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The Haitian Revolution in Comics


May 18 2021


9:30 am - 10:30 am


Virtual Only

A Revolucao que deu origem au Haiti

The Haitian Revolution

From the Unthinkable to the Comics

Join us this Haitian Flag Day (Tuesday, May 18, in Brazil) at 9:30 am EDT for a conversation with Bethânia Pereira (Unicamp), Keilla Vila Flor (UnB), and Handerson Joseph (UFRGS) to celebrate the Portuguese translation of the comic book, The Revolution That Gave Birth to Haiti. The Portuguese edition was translated by Bethânia Pereira, Felipe Cittolin Abal, and Rodrigo C. Bulamah. Laurent Dubois, author of the original English version, and Rocky Cotard, the illustrator, will join the conversation. Rodrigo C. Bulamah (Unifesp) will moderate. In Portuguese and English.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Canal do Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas da Universidade Estadual de Campinas (IFCH/Unicamp), Escola de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (EFLCH)/Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp), and the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. Technical support provided by Coordenadoria de Eventos, Extensão e Difusão do IFCH/Unicamp.



The Revolution That Gave Birth to Haiti (2020)

English version

Illustrated by Rocky Cotard and written by Laurent Dubois, 10 pages

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A Revolução que deu origem ao Haiti (2021)

Portuguese version

Illustrated by Rocky Cotard, written by Laurent Dubois, and translated by Bethânia Pereira, Felipe Cittolin Abal, and Rodrigo C. Bulamah, 10 pages

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Revolisyon Ki Akouche Ayiti A (2020)

Haitian Creole version

Illustrated by Rocky Cotard, written by Laurent Dubois, and translated by Jacques Pierre, 10 pages

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About the Project

In 2017, approached historian Laurent Dubois about writing a comic book on the Haitian Revolution and proposed several artists as possible partners on the project. When schedules conflicted, it was Edwidge Danticat who, in a conversation with Dubois, recommended the young Haitian artist Rocky Cotard. Over the following year, Dubois supplied text, ideas, and archival images from which to work while Cotard drew on his own knowledge and experiences of the Caribbean and his artistic skill to render the story of the Revolution compelling for all ages ...


Bethânia Pereira

Bethânia Pereira has an M.A. degree in Social History from State University of Campinas (Unicamp), where she is now a PhD candidate. Her current research draws from the Atlantic trajectory of Jonathas Granville (1785-1839) to understand the entanglements between race and class in nineteenth-century Haiti. She is a member of…...

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Keilla Vila Flor Santos

Keilla Vila Flor Santos is an M.A. student in Social History at the University of Brasília (UnB). She works with activism and shares her teaching experiences on social media. Keila Santos has been a teacher for seven years in preparatory courses and in private and public schools. She is co-founder…...

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Handerson Joseph

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Handerson Joseph has a PhD in social anthropology from the Museu Nacional, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is associate professor of the Department of Anthropology at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). He was the co-founder (2016) and coordinator (2019-2020) and is currently professor at…...

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Rocky Cotard

Lesley University

Rocky Cotard defies the narrow representation of Haiti through media, encouraging pride in the Haitian experience. Cotard has been an adjunct professor at Lesley University, has exhibited his work in galleries, and has been featured in Migrating Colors: Haitian Art in New England, created by the Haitian Artists Assembly of…...

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Laurent Dubois

Duke University

Laurent Dubois is Professor of Romance Studies and History and the founder and Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars & Publics at Duke University. From 2010 to 2013, he was the co-director of the Haiti Laboratory of the Franklin Humanities Institute. He is the author of six books, including…...

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