The State of Haitian Studies

To Those of You Who Work Outside of the Academic World: here’s a little hint to understand how the mind of academics functions and how knowledge in the academia is constructed, deconstructed, subverted, and circulated; please allow me to provide one example among others:

The least unexplored area in contemporary Haitian Studies (CHS) is Haitian (Christian) Protestantism. The most explored terrain in CHS as it relates to the Haitian experience in religion is Vodou. This disciplinary crisis is so serious and broad that one wouldn’t find a full published text in the English language on the birth and evolution of Haitian Protestant Christianity.

By contrast, in contemporary African American Studies (CAAS), Black Protestant Christianity is the most investigated religious expression. All other religious manifestations in black are peripheral and marginalized.

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