Haitian Studies Association

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The Haitian Studies Association supports scholarship on Haiti and provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas and knowledge in order to inform pedagogy, practice, and policy about Haiti in an international community.

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34th Annual Conference:

Mawonaj / Marronage / Maroonage: 

Haitian Studies as a Space of Refuge, Resistance, and Freedom

October Friday 7th – Sunday 9th, 2022

Howard University – Washington, D.C.

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 7 – 9, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora.


Conference Updates

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2022 Conference Program Outline

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 8:30am: Smithsonian Gallery Tour at NMAAHC (limited slots available to conference attendees) 11:30am & 12:30pm: Haitian Archives Tours (2) at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center/Library (limited slots available to conference attendees) Moorland-Spingarn staff will provide a tour of the historic research center. You will learn about the Haiti materials housed at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. There […]

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Important Information About the H.S.A. Conference

We hope this message finds you well. We would like to thank you for your interest in participating in this year’s conference in Washington D.C. at Howard University (October 7 – 9, 2022). We look forward to seeing you!
Here you can find important information about the upcoming conference.

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Upcoming Events

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H.S.A. Working Groups – Informal Virtual Event (Oct. 5, 2022)

Are you interested in learning more about the H.S.A.’s working groups and how you can get involved? Please join representatives of the Sexualities, Environmental Understanding and Archives and Public Memory Working Groups to learn about what each group has done so far, what we are planning for the future, and to participate in an informal discussion and Q&A.

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Virtual Advocacy Training – Using your power to positively influence U.S. foreign policy (Oct. 6, 2022)

For starters—what is policy advocacy and how is it different from, and complementary to, political activism? How can you leverage your power to influence U.S. foreign policy toward Haiti? Moreover, working for justice on any issue, including through policy advocacy, is an exhausting process, as so many different issues are pressing for our time and attention. Learn how to craft an advocacy strategy that also acknowledges the need for self-care and maintaining energy for long-term, effective engagement. Attendees will come away with best practices for advocacy and a deeper understanding of various advocacy tools and how to use them.

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Action for Haiti (Oct. 7 & 9, 2022 – In Person)

On September 22, a rally and press conference demanding the U.S. end racism in the immigration system, specifically directed at Haitians, launched activities focused on human rights in Haiti. Building on this moment during the first week of October, thousands of people will be in Washington, DC for Haiti-themed events including A Week on Haiti, the Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference, and the Haitian Ladies Network Annual Weekend. This is an extraordinary opportunity to bring together three key groups – Haitians coming from Haiti, the Haitian American diaspora, and solidarity activists – to build one broad coalition that is too big to be ignored.

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Announcing the Emerging Scholars Café!

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Emerging Scholars Café

The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) is pleased to announce the creation of a space for discussion and exchange dedicated primarily to emerging researchers. If you have a research project in progress or have completed your first major research project within the last two years, you are invited to present your research, your proposal, or preliminary results, or the methodological, epistemological, and ethical challenges in your experience as an emerging researcher. If you meet the following eligibility criteria, please complete the form. The Emerging Scholars committee will contact you.

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Opportunities

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Rice University – Assistant Professor in Black French Studies (Oct. 1, 2022)

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Black French Studies. Rice University’s Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures, in collaboration with the Center for African and African American Studies, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Black French Studies. The successful candidate will have a research specialization in at least one of the following areas: post-1900 Francophone Africa; the Francophone Caribbean; cultures of migration in the Francophone Atlantic world; colonialism and democracy in French-speaking Africa and/or the Caribbean. Candidates with additional expertise in at least one of the following areas are strongly preferred: gender studies; postcolonial theory; history of slavery; visual culture and media studies. Candidates should have a strong teaching interest in Blackness in Francophone Africa.

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Working Group – Working across Disciplines toward Environmental Understanding for Haiti

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The Energy Potential of Marine Macroalgae in Haiti

Haiti, like most Caribbean countries, faces a growing energy crisis due to the increasing costs of fossil fuels and the lack of indigenous domestic energy supplies. Biofuels are increasingly considered as alternatives to fossil fuels to power modern societies, but they carry their own negative environmental impacts and limitations. In order for biofuels to make a more positive impact on the energy economy of Haiti, three conditions must be met: (i) a new source of millions of tons of sustainably sourced biomass must be discovered with fewer negative environmental impacts than fuel wood; (ii) the biomass must be safely and efficiently transformed into a useful fuel to serve the needs of homes and industries; and (iii) an entire transportation and distribution network has to be created to place this new energy supply in the hands of the end users. Today, we will discuss our research into turning sargassum seaweed into useful biogas energy.

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Journal of Haitian Studies – Latest five issues available

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Journal of Haitian Studies Issues

Members of the Haitian Studies Association receive our journal, the Journal of Haitian Studies. Presently we have our last five issues available to all current members. Members can log to read the currently available issues electronically.

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Working Groups 

Last year the H.S.A. piloted Working Sessions, to great enthusiasm from our members. The five live webinars from three Working Sessions were well attended, and generated interest to keep this series of bottom-up interdisciplinary spaces going.

Members like you have asked for new ways of connecting, being involved, and many of you have expressed the desire to make our collective scholarship relevant to conversations in policymaking, philanthropy, and legislation regarding Haiti. We know that cultivating a diverse and inclusive scholarly community, a lakou, is one of the ongoing strengths of our association. Working Groups will both build on this strength and foster more engaged scholarship.

Haitian Studies Association Membership Directory

With the goal of connecting our membership with the population at large, we now have a database of our members that opted to have their information available. It is our hope this directory can aid in connecting people of common goals in fruitful communication.