Be a part of the solution – Join H.S.A. and partners in Advocacy Day (October 21, 2021)
Vin pote kole pou solisyon an – Rejwenn Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen nan Jounen Pledwari a (21 oktòb, 2021)
2021 has seen an unprecedented series of disasters for the world’s first free Black republic: in addition to COVID and its economic crisis, Haitian people have faced a constitutional crisis, state-sanctioned violence and human rights violations – both in Haiti and along the U.S.-Mexico border – the assassination of the president, two earthquakes and a deadly hurricane with several more months in the hurricane season extended because of climate change.
Haitian Studies Association has attempted to step up and fulfill our responsibility to make our reservoir of knowledge accessible to journalists, activists, and policymakers, convoking timely conversations. If you haven’t already done so, please register for Monday’s emergency brainstorming with Haitian Bridge Alliance on what to do about the situation on the border, 8 p.m. Eastern.
This conversation continues – we invite you to join H.S.A. and partners American Jewish World Service, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University, the Haiti Advocacy Working Group, Haiti Response Coalition, Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti and the North American Congress on Latin America, for Advocacy Day – Thursday, October 21.
Advocacy Day begins with a Workshop on Sustainable Advocacy Strategies from 1-2:30 Eastern. Learn how to craft an approach to policy advocacy 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.
Following this is a public Briefing, Disentangling Discourses of Disaster, 3-5 p.m. Eastern. This panel offers timely analyses from a diverse group of leaders on the ground, including the earthquake impacted areas and the U.S. Mexico Border, that explores the common roots of these seemingly separate events, including the international community’s role in the problems. The panel asks hard questions about how to balance the need for a Haitian solution with the still quite urgent need for international assistance.
Both events are free and open to the public, as the lead-up to H.S.A.’s Annual Conference, “Nou La Pi Rèd Toujou! Embodying a New Praxis.” Day rates are available for participants.
Click here to register for the conference. As a reminder, all presenters must be registered by Monday September 27.
Nou la pi rèd toujou!
The Haitian Studies Association
Advocacy Day Workshop Sustainable Political Advocacy (October 21, 2021)
Atelye Jounen Pledwari Pledwari Politik Dirab (21 oktòb 2021)
1-2:30 p.m. EDT
Description: For starters—what is policy advocacy and how is it different from, and complementary to, political activism? Moreover, working for justice on any issue, including through policy advocacy, is an exhausting process, especially in complex contexts like Haiti. As so many issues are pressing for our time and attention, we risk burnout and being overworked. Learn how to craft an approach to policy advocacy 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.
Advocacy Day Briefing: Disentangling Discourses of Disaster (October 21, 2021)
Panèl piblik Jounen Pledwaye a: Demare Diskou Dezas yo (Jedi 21 oktòb)
Thursday, October 21
3-5 p.m. EDT
Free and open to the public
As part of a multi-day advocacy effort to bring up-to-date information and analysis from community and civic leaders in Haiti, this public briefing aims to educate and empower scholars, activists, journalists, aid practitioners, and policymakers. Even before the assassination of president Jovenel Moïse, organizations in Haiti engaged a process of reconciliation and dialogue in an attempt to assert Haitian people as the center of debates in reimagining the country and offering a democratic transition that would be diverse and inclusive. The July 7 assassination laid bare both the importance and fragility of this effort. A public briefing held two weeks later brought up the continuities of misrule and domination by both foreign and national elite interests.
As the case for popular sovereignty slowly gained traction in the weeks that followed, two earthquakes as powerful as in 2010 struck the south of Haiti on August 14. Outside Haiti, the public conversation either fused these crises in “exceptionalist” terms that denigrate the world’s first free Black republic or portrayed them as discrete, mutually unintelligible crises that are disconnected from foreign intervention. The aid response is a small fraction as in 2010, and aid, policymaking, and media agencies have expressed the need to do better and apply lessons learned.
Unfortunately another humanitarian crisis immediately followed with the violence against and forced removal of thousands of Haitian people seeking asylum in the U.S. mid September.
This panel offers timely analyses from a diverse group of leaders on the ground, including the earthquake impacted areas and the U.S. Mexico Border, that explores the common roots of these seemingly separate events, including the international community’s role in the problems. The panel asks hard questions about how to balance the need for a Haitian solution with the still quite urgent need for international assistance.
