Haitian Studies Association

Past Conferences

2022 Pre-Conference Events

Wednesday, October 5th

H.S.A. Working Groups – Informal Virtual Event

1:00pm – 3:00pm Zoom – Open to the public

Are you interested in learning more about the H.S.A.’s working groups and how you can get involved? Please join representatives of the Sexualities, Environmental Understanding and Archives and Public Memory Working Groups to learn about what each group has done so far, what we are planning for the future, and to participate in an informal discussion and Q&A. 

The Sexualities Working Group brings together U.S. and Haiti-based scholar-practitioners-activists to mobilize toward the rights to live creatively for Haitian LGBTQ/M-community, Vodouyizan, and all those who do not conform to sexual/gendered norms. It catalyzes new networks and knowledge between scholars, activists, artists, and queer Haitians living in resistance to multiple assaults on their existence. The Environmental Understandings Working Group focuses on the past, present, and future of Haiti’s ecosystems, seeking to define a set of recommendations for management of Haitian land and natural resources in a time of climate change and profound environmental challenges, and develop more effective models of environmental communication. The Archives and Public Memory Working Group is a generative, collaborative space that will provide practical resources for archivists, library workers, and cultural heritage workers, researchers, and others to enable people in Haiti and the diaspora to be aware of and access existing archives, and provide knowledge and resources to preserve, store, and catalogue archival collections.

Thursday, October 6th

Virtual Advocacy Training

Using your power to positively influence U.S. foreign policy

You can view the recorded event here.

3:00pm – 4:30pm Zoom – Open to the public

Presenter: Alan Yarborough, Church Relations Officer, Office of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church and chair, Haiti Advocacy Working Group

Special Guests:

Congresswoman Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick FL-20

Guerline Jozef, Founder and Executive Director Haitian Bridge Alliance, Black Immigrants Bail Fund, Cameroon Advocacy Network

Description: For starters—what is policy advocacy and how is it different from, and complementary to, political activism? How can you leverage your power to influence U.S. foreign policy toward Haiti? Moreover, working for justice on any issue, including through policy advocacy, is an exhausting process, as so many different issues are pressing for our time and attention. Learn how to craft an advocacy strategy that also acknowledges the need for self-care and maintaining energy for long-term, effective engagement. Attendees will come away with best practices for advocacy and a deeper understanding of various advocacy tools and how to use them.

DEPORTED Film Screening & Discussion

4:30pm – 6:00pm University of Maryland – St Mary’s Hall, Multi-Purpose Room (Free and open to the public)

6:00pm – 7:00pm Q&A Roundtable with Professors Cécile Accilien (Kennesaw State), Valérie Orlando (Umd Fren) & Phd student Ligia Neryanna Gonzalez (Umd Spap)

DEPORTED follows members of a unique group of men in Haiti: criminal deportees from North America. Since 1996, the United States has implemented a policy of repatriation of all foreign residents who have been convicted of crimes. Every two weeks, about 50 Haitian nationals are deported from the United States; 40 percent are convicted legal residents who completed their jail sentence in America. Through the portraits and interviews of four deportees in Haiti and their families in North America, DEPORTED presents the tragedy of broken lives, forced separation from American children and spouses, alienation and stigmatization endured in a country they don’t know and don’t understand.

The Q&A Roundtable will be recorded and available at a later date. 

Friday, October 7

8:30am: Smithsonian Gallery Tour at NMAAHC (limited slots available to conference attendees)

11:30am & 12:30pm: Haitian Archives Tours (2) at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center/Library (limited slots available to conference attendees)

Moorland-Spingarn staff will provide a tour of the historic research center. You will learn about the Haiti materials housed at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. There is a curated exhibit of select materials.
Registered conference attendees who showed interest will receive a sign up email. 

1:00pm – 3:00pm: Gade dèyè pouse devan: Emerging scholars dreaming maroon futures

Location: Meridian International Center

1630 Crescent Place, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (This is 1 mile walk or 16 minute bus ride from Howard Campus)

This reflective workshop is open to all emerging scholars and practitioners including students at all levels and those in the early stages of their careers. We will think together to learn from each other and envision a meaningful future for emergent Haitian studies.

We will raffle off three books that informed this workshop theme to attendees: la paperson, 2017. A Third University Is Possible; Jean Casimir, 2020. The Haitians: A Decolonial History; Crystal Eddins, 2021. Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora. Come for the free books, stay for the comraderie! RSVP to receive updates and details on the location.

3:00pm – 6:00pm: Check-in and On-site registration in Douglass Hall

4:00pm: Welcome reception in the Blackburn Center

7:00pm: Emerging Scholars Networking Dinner

Location: Gisele’s Creole Cuisine, 2407 Price Ave, Silver Spring MD 20902; (301) 933-1340. (9 miles from Howard University, 45-60 minutes by public transport, 30 minutes by car)

The board of the Haitian Studies Association is pleased to host emerging scholars for a dinner to network and build community with bon mange. Please RSVP as soon as possible to provide an accurate count and indicate dietary restrictions. There will be vegetarian and meat options (no pork) available. Transportation will not be provided but details forthcoming for a meetup location (Yours Truly Hotel or Howard) to car/taxi pool.

Transportation coordination: 
If you would like to take public transportation with a group (bus 79 to red line) please meet at registration desk in Douglass Hall, Howard University at 5:40pm (with appropriate fare)
If you would like to rideshare with others (lyft/uber) meet at the registration desk in Douglass Hall, Howard University at 6:00pm