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Conference Program (2020)

Session 1: 11:00 a.m. – noon Eastern Time

[1A] Haiti in the Era of Climate Change: A Transnational Stakeholder’s Perspective in Haiti’s Governance and Challenges of Sustainability

Room: [A] Pòtoprens
Discussant: MacKendy Juste (GIOLA Build)

  • Community-University Partnership: Urban Agriculture Infrastructures
    Roswald Georges (Service en Evangélisation, Education et Développement (SEED))
  • Designing Community Strategies for Resilience
    Micheline Dorisca (Organisation pour la Protection de l’Environnement et du Traitement des Détritus (OPTED))
  • Union des Journalistes Photographes Haïtiens (UNJPH)
    Jackson Thimoté (Union des Journalistes Photographes Haitiens (UNJPH))
  • Re-penser les Terres Arables et Construction des Infrastructures Vertes
    Roseleine Juste Auguste (Organisation pour la Protection de l’Environnement et du Traitement des Détritus (OPTED))

[1B] Comment éviter le péril des musées en Haïti : Cas du musée du Bureau National d’Ethnologie
Room: [B] Okap
Discussant: Camille Louis (MUPANAH)

  • L’histoire du musée du Bureau National d’Ethnologie
    Lecoin Louis (Bureau National d’Ethnologie)
  • La collection archéologique du musée du Bureau National d’Ethnologie
    Jean Junior Theodore (Bureau National d’Ethnologie)
  • Le management du musée du Bureau National d’Ethnologie
    Assedius Belizaire (Bureau National d’Ethnologie)
  • La mise en valeur de la collection archéologique du musée du Bureau National d’Ethnologie
    Marc Joseph (UC Santa Cruz)

[1C] Henry Christophe at 200: Commemorating the End of an Era
Room: [C] Okay
Discussant: Marlene Daut (University of Virginia)

  • Gregory Pierrot (University of Connecticut, Stamford)
  • Chelsea Stieber (Catholic University of America)
  • Cameron Monroe (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Henry Stoll (Harvard University)

[1D] Kilti nimerik ak teknoloji nan vizyè kowonaviris la : Yon tab wonn ak kominote inivèsitè piblik ayisyen nou yo
Room: [D] Jakmèl
Discussant: Lynn Selby (Independent Scholar)

  • Roseline Lamartinière (Université d’Etat d’Haïti/Égalité pour la connaissance, la communication et la liberté)
  • Jean Mozart Feron (Université Laval/Université d’État d’Haïti)
  • Walex Pierre (Ministère de l’Éducation Nationale et de la Formation Professionnelle/Université d’État d’Haïti)
  • Yves Voltaire (Université Publique des Nippes)
  • Pierre Minn

[1E] Les infrastructures civiques, physiques et géopolitiques
Room: [E] Mibalè
Discussant: Jean-Eddy Saint Paul

  • ONG an Ayiti: Lafwa, Lespwa, Fristasyon ak Reziyasyon: Ka Komin Kanperen
    Elkins VOLTAIRE (Université d’État d’Haïti)
  • Nouvelles infrastructures d’aménagement face à la Gestion des déchets solides (DS) et écosystèmes dans le Parc National des 3 Baies (PN3B)
    Marc André Siméus (Université d’État d’Haïti), Jules-André Siméus (UEH) , Jean Fritz St-Fleur (UEH) , Silotte Paul (UEH)
  • Repenser Haïti dans la diplomatie promouvant un droit global dans une société internationale en mutation
    Mulry Mondélice (Professeur de droit international et diplomatie, Programme d’études internationales, Département des humanités et sciences sociales, Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Gouvernement du Canada)

[1F] Material Excavations: Women’s Lives, Revolutionary Stories and Memories of Exile
Room: [F] Aken
Discussant: Nathan Dize (Vanderbilt University)

