Haitian Studies Association

Announcements, Journal of Haitian Studies

Letter from the editors of the Journal of Haitian Studies

Dear HSA members,

We write to provide some important announcements regarding the Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS), which you are entitled to receive as part of your membership, and apologize for the delays in producing and distributing recent issues.

As for everyone, the past year has been difficult for the journal. In addition to the challenges posed by the COVID crisis, which has heavily impacted our staff, editorial board, contributors, and reviewers, we underwent a departmental reorganization that resulted in a complicated transition as the journal moved to a different research unit. These factors, together with the ongoing closure of our campus offices, posed significant disruptions to our operations throughout the year. We apologize for any problems caused by the resulting delays, especially for those of you who submitted articles to us.

JOHS is now part of the Haitian Studies and Engaged Scholarship projects housed at the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER) at UC Santa Barbara, and we look forward to a brighter year ahead. Now that the dust is settling on our move, we are pleased to share the following updates:

1) We have launched a new system for HSA members to receive the journal electronically: the issues published during your membership period are now available on-demand at https://www.haitianstudies.org/journal-of-haitian-studies/johs-issues/.

You will need to log in using the credentials given when you enrolled as an HSA member; there’s a link to reset your password if you do not remember it. If you are having any problems with your log in, please contact haitianstudiesassociation@gmail.com

2) The journal has a new website and contact information! Please update your contacts and bookmarks.

Website: https://haitianstudies.ucsb.edu/journal-of-haitian-studies/about

Journal email: JOHS@haitianstudies.ucsb.edu

Email for Rose Elfman, managing editor: relfman@ucsb.edu

Website for Haitian Studies projects at UCSB: https://haitianstudies.ucsb.edu

3) New policy on abstracts: In an effort to ensure that new ideas circulate productively between Haiti, the United States, and the other countries represented by our readership, we are now requiring that all published articles include abstracts in at least two of the journal’s primary languages (English, French, and Kreyòl). See the submission guidelines for full details.

4) We remain unable to print and mail hard copies of the journal while our campus is closed, but once the COVID situation allows us to return, we will contact you about the possibilities for receiving print editions of the journal issues produced during your membership period.

If you have any questions, please contact Rose Elfman at relfman@ucsb.edu. We are grateful for your patience and continued support, and we extend our best wishes to you for health, safety, and peace of mind in these difficult times.

—The Editors

Announcements, Working Groups

Call for proposals – H.S.A. Working Groups (2021)


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CALL FOR PROPOSALS
H.S.A. WORKING GROUPS

Last year the H.S.A. piloted Working Sessions, to great enthusiasm from our members. The five live webinars from three Working Sessions were well attended, and generated interest to keep this series of bottom-up interdisciplinary spaces going.

Members like you have asked for new ways of connecting, being involved, and many of you have expressed the desire to make our collective scholarship relevant to conversations in policymaking, philanthropy, and legislation regarding Haiti. We know that cultivating a diverse and inclusive scholarly community, a lakou, is one of the ongoing strengths of our association. Working Groups will both build on this strength and foster more engaged scholarship.

Last year’s pilot experience with Working Sessions has shown us that synchronous, online events can work for members, who expressed a strong desire for more regular events this year. We also learned about the process, sharpened our focus, and reminded of the still very pronounced digital divide regarding our colleagues in Haiti.

We envision the Working Groups to be:

1. “Incubators” for themes and further scholarly engagement in our annual conference, particularly underrepresented groups and topics.

2. Interdisciplinary opportunities for member collaboration for collective research projects between annual conferences, particularly engaging our members in Haiti.

3. Spaces for engagement with specific publics currently underserved by H.S.A., including activists, artists, journalists, nonprofits/NGOs, and policymakers, and particularly engaging our members in Haiti.

4. Hubs for publication and dissemination of engaged scholarship in multiple and creative forms.

With this in mind H.S.A. is launching longer-term Working Groups, and invites members to submit a Working Group for up to three years.
Guidelines for Working Groups are as follows:

● Calls for conveners and participants for working groups as well as the selection process will occur and conclude before the calls for plenaries and regular proposals for the annual conference.

● Involvement with a working group doesn’t exclude members’ participation in regular concurrent sessions and plenary presentations.

