Frederick Douglass sur RFI et dans Historia

L’interview de Claire Bourhis-Mariotti sur Frederick Douglass et Haïti a été diffusée le mercredi 23 mai entre 14h10 et 14h30, dans « la tranche Amériques et Haïti » de RFI. Voici le lien vers le podcast (l’interview commence à la 12ème minute): http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20180523-info-haiti-colombie-election-presidentielle

Claire Bourhis-Mariotti a par ailleurs publié un article sur Frederick Douglass dans le magazine Historia en mai 2017: « Récit biographie : Frederick Douglass, l’esclave devenu diplomate », Historia, N° 845, mai 2017, p. 56-59.

Conférence “L’expérience haïtienne de Frederick Douglass, du Môle Saint Nicolas à Chicago” (17 mai 2018)

A l’invitation de l’association Haïti Mémoire et Culture, Claire Bourhis-Mariotti donnera une conférence intitulée “L’expérience haïtienne de Frederick Douglass, du Môle Saint Nicolas à Chicago”, au Centre culturel irlandais (rue des Irlandais, Paris 5e) le jeudi 17 mai à partir de 19h.

Frederick Douglass at his Desk in Haiti. Photograph. Source: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

Conférence « Frederick Douglass et/en Haïti, de la fascination à l’annexion » (5 avril 2018)

A l’invitation de l’association Haïti Mémoire et Culture, Claire Bourhis-Mariotti donnera une conférence intitulée “Frederick Douglass et/en Haïti, de la fascination à l’annexion”, au Centre culturel irlandais (rue des Irlandais, Paris 5e) le jeudi 5 avril à partir de 19h.

Frederick Douglass with the Commissioners to Santo Domingo, Brooklyn Navy Yard, January1871

Practical Information and Conference Registration Form for Attendees

Registration is now open and will be available until September 15, 2018.
On-site registration WILL NOT be available.

N.B. Due to security measures, only registered participants (plenary speakers, paper presenters, chairs, attendees) can attend the sessions at Université Paris Diderot, Fondation des États-Unis, University of Chicago Center in Paris and Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Please fill in the registration form below and email it both to douglassparis2018@gmail.com and feesdouglass2018@gmail.com together with proof of payment before September 15.

N.B. This form is for attendees only; presenters (and accompanying persons) should fill in the special form they received by email and send it back before July 15.

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A list of hotels located close to the conference venues is available here: practical information

We look forward to welcoming you in Paris in the fall. Feel free to contact us (douglassparis2018@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti, on behalf of the organizing committee.

 

Call For Papers Douglass Conference Paris 2018

Call For Papers Douglass Conference Paris 2018

Frederick Douglass across and against Times, Places, and Disciplines

October 11-13 2018, Paris

(Deadline for all submissions: January 31, 2018)

In an article entitled “Frederick Douglass, Refugee,” published in the Atlantic in February 2017, historian David Blight argued that “[o]ne place to begin to understand our long history with the controversies over immigration is with Douglass.” In his 2015 The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature, American Literature scholar Lloyd Pratt insisted on Douglass’s engagement with the figure of the stranger, his inhabitation of the stranger persona as a tool to build up a polis and found a demos on what Pratt calls “stranger-with-ness.” This conference, organized on the occasion of the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth, proposes to reconsider Douglass’s practice and “art of estrangement” (Giles) broadly understood as spatial and temporal displacement and philosophical, epistemological and disciplinary decentering.

2018 will mark the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass’s birth. The wide array of events and activities already planned testifies to Douglass’s relevance to present debates in the United States and other countries. Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI)’s “One Million Abolitionists” plans to print one million copies of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave for distribution in schools as well as the creation of projects addressing present social justice issues. In 2018, the National Park Service (NPS) will organize public and educational programs at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (NHS) in Washington, D.C. Likewise, the bicentennial conference that will be held in Paris in 2018 will be an opportunity to reexamine the figure of Frederick Douglass across times, places, and disciplines. It encourages contributions that read Douglass’s writings—not his serial autobiographies and speeches only, but also his antebellum journalism, his letters, his (rare) poetry and his one foray into fiction—as well as his life beyond the familiar chronological and geographical boundaries. It thereby hopes to contribute to revisiting the heuristic coordinates of Douglass’s scholarship.

The purpose of this conference, however, is not to commemorate Douglass as a solitary, exceptional figure, but rather to consider him in relation to his contemporaries and to his world, as one voice, powerful though it was, among others. Douglass collaborated with and opposed other black and white intellectuals, activists, artists and politicians. He was a man involved in the conflicts and ruptures of his time, in the United States and beyond. His authority and centrality also must be re-examined.