  • Exmouth Cottage, Hastings and the Spectre of Marie-Louise Christophe
    Nicole Willson (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Rendering Revolution: Sartorial Approaches to Haitian History
    Siobhan Mei (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Rendering Revolution: Sartorial Approaches to Haitian History (Joint presentation with Siobhan Mei)
    Jonathan Square (University of Harvard)
  • Atlantic Womanhood: Louise Chancy Louverture, a Woman of Color in France
    Stephanie Chancy (Florida International University)

[1G] Transformative Dreams: New Visions for Haitian Studies
Room: [G] Pòdepè
Discussant: Kyrah Malika Daniels

  • Dreams of Freedom, Dreams of Death: Tessa Mars and Haiti’s Disfigured Body Politic
    Jana Braziel (Miami University)
  • A Critical Pedagogy of Haitian Studies
    Charmane Perry (University of Alabama Birmingham)

[1H] Political economies, ecologies of politics: Haiti in the world system
Room: [H] Gonayiv
Discussant: Alex Dupuy

  • The global lakou world-system
    Paul Mocombe (West virginia state university/the Mocombeian foundation)
  • Marchons Unis: The Effects State Building on Civic Engagement and Political Protest
    Benjamin Krause (University of California Berkeley)
  • Iridescence and Power: “Pearl of the Antilles” as a Political Economic Assertion
    Kiran Jayaram (University of South Florida)


KEYNOTE: 12:10 – 1:50 p.m. Eastern Time

Keynote panel:
Room: Ayiti


The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Nou la pi rèd’. It is an assertion that we are here, and we are here to stay. In Haiti and throughout the world, people are protesting against neoliberal austerity, state corruption, the shift to authoritarianism, and unbridled repression. This was how the call for proposals began, written long before COVID-19 and George Floyd (and Breonna Taylor and countless others whose names and lives don’t receive mainstream attention). Moments such as these oblige scholars and professionals to do more than talk or write. We are compelled to come together to think critically and productively about how theory and practice intertwine and how to incite meaningful change.

This year, instead of a single speaker, we are honored to have an amazing panel of keynote speakers:

Read more details here


Session 2: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

[2A] Importance de centres de gestion et de traitement de déchets pour la concrétisation des connaissances théoriques et pratiques au renforcement de la conscience écologique en Haïti

Room: [A] Pòtoprens
Discussant: James Philippe MICHEL (Groupe d’Intervention pour le Développement Durable (GIDD))

  • Pierre Robenson DUVAL (Groupe d’Intervention pour le Développement Durable (GIDD))
  • Domingue MIRACLE (Groupe d’Intervention pour le Développement Durable (GIDD))
  • Abram BELIZAIRE (Groupe d’Intervention pour le Développement Durable (GIDD))

[2B] The Haiti Reader 
Room: [B] Okap
Discussant: Regine Jean-Charles (Boston College)

  • Kaiama L. Glover (Barnard College & Columbia University)
  • Nadève Menard (Ecole Normale Superieure, Université d’État d’Haïti)
  • Millery Polyné (New York University)
  • Chantalle Verna (Florida International University)

[2C] Cohabitation du créole et du français pour un système éducatif haïtien sans exclusion et discrimination linguistique pour un meilleur rendement scolaire 
Room: [C] Okay
Discussant: Yolande Jean Pierre (Alliance Culturelle Haïtienne (ACHa))

  • Promotion et utilisation du créole comme langue d’apprentissage dans l’univers scolaire haïtien
    Alin BARBIER (Alliance Culturelle Haïtienne (ACHa))
  • Promotion et utilisation du français comme langue d’apprentissage dans l’univers scolaire haïtien
    Arielle BRISMARD (Alliance Culturelle Haïtienne (ACHa))
  • Cohabitation du créole et du français dans le système éducatif haïtien
    Martenson METAYER (Alliance Culturelle Haïtienne (ACHa))

[2D] Agriculture and Energy in Haiti: Sustaining Livelihoods and Natural Resources to Achieve Zero Hunger and Affordable and Clean Energy
Room: [D] Jakmèl
Discussant: Marc Cohen (Oxfam)

