Haiti Working Group
Attention will be focused on individuals who were forced to leave Haiti, either because they were victims of state violence or because they believed their lives and those of their family members to be threatened by the regime. the goal is to understand how this violence was conceived, and how it was executed by agents of the regime. In addition to its political dimensions, the Haiti Working Group seek to understand how state violence operated in the day-to-day lives of individuals, and in their relationships with family, friends and neighbors. Through interviews with forty individuals, recruited mainly through community organizations, we will examine personal trajectories of migration and insertion into Canadian society and how the experience and memories of violence have affected personal identity, sense of cultural belonging and social position and mobility in the adopted country.
This Working Group is also interested to know how these stories of violence are told and by whom? How can these stories be communicated to a general public? How can we transmit them to Montreal audiences and others through exhibits, theatrical performances, class courses, on-line educational activities and film and radio documentaries?
The Haiti Working Group research centers around life story interviews and the ways in which the knowledge from this research can be disseminated through both academic means and explorations in multimedia projects.