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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Events Calendar

Events in September–November 2021

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    Deadline for Early Bird Conference Registration
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    2021 Nominations for the H.S.A. Board [Call for Applications]
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    Universite Quisqueya: Haiti Earthquake Relief [Online Event]
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    The Haitians Book Club: Translations
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    Translating Haiti: On the Academic Job Market [Online Event]
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    Religions for Peace, Democracy, and Mutual Understanding: Vodou and Christianity in Interreligious Dialogue [Call for Papers]
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    What can we do about the violations at the U.S. Border? (September, 27 2021)
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    Free eBooks on Haiti and Discount Code for Print Editions [Rutgers University Press]
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    Be a part of the solution – Join H.S.A. and partners in Advocacy Day (October 21, 2021)

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Working Group – Working across Disciplines toward Environmental Understanding for Haiti

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Journal of Haitian Studies available online

The last three issues of Journal of Haitian Studies are available online to all our members. Please read here the editors latest announcement.

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.

The Haitians Book Club

The Haitians Book Club welcomes students and scholars, both inside and outside the academy, to a series of discussions of The Haitians: A Decolonial History, author Jean Casimir’s landmark work of theory and history. Beginning in August 2021, the club will hold four virtual, monthly meetings, free and open to the public. During these meetings, participants will focus our discussion on one of the following themes from The Haitians: translation; slavery and freedom; sovereignty and the state; and colonialism and decoloniality. An invited scholar or pair of scholars will lead each discussion and lend their expertise to our collective attempt to think about Haiti and the world through The Haitians.