  • Andrew Tarter (University of Florida/Millennium Challenge Corporation)
  • Katie Kennedy Freeman (The World Bank)
  • Sowmya Krishnamoorthy (PADF)
  • Tonny Joseph (EHESS/Independent Consultant)

[2E] Lavi Miyò | On Resistance & Revolution (pdf)
Room: [E] Mibalè

Performance Viewing (25 mins) and Discussion w/ 3 Artists (30 mins)

[2F] Les espaces transgressives
Room: [F] Aken
Discussant: Cécile Accilien

  • Le Hip-hop en Haïti: espace d’expression des identités et de révolte
    Sandy Larose (Université Laval)
  • Comment dire l’indicible dans les musées en Haïti ?
    Jean Mozart FERON (Université Laval/Université d’État d’Haïti)

[2G] The Indiscipline: radical rethinking of interdisciplinary praxis
Room: [G] Pòdepè
Discussant: Gregory Pierrot

  • Rethinking Interdisciplinary Praxis Through Narratives Bodily Ecologies
    Beaudelaine Pierre (University of Minnesota)
  • Thinking in the Margins: Anténor Firmin, Exile, and the Praxis of Indiscipline
    Bastien Craipain (University of Chicago)
  • “Le poème tué”: Public Poetry as Political Praxis
    Guillermina De Ferrari (University of Wisconsin)

[2H] Fragilities in Haiti’s legal system and ‘stateless’ people
Room: [H] Gonayiv
Discussant: Jenny Greenburg

  • The Difficulty of Dwelling in Proximity: Challenges Facing the Justice of the Peace System in the Lower Artibonite Valley
    Marco Motta (University of Bern)
  • Fragile courts in fragile states: Gendered experiences in the Haitian judiciary
    Marianne Tøraasen (Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI))
  • What future for displaced people in Anse-à-Pitres, Haiti?
    Daniel Joseph (DePauw University)

[2I] Unwanted people, unruly spaces
Room: [I] Sen Mak
Discussant: Nathalie Pierre

  • “Imagining the Urban as Praxis: Reflections on Haitian Literature, Literary Studies, and Urban Theory in the Global South”
    John Walsh (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Archaeology of the Ile de la Tortue (Tortue Island), Haiti
    Daniel Koski-Karell (National Institute of Archaeology)


Session 3: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

[3B] Praxis environnementale à Canaan (Croix-des-Bouquets, Haïti): entre éthique et politiques de l’environnement

Room: [A] Pòtoprens
Discussant: Lefranc Joseph (Haiti State University & Centre Haïtien de Recherche en Sciences Sociales (CHARESSO))

  • Analyse de la question environnementale de Canaan à Haïti : éthique et politique de l’environnement
    Bernadin Larrieux (Université Publique du Centre, Haïti & Centre Haïtien de Recherche en Sciences Sociales (CHARESSO))
  • Pour une grammaire de l’action publique environnementale à Canaan au regard de la praxis environnementale
    Lefranc Joseph (Haiti State University & Centre Haïtien de Recherche en Sciences Sociales (CHARESSO))
  • Territoire et environnement comme praxis : Pour une redéfinition de l’occupation de l’espace à Canaan au regard de l’action publique
    Pierre Richard Joseph (Centre Haïtien de Recherche en Sciences Sociales (CHARESSO))

[3C] Manman Bèlè
Room: [B] Okap

  • Chelsey Kivland (Dartmouth College)
  • Moïse Pierre

The film Manman Bèlè (Mother of Bel Air), directed by Chelsey Kivland and Moïse Pierre, chronicles Fèt Pèpètyèl, Haiti’s annual patron saint festival held in Bel Air, Port-au-Prince. Despite Bel Air’s reputation as violent and volatile, thousands venture to the neighborhood every June for the festival. The film follows local leaders as they challenge negative perceptions by showcasing residents’ talents, generosity, and communal spirit.