Panels or individual papers may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Reading Douglass across and against times-Reading Douglass reading his time as a “witness and participant” but also as a promoter of anachrony used as a political tool to “repeat history in order to deform it” (Castronovo).
    -Reading Douglass’s writings “against 1865,” against the “before-after narrative of emancipation” (Hager and Marrs), in the hope of complexifying our interpretation of Douglass’s use of the genre of the slave narrative;
    -Reading Douglass’s “lives” beyond the chronology of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Levine), in particular his ambivalent career as a diplomat (Bourhis-Mariotti), a Republican appointee, and an activist in the 1890s.
    -Douglass and radical democracy and activism: considering Douglass’s role in a larger history of abolitionism understood as “a radical, interracial movement, one which addressed the entrenched problems of exploitation and disenfranchisement in a liberal democracy and anticipated debates over race, labor and empire” (Sinha).
    -Douglass’s engagement with an ecological antislavery logics (Ellis).
    -Re-reading Douglass’s reception. Reading Douglass within an enlarged canon of African American writing (White & Drexler; Hager) in conjunction with other North American slave narratives and early African American fiction, history and journalism (William Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs etc.). How does
    this enlarged canon affect Douglass’s critical reception and his status today as the greatest black pre-Civil war author?
    -Reading Douglass today so as to open new perspectives on the interplay between history, memory and activism at play in Douglass’s and our times.
    -Douglass and the discourse of liberation, human rights and humanitarianism; Douglass’s practice of a stranger humanism based on mutually acknowledged and always evolving differences (Pratt).
    -Reconsidering Douglass and public history: What aspects of present debates are illuminated by Douglass’s words (Davis)? Why teach Douglass today?
    • Reading Douglass across and against spaces
    -Changing the maps and geographical coordinates that have shaped our understanding of Douglass. Using Martha Schoolman’s “abolitionist geographies,” for example, which include both the local and the circum-atlantic, invites us to explore imaginative routes for Douglass’s legacy, from Canada to Rome and London to Haiti and Liberia, via the more expected yet still understudied Afro-Caribbean geopolitical spaces (Nwankwo).
    -Reexamining issues of mobility and displacement in Douglass’s life; Douglass as an American and international figure; Douglass and transnationalism; Douglass and the Americas (Hooker); Douglass and France (how The North Star covered the 1848 Revolution, for example [Fagan, Alimi-Levy]); Douglass and the diasporic self.
    -Translating Douglass across languages and spaces
    -Investigating the different spaces of Douglass’s life and work; Douglass’s “public body” (Fanuzzi); Douglass’s “feminine space” (Fought).
    -Decentering our reading of Douglass may lead us to complicate the genealogy of his writing beyond the racial divide and find other significant intertextualities—not only the “Founding Fathers,” the New England Transcendentalists, his contemporaries Hawthorne and Melville (Otter and Levine) and Harriet Beecher Stowe, but also his Black Atlantic peers (Giles) and a broader intellectual tradition from the political thought of John Stuart Mill to the transatlantic print culture of the time.

    • Reading Douglass across and against disciplines
    Douglass wrote at a moment when “modern academic fields were becoming increasingly defined” but his writing cut across disciplinary boundaries (Lee). To be considered:
    -Douglass’s use of fiction or of the tools of fiction in his journalism, in his speeches;
    -Douglass’s “rhetorical legacy” (John R. Kaufman-McKivigan);
    -Douglass’s role as an editor (Meer)
    -Douglass and book history: questioning the vision of Douglass and his African-American peers as autonomous author-artisans in the sphere of print, free of white abolitionist control in the pre-Civil War period (Roy)
    -Douglass’s philosophy or philosophies (Lee);
    -Douglass’s “visual affirmations” of himself (Wexler) as well as his celebration of photography “as a great democratic art” (Stauffer, Trodd, & Bernier); Douglass as a celebrity; Douglass and the media.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS (confirmed): Leigh Fought (Le Moyne College), Lloyd Pratt (University of Oxford), Michaël Roy (Université Paris Nanterre).

Activities will be organized before and after the conference in relation to community-based teaching, performances and public readings.


Deadline for all submissions: January 31, 2018.

Proposals (500 words in English or French and a short bio) to be sent to:
DouglassParis2018@gmail.com
(We welcome papers from graduate and doctoral students.)

Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Committee:
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti, Université Paris 8
Agnès Derail, ENS
Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
Claire Parfait, Université Paris 13
Hélène Quanquin, Université de Lille
Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, Université Paris Diderot
Cécile Roudeau, Université Paris Diderot
Michaël Roy, Université Paris-Nanterre

References:
ALIMI-LEVY, Yohanna. L’Amérique face aux révolutions françaises de 1830 et 1848. Presses de l’Université Paris Sorbonne, forthcoming in 2017.
BLIGHT, David. “Frederick Douglass, Refugee,” The Atlantic, Feb. 2017.
BOURHIS-MARIOTTI, Claire. L’union fait la force. Les Noirs américains et Haïti, 1804-1893. Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015.
CASTRONOVO, Russ. Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom, U. of California Press, 1995.
DAVIS, Angela Y., editor. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself: A New Critical Edition, City Lights, 2009.
ELLIS, Cristin. “Amoral Abolitionism: Frederick Douglass and the Environmental Case against Slavery,” American Literature, vol. 86, no.2, June 2014, pp. 275-303.
FAGAN, Benjamin. “The North Star and the Atlantic 1848,” African American Review, vol. 47, no. 1, June 2014, pp. 51-67.
FANUZZI, Robert. Abolition’s Public Sphere, U. of Minnesota P., 2003.
FOUGHT, Leigh. Women in the Life of Frederick Douglass, Oxford UP, 2017.
GATES, Henry Louis, Jr. and John STAUFFER, editors. The Portable Frederick Douglass, Penguin Classics, 2016.
HAGER, Christopher. Word by Word. Emancipation and the Act of Writing, Harvard University Press, 2013
HAGER, Christopher and Cody MARRS. “Against 1865: Reperiodizing the Nineteenth-Century,” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, vol. 1, no. 2, Fall 2013, pp. 259-284.
GILES, Paul. “Douglass’s Black Atlantic: Britain, Europe, Egypt.” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
HOOKER, Juliet. Theorizing Race in the Americas. Douglass, Sarmiento, Du Bois, Vasconcelos, OUP, 2017.
LEE, Maurice, editor. The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, CUP, 2009.
–, Slavery, Philosophy, and American Literature, 1830-1860, CUP, 2005.
LEVINE, Robert and Samuel OTTER. Frederick Douglass and Herman Melville: Essays in Relation, U. of North Carolina Press, 2008.
LEVINE, Robert. The Lives of Frederick Douglass, Harvard UP, 2016.
MEER, Sarah. “Douglass as Orator and Editor” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
NWANKWO, Ifeoma C. K. “Douglass’s Black Atlantic: The Caribbean,” The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass, edited by M. Lee, CUP, 2009.
PRATT, Lloyd. The Strangers Book: The Human of African American Literature, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
RICE, Alan J. and Martin CRAWFORD, editors. Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass & Transatlantic Reform, University of Georgia Press, 1999.
ROY, Michaël. Textes fugitifs. Le récit d’esclave au prisme de l’histoire du livre, ENS Éditions, coll. « Métamorphoses du livre », forthcoming in 2017.
SCHOOLMAN, Martha. Abolitionist Geographies, U. of Minnesota P., 2014.
SINHA, Manisha. The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, Yale UP, 2016.
SPECQ, François. De l’esclavage en Amérique. Frederick Douglass. Henry David Thoreau, Editions Rue d’Ulm, coll. “Versions françaises,” 2006.
STAUFFER, John, TRODD Zoe, and Céleste-Marie BERNIER. Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American, Liveright, 2015.
SWEENEY, Fionnghuala. Frederick Douglass and the Atlantic World. Liverpool UP, 2007.
WEXLER, Laura. “‘Rightly Viewed:’ Theorizations of Self in Frederick Douglass’s Lectures on Pictures,” Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity, edited by Maurice Wallace and Shawn Michelle Smith, Duke University Press, 2012.
WHITE, Edward and Michael DREXLER. Beyond Douglass: New Perspectives on Early African-American Literature, Bucknell University Press, 2008.
WILSON, Ivy G. “On Native Ground, Transnationalism, Douglass, and the ‘Heroic Slave’.” PMLA 121.2 (2006): 453-68.

Douglass et les intellectuels noirs des Amériques

Ce blog est lancé à l’occasion du bicentenaire Frederick Douglass (2017-2018), ancien esclave qui devint militant abolitionniste, écrivain et journaliste. Ce fut la personnalité africaine-américaine la plus connue au XIXe siècle aux États-Unis, et également dans les Îles britanniques. Sa pensée et son combat inspirèrent ses contemporains, mais également les générations suivantes de militants des droits civiques.

Notre carnet a un triple objectif :
1/ offrir une interface numérique aux collègues français qui organisent des manifestations en 2018 au tour du bicentenaire de Douglass, dont un grand colloque international en octobre 2018 et des manifestations d’histoire publique (dans les écoles et musées);
2/ créer un lieu d’échange durable et interactif pour celles et ceux d’entre eux qui se lancent parallèlement dans la traduction en français d’œuvres de Douglass et d’autres intellectuels et intellectuelles noirs du XVIIIe et du XIXe siècle dans les Amériques (travail qui peut amener à l’organisation de journées d’études et séminaires dans les années à venir);
3/ comprendre une section pour les annonces de manifestations organisées en Amérique du Nord et en Europe.