What if we were to rethink of America as an inclusive democracy, and work collectively toward a new redemptive narrative and a more perfect social structure that promote the dignity of all people? What if we were to admit that there’s something profoundly wrong with the American mentality and that our attitude toward life is bankrupt? I believe our traditional models towards racial harmony and reconciliation, and interracial dialogues are not working at the moment. One of the reasons for this deficiency is because we are not an honest people, are afraid of self-criticism, and we’re certainly not dealing with the roots of our problem, the disease that has plagued this nation since its foundation.

We promote a false narrative to the world that (1) We are the greatest nation in the world, (2) We are number # 1, (3) and that We are a nation that champions human rights and human dignity, social equality, and liberty for all–even outside our borders. Karl Marx would have called the American phenomenon a false consciousness. Our collective pain and suffering, and the American reality are hidden behind those comforting words.

Until we learn that we have a problem and that we are the problem, the new redemptive narrative we are longing for and striving to create together will be another American dream that will not come to pass. America is a nation that excludes people. America is a nation that prioritizes certain lives and disfranchises others. Americans are a people who are afraid of self-criticism and even more afraid to look at themselves in the mirror.

I close this short meditation with the profoundly poetic words of Arthur Symons:

O water, voice of my heart, crying in the sand,
All night long crying with a mournful cry,
As I lie and listen, and cannot understand
The voice of my heart in my side or the voice of the sea,
O water, crying for rest, is it I, is it I?
All night long the water is crying to me.

Unresting water, there shall never be rest
Till the last moon droop and the last tide fail,
And the fire of the end begin to burn in the west;
And the heart shall be weary and wonder and cry like the sea,
All life long crying without avail,
As the water all night long is crying to me.

The problem of the twenty-first century in America is not race (Du Bois) nor religion (Soyinka). It is America itself, and the meaning of America.

JPAS’ Special Edition on Wole Soyinka: Rethinking Wole Soyinka: 81 Years of Protracted Engagement

I’m pleased to announce that I had the opportunity to serve as the guest editor for JPAS’ special edition (Volume 8 • Number 5 • September 2015) on Wole Soyinka entitled “Rethinking Wole Soyinka: 81 Years of Protracted Engagemented.” We are one of the few academic journals that is honoring Soyinka on his 81st years of life. It was a pleasure to work with a host of prominent Soyinka Scholars–both in continental Africa and African Diaspora–and Dr. Itibari M. Zulu, the chief editor of the Journal, has been very supportive of this project. Now, go read these fine essays online.”

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Here are the essays I contributed to this special issue: “Rethinking Wole Soyinka:81 Years of Protracted Engagement:”

We are not Ahmed Mohamed!

We are not Ahmed Mohamed!

I tried very hard not to comment on this awful and unfortunate incident described in the article. However, I couldn’t keep my mouth sealed, and I refuse to go to bed tonight without saying something about this tragedy. After reading this catastrophic news this morning, I was mentally disturbed and couldn’t find the appropriate words to express my discontent and rage about what has happened to this young scientist-in-the making—Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-yr old Muslim and color boy— who was handcuffed and arrested by the Dallas Police for inventing a “homemade alarm clock,” which he brought to class to impress his new teachers and showcase his interest in science. Here’s the headline from  New York Times:

“Ahmed Mohamed, 14, Builds Clock, Is Cuffed for Bomb Hoax, Then Gets Invited to White House”

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You see, the student’s name (Ahmed Mohamed) is associated with a religion, a culture, a lifestyle, and even a worldview or a system of thought—all of which are marginalized in the American society. Secondly, the crisis of white supremacy and the arrogance of race in our culture have made him paradoxically an “invisible young man” and a “target” in our culture. Yet, the greatest threat to Christianity in America and American freedom is not Islam nor Islamic culture; It is right-wing Christians, and right-wing Christian (-inspired) political movements and politicians.

What if his name were “Dunn Carpenter,” or “Curtis Montgomery,” would he have received the same treatment from the hands of the Dallas Police or his school administration and teachers?

What if Dunn Carpenter or Curtis Montgomery were that fourteen-year old young man who has invented the homemade alarm clock and brought it to his high school teachers to showcase his engineering talent and interest in science?

