Welcome

I am an Associate Professor of Francophone Studies in the Département d’études françaises (Department of French Studies) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  

I study Haitian efforts to imagine solidarity and community with the indigenous inhabitants of Hispaniola, the Taíno.

Researcher

Although few Taíno survived the Spanish invasion of Hispaniola that began in 1492, memory of the Taíno persisted in independent Haiti (1804), nourishing constitutional revisions, the nation’s early periodicals, the country’s first serious histories, collections of poetry, stories, countless plays, and even botanical texts. My research provides an account of how and why Haitians have made claim to the Taíno at particular moments of history, and what these claims mean for a predominantly Black diasporic people.

Teaching

I teach courses on the French language, French Caribbean literature, Black anticolonialism, translation, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching

Contact

Dr. Michael C. Reyes

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mcr6@queensu.ca
+1 (613) 533-2082

DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH STUDIES
Kingston Hall, Room 300
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel/Tél : 613 533 2090
Fax/Télécopieur : 613 533 6522

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