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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Announcements

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Haitian Studies Special Issue (Apr. 15, 2023)

This special issue emerges from the Sexualities Working Group of the Haitian Studies Association, a group of Haitian and U.S. American scholars and practitioners who have, since 2015 in different configurations, mobilized in coalition toward the rights to live creatively for Haitian LGBTQ/M-community, Vodouyizan, and all those who do not conform to sexual/gendered norms. Responding to a call made by our Haitian activist interlocutors to support their on-the-ground endeavors through increased dissemination of research on the construction and performance of genders and sexualities in Haiti, the editorial collective hopes this special issue will document, share, and collectivize mutual commitments to bolstering the work of queer crusaders and all those who dare to live creatively in Haiti and its diasporas.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Haiti and Africa: Unearthing and Exploring the Roots, Connections, and Possibilities (Feb. 15, 2023)

The keynote presentation, panels and roundtables will focus on the historical connections between Haiti and Africa, and the cultural, political, social, and economic specificities of Haiti that derive directly and indirectly from those connections. The conference will explore how the transatlantic slave trade and the colonial era, through the revolutionary and the post- independence shape contemporary Haitian realities. Papers will also seek parallels and intersections among contemporary Haitian and African realities as emergence of shared colonial and neocolonial experiences, and take stock of current intellectual, cultural, political, and economic links and gaps between Haiti and Africa.

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Upcoming Events

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Haitian Studies Wednesday Writing Group, Spring 2023

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 spring 2023 writing sessions will be every Wednesday (January 25th -May 3rd, 2023) at 12:00 PM Eastern Time.

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H.S.A.’s Members’ Corner!

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HSA Congratulates Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall

HSA Congratulates Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall!
Cal State San Marcos history professor Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall has been honored with the most prestigious award that faculty can receive in the California State University system.
Sepinwall was announced Tuesday as one of five winners of the Wang Family Excellence Award. Each year, the CSU recognizes four faculty and one staff member for their “unwavering commitment to student achievement and advancing the CSU mission through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.”

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Louisiana State University Alumni Spotlight: Petrouchka Moïse

Dr. Petrouchka Moïse is the first graduate of the LSU Doctor of Design in Cultural Preservation program, adding to her growing list of “firsts” in her many accomplishments. In the spring of 2020, Dr. Moïse became the first doctoral graduate of the College of Art & Design.

As part of the inaugural Doctor of Design cohort, Moïse’s doctoral research focused on the identity and role of the Haitian artist. Her dissertation and exhibition are titled “Mitan-Morphic: The Evolution of the Contemporary Haitian Artist in Relation to Trauma.” Her work showcased contemporary artists who no longer allow the lens on the Haitian culture to be out of focus or limited in its range.

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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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CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Haitian Studies Special Issue (Apr. 15, 2023)

This special issue emerges from the Sexualities Working Group of the Haitian Studies Association, a group of Haitian and U.S. American scholars and practitioners who have, since 2015 in different configurations, mobilized in coalition toward the rights to live creatively for Haitian LGBTQ/M-community, Vodouyizan, and all those who do not conform to sexual/gendered norms. Responding to a call made by our Haitian activist interlocutors to support their on-the-ground endeavors through increased dissemination of research on the construction and performance of genders and sexualities in Haiti, the editorial collective hopes this special issue will document, share, and collectivize mutual commitments to bolstering the work of queer crusaders and all those who dare to live creatively in Haiti and its diasporas.

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ICLS – Haitian Creole Language Instructor

We currently have a full-time opening for Haitian Creole Language Instructor II (LI2) at Department of Sate’s Foreign Service Institute (FSI). This position is to support a test kit project for the Language Testing Administration (LTA) at FSI. This position is scheduled to start on 3/1/2023, and temporarily scheduled to end on 8/31/2023 with a high likelihood of possible/further extensions.
This is a full-time position (8 hours a day / 40 hours per week / Mon-Friday). This position is 100% telework, but selected candidate(s) will be required to come to Washington DC area to get their DOD badge issued, and the appropriate Government computer account setup. 

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Haiti and Africa: Unearthing and Exploring the Roots, Connections, and Possibilities (Feb. 15, 2023)

The keynote presentation, panels and roundtables will focus on the historical connections between Haiti and Africa, and the cultural, political, social, and economic specificities of Haiti that derive directly and indirectly from those connections. The conference will explore how the transatlantic slave trade and the colonial era, through the revolutionary and the post- independence shape contemporary Haitian realities. Papers will also seek parallels and intersections among contemporary Haitian and African realities as emergence of shared colonial and neocolonial experiences, and take stock of current intellectual, cultural, political, and economic links and gaps between Haiti and Africa.

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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.