Ahmed Mohamed and his parents are not “Christians.” They are Muslims by confession of faith. Unfortunately, he was seen by the administration of his school and teachers, and by the Dallas Police community as a possible danger to society, a threat to American freedom, not as a product of American progress in science or interest in technological innovation in the 21st century.
You see, I’m speaking from the perspective of a parent—a black father and black male—who is raising two American black boys, and one of them wants to go to the field of engineering and become a scientist. In fact, he wants to get a PhD in Physics at MIT. Ahmed Mohamed could have been my son, and I could have been his father.

Would this young Muslim and color boy grow up to “love” America?
Would this young Muslim and color boy grow up to “forget” America’s Islamophobia?
Would this young Muslim and color boy grow up to “forget” America’s racist mistreatment toward him?
Could this young Muslim and color boy sing: “I, too, Am America”?

September 2015 Free Resources: God Loves Haiti: A Short Overview of Hope for Today Outreach (Book), and “Remember the Poor: God, the Poor, and Generous Justice” (Audio CD) by Dr. Joseph.

September 2015 Free Resources

God Loves Haiti: A Short Overview of Hope for Today Outreach (Book), and “Remember the Poor: God, the Poor, and Generous Justice” (Audio CD) by Dr. Joseph.

For the month of September, 2015, Hope for Today Outreach is giving away  two free resources: Dr. Joseph’s new book:God Loves Haiti: A Short Overview of Hope for Today Outreach,  and the audio CD: “Remember the Poor: God, the Poor, and Generous Justice” by Dr. Joseph.   Request your free copy today! 

  1. God Loves Haiti: A Short Overview of Hope for Today Outreach (Book)

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Book Description

God Loves Haiti: A Short Overview of Hope for Today Outreach provides an outline of the philosophy of Hope for Today Outreach and the organization’s work in Haiti among the poor and the needy. Based on biblical principles and theological insights, it articulates a forceful argument for engaging in Christian mission and social outreach in our communities and beyond our geographical borders in overseas—with the goal to empower individuals to reach their full potential and to contribute to their social and spiritual development. More particularly, God Loves Haiti makes a strong statement about the biblical mandate to “remember the poor” (Galatians 2:10), clothe the naked, feed the hungry, visit the prisoner, and care for the oppressed, the sick, homeless, widow, elderly, the orphan, etc.

The book is based on five biblical principles and imperatives that reflect God’s character and active participation in the human drama, and the overarching liberative message of the Bible: (1) God’s righteousness and heart for justice, (2) care for the hungry and afflicted is a public demonstration of living out the justice of God, (3) Jesus’s clarion call to individual Christians, churches, Christian organizations and leaders to do the work of social outreach and justice, (4) care for the poor is a fundamental Christian practice and a public demonstration of the love of Christ, and (5) the imperative of putting faith in action.

Faith-based organizations and humanitarian groups will find this little book helpful as it provides a concise overview of the history, religion, culture, the health and economic conditions of the Haitian people, as well as Haitian migration to the United States. The book also includes selected historical landmarks that would appeal to first-time visitors to Haiti. An appendix of recommended readings is included to inform interested and curious readers about Haitian history, culture, society, politics, religion, women and human rights issues, and health and development concerns.

The love and glory of God revealed in Jesus Christ is the vehicle that motivates us to “remember the poor,” show acts of kindness and compassion, and to walk in solidarity with the hungry, the oppressed, and the disheartened. We help these individuals realize that they are created in God’s image and that they matter to God. By restoring their self-worth and human dignity, Hope for Today Outreach is committed to fostering a life of sustaining hope and holistic development.

2. “Remember the Poor: God, the Poor, and Generous Justice” (Audio CD)

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Product Detail

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—when you already have it with you.” — Proverbs 3:27-28

In Part 1 of the Three-Part series entitled “God, the Poor, and Generous Justice,” Dr. Joseph discusses some biblical texts that reveal God’s heart for the poor and attitude toward justice and economic justice. The same way God remembers the poor and the oppressed, followers of Christ are called to diligently serve the poor and the needy, and to remember the unfortunate and the underprivileged in our churches, communities, and the world at large. Further, Dr. Joseph invites us to consider five biblical and theological principles that encourage and ultimately urge Christians to be engaged in social outreach and social justice ministries, and to empower and care for the poor and the needy; this attitude is a reflection of God’s character and the loving message of the Gospel.

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