Angeline Annesteus – Action Aid (confirmed)
Jean Claudy Aristil – Radyo Ayiti Egalite, Okay (confirmed)
Commission in Search of a Haitian Solution to the Crisis
Haitian Bridge Alliance
Emergency Brainstorming Session: What can we do about the violations at the U.S. Border? (September, 27 2021)
8:00 pm EST / 7:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. PT
We at H.S.A. feel distraught and sad by the inhumane, racist, imperialist and colonialist treatment of our Haitian brothers and sisters at the border. Please see this Call to Action by H.S.A. and our sister Black academic professional associations.
Given the magnitude of the situation we would like to come together as scholars, activists and practitioners to brainstorm about some concrete actions we can take to support our brothers and sisters. To that end we are holding a brainstorming meeting on Monday, September 27 at 8 pm EST/7p.m. CT/5 p.m. PT. We will meet with a representative from the Haitian Bridge Alliance to think about some concrete and strategic ways we can work with other organizations to provide our services including the following:
- Legal and translation assistance
- Resources to support families if they can be in the U.S.
We encourage you to come if you are able to do so.
The meeting will be recorded.
Haitian Studies Association
A Call to Action: justice for Haitian people at the U.S border
September 22, 2021
We are a collective of Black and professional academic organizations and activist formations that stand in solidarity as we advocate for the humane treatment of Haitian asylum seekers at the Texas border. Almost 15,000 Haitian migrants are camped in Texas after crossing from Mexico because current U.S. policies do not protect their human right to present their cases for asylum to border officials. We say NO to acts of violence and dehumanization by the United States government and its agents toward Haitian refugees and undocumented migrants. This treatment is being meted out to them, in our assessment, because of anti-Black racism and odious racialized stereotypes about Blackness, Haitianness, and immigrant identity. We refuse to remain silent in the face of the devastation being experienced by Haitian people. The color of their skin should not be used against them.
Through its “Remain in Mexico” policy and under the provisions of Title 42 (within which the Trump administration in March 2020, implemented an order targeting migrants which closed the border to asylum seekers under the pretense of public health concerns regarding COVID-19), and other illegal policies of deterrence, the United States has a direct hand in the increased numbers of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Deportation and particularly of Haitian people is bipartisan; Obama earned the title of “deporter in chief.” As of September 21, 2021, the Biden administration continues to invoke Title 42 to already deport 6000 people to Haïti – in one of the fastest and largest-scale expulsions of asylum seekers in United States history. This is unconscionable and a violation of international law. We stand together and demand the U.S. government, first and foremost, to immediately revoke Title 42 and halt all expulsions of Haitian and other Black and Brown migrants from the United States.
The deportation of Haitian asylum seekers from the United States is particularly egregious given the heightened vulnerability Haïti faces as a result of Hurricane Grace and the August 14th earthquakes that hit the southern region of the country. According to CBS News, Hurricane Grace destroyed 7,000 homes, leaving 30,000 families without shelter, and approximately 1,500 people died. The UN office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs reports that the earthquakes led to the deaths of more than 2,200 people; at least 344 are missing, over 12,000 were injured, and upwards of 130,000 homes damaged or destroyed, including churches and schools. Moreover, the United States’ continued interference in Haïti’s internal affairs has created the conditions for political upheaval, generalized insecurity, and economic precarity. Moreover, along with the Core Group, the United States’ continued interference in Haiti’s internal affairs – including supporting Moïse’s illegal mandate and determining the country’s governing structure – has created the conditions that people are fleeing, and exerting direct control since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July.
We demand that the administration follow international law and allow migrants to exercise their rights to request asylum. We also request that the United States and Mexico work jointly to implement a plan of care that:
1) protects the human rights of migrants to arrive safely at ports of entry to make their asylum claims;
2) removes restrictions for migrants seeking asylum;
3) provides and includes temporary accommodations for Haitian and other asylum seekers as they wait to exercise their human rights,
4) gives access to organizations that provide legal counsel and aid to asylum seekers and;
5) establishes a system of humanitarian assistance care (including food and healthcare especially for the pregnant and for newborns) to treat with dignity those awaiting asylum processing.
We also call on the Biden Administration to remove immigration officers who have abused migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees at the border. Although the policing problems at the border are similar to the policing problems that we have in our state and local areas, immigration officers are federal employees and contractors. These immigration officers should be removed from federal service and federal contractors who employ them should face stiff legal and financial penalties. The Biden Administration should hold these employees and contractors accountable.
