La Fabrique de l’Histoire converse avec Luc Reinette

Lors de sa série d’émission sur les indépendantismes cette semaine, La Fabrique de l’Histoire a consacrée une heure au militant guadeloupéen Luc Reinette. L’entretien est fascinant, autant pour ce que M. Reinette a à dire, que pour sa dextérité à éviter certaine question, que pour les nombreux documents d’archive qui illustrent et contextualisent cette conversation.

Je regrette cependant un peu que cette émission consacrée à l’histoire politique récente de la Guadeloupe — un sujet auquel ni la presse, ni les chercheurs ne s’intéressent suffisamment — réduise la lutte indépendantiste aux efforts violents et sensationnels de l’ Alliance Révolutionnaire Caraïbe. Le mouvement indépendantiste en Guadeloupe ne s’est pas limité à des attentats dans les années 1980. Au contraire, ces attentats ne représentent qu’un aboutissement parmi d’autres d’un long processus de luttes sociales et politiques, processus qui avait vu naissance dans les années cinquante et dont les racines remontent encore plus loin. Le forum donné à M. Reinette obscure le travail réalisé par tant d’autres militants au sein des syndicats (comme l’UTA ou l’UGTG) et des partis politiques (comme l’UPLG) qui ont travaillé et continue de travailler pour redéfinir les relations entre la France et ce territoire d’outre-mer. Le mouvement indépendantiste guadeloupéen n’a jamais été monolithique. Il aurait été bon de le représenter dans toute sa complexité.

http://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/la-fabrique-de-lhistoire/les-independantismes-24-luc-reinette-itineraire-dun#

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France-Antilles: La presse sous influence

Télérama publie ces trop courts extraits d’un entretien avec le réalisateur Martin Courcier dont France Ô diffuse actuellement le documentaire Histoire des médias sous influence.

Ma recherche m’a moi-même permis de prendre la mesure du control de l’information en Guadeloupe. En effet j’ai pu feuilleter tous les numéros de France-Antilles Guadeloupe des années 1960 au années 80 disponibles aux archives départementales. J’ai été très choqué de voir à quel point le journal ignorait les troubles sociaux et les mouvements politiques qui ont marqué cette époque. Lire France-Antilles et le journal indépendantiste Ja Ka Ta côte-à-côte, on a l’impression de deux mondes parallèles: l’un dédié à une lutte anticoloniale, l’autre obnubilé par les accidents de la route et les concours de beauté. Un qui s’inquiète des effets de l’arrivée des containers sur l’emploi guadeloupéen, l’autre qui fête l’atterrissage des premiers avions à réaction qui permettent l’arrivée d’encore plus de touristes.

France-Antilles a passé au silence les courants autonomistes et indépendantistes pendant plus de trente ans. Mais ce silence ne s’arrête pas là. Même aux archives, les pages consacrées aux événements phares de cette période — comme le massacre de Mai 67 — ont été arrachées ou les numéros manquent à la collection. Ainsi, c’est tout un pan de l’histoire guadeloupéenne qui est effacée.

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Arresting Depiction of the Atlantic Slave Trade

I’m a little late to the game in discovering this great post on Slate. This is a powerful depiction of the Atlantic slave trade. Watch how many ships end up either in Brazil or Saint Domingue. Clicking on an individual ship also helps you get a sense of the tremendous loss of lives during each journey.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/06/animated_interactive_of_the_history_of_the_atlantic_slave_trade.html?wpsrc=sh_all_tab_tw_top

Adele – Hello (Créole version) Covered by Saskya Sky feat Guy Michel

Ils sont forts ces Haitiens!

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Se Mwen
M tap Mande apre tout tank paske
Siw ta renmen kontre
Pou nou pale
De tout bagay
Yo di ke tan sipoze geri w
Men Mwen poko geri

Alo,
èskew tande m
Mwen nan kalifoni
Map reve de tout sa ke n te ye
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te Piti et libre
Mwen te bliye
Kijan te santi n
Avan le monde tonbe nan pyen

Gen yon diferans
Antre nous deux
Ak you million mil

Alò soti nan lòt bo a
M ta dwe relew yon milion fwa
Poum di ou m dezole
Pou kew m the kraze
lem rele ou pa jam
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Music and the Post-Creole Imagination at AAA 2015 in Denver

Tomorrow, I will be chairing and presenting on a panel of music and dance scholars discussing Michaeline Crichlow’s Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination.  Professor Crichlow will be there to respond to our papers. This should be a great conversation.

