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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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

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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.


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

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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Stanford University – Faculty Position in Afro-Caribbean Studies and/or Afro-Latin American Studies (Oct. 1, 2024)

The Department of African and African American Studies (DAAAS) at Stanford University is conducting an open-rank search for a faculty position in Afro-Caribbean Studies and/or Afro-Latin American Studies in the humanities, arts, or humanistic social sciences, to be appointed at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor depending on candidate qualifications. The position is open to scholar-researchers or practicing artist-scholars with a PhD or MFA.

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Journal of Haitian Studies


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

Guest Editors: Rebecca Dirksen and Lois Wilcken

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H.S.A.’s Blog on the Environment


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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