● An individual may only submit one (1) application as the convener or co-convener of a Working Group. Multiple applications listing the same individual will not be considered.

● Full consideration will be given to applications with the most innovative and strongest vision, objectives, deliverables, and timeline.

● Up to four conveners with complementary expertise and experiences can steer a working group. This information may be helpful to evaluate proposals and consequently, HSA’s regular blind review process may not apply to this initiative.

● Working Groups need to have a clear deliverable, a scholarly publication in whatever appropriate form, with plans for accessibility that include open access and multiple languages.

● Working Groups need to have a clear evaluation plan and a realistic timeline and detailed set of expectations from HSA (e.g., web hosting, communication with members, Zoom platform, and staff time).

● Selection and number of participants is at the conveners’ discretion. A cross-section of multilingual and intergenerational HSA members is highly recommended.

● The board of directors will approve up to eight proposals to launch the initiative.

● Working Groups with an “admission” process must detail their selection criteria in their proposal to the board. HSA will provide support and guidance on how to send a call for participation.

● Once selected, conveners determine how to follow up with participants. The board and program committee will stay out of that communication process with participants but can provide guidance and advice if necessary.

If you have any questions, please reach out to haitianstudiesassociation@gmail.com.

If interested, please submit here by Monday, April 5.

Conveners will be notified of decisions the week of April 12.



Past Events, Videos

Understanding Haiti’s contemporary “crisis” and solidarity politics (Mar. 20)

Konprann ‘kriz’ aktyèl Ayiti ak politik solidarite


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Understanding Haiti’s contemporary “crisis” and solidarity politics

See Roundtable Video (English)

Co-sponsored by North American Congress on Latin America, Ayibopost, and  LACC’s US Department of Education Title VI Grant

  • Saturday, March 20, 2021
  • 4-6 p.m. EDT

Roundtable moderated by Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper and Mark Schuller

Participants:

  • Mehdi Chalmers, Trois-Cent-Soixante
  • Dr. James Darbouze, ALASO and FSPVA
  • Guerline Jozef, director, Haitian Bridge Alliance
  • Dr. Sabine Lamour, sociologist and director, SOFA
  • Samuel Nesner, former coordinator with KJM (Mining Justice Collective)
  • Dr. Djems Olivier, geographer
  • Ninaj Raoul, coordinator, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees

This event will be held in Haitian Kreyòl and simultaneously interpreted in English and Spanish.

Haiti has garnered front-page attention since February 7, when President Jovenel Moïse’s term expired. Rather than signal support for democracy in its oldest neighbor, newly inaugurated President Biden’s first words and actions continued U.S. support for Moïse. The Biden administration also deported almost as many Haitians in one month as Trump did all last year.

What’s happening on the ground in Haiti? How can people – in the Diaspora and our friends in countries around the world – engage in effective solidarity action?

This launch of the latest issue of the NACLA Report offers a series of grounded perspectives to not only reflect on Haiti’s contemporary situation as it unfolds, but also hopefully to inspire a more principled, informed, and engaged solidarity politics. Linked by history and the global racial economy, struggles in Haiti and in the United States are manifestations of an Empire grasping for new strategies as the extractivist paradigm is reaching its natural limit. The current moment requires more active engagement, and for us to see how we are not only connected by particular issues, but also connected to communities that are differently situated along global capitalism’s process of accumulation by appropriation.


Working Groups

Working across Disciplines toward an Environmental Understanding for Haiti

Konbit miltidisiplinè pou konesans anviwònman ann Ayiti

“Devastated Landscape,” Henry Nickson, Cap Haitian, 2003, courtesy Elizabeth Deloughry. Photo by Jon Ries.

 

The recently convened working group (konbit) on the environment of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA) held its first public presentation at HSA’s 32nd Annual Conference, “Nou La Pi Rèd! Embodying a New Praxis.” The presentation took place in virtual webinar format on the Zoom platform, with live streaming to Facebook, on October 7th. Speakers across disciplines ranging from environmental sciences and agriculture to religion and musicology but with a common interest in the past, present, and future of Haiti’s ecosystems presented problems and perspectives from their research and application. LeGrace Benson moderated. Presenters included Marc Cohen, Evens Emmanuel, Gerdès Fleurant, Ellie Happel, and Jean Wiener. Karen Richman provided a summary, and Rebecca Dirksen announced the Journal of Haitian Studies special issue on the environment. We thank HSA—especially President Mark Schuller, Julio Perez Centeno, and Darlene Dubuisson—for providing the platform and technical support.

