Haitian Studies Association

Past Events

Kosanba 2023 Colloquium XIV (Oct. 5th-8th, 2023)

Kalfou, the crossroads, stands as a majestic symbol uniting the cosmovision of several intersecting Africana religious systems and spiritual practices. As an emblem, it encapsulates the idea of chance, fate, possibilities and the passage of time, uniting the realms of the visible and invisible in the past, present and future. At the crossroads, we greet those who are just beginning their life’s journey and we accompany those who are transitioning to the ancestral realm. The kalfou offers a powerful intersection in which people convene, exchange ideas, and gather strength in collectivity.

KOSANBA’s 14th Conference, Pan-Africanism at the Kalfou: Vodou & Africana Religions at the Crossroads, encourages exploration of Pan-Africanism, the belief that all people of African descent share common interests and should be unified in their political, socio-cultural, and spiritual ventures. Examining Pan-Africanism as a crossroads urges us to consider the relational politics existing between African religious traditions and their cultural communities.

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