Haitian Studies Association

Announcements & Upcoming Events

Happy New Year HSA Members!

We hope this message finds you well, with soft landings into 2024. We want to wish everyone a peaceful and healthy new year.
2023 was a year filled with challenges including wars around the world on the African continent, in the Middle East, and in Europe and the ongoing instability and kidnapping in our own Haiti. In the United States as elsewhere in the world, we continue to be confronted with public backlash against movements to repair the harms of sexism, racism, and other forms of marginalization and oppression. As academics, artists, activists and practitioners, we continue to move forward despite significant obstacles in our universities and other work environments where new formulations of old challenges have emerged around curriculum, public health, freedom of speech, and the politics of diversity and representation. Our very presence and inclusive platforms in teaching, research, and administration continue to be perceived as threats to an academy that is still exclusionary to this date. Now more than ever the work that each one of you does to bring about justice and different forms of knowledge remains vitally important. A luta continua ! 

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Calendar of Events

Events in March–May 2024

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Upcoming Events


Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (Mar. 8, 2024)

Friday, March 8th, 2024 | 12PM-1PM CST via zoom
Join the LSU Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS) on Friday, March 8th for a lecture with Dr. Alyssa Sepinwall, where she will discuss her book Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (University Press of Mississippi 2021). Long silenced in academia, the Haitian Revolution has made some surprising appearances in popular culture, ranging from a Chris Rock comedy to video games. This talk will consider how these media have portrayed the Haitian Revolution, and the challenges Haitian artists have in creating their own depictions of the Revolution.

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Authors Meet Readers Roundtable: The Sexual Politics of Empire (Jan. 26, 2024)

FRIDAY, JAN 26, 2024 | 1pm CST/2pm ET
The Sexual Politics of Empire (2022, University of Illinois Press, ISBN: 0252044754) by Erin L. Durban was recognized, in an earlier version, as a significant contribution to American studies as the winner of the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize, as well as the NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. Now published, this book—the first monograph engaging the “LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) community” in Haiti—is of great importance to the field of transnational American studies, exploring the long term effects of U.S. imperialism in Haiti in relationship to racialized gender and sexuality. This Author Meets Readers roundtable contributes to the conference-wide theme “Solidarity: What Love Looks Like in Public,” which calls on us to address the responsibilities of transnational American studies scholar-activists to ensure that we are engaging the lives of those who live in the shadows of U.S. empire and showing up to transform social relationships through solidarity work. 

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Gang Proliferation and the Political Crisis in Haiti: An Intricate Web (Dec. 15, 2023)

Upcoming online event: Gang Proliferation and the Political Crisis in Haiti: An Intricate Web
Get ready to delve into the tangled web of gang proliferation and political crisis in Haiti.

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