STEM)Summary of your research in France and how it related to your thesis project (in English) : My aim is to spend eight months in France (Oct. 2021-May 2022) conducting dissertation research into the origins, nature, and consequences of the 1825 Haitian Indemnity Debt. Understanding the uses and meanings of the debt for a range of French and Haitian actors-abolitionists, politicians, diplomats, merchants, investors, bankers, and former colonists as well as the colonized-is my goal, along with understanding how the concept of reparations was first proposed and acted on. Most of my time will be spent consulting bank records, trade inventories, correspondences, and consular records in the Archives Nationales, the Bibliothèque Nationale, the Compagnie des Agents de Change, and the Caisse des Dépôts in Paris, but shorter research trips will be necessary to Aix-en- Provence to visit the Centre des Archives d' Outre Mer, and to Roubaix to access bank
records for the debt held by the Archives Nationales du monde du travail. While other historians have utilized these archives, no one has placed these varied sources in conversation with one another. Additionally, the Chateaubriand Fellowship would allow me to receive guidance from economic historians of imperial France based at Sciences Po in Paris. Specifically, the mentorship of Professor Nicholas Delalande at Sciences Po, whose commitment to telling French history through global and financial methods is a model for my work, would provide me with the resources to expand my dissertation's argument beyond imperialism and emancipation to include new forms of nineteenth- century banking and finance. Participation in Sciences Po's recently established "Finance and Society" network will allow me to further establish connections with other researchers in France, and Professor Delalande has graciously offered to include me in the program's seminars and events.
(STEM)How many months do you plan on spending at your host laboratory in France? :