Association of Black Anthropologists
Haitian Studies Association
National Conference of Black Political Scientists
African American Intellectual History Society
Africana Institute for Creativity Recognition and Elevation, UC-Irvine
Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics
Christopher Martin, Esq. from The Law Office of Christopher Martin
European Network of People of African Descent
Guyana Reparations Committee
Haiti Support Group
Haitian Bridge Alliance
Journal of Haitian Studies
NAACP Pomona Valley
National Council of Black Studies
National Economic Association
Observatory of Justice for Afrodescendants in Latin America
The Caribbean Philosophical Association
The Truth Telling Project of Ferguson and Beyond
UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab | People of African Descent & the Sustainable Development Goals E-Team
University of California, Santa Barbara Education Opportunity Program
University of California, Santa Barbara Haitian Studies Initiatives
University of California, Santa Barbara Office of Black Student Development
University of California, Santa Barbara, Multicultural Center
US Human Rights Network
Women for Progress of MS, Inc.
Center for Black Studies Research, UCSB
Healing Justice Santa Barbara
Showing Up for Racial Justice Santa Barbara
In For Us
Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce
Black Student Union
UCSB Associated Students Black Women’s Health Collaborative
UCSB- Student Commission on Racial Equality
Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia
Arts of Haiti Research Project
Haitian History Journal
CUNY Haitian Studies Institute, Brooklyn College
CIDIHCA CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE DOCUMENTATION ET D’INFORMATION HAITIENNE ‘CARIBÉENNE ET AFROCANADIENNE MONTRÉAL QC CANADA
La Troupe Makandal, Inc.
Intercollegiate Department of Chicana/o Latina/o Studies (IDCLS) at the Claremont Colleges
Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists
Haïti Parish Twinning Program
The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc.
Interested organizations can add your name here.
Translating Haiti: On the Academic Job Market (September 24, 2021)
SEPTEMBER 24, 2-4pm PDT | 4-6pm CDT | 5-7pm EDT | 10pm-12am GMT
The second event in the Emerging Scholars’ Translating Haiti mentorship series, this event features a conversation among recently hired scholars from various disciplines and backgrounds discussing how they translated their Haitian studies research for the job market. In a climate of renewed institutional attention to racial justice, how have recent job seekers framed Haitian studies in relation to critiques of anti-blackness that tend to center isolated narratives of historically white nation states like the US?
An interdisciplinary roundtable will reflect on questions posed implicitly and explicitly by search committees on the relevance and generalizability of Haitian studies and talk about how they translate Haitian studies into their diverse disciplines. We will also reflect on the scarcity and precarity of academic employment which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and invite participants to be prepared to share their own experiences seeking academic employment.
The roundtable and Q&A with panelists will be followed by small group discussion in disciplinary affinity groups facilitated by panelists and joined by senior scholars. (This event will be primarily in English with intermittent Kreyòl glosses and bilingual breakout rooms)
Jennifer Greenburg PhD, THINK Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
Darlène Dubuisson PhD, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
Nikita Carney PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies, Louisiana State University
Petrouchka Moise DDes, CLIR/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Haitian Visual Arts, Grinnell College
Jesús Ruiz PhD, NAS Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Vanderbilt University
Irene Brisson PhD, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Louisiana State University
Important Update & Changes to our Annual Conference
With heavy hearts we write to inform you that after careful deliberation and surveying presenters, we have made the difficult decision to go online with our 2021 annual conference this year. Plans are already underway to work with local organizations to meet in Washington face-to-face in 2022. We will also announce the 2023 conference location during this year’s online business meeting.
The Delta variant and the rise in hospitalizations for COVID, the concerns that parents or other caregivers have for people with complications and / or who cannot be vaccinated, coupled with the increasing restrictions universities and other organizations are placing against travel, are making it increasingly challenging for everyone. Above all, HSA is looking out for the safety and wellbeing of its members.
The Delta variant and the recent catastrophes in Haiti mean that seeking visas to travel to the U.S. are next to impossible. Based on members’ urging H.S.A. to decolonize our practice and ensure access for our colleagues in Haiti, the prospect of having an important meeting in Washington with minimal presence from people in Haiti also loomed large in the board’s painful decision.
