“Just to Stay Alive”: HIV Positive Haitian Refugees and Living Death at Guantánamo -a talk by Naomi Paik
Tue, November 29, 2011 • 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM • Gebauer Bldg. 4th Floor Conference Room (GEB 4.214)
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Gebauer Bldg. 4th Floor Conference Room (GEB 4.214)
As part of the CWGS New Faculty Development Program, Naomi Paik (American Studies and Center for Asian American Studies) will give her talk on “Just to Stay Alive”: HIV Positive Haitian Refugees and Living Death at Guantánamo
This talk is a legal and cultural analysis of Haitian Centers Council v. Sale, a federal lawsuit brought against the U.S. state on behalf of nearly 300 HIV positive Haitian refugees imprisoned in a U.S.-operated refugee camp at Guantánamo Bay from 1991-1994. While situating this camp in histories of U.S. imperialism in the Caribbean, racial discourses linking Haitians and AIDS, and U.S. exclusion of Haitian refugees, it centers its analysis on a cultural reading of the legal archive of refugee testimonies. By reading these forms of evidence—like affidavits, depositions, and personal letters—as both story-telling and truth-telling, I examine how the refugees grappled with their rightless condition, enduring a minimal existence in a camp between life and death.