Haitian Studies Association


Jean-Jacques Dessalines: The Man Who Defeated Napoleon Bonaparte (July 16/17, 2022)

The Haitian Studies Association is honored to announce a 2-part event featuring Arnold Antonin’ new film, Jean-Jacques Dessalines: The Man Who Defeated Napoleon Bonaparte. Part 1 will be a film screening on Saturday, July 16 at 1 pm PT/ 4pm ET. The film is 94 mins long in French and Kreyol (with English subtitles).

Then join us on Sunday, July 17 at 11 am PT/ 2 pm ET for an interactive conversation between Arnold Antonin and Dr. Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, from the University of California – Santa Barbara about the film.

The 2-part event would be hosted on Zoom.

We hope you can join us!

About the film:

During the Haiti International Film Festival last August, Arnold Antonin was honored as the “Father of Haitian Cinema.” His film is about Haiti’s main founder — Jean-Jacques Dessalines — who was assassinated two years after the proclamation of independence. Today he is both a mythical and an unknown figure, used for better and for worse. This film reintroduces Dessalines in all his complexity and opens a debate on the Haitian crises and the colonial heritage. The film includes analysis by Pierre Buteau, Jean Casimir, Michèle Pierre-Louis, Jean Alix René, Bayyinah Bello, Vertus Saint-Louis, Jhon Picard Byron, Lesly Péan, Daniel Elie and others.

Arnold Antonin’s Website

Haitian filmmaker Arnold Antonin has made some of the best films about Haitian art, Haitian Culture and Haitian History. He is known at home and abroad for his social, political, and cultural commitment. He was honored for his work with the Djibril Diop Mambety award at the International Film Festival in Cannes in 2002. He has received many awards including the Paul Robeson best film award three consecutive times at the African Diaspora FESPACO in Ouagadougou in 2007, 2009, and 2011.

Evelyne Laurent-Perrault’s Bio

Historian of the African Diaspora in Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Evelyne Laurent-Perrault’s research looks into the subjectivity, intellectual creativity, and the political imagination of enslaved and free women of African descent (mostly), who lived in Caracas-Venezuela, during the eighteenth century. She explores how these historical actors envisioned, aspired, and negotiated their rights, autonomy, freedom(s) papers, social and political membership, and dignity. The work seeks to unmask the reasons why most of Latin American historiography did previously dismiss the intellectual contributions these social actresses gave to the region, the Atlantic world, and beyond. While Dr. Evelyne Laurent-Perrault’s work is anchored in the eighteenth century, it is in conversation with the present, as she traces how the sequelae of implicit, insidious, and discursive forms of violence from that past, still linger and perpetuate devaluation and racialization in our present days.

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Past Events, Photos & Videos, Videos, Videyo an kreyòl

Emerging Scholars Roundtable: Research in the Contemporary Moment (June 23, 2022)

Wonn tab pou Chèchè Emèjan: Rechèch nan Moman Aktyèl

Table ronde des chercheur.es émergent.es : La recherche dans le contexrte contemporain




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Thursday, June 23, 2022

2:00-3:30pm EDT (11:00am PDT, 1:00pm CDT, 8:00pm CET)

The Emerging Scholars Committee of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA) invite you to participate in our series of mentorship activities where we will reflect on key topics and issues for emerging scholars.

In June, we will discuss research in the contemporary moment including questions of ethics, methods, and logistics.

The moderated discussion will be bilingual (English/Haitian Creole) without translation and followed by language-specific and disciplinary affinity break out groups.


  • Mark Schuller, Presidential Research Professor of Anthropology and Nonprofit and NGO Studies at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d’Ethnologie, l’Université d’État d’Haïti
  • Magalie Civil, Étudiante au doctorat en sociologie/PhD student in sociology, Faculté des Sciences Sociales/Faculty of Social Sciences, Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa
  • Cécile Accilien (moderator), Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Kennesaw State University

Resources shared during the event:

  1. A crowdsource document for funding resources for graduate students
  2. Link to the research methods document that Mark Schuller shared


Haitian and African American Connections Project Assistant Internship (July 15, 2022)

Virtual/Remote Position

Part-time: 24 hours per week 

Dates: Sept 12 – Dec 16, 2022 

Stipend offered 

Application deadline: July 15, 2022

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. One  of its foundational pillars is to help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their  cultures are shaped and informed by global influences. One sphere of global influence is the long established and deeply rooted artistic and cultural intersections between Black Americans and  Haitians. The museum has an interest in developing a project that explores these connections and is  offering an internship in association with the planning of this initiative. Rooted in the models set by  the cultural exchanges and artistic productions that emerged out of the Harlem Renaissance period in  the United States and the indigenism period in Haiti, this initiative will consider where these  connections exist today and the synergies that historically and contemporaneously allow them to  flourish and be sustained. The initiative will draw from a wide cross-section of artistic genres  including music, literature, fashion, art, foodways, museum curation, and more.  