Since Haiti is still recovering from one disaster after another, ensuring access for an online conference is at the forefront of our planning. We are in dialogue with several options for physical spaces in Haiti with high-speed, reliable internet, and we will let everyone know as soon as plans are finalized.
Committing to decolonizing Haitian studies also means having multilingual spaces and linguistic access. Several of our Zoom events this past year have included live audio translation. We are planning to make as many live translations as possible for this year’s online conference. We are therefore maintaining the current level of membership and registration posted on our website to defray the cost of allowing our Haitian colleagues to join the 2021 online conference. We are also exploring offering some refreshments at the Haiti sites.
Members who made reservations with the hotel are advised to please contact them for cancellation of their rooms. The hotel is working with us and will accommodate you without penalty.
We realize that whatever decision we would make would not be everyone’s preference, which is understandable. But know that we made every effort to listen to our members. Many members had reached out to express their concerns about safety. We also know and very much appreciate that many others reached out just to express their support no matter the final decision. Know that we appreciate all your messages and communications. We count on your continued goodwill as we carry on with meaningful discussions about Haiti and how to make our interdisciplinary work serve the greater good to improve conditions for Haiti’s people. We are still planning an advocacy day this year, so please stay tuned.
And thank you all for your work. It is times like these that show us the importance of our scholarly community and our vital scholarship in creating different narratives and new futures for the world’s first beacon of freedom.
With great respect and humility,
Mark Schuller, president
Regine O. Jackson, vice president and program chair
Claudine Michel, executive director
Protected: Environment Working Group Meetings
Solidarity for a Haitian solution to the earthquakes
Solidarite pou yon solisyon ayisyen pou tranblemanntè yo
2021 Nominations for the H.S.A. Board
New Board Members (2020): Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper, Ayanna Legros, Petrouchka Moïse
BOARD OF DIRECTORS The members of the Board of Directors of the Haitian Studies Association are elected by the general membership at the annual conference and by electronic balloting prior to the conference and serve a three-year term. Board members can be re-elected for additional terms. The Board is composed of elected (including a student representative), and advisory members who, in turn, elect the officers of the board. The elected officers of the Board of Directors are the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Advisory Board is comprised of the current Executive Director, the immediate Past President, and the Editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS). Collectively, these members are the governing body of the Haitian Studies Association. The Vice President, elected by the membership, shall serve in that capacity for a term of one-year following the Annual Conference. Upon completion of his/her term, she/he shall become the President. The membership of the Association shall elect a new Vice President every year, by email ballot (or if necessary at the first two days of the Annual Conference), according to the procedures prescribed in the By-Laws. The Vice-President assists the President in the functioning and management of the organization and serves as Program Chair for the annual conference. RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOARD MEMBERS Each Board member is expected NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS Each nominee for Board membership NOMINATION PROCEDURES All members of the Haitian Studies Association may enter a nomination. Self-nominations are welcomed. Board members may be nominated to run for election again. Nomination materials should include a brief statement (400 words maximum) describing expertise, experience, and interest in Haitian Studies, and a recent CV and a photo. The deadline for nominations is September 3, 2021. Voting will take place by electronic ballot prior to the conference dates. The newly elected Board Members will be announced at the business meeting at the conclusion of the conference. To enter a nomination or self-nomination, please complete the form here.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The members of the Board of Directors of the Haitian Studies Association are elected by the general membership at the annual conference and by electronic balloting prior to the conference and serve a three-year term. Board members can be re-elected for additional terms. The Board is composed of elected (including a student representative), and advisory members who, in turn, elect the officers of the board. The elected officers of the Board of Directors are the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Advisory Board is comprised of the current Executive Director, the immediate Past President, and the Editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS). Collectively, these members are the governing body of the Haitian Studies Association.
The Vice President, elected by the membership, shall serve in that capacity for a term of one-year following the Annual Conference. Upon completion of his/her term, she/he shall become the President. The membership of the Association shall elect a new Vice President every year, by email ballot (or if necessary at the first two days of the Annual Conference), according to the procedures prescribed in the By-Laws. The Vice-President assists the President in the functioning and management of the organization and serves as Program Chair for the annual conference.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOARD MEMBERS
Each Board member is expected
Each nominee for Board membership
All members of the Haitian Studies Association may enter a nomination. Self-nominations are welcomed. Board members may be nominated to run for election again.