Music and the Post-Creole Imagination

“Can creolization avoid incoherence?,” ask Michaeline Crichlow and Patricia Northover in the preface to their landmark book, Globalization and the Post-Creole Imagination: Notes on Fleeing the Plantation (Duke University Press, 2009). Indeed, following what amounted to a creolization fad in the social sciences and cultural studies in the 1980s and ’90s, it seemed that creoleness and creolization had lost much of their analytical potential, becoming little more than clichéd corollaries of a new global cosmopolitanism. More problematic still, as Stephane Palmié explained in a series of essays in 2007, a quasi-universalized concept of creolization risked effacing the history of racial oppression and economic exploitation that have defined European colonialism in the Caribbean. Thus, at the start of the new millennium, there was a need to reclaim creolization for those societies that experienced the first wave of European colonialism and whose new languages would come to inspire the field of creolization studies.

More or less directly inspired by Edouard Glissant’s poetics of Relation, a number of scholars have since sought to reconcile the specificity of creolization for post-plantation societies of the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean with the concept’s relevance for the study of our contemporary global entanglements (Lionnet and Shih, Hesse, Verges). In perhaps one of the most sustained efforts in this vein, Crichlow and Northover propose to redefine creolization as an ontology through which to rethink the contemporary experience of spacial and temporal displacements of Caribbean subjects within global structures of power.

Our panel explores the role that music—as both commodity and practice—plays in the construction and expression of a post-creole imagination. Working from St. Kitts and Nevis, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, and Saint Lucia—small islands that are too often overlooked in Caribbean studies— our papers examine a number of popular music genres, music and dance education programs, as well as music festivals and tourism, thus illustrating a broad range of aesthetic, political, and economic entanglements. Collectively, we address the following questions that critically engage with the post-Creole imagination: How can the post-Creole imagination be made audible? Conversely, how does audibility help us better understand and map creolized postcolonial articulations and positionings? Specifically, how do music—and music education—participate in processes of “homing”? Can we think of Creole sounds as instantiating a particular type of heterotopia within a globalized modernity? Finally, can our ethnographically-informed studies of musical practices among Caribbean communities help us understand the continued significance of “creolization” and “creoleness” for people who define themselves as Creole and those who reject this characterization?

This panel offers a rare opportunity for a stimulating and direct conversation with Michaeline Crichlow who will offer her response to our papers. We will then invite questions and comments from conference participants, hoping to further elucidate the theoretical contributions of this important work as well as challenge some of its limits.

Panelists:

Jerome Camal, Chair and presenter, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Camee Maddox, presenter, University of Illinois

Timothy Rommen, presenter, University of Pennsylvania

Jessica Swanston Baker, presenter, Rutgers University

Jerry Wever, presenter, Spellman College

Michaeline Crichlow, discussant, Duke University

New Book: Timothy Williams’ “The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe”

Repeating Islands

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Timothy Williams’ second Anne Marie Laveaud novel, set in Guadeloupe [see previous post Timothy Williams’ “Another Sun”], The Honest Folk of Guadeloupe, follows the French-Algerian judge as she embarks on another complex case. The new novel will be available in January 2015.

Description: April 1990: French-Algerian judge Anne Marie Laveaud has been living and working in the French Caribbean département of Guadeloupe for more than a decade, but her days are still full of surprises. She is only just starting to investigate the suspicious suicide of a high-profile environmental activist and media personality when she is pulled off the case. Is it because she was getting too close to the truth?

But the new case she’s been assigned takes precedent. The body of a white female tourist has been discovered on a nudist beach, where it seems the young woman was raped and murdered. The victim’s remains offer…

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