An International Call for Papers on Rebuilding Post-Disaster Haiti:
Architecture and Cultural Identity.
Subject: Haiti Culture Code: An International Call for Papers
Dear Humanities Scholars:
Several days after the Haiti Earthquake, January 2010, many minority
architects and designers asked,” What to do?”. The short term solution–send tents to Haiti. The long term solution? Think of Haiti as the New Utopia for the African Diaspora.
Immediately, we launched the following website: www.haiticulturecode.com with an International Call for Papers on the subject of Rebuilding New Haiti: Architecture and Cultural Identity. Once the tents are gone, how might we proactively encourage Haiti to consider the long term 25 year plan.
What aspects of Haitian culture must be preserved, physically, socially, culturally? What should be disbanded? We need to hear from diverse disciplines: historians, geographers, environmentalists, humanitarians, cultural anthropologists, inter-culturalists. We need a matrix of scholars to share insight on “culture and nation-building.”
The results of the Call for Papers will be presented at the National
Organization of Minority Architects Conference in Boston October 7-9, 2010 via four superb panels on Haiti and the Rebuild Effort.
There, high ranking Haitian officials will review the papers and take this thinking into consideration as they go forward to plan for the rebuilding of their country. Please go to the website and answer this call.
Also go the Black Design News Network, www.blackdesignnews.com to get the latest update on Diaspora designers and Haiti. Please circulate this Haiti Culture Code call to your network of scholars so that papers can be presented to Haitian officials in Boston, this Fall 2010.
Editor Haiti Culture Code
Black Design News Network