Breaking down prejudices
Professor Fumagalli launched her book in April 2015, and has since given public lectures in London, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Cuba. The audiences, which included artists, writers, journalists and human rights organisations, recognised the potential to break down prejudices and replace conflict with collaboration.
Her research has also been at the core of artistic and literary projects aimed at foregrounding and enhancing social and cultural unity, and at reaching neglected demographics on Hispaniola. It has helped encourage cultural promoters in the region to support interactions between Haitian and Dominican artists and invest in constructive dialogues with human rights organizations to support their advocacy.
The beneficiaries of these activities have praised On the Edge: Writing the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic for bringing to the fore "the role that Haitian and Dominican writing and visual art can play in the current political climate [and] in the deeply contentious debate currently underway on migration, racism and citizenship in Haiti and the Dominican Republic."