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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36th Annual Conference

HSA’s 36th Annual Conference

Nou Tout Se Moun | Centering Gender, Feminist Practice and Embodiment in the work of Decolonizing Haitian Studies

October 10th – 14th, 2024

Brooklyn College, New York City, NY

Call for Papers


Upcoming Events

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May 2024: A Feminist Reading of the “Crisis” (May 20, 2024)

This panel engages the recent political events in Haiti from a perspective that centers the voices, experiences, and analyses of women. It also recognizes the interlocking systems of oppression and the ways in which they are manifested in the current crisis. The panel offers a feminist reading of the current conjuncture, its historical roots, and its geopolitical significance.

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Members’ Corner

HSA’s Members’ Corner is a place where we highlight recent works and accomplishment of our members. HSA members interested in sharing their highlights can contact us.

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What Haiti Needs Is Human Rights Support - Not More Military Interventions

The past few days have seen unprecedented violence and an escalated humanitarian crisis in Haiti that has reached unimaginable proportions. De facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was traveling this past weekend, is unable to return to Haiti as gang leaders threaten to create even more chaos if he returns. Meanwhile according to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, the U.S. has asked Henry to 'move forward on a political process that will lead to the establishment of a presidential transitional council that will lead to elections.'

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The crisis in Haiti, explained

PODCAST
Haiti is in the grip of a deepening crisis. Armed gangs are expanding their control of the Caribbean nation through increasingly violent attacks.
A state of emergency was declared on Sunday after gangs raided two prisons, freeing thousands of inmates. Hours later, they launched an assault on the country’s main airport. One gang leader is warning of a 'civil war that will end in genocide' if Haiti’s Prime Minister remains in power.

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Opportunities

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Call for Papers 'Producing and Receiving the 19th Century' (Mar. 15, 2024)

The 2024 Semicentennial Colloquium of the Nineteenth Century French Studies Association, welcomes submissions on the theme of 'Producing and Receiving the 19th Century,' and will be held at Duke University in Durham, NC, from September 19-21, at the beautiful Washington Duke Inn, with a Keynote by Professor Laure Murat.

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HSA Emerging Scholars: The Mapou: Peer Support Groups

THE MAPOU: PEER RASIN GROUPS seeks to hold space for any member of HSA to have the opportunity to build professional relationships that foster community, accountability, and career advancement/discernment. Mapou participants commit to joining a year-long rasin group that meets twice a semester and once in the summer (five total). Mapou meetings are structured around a set of questions that help move professionals toward the program goals of building intentional community, creating accountability, and supporting professional advancement. 

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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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Journal of Haitian Studies

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Journal of Haitian Studies Spring 2023 – Volume 29, Number 1

SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Guest Editors: Rebecca Dirksen and Lois Wilcken

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H.S.A.’s Blog on the Environment

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Microplastics and Environmental Health: Identification of the Environmental Hazards in Haiti

Over the past several decades, various studies have highlighted the impact of microplastics (MP) on living organisms. By definition, MP refers to all plastic particles with a size less than 5 mm in diameter according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency of the United States (NOAA). They are themselves pollutants and act as vectors for the transport of various types of chemicals in natural ecosystems. Depending on their characteristics, they are easily introduced into the environment by wind and heavy rains and persist there due to their low solubility. They can be found in: seawater, freshwater, agroecosystems, atmospheric, food and aquatic environments, drinking water, natural biota as well as other remote locations (Lambert et al., 2014).

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Dappiyanp sou Tè: Seizure of Land, Rights, and Sustainability in Haiti

The month of May in Haiti has customarily celebrated the worker, and until very recent times people understood “worker” as one who tilled the soil. The month kicks off with Labor Day conflated with May Day, the former rooted in labor organizing and the latter in rural festivals marking the start of summer. Practitioners of Haitian Vodou salute Azaka Mede, spirit of the earth and farmers, throughout the month.

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