Haitian Studies Association

Welcome to the Haitian Studies Association

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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Giving Tuesday 2022

The proverb says: “Anpil men chay pa lou” [With many hands the load is lighter]. As an academic organization, HSA continues to provide ongoing programs to help us remain connected to scholarship in Haiti and stay aware of current events. We also offer important information to our membership, Haitian scholars and others interested in Haiti. November 29, 2022 is Giving Tuesday. We ask you to consider donating to HSA in whatever capacity you can. Bay piti pa di chich. [Anything you give is appreciated].
Mèsi anpil! Thank you!

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Haitian Studies Association's Annual Conference

Thanks to all who joined us in Washington this October for our 34th annual conference. Visit our conference section to see all our highlights.

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Upcoming Events

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Haitian Studies Wednesday Writing Group

Writing assignments can be easier to complete when you have a regular schedule and become a part of a supportive community. If you are looking for an hour of distraction-free time to write, read, or plan your scholarly activities, please join the Haitian Studies Wednesday Writing Group. All scholars are welcomed. The writing group will meet every Wednesday (October 19th – December 28, 2022) at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.

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Lunch & Learn with Local Haitian Civic Leaders (Nov. 30th, 2022)

We are equipping civic leaders who will transform Haiti’s classrooms and communities into spaces that will be foundational to Haiti’s citizens reclaiming their identity and agency. We believe that education will be the next cultural revolution in our mighty Haiti. We know Haiti’s potential and, for almost ten years, our network of now 450+ civic leaders have been contributing to community transformation.
Our new series of “lunch-n-learn” sessions are meant to help us continue to build meaningful allyship as we expand connections that reinforce and elevate the work of APA’s civic leaders.

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Emerging Scholars Café (Dec. 9, 2022)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its last Emerging Scholars Café for the year on December 9, 2022 at 2:00 pm EDT on Zoom. 
We welcome Samantha Schifano, doctoral student at University of Buffalo, to present “Caribbean/Eco-Criticism/French Literature” and Jameson Léopold, masters student at Université de Toulouse, on the topic “The implementation of a public policy to prevent the brain drain from Haiti.” We also welcome Dr Cécile Accilien, professor at Kennesaw State University, as commentator for this panel. Presentations will be in English and French followed by a discussion in all three languages (English, Creole, French). We look forward to having you with us.

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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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Caribbean Development Bank Scholarship (Nov. 28, 2022)

To further CDB’s support of procurement capacity building in the Caribbean and to develop the strategic design and utilisation of public procurement, CDB is pleased to offer, through technical assistance funds provided by the Government of the Republic of Italy, a scholarship for a candidate to complete the International Master in Public Procurement  at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The programme runs from March 2023 to February 2024.  The selected candidate would be required to be based in Rome for a period of 4.25 months.

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Journal of Haitian Studies

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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.