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University of Florida (Gainesville, FL 32611-0001)
Benjamin Hebblethwaite (Project Director: December 2011 to December 2019)
Laurent Marc Dubois (Co Project Director: December 2011 to December 2019)

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$240,804 (approved)
$226,221 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2017

Archive of Haitian Religion and Culture

The collection and scholarly interpretation of materials relating to Vodou religious practice for an online archive containing texts, audiovisual materials, and interpretive essays. (36 months)

This collaborative partnership spearheaded by the University of Florida and Duke University seeks to improve the understanding of a central Haitian and Haitian-American spiritual tradition by gathering the audiovisual and textual sources of Vodou communities, by interpreting what we collect, by expanding the holdings through a self-submission tool, and by diffusing the knowledge via an open access digital library hosted within the existing Digital Library of the Caribbean. This project is part of a tradition of scholarly work stretching back to the early 20th century that has sought to counter reductionist and racist visions of the religion through ethnography, analysis of culture and music, and an exploration of the role of Vodou in Haiti’s founding revolution. The Vodou Archive is a first-of-its-kind digital library dedicated to curating and sharing the multimedia sources of Vodou.