Nomination materials should include a brief statement (400 words maximum) describing expertise, experience, and interest in Haitian Studies, and a recent CV and a photo. The deadline for nominations is September 3, 2021. Voting will take place by electronic ballot prior to the conference dates. The newly elected Board Members will be announced at the business meeting at the conclusion of the conference.
To enter a nomination or self-nomination, please complete the form here.
Translating Haiti: Within and Beyond the Classroom (August 21, 2021)
Date: Saturday, August 21, 3 to 5 pm ET
As part of the Emerging Scholars Translating Haiti Series, this event is a conversation between public scholars and the editors/contributors of Teaching Haiti: Strategies for Creating New Narratives. The event will focus on new ways of teaching about Haiti using different modalities. Discussants will share some aspects of their teaching practice and how they educate the wider public about Haitian culture, history, and contemporary politics. This event will also engage participants through Q/A and small group discussions.
Note: This event may be recorded and shared on our website and social media. If you have privacy concerns, you may keep camera & microphone off and communicate via chat (which will not be shared in its entirely). If this not sufficient for your privacy concerns, but you are interested in the content, you may view the recorded event at a later date.
Conference Registration is Now Open
First we hope you are safe and in good health. The situation in Haiti remains urgent, but we draw inspiration from the leaders of civil society that are forging a path forward. H.S.A. was honored to co-host a powerful discussion last Wednesday – see the video in both English and Kreyòl.
This year’s conference will prove to be a timely discussion, and a unique opportunity for scholars, policymakers, activists, journalists, and practitioners to learn from one another. The Program Committee has completed its extensive round of blind peer reviews and are pleased to accept 63 excellent papers and 25 panels on a range of themes.
We invite you to register right away… the early bird registration discount ends on September 1.
Nou la pi rèd toujou!
Emerging Scholars Award 2021 (Call for Applications)
Emerging Scholars Event, 2018
Two scholarships ($500 each), one for a graduate student and the other for an undergraduate student, may be applied toward travel and accommodation expenses incurred for attending an HSA conference and/or presenting a specific research project concerning Haiti and/or the Haitian diaspora.
Click here to apply. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2021.
The graduate award is intended to encourage graduate students to attend HSA’s annual conference and present their research
- Full-time student
- Minimum GPA of 3.5 (or equivalent)
- Demonstrate proof of past or current research on subjects related to Haiti and/or the Haitian diaspora
- A copy of the abstract of the proposal submitted for the upcoming HSA conference
- A brief essay (750-1000 words) describing your commitment to pursuing Haitian Studies
- A 100-250-word biography
- One (1) letter of reference from a Haitian Studies scholar who is willing to serve as a mentor for the student.
- Unofficial transcript
Graduate students awarded this scholarship will be asked to submit a copy of their final conference papers to HSA by the final day of the conference at the following address: email@example.com.
Click here to apply. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2021.
The undergraduate award is intended to encourage undergraduate students to attend their first HSA conference, without requiring that they present a paper.
- Full-time student
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
- Demonstrated involvement in the Haitian community (for example, participation in school-related programs pertaining to Haiti or the Haitian diaspora or volunteer activities with Haitian organizations)
- A brief essay (500-750 words) describing your commitment to pursuing Haitian Studies
- A 100-250-word biography
- A copy of your unofficial transcript
- One (1) letter of reference, which should be from a Haitian Studies scholar who is willing to serve as a mentor for the student: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michel-Rolph Trouillot Fund 2021 (Call for Applications)
Emerging Scholars Event, 2018
The Michel-Rolph Trouillot Fund aims to broaden participation in the Haitian Studies Association among academics, researchers, artists, intellectuals, and professionals who are based in Haiti and who do not have the possibility of traveling to the conference without financial assistance.
Priority will be given to applicants who meet the following criteria:
- Lack of other financial resources, which prevents them from participating in the HSA colloquium.
- Their main residence is currently in Haiti.
- Their work goes along with the theme of the HSA conference.
- They are attending the HSA conference for the first time.
- They are interested in a future participation with HSA.
- They submitted an individual or one-session proposal to the HSA.
- Write a personal essay that answers the following questions:
- Who are you? What are your institutional or organizational affiliations?
- How do you plan to participate in the conference? For example, as a member / participant of a session or roundtable? Or as an active member of the audience who has a particular interest in activities or topics discussed during the colloquium?
- How will the conference help you? If you are part of an organization, how will the conference facilitate the initiatives of that organization?
Deadline is August 31, 2021. Click here to apply.