Watch the session on YouTube.

The Konbit membership, currently at fifteen, met virtually on December 1. You may find meeting notes here.

We have created a bibliography on the environment, available for viewing here. This is a work-in-progress, and we intend to transfer it to a database, where items may be searched in a variety of ways. The Konbit also aims to place special emphasis on the work of environmentalists on the ground in Haiti. Suggestions are welcome.

The Konbit has also proposed creation of a blog. We will keep readers posted on the progress of this proposal.

Our purpose

Through this working session, we aim to (1) define a set of recommendations for management of Haitian land and natural resources in a time of climate change and profound environmental challenges, and (2) develop more effective models of environmental communication moving forward. Haitian history bears numerous approaches to environmental policy, ranging from excessive resource exploitation (at the level of central government) to a more balanced exchange that sees humans as integral participants within the ecosystem (at the level of a decentralized rural population). The balance of power weighted toward the former pole has brought large-scale destruction of ecosystems and loss of resources. Furthermore, such externally imposed policies as those of the United States Occupation (1915–34) have exacerbated the erosion of Haiti’s ecosystems. Today, Haiti ranks among the most vulnerable nations to climate change.

We hope to include Haitianists from a range of academic disciplines (natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities) and practitioners with diverse language, gender, and generational perspectives. This working session will examine case studies of programs directly involved in such initiatives as shoreline restoration, forestry, water resources management, and sustainable agricultural programs. We are particularly seeking those who can report on cooperative collaborations with ordinary residents, citing their insights, concerns, advice, and resistance. Participants will identify models with the potential to revolutionize policy and compile a set of future possibilities based on grounded realities.

Contact:

LeGrace Benson (lead convener), legrace.benson@gmail.com

Lois Wilcken (co-convener), makandal@earthlink.net

 

Kreyòl

Konbit miltidisiplinè pou konesans anviwònman ann Ayiti a, yon konbit etabli ane sa anba patwonaj Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen an (AEA), te fè premye kòlòk li. Sesyon an pase 7 òktòb pandan 32yèm Konferans Anyèl AEA (Nou La Pi Rèd! Annou bay fòm nouvo pratik-teyori jarèt) kòm wèbina sou platfòm Zoom, avèk difizyon an dirèk sou Facebook. Konferansye yo te reprezante divès disiplin depi nan syans anviwònmantal yo ak agrikilti jis relijyon ak mizikoloji, poutan tout swiv istwa ekosistèm ayisyen yo ak anpil enterè. Yo te prezante tout pwoblèm, tout pèspektiv ki soti nan rechèch ak aplikasyon yo. LeGrace Benson te modere. Men konferansye yo: Marc Cohen, Evens Emmanuel, Gerdès Fleurant, Ellie Happel, avèk Jean Wiener. Karen Richman te bay yon rezime, epi Rebecca Dirksen t anonse yon nimewo espesyal Jounal Etid Ayisyen ki mete askan sou anviwònman Ayisyen an. Konbit la remèsye AEA—espesyalman Prezidan Mark Schuller, Julio Perez Centeno, ak Darlene Dubuisson—ki ba nou platfòm nan ak sipò teknik.

Gade sesyon an sou YouTube.

Aktyèlman Konbit la sanble kenz moun. Yo reyini vityèlman premye desanm pase. Nou mèt jwenn nòt reyinyon sa yo isit.

Ansanm nou te kreye yon bibliyografi sou anviwònman an ki disponib pou tout itilizatè/èz entènèt yo gade bò isit. Travay sa ankou, epi nou gen entansyon transfere l a yon bank enfòmasyon pou itilizatè/èz yo chache nan divès fason. Anplis, Konbit la bezwen mete aksan sou travay fèt pa chèchè ak aktivis baze ann Ayiti yo. Nou akeyi konsèy nou.

Konbit la gen lide etabli yon blog. N ap bay rapò pwojè sa tanzantan.