[3D] Writing Resistance
Room: [C] Okay
Discussant: Lucy Swanson (University of Arizona)

  • Vengeful Spirits: Reclaiming debts to the past in Kettly Mars’ “L’ange du patriarche”
    Robert Sapp (College of Charleston)
  • The Black Feminist Gaze and the Performance of White Benevolence in Marie Vieux Chauvet’s “La danse sur le volcan”
    Jocelyn Franklin (University of Colorado-Boulder)
  • Power to the People? Tracing the Zombi in Gary Victor’s “La Piste des sortilèges”
    Lucy Swanson (University of Arizona)

[3E] Haiti’s Attempt to build Justice with Foreign Examples
Room: [D] Jakmèl
Discussant: Marco Motta (UNIL | Université de Lausanne)

  • The Role of Historic Black Universities in Justice Assistance in Haiti
    Reynold Verret (President of Xavier University of Louisiana)
  • The Role of the UN in Haiti
    Henry (Chip) Carey (Georgia State University)
  • Women’s judicial representation in post-conflict Haiti: Unintended gains of state-building efforts
    Marianne Tøraasen (CMI Chr. Michelsen Institute)

[3F] The Haitian Crisis: Exploring its Effects in the Country’s Economy, Religion, and Feminism
Room: [E] Mibalè
Discussant: Mamyrah Prosper (Davidson College)

  • Haitian Crisis: Feminist Movements and Struggles
    Sabine Lamour (UEH)
  • Haitian Economy: Approaches and conflicts
    Frédéric Gérald (UEH)
  • Haitian Crisis: Haitian Vodou and Social Changes
    Alexandra Cenatus (University of Florida)

[3G] A Conversation about Mimi Sheller’s Book: Island Futures (Duke UP, 2020)
Room: [F] Aken
Discussant: Mimi Sheller (Drexel University)

[3H] Local understandings of contemporary crises
Room: [G] Pòdepè
Discussant: Pierre Minn

  • Daprè ou menm, ki sa ONG ye? Camp-Perrin Residents’ Views on NGOs Post Hurricane Matthew
    Nadege Nau (University of South Florida)
  • Peyi Lòk Pa Ka Kenbe Nou: The Rebirth of the Mental Health Consciousness of “Nou La Pi Rèd!”
    Elizabeth Louis (Fogarty International Center, Harvard University)
  • Cholera in the Wake of the Neoliberal Flood: a hostile environment, a planned disaster
    Victoria Koski-Karell (University of Michigan)

[3I] Haitian Art: A Digital Crossroads
Room: [H] Gonayiv
Discussant: Jerry Philogène (Dickinson College)

  • Laura Wagner
  • Fredo Rivera (Grinnell College)
  • Peter Haffner (Centre College)
  • Petrouchka Moise (Grinnell College)


TOWN HALL / RASANBLEMAN: 5:10 – 6:50 p.m. Eastern Time

Room: Rasanbleman
Moments such as the current intersectional crisis oblige scholars and professionals to do more than talk or write. We are compelled to come together to think critically and productively about how theory and practice intertwine and how to incite meaningful change.This conference is an opportunity for conversations across advocacy NGOs, policymakers, and international institutions who will benefit from the reservoir of interdisciplinary knowledge that H.S.A. has been filling for over 30 years. How did we do? How can we evaluate ourselves individually and collectively?This Town Hall is an opportunity for members to deliberate on these urgent questions about our praxis as individual scholars/practitioners/artists as well as the association. What role should H.S.A. be playing? How do we get there?Read details here


Session 4: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time

[4B] Praxis beyond theory: local evaluation of research on NGOs
Room: [A] Pòtoprens
Discussant: Mark Schuller (NIU/Faculté d’Ethnologie)

  • Kaiting Jessica Hsu (Independent Scholar)
  • Sophonie Milande Joseph (Columbia University)
  • Castelline Tilus (Ayiti Analytics)
  • Elkins Voltaire (Faculté d’Ethnologie)
  • Nancy Marie Sherline Saint Louis (Universidade Brasilia (UnB))

