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Haitian-born independent researcher and lecturer @ Université Jean Price-Mars (Hinche, Haïti)


Clara Rachel EYBALIN CASSEUS’s research brings together the study of sustainable development, memory and critical migration. As a Haitian-born independent researcher and lecturer at the Université Jean Price-Mars (Hinche, Haïti), Clara Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Political Geography from the University of Poitiers, MIGRINTER/CNRS, a MPA in Strategic Public Policy (The American University of Paris) and a MA (International Affairs/Sociology of Conflicts (Institut Catholique de Paris). Among her publications: Geopolitics of Memory and Transnational Citizenship: Thinking Local Development in a Global South (Peter Lang, 2018); Memory, Conflicts, Disasters and the Geopolitics of the Displaced (IGI Global, 2020), and the latest is Une Caraïbe décoloniale. Ressusciter les ancêtres à travers la langue (co-editor with Morgan Dalphinis, Editions universitaires européennes ,2022).

Geographical location : Haiti

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Translating the Caribbean


Une Caraïbe décoloniale: Francophonie through Decoloniality

This contribution draws on the recent publication titled Une Caraïbe décoloniale. Ressusciter les ancêtres à travers la langue (Editions Universitaires Européennes, 2022). As a Co-editor, I will first give a general perspective of this collective work organised in two parts and nine chapters. At the intersection of language, politics of memory and heritage tourism, the chapters demonstrate that Creole heritage discussion in terms of education policy and grass-roots engagement can be an exciting field of academic study, as well as a vibrant field of policy study for practitioners. Secondly, using two texts of the well-known Haitian poet Georges Castera whose passing in 2020 coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) of which Haiti is a founding member, I will look back at the academic relevance of Haitian memory vis-à-vis this geopolitical body and how the dynamics of power and political posture manifest themselves through linguistic practices between institutions and actors.