Rezon Konbit la

Nan gwoup travay sa a, nou pral mete tèt nou ansanm pou nou (1) idantifye yon seri rekòmandasyon pou jere tè ansanm avèk lòt resous natirèl nan mitan chanjman klimatik ak lòt defi nan anviwònman an, epi (2) devlope kèk bon modèl pou nou kominike sou pwoblèm anviwònman an apre sesyon sa a. Nan istwa peyi d Ayiti, yo konn sèvi ak diferan apwòch sou kesyon regleman sou anviwònman soti sou esplwatasyon resous san limit (nan nivo gouvènman santral la) rive sou yon sistèm ki pi balanse kote yo gade moun kòm eleman ki fè on sèl ak sistèm ekolojik la (nan nivo popilasyon riral desantralize). Premye apwòch la gen tandans kraze sistèm ekolojik la anpil, li gen tandans detwi resous yo. Anplis, politik peyi etranje yo—tankou jan peyi Etazini te enpoze Ayiti sa pou l fè pandan premye okipasyon an (1915–34)—te ogmante ewozyon ekosistèm peyi a. Jounen jodi a, Ayiti pami peyi ki gen plis defi nan kesyon chanjman klimatik.

Nou ta renmen rasanble espesyalis k ap travay sou Ayiti ki nan diferan domèn akademik (syans natirèl, syans sosyal, ak syans imèn) ansanm ak moun ki reprezante divès pwennvi sou koze lang, idantite seksyèl, moun diferan jenerasyon, elatriye. Konbit sa a pral etidye pwogram ki enplike dirèkteman nan travay tankou restorasyon bòdmè, pran swen forè yo, jesyon dlo, ak agrikilti dirab. Nou enterese anpil nan tande temwayay moun ki nan koperativ kolaborasyon ak moun ki rete nan kominote yo, epi ki ka pataje esperyans yo, enkyetid yo, konsèy yo, ak rezistans yo. Patisipan yo ap gen pou yo idantifye modèl ki gen kapasite potansyèl, epi konpile on seri rekòmandasyon ki konekte ak reyalite yo.

Nou remèsye Espas Kreyòl pou asistans a tradiksyon an.

Kontak:

LeGrace Benson (Premye Metrès Lanbi), legrace.benson@gmail.com

Lois Wilcken (Dezyèm Metrès Lanbi), makandal@earthlink.net

Opportunities

University of Chicago – Assistant Instructional Professor in French and Haitian Kreyol (Mar. 25, 2021)

The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures and the Humanities Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago are accepting applications for a full-time, one-year renewable, benefits-eligible, position, at the Assistant Instructional Professor level, in French and Haitian Kreyol. The Assistant Instructional Professor will be assigned to the French Language Program in the Department of Romance Languages & Literatures.

Responsibilities will include teaching seven language courses per year, of which at least two will be in Kreyol, across three quarters. Other duties may include offering independent studies in French and/or Kreyol as directed, community outreach, advising registered student organizations in French and/or Kreyol, the promotion of the French and/or Kreyol language programs, acting as a study abroad office liaison and/or undergraduate adviser, and work with Course Share or similar platforms.

Required are ACTFL Superior-level proficiency (or equivalent) in French and Kreyol, and Advanced-level (or equivalent) proficiency in English. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their language proficiency via certification or in the interview process. Candidates must hold an advanced degree in a related discipline, and have a minimum of one year of teaching experience at the college or post-secondary level. Specialized training in second language acquisition, second language pedagogy and/or assessment is highly desirable. Experience with materials development is highly desirable. All instructional professors are expected to engage in regular professional development.

This appointment will start on September 1, 2021.

This position is contingent upon final budgetary approval.

To apply for this position candidates must submit their application through the University of Chicago’s Interfolio jobs board at apply.interfolio.com/84391

Applicants must upload a current curriculum vitae; a cover letter of interest written in English; a statement of teaching philosophy; sample teaching materials including a unit plan for an elementary-level Kreyol language class (max. 10 pages total, written in Kreyol) and a summary of its learning objectives (in English or French); and the names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters may be solicited. Optionally, course evaluations (if available) may be uploaded. Upon request, applicants should be prepared to provide a video demonstrating their classroom teaching,

Application deadline is March 25, 2021. Only completed applications will be considered. For further questions about this position, please contact Guillaume Beaudin, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, gbeaudin@uchicago.edu

The position will be part of the Service Employees International Union.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at https://provost.uchicago.edu/statements-diversity.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email equalopportunity@uchicago.edu with their request.