[4C] Politics of identity and color in Haitian literature 
Room: [B] Okap
Discussant: Alyssa Sepinwall

  • “Une créole comme toi”: Creolized Reproductive Justice in “Rosalie l’infâme”
    Lindsey Meyer (Emory University)
  • “A Stronger Memory”: Edwidge Danticat’s Atemporal Altars to Haiti’s Past and Futures
    Hannah Hjerpe-Schroeder (Emory University)

[4D] Reimagining Soufrans Ayisysen (Haitian Suffering): Co-Creating Haitian American Innovative Mental Health Interventions, Professional Responses and Cultural Narratives during the COVID 19 Pandemic (pdf)
Room: [C] Okay
Discussant: Charlene Desir (Nova Southeastern University)

  • Elizabeth Louis (Harvard University/PIH)
  • Guy Jeanty (Jeanty Counseling and Consulting)
  • Pascale Denis (Private Practice)

[4E] Les grilles de lecture dominantes de la migration haïtienne en débat. Discours, usages et enjeux
Room: [D] Jakmèl
Discussant: Célucien L. JOSEPH, PhD (Associate Professor of English, Indian River State College, USA)

  • La migration haïtienne en question. Entre occultation et regard “impérialiste”
    Georges Eddy LUCIEN, Dr (Université d’État d’Haïti (UEH), Laboratoire dynamique des Mondes américains (LADMA), Ecole normale supérieure (ENS), Haïti)
  • Intrégration par le truchement de l’éducation: effacements, illusions et pratiques scolaires
    Marie Carmel PIERRE (Université Paris VIII Vincennes – Saint-Denis, France)
  • Association : sens, usages et enjeux dans la migration Le cas des associations haïtiennes en France
    Rébecca CADEAU (Université Sorbonne Paris Nord (USPN), Ecole doctorale Erasme, Laboratoire Pléiade, UFR LLSHS, Groupe de Travail “Mobilités, Spatialités” LabEx DynamiTe, France)

[4F] Comment cesser les inégalités pour les populations marginalisées?
Room: [E] Mibalè
Discussant: Carolle Charles

  • A quand va cesser la violence sur les femmes en Haïti?
    Ginette Francilus Sanon (Université d’État d’Haïti / Médecins Sans Frontières)
  • Invisibilisation des femmes dans la statuaire publique en Haïti
    Lus-Herna Rosimar (Université Notre Dame d’Haïti)
  • Condition étudiante à Port-au-Prince dans le contexte du Covid-19
    Ilionor LOUIS (Faculté d’Ethnologie de l’université d’État d’Haïti)

[4G] Diasporic Dilemmas: transforming solidarity politics and representations
Room: [F] Aken
Discussant: Nadège Clitandre

  • “Fear of a Black Republic: African Americans and the Struggle for Haitian Sovereignty, 1825-1862”
    Leslie Alexander (University of Oregon)
  • Teaching, Unlearning, and Transforming Representations of Haiti
    Joelle Vitiello (Macalester College)

[4H] New platforms, new contests: contemporary leadership from above and below
Room: [G] Pòdepè
Discussant:

  • Ayiti 2.0 enabled by technology and powered by entrepreneurship
    Marc Raphael ()
  • #Ayiti: Social Media Narrative Making in a Digitally Connected Haiti.
    Shearon Roberts (Xavier University of Louisiana)

[4I] Gouvernance pour le Développement : Capital humain et territoire
Room: [H] Gonayiv
Discussant: Raulin Cadet (Université Quisqueya)

  • Littératie financière et micro entrepreneuriat féminin : Cas des marchands de fruits à travers l’aire métropolitaine de Port-au-Prince
    Ciguino Hubermane (Université Quisqueya)
  • Gouvernance scolaire et dépenses publiques d’éducation en Haïti de 2005 à 2020
    Gassendy Calice (Université Quisqueya)
  • La reconnaissance du Territoire pour la Décentralisation en Haïti
    Ruth Myrtho Casséus