The HCAC intern will work directly with Dr. Joanne Hyppolite, the Supervisory Museum Curator of  the African Diaspora with the goal of deepening their knowledge of this topic and developing and  refining content research skills. They will be given the opportunity to learn program/project  development at its conceptual stages. By the end of the internship, they will have gained an  understanding of curatorial research processes and museum-specific program development practices.  They will also have employed and advanced core critical thinking skills as it applies to audience centered projects. 


  • Enrollment in or completion of a Masters in African American, African Diaspora, Caribbean or Haitian studies  
  • Evidence of strong research and writing skills 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Proficiency in French or Haitian Creole is preferred 
  • Research the history of African American and Haitian cultural intersections Research contemporary influencers of Haitian descent across multi-disciplinary arts
  • Develop and refine a list of scholarly and community advisors 
  • Assist in the execution of an advisory committee meeting 
  • Assist with the development of a conceptual framework for the project 

Application Instructions are available on the following pages. 

  1. Internship Application Process | National Museum of African American History and Culture (si.edu)
  2. Internships & Fellowships | National Museum of African American History and Culture (si.edu)

Application deadline: July 15, 2022

Announcements & Statements, Opportunities

Call for HSA Digital Fellow

The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) is seeking a Digital Fellow to help expand and develop the Association’s digital platforms. The fellowship’s responsibilities include:

  • Managing the HSA Open-Access Platform, a curated digital platform where HSA members can freely share and access their publications. 
  • Supporting the production and dissemination of public scholarship, including the creation of a Decolonizing Haitian Studies syllabus 
  • Helping ensure that information is posted to social media in an effective and timely manner
  • Membership and participation in the HSA’s Growth and Futures committee 
  • Other related duties as assigned

 Fellowship Detail

  • The Fellowship will run from July 2022 to June 2023.
  • The Fellow will receive HSA annual membership and free conference admission for the duration of the fellowship.
  • The Digital Fellow will receive an annual stipend of $10,000.
  • The role will vary between 10-15 hours per week

 Required Qualifications

  • Current or recent graduate student with experience developing and implementing digital media strategies and interest in digital humanities, public scholarship, and/or decoloniality.
  • Reading proficiency in English, Kreyòl, and French. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Writing proficiency in English, Kreyòl, and French
  • Reading proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese

To Apply:

Complete the following form and upload your curriculum vitae with the following information: your name, your email & contact information, names and email addresses of two references, one-page cover letter describing your experiences, background, and interest in this position.

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Announcements & Statements, Opportunities

Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education – Call for Proposals (June 30, 2022)

The Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education (JCIHE) has announced a call for Special Issue Summer 2023: The Road Towards UNESCO’s Sustainable Goals Amidst the Pandemic of Covid -19 in Latin America and the Caribbean Higher Education

Special Issue guest editors:

Pilar Mendoza, Associate Professor, University of Missouri, mendozamp@missouri.edu

Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, (Incoming) Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University, scg.highered@gmail.com

In light of the disruption that all sectors of society around the world experienced and continues to experience due to the Pandemic of Covid-19, UNESCO is calling upon the global higher education community for new knowledge and innovation towards the 2030 Agenda for Development and beyond. As such, the 3rd UNESCO’s World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) to be held in Barcelona in May 18-20, 2022, is poised to bring together stakeholders from round the planet to continue defining the agenda for higher education towards sustainable goals, amidst the deepening challenges and new possibilities due to Covid-19. In 2021-2022, The UNESCO’s International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (IESALC) has engaged in a series of events meant to collect the voices of stakeholders in the region leading to the WHEC2022 around key issues in Latin America and the Caribbean higher education, framed under the impact of Covid-19 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Inspired by UNESCO’s WHEC2022 and the issues identified as part of the consultations for this event by IELSAC, the Journal of International and Comparative Higher Education is interested in proposals of academic works focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean higher education addressing any of these key issues above framed under the challenges and opportunities brought by the Pandemic of Covid-19 and leading towards the UNESCO’s Sustainable Goals.  In particular, we seek articles addressing any of these issues:

• curricular quality and relevance
• academic mobility
• governance
• financing
• data and knowledge production
• international cooperation to improve synergies
• preparing for the futures of higher education

All articles must frame these issues within the effects of the Pandemic of Covid-19 and/or UNESCO´s Sustainable Goals. Proposals should be 500 words and submitted on or before June 30, 2022. Authors will be notified by July 30 of their acceptance. Completed articles should be submitted by November 1st, 2022. All articles will undergo a double-blind peer review process and should follow the guidelines specified in the journal website at https://www.ojed.org/index.php/jcihe/about/submissions.

