Dannelle Gutarra Cordero: Scientific Racism in the French Debate about General Liberty during the Haitian Revolution

Wed, Oct 16, 2019, 12:00 pm


This presentation aims to explore the influence of scientific racism in the primary sources of the contemporary transatlantic debate about general liberty during the historical episode of the Haitian Revolution. This paper simultaneously identifies and contextualizes the presence of monogenism, polygenism, biological determinism, geographical determinism, and historical determinism in the dissertations full of figurative language that distinguish the discursive conflicts of revolutionary Saint-Domingue.

Dannelle Gutarra Cordero is Lecturer in African American Studies at Princeton University. She has been a Visiting Fellow of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico and Virginia Commonwealth University. Gutarra Cordero is the Editorin-Chief of the peer-reviewed academic journal Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America. At Princeton, she has previously chaired the Postcolonial Humanities Working Group and taught at the Princeton Writing Program and the Freshman Scholars Institute.

Lunch provided. Free and open to the public.

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