Found in Translation: Arnaud Richard

Commemorative naming on Hispaniola: one massacre, two countries, three languages, and different points of view

Arnaud Richard, Associate Professor, Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III

In 1937, more than 20,000 Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were massacred within a few days by the Dominican army and police forces. These mass murders remain little known in modern world history, but their memory is still vivid (especially in the victim country).

Using a combined approach that draws on lexical semantics and discourse analysis (with a discourse historical approach), I attempt to contribute to genocide studies by examining this understudied massacre. Specifically, I investigate the role of event naming for this massacre. Further, in analyzing representations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the media (mainly the printed press), I consider the relationship between references to the 20th-century massacre and 21st-century massive exclusion.

*Please join us for our final spring talk and an end-of-semester celebration*

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

12 – 1:30 p.m. • B-37 Dwinelle Hall