Proposals and articles can be submitted in either English or Spanish. However, accepted papers can be published in French, Haitian Creole, or Portuguese if the author(s) provide a translated version.

Please contact Dr. Pilar Mendoza (mendozamp@missouri.edu) and/or Dr. Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez (scg.highered@gmail.com) for content related questions. Proposals should be submitted to both guest editors, Dr. Mendoza and Dr. Castiello-Gutiérrez.

Past Events, Photos & Videos, Videos

Celebrating Paul Farmer: An Advocate for Equitable Healthcare (May 21, 2022)

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Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm, ET.

The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) cordially invites the public and friends of Haiti to a town hall forum in memory of Dr. Paul Edward Farmer who recently passed away on February 21, 2022. We are pleased to have four distinguished guests: Dr. Toni Eyssallenne, MD, Ms. Marc Julmisse, MPH, RN, Dr. Donaldson Conserve, PhD, and Dr. Pierre Minn, PhD, who will reflect on Dr. Farmer’s life, ideas, works, and legacy. Dr. Farmer worked with communities and grassroots organizations in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora to advocate for access to healthcare for all. As a researcher, he highlighted the connections between health inequities and human rights. Tracy Kidder called him “the man who could cure the world.” A co-founder of Partners in Health, Dr. Farmer was instrumental in building the 300-bed University Hospital in Mirebalais after the 2010 earthquake. We remember Dr. Farmer for his compassion, kindness and relentless advocacy for equitable healthcare around the world, especially in Rwanda and Haiti. Please join us as we remember this mapou! The virtual forum will be held via Zoom Meeting on Saturday, May 21.

Moderated discussion questions:

1. Can you please share with the people in the audience about your personal experience in working with Dr. Paul Farmer? What have you learned from him?

2. How has Dr. Farmer’s activism for global health equity and practice inspired or shaped your own work or ideas about the problems of health inequities and human rights in Haiti, the United States, and in the world?

3. Can you discuss the current challenges of the healthcare system in Haiti or in the United States? What could members of marginalized communities do to help support your efforts in the areas of public health, global health, and reproductive health?

4. Correspondingly, what could healthcare professionals and community leaders do to help support your efforts in improving primary care and health equity for adults and children, as well as community health?

5. What would you like the people in the audience and the world to remember about Dr. Paul Farmer and his legacy?

Audience questions:

1. Please talk about Dr Farmer’s involvement in training of Haitian Doctors in Haiti and overseas and also encouraging the Haitian doctors to work in country side of Haiti.

2. Dr Farmer died suddenly, given that, will his work be sustainable? Please what makes his approach different than that of many NGOs working in Health in Haiti?

3. Are the Haitian medical establishment learning the equity of health care that Dr Farmer relentlessly propagated?

4. What are the lessons learned in Haiti that could be applied to underserved sectors in the U.S., whose capitalistic, privatized system is expensive yet inefficient and insufficient?

5. Please address the relationship between food inadequacy and health in Haiti, given the Dominican saying, “La salud entra por la boca.” (Health enters through your mouth).

Resources shared during the discussion:

1. HOPE (Haiti Outreach-Pwoje Espwa)

2. Partners In Health: Injustice has a cure

3. Book “Where They Need Me: Local Clinicians and the Workings of Global Health in Haiti

4. NPR Article “With love and tears: My first and last memories of Dr. Paul Farmer


Donaldson F. Conserve

Donaldson F. Conserve, MS, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. He is originally from Haiti and his research focuses on implementing and disseminating evidence-based HIV prevention interventions for scale-up and population impact in different countries, including Tanzania, South Africa, Haiti, and the United States.

Toni Eyssallenne

Toni Eyssallenne graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).  She trained in and was chief resident of the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.  Dr. Eyssallenne was the inaugural Director of the Intensive Care Unit for Partners in Health in Mirebalais, Haiti.  She was most recently the NY Market Medical Director for a health technology company called Cityblock Health that focuses on delivering complex, integrated care to historically marginalized communities.  She is currently working independently as a consultant on primary care and health equity in adults and children.

Marc Julmisse

Marc Julmisse is interim executive director of Zanmi Lasante (ZL), a sister organization to Partners in Health in Haiti. Most recently, Julmisse was deputy chief operations officer and the chief nursing officer at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (opened by Partners in Health), providing strategic clinical, financial, and operational vision across all ZL-supported facilities and  driving global nursing strategy to strengthen and advance nursing and midwifery across care delivery sites. Julmisse has also led ZL’s earthquake response team in developing a strategy and scope of work to ensure a nimble and comprehensive response to patient and partner needs.

Pierre Minn

Pierre Minn is Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Social and Preventive Medicine at the Université de Montréal.  He conducts ethnographic research on humanitarianism, global health and reproductive health in Haiti.  He is the author of Where They Need Me: Local Clinicians and the Workings of Global Health in Haiti (Cornell University Press, 2022).

Past Events

Art in Context: Identity, Ethics, and Insight (May 18, 2022)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
10:00am – 1:15pm EDT
Philadelphia Museum of Art Virtual Symposium

In this second symposium focused on identity management, we want to explore how the languages we speak, the cultures we grew up in, and the places we live affect the ways in which we identify, and the ways others identify us. Further, as cultural heritage professionals, how do we mindfully, ethically, and accurately respect and capture the nuance, richness, and multi-faceted complexity of identity? We hope this symposium will challenge us to think more deeply about these issues and share some ways to practically address them.

See full details here. Register here.

Moderators and speakers include:

Dr. Kelly Baker Josephs, English Professor, York College, CUNY

Jasmine Lelis Clark, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Temple University

Ahava Cohen, Head, Cataloging Section, National Library of Israel

Dr. Caroline Collins, Cathryn P. Gamble Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego

Demian DinéYazhi’, Sovereign Artist

Alex Kapitan, trainer, speaker, consultant, editor, and activist, Radical Copyedito

Dr. Petrouchka Moise, CLIR/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Haitian Visual Arts, Grinnell College

Ksenia Nouril, Jensen Bryan Curator, The Print Center

Dr. Synatra Smith, CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for African American Studies, Philadelphia Museum of Art/Temple University Libraries

Dr. K. Wayne Yang, Provost, John Muir College, University of California San Diego


NOTE: This is not a H.S.A. event. We are sharing it as it may be of interest to our visitors. 

Past Events

A History of Black Religions & The Eternal Return (May 10, 2022)

Honoring the Legacies of Charles H. Long & Albert J. Raboteau

Join the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA) as we honor two of our beloved ancestors in Black religious studies, Dr. Charles Long and Dr. Albert Raboteau. Featuring Dr. Davíd Carrasco, Dr. Tracey Hucks, Dr. Dianne Stewart, and Dr. Richard Turner.

Co-sponsored by the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA).

Click here to register.

Past Events

Ayiti Reimagined: A Conversation ft. Jean Casimir (Apr. 22, 2022)

Ayiti Reimagined

A Conversation featuring Jean Casimir

April 22, 2022 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Library of Congress (Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119J)


Join LAC&E and cohosts from The Haitians Book Club in a conversation with Jean Casimir, a major voice in Haitian history, who serves as Professor of Humanities at the University of Haiti.

A former Haitian ambassador to the United States (1991 – 1996), Casimir has also held various positions with the United Nations, including United Nations Social Affairs Officer and member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

An interdisciplinary working group, The Haitians Book Club welcomed students and scholars in many discussion over the past year. They also inspired and contributed to Freedom in the Black Diaspora: A Resource Guide for Ayiti Reimagined.

This event is free and open to the public. You may register for the event here.

For those not local to DC, the event will also be livestreamed on The Haitians Book Club’s youtube channel.

Note: This event is hosted by The Haitians Book Club.

Past Events

U.S.-Haiti Relations: An Analysis of U.S. Immigration and Foreign Policy in Haiti (Apr. 19, 2022)

The HKS Black Student Union and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs are co-hosting a series of conversations on Haiti. With the discourse around Title 42 alive and well in our politics today, we seek to explore the ways in which U.S. foreign policy and immigration policy are implemented with great disparity around the world. As a follow-on to the conversation last semester, we will focus on Haiti, exploring the evolving ways the U.S. engages with Haiti and Haitians, both on the island and here on U.S. soil.

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will moderate a discussion between Robert Fatton Jr., the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and Jacqueline Charles, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award-winning foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald.

Visit the event website here for more information.

Note: This is not an H.S.A. Event. We are only promoting it as a public service.

Announcements & Statements, Conference

34th Annual Conference – Call for Papers




 Mawonaj / Marronage / Maroonage: 

Haitian Studies as a Space of Refuge, Resistance, and Freedom

October 6 – 8, 2022

Howard University – Washington, D.C.

Submit your proposal NOW!

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 6 – 8, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora. Even before independence, the rich and complex history of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti was a prime example of collective efforts to challenge displacement, assimilation, and cultural erasure. The multiple geographies of resistance where oppressed groups struggle against domination, assert their agency, and claim space are evidence of the continuing significance and complexity of this phenomenon. 

The conventional definition of maroon societies refers to independent communities made up of runaway slaves. Mawonaj/ Marronage is associated with Black fugitivity, insurgency, and rebellion. Maroons rejected the relations of racial capitalism in all its forms – the plantation system, the institution of slavery and colonial exploitation. Practiced in the spirit of organizing and Konbit, mawonaj/ marronage allows people to make sense of moments of loss, to experience moments of joy, and to build community together around a common project of liberation. In this sense, the concept of mawonaj/ marronage can refer to more than a society of fugitive slaves. It is at once spiritual, psychological, and structural and can help us understand strategies of resistance and accommodation designed to escape or challenge unfreedom, racial oppression, social and economic inequities, gender-based violence, and capitalist exploitation in the present day.

In addition to exploring the historical and ideological grounding of mawonaj/ marronage, we are also interested in presentations that will engage the current living conditions and political climate in Haiti, which some have characterized as a life in the margins of an exploitative system, resulting in new forms of mawonaj/ marronage. After the earthquakes that ravaged the country in 2010 and 2021 and in the midst of exceedingly difficult socio-economic conditions, unceasing protests, recurring kidnappings, and the brutal assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, radical solutions are needed. We invite presentations that explore mawonaj/ marronage as praxis, as consciousness, as a way of life, and as a site of reclamation and reconstruction.

The H.S.A. 2022 Conference is an opportunity to explore mawonaj/ marronage as a complex mode of resistance and as a mode of creating communities that envision better futures.

We will prioritize proposals that focus on the following themes:

-Marronage and the Haitian Revolution

-Marronage during the pandemic 

-Marronage as resistance 

-Mawonaj and ensekirite

-Genealogies of marronage 

-Comparative studies of marronage in the Atlantic world

-Marronage as praxis

-Marronage as method

-Marronage as preservation

-Marronage as a spatial relationship

-Marronage as decentering of urban space

-Marronage and indigenous relationships with the environment

-Gender and marronage

-Political marronage

-Marronage and labor

-Linguistic marronage

-Religious marronage

-Music and marronage

-Dance and marronage

-Literary representations of marronage

-Artistic representations of marronage

-Filmic representations of marronage

-Literature and art as marronage

-Representations of the nèg mawon in Haitian culture

-Teaching about marronage

-Haitian Studies as a site of marronage

-Haiti and U.S. maroons

-Historic connections between Haiti and Howard University

Haiti as a site of marronage for African American intellectuals

Proposals for papers, panels, film/video presentations, workshops, and roundtables are due by May 1. Submit your proposal NOW!

Guidelines for Participation

1. Types of submissions

There are four (4) broad categories of presentations that can be submitted: 

  • Single papers written by one or multiple authors. Individual proposals will be grouped with up to three (3) other proposals of similar theme to form a panel. Each individual presentation is limited to 15 minutes. Sessions are 75 minutes long.
  • Full panels. Group proposals should include a Chair/Discussant and up to four (4) panelists who wish to present together on a topic of their design. Fully constituted panels have an entire time slot of 75 minutes. For panel proposals, please include a title, author and overview for each paper on the proposal form.
  • Thematic roundtables or workshops. Roundtable proposals should include no more than four key participants as well as a Chair/Moderator, who must also be identified on the proposal form. “Roundtables” are open discussions, not a collection of individual papers. Instead of discrete paper titles, roundtable proposals should include the questions that will be used to lead the discussion. Workshop proposals should focus on particular skills to be gained and specific details about format and activities.
  • Video / film presentations. Proposals that include short documentaries or excerpts from longer films will be placed together with 2 other video/film presentations. Keep in mind that sessions are 75 minutes long. If your work is longer than 20 minutes, please make sure to note this in your abstract so we can determine early on if accommodations are possible.

2. Abstracts:

In order to ensure blind review, reviewers will only see the abstract.  Your abstract must not include your name, affiliation, or any other identifying information. All proposals must be “blinded” for review.

For individual submissions, please include a 250-word abstract of your presentation/ paper. The abstract should include:

  • Topic and objectives
  • Methodology
  • Key results or arguments
  • Conclusion

If you need to add supplementary materials, such as images or a video trailer, please contact H.S.A. to make sure the materials are added to the proposal.

For group submissions, please include a 500-word summary/ abstract for the group proposal. The overview should include:

  • Title 
  • Purpose, goals, and objectives
  • Methodology
  • Conclusions and/or questions raised

3. Contact Information   

For every submission, it is essential that contact information (name, affiliation, and email) be provided for each individual participant listed on the proposal form. In addition, there must be one (1) designated person who will be the main email recipient. For pre-organized panels, other names listed may be contacted, but it is the designated person’s responsibility to ensure everyone on the proposal form is kept informed and up to date on communication with H.S.A.

Participation Limitation

H.S.A. welcomes as many people as possible to participate in the conference. Therefore, each participant is limited to one (1) paper presentation.  However, members can perform more than one role— such as presenting a paper and chairing a panel, or presenting a paper and participating in a roundtable discussion. The maximum number of times a participant should be listed in the program is two (2).


Registration will begin July 30, 2022.  All presenters must be members of HSA to present, and  must register and pay by September 1, 2022 to participate in the conference.

Proposal Review and Selection Process

An anonymous review of each conference proposal will be conducted by a minimum of two reviewers.  Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of quality and contribution to the theme of the conference.

Notification of Decision

Decisions regarding acceptance of proposals will be announced by July 15, 2022.

Publication in the Journal of Haitian Studies

Manuscripts from selected abstracts and presentations can be submitted for publication in the Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS) at the end of the conference.  All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed and subject to an editing process prior to final acceptance.  Manuscripts should not have been published elsewhere in similar form with substantially similar content.  For information on the JOHS, please contact Dr. Claudine Michel at claudine.michel@ucsb.edu.

Submit your proposal NOW!

Please contact us if you have questions regarding the proposal submission process.


34th Annual Conference – Submission Page

Deadline to submit abstracts have passed. 


Save the date! H.S.A.’s 34th Annual Conference




Mawonaj / Marronage / Maroonage: 

Haitian Studies as a Space of Refuge, Resistance, and Freedom

October 6 – 8, 2022

Howard University – Washington, D.C.

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 6 – 8, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj / marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora. 

We will explore mawonaj/ marronage as praxis, as consciousness, as a way of life, and as a site of reclamation and reconstruction.

Please save the date! The full Call for Papers will be available soon. More details forthcoming …

Announcements & Statements

Dr. Paul Farmer, a great friend of Haiti has died

Paul Farmer with former H.S.A. President, Dr. Carole Berotte Joseph (2001)

A Great man!

A Great Physician!

A Champion of the poor and health equity!

The Haitian Studies Association (H.S.A) mourns the passing of Dr. Paul Farmer on Monday February 21, 2022 in Butaro, Rwanda.

Dr. Farmer was an American physician and global health leader. A great friend of Haiti, Dr. Farmer was a benefactor to the Haitian people.

We honor the life of this extraordinarily generous physician who worked relentlessly to create more health parity in Haiti, in Rwanda and throughout the world. The organization “Zanmi Lasante” he created, his work in Cange in the Plateau Central, and the ultra-modern public Hospital of Mirebalais are among his most important gifts to Haiti.

H.S.A. presents its heartfelt condolences to his wife, Didi Bertrand Farmer, his children, Catherine, Elizabeth and Sebastian and to his entire family. H.S.A. also presents its condolences to his many colleagues, friends, and patients.

Dr. Paul Farmer, who devoted his life to fighting deadly epidemics, has died. He was 62. (by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald)

In the year 2001, the Haitian Studies Association honored Dr. Paul Farmer with its annual Excellence Award (see photo with former HSA President, Dr. Carole Berotte Joseph).

Honè! Respè pou ou Dr. Farmer!

Rest In Peace!

For the Haitian Studies Association

Regine Jackson, President

Cécile Accilien, Vice President

Celucien L. Joseph, Secretary

Claudine Michel, Executive Director