Past Events

Chèche Lavi: Film Screening & Discussion (Feb. 6)

Registration is now closed.

Chèche Lavi (2019) is a lyrical documentary portrait of two Haitian migrants, Robens and James, who find themselves stranded at the US Mexico border with no way forward and no one to depend on each other. The quiet, unexpected tenderness of their friendship shines in the eye of an incomprehensible geopolitical storm, even as the two men drift towards drastically different futures… and a new wall rises on the horizon. This is a film about longing: for a place to fit in, for a stable life, for connection and companionship. It isn’t about crossing borders; it’s about how it feels when you can’t get across. It’s about what happens when you end up in a totally unexpected place when you have to start over.

The historical context of this project is certainly familiar to observers of the Haitian diaspora. Thousands of Haitians left their homes after the 2010 earthquake to work and seek life (“chèche lavi”) in Brazil. Many worked on large-scale construction projects in preparation for the Olympics and World Cup. However, as jobs dried up and the Brazilian economy crashed, a rumor began to spread that the American government would allow Haitians to immigrate for humanitarian reasons. The hope of reuniting with family in the US prompted some Haitians to head north by whatever means necessary, often spending their entire life savings to pay traffickers and coyotes who ferried them along an unbelievable 7,000-mile route. But when they finally reached the US border, the migrants discovered that US policy had changed. The humanitarian exception for Haitians was reversed, and any attempt to enter the US legally would almost certainly end in deportation. Even so, by the fall of 2016, close to 40,000 more migrants were already en route to Tijuana.


Cherche la Vie

Projection suivie d’un débat

Samedi, 6 février à 13 h PST et  16 h EST.

Cherche La Vie(2009) est un portrait documentaire aux accents lyriques de deux migrants haïtiens, Robens et James, qui échouent près de la frontière mexico-américaine sans pouvoir avancer plus avant ou compter sur l’aide de quiconque. La tendresse discrète et inattendue de leur amitié brille au coeur d’une tourmente politique incompréhensible, alors même que les deux hommes dérivent vers des avenirs totalement différents …et  qu’un nouveau mur s’élève à l’horizon. C’est un film sur le désir: le désir de trouver sa place dans la vie, de vivre une existence stable, d’aller à la rencontre de l’autre et de trouver des compagnons de route. Le sujet du film n’est pas le passage de la frontière mais le sentiment qui vous étreint lorsque vous ne pouvez pas la franchir. Il porte sur ce qu’il advient lorsque vous vous retrouvez dans un endroit complètement inattendu où vous devez tout recommencer.

Le contexte historique du projet paraîtra  certainement familier aux observateurs  de la diaspora haïtienne. Des milliers d’Haïtiens ont quitté leur foyer après le tremblement de terre de 2010 pour travailler et ‘chercher la vie’ (‘chèche lavi’) au Brésil. Beaucoup ont travaillé sur des projets de construction à grande échelle en vue des Jeux Olympiques et de la  Coupe du Monde de Football. Cependant, lorsque les emplois ont commencé à se faire rares et que l’économie brésilienne s’est effondrée, une rumeur a commencé à se répandre selon laquelle le gouvernement américain allait accueillir les Haïtiens pour des raisons humanitaires. L’espoir de retrouver des membres de leur famille a poussé certains Haïtiens à se diriger vers le nord par tout moyen à leur disposition, en dépensant souvent les économies d’une vie pour rémunérer les passeurs et les chacals qui les convoyaient sur un trajet extraordinairement long  de plus de 11 200 km. Mais lorsqu’ils parvinrent finalement à la frontière étatsunienne, les migrants découvrirent que  la politique des Etats-Unis avait changé. L’exception humanitaire mise en place pour les Haïtiens n’était plus de mise, et toute tentative d’entrer sur le territoire des Etats-Unis illégalement allait se solder  presque certainement par une déportation. Quand bien même, à l’automne 2016, près de 40 000 migrants supplémentaires étaient déjà en route vers Tijuana, au Mexique.

Opportunities

Columbus State – Paid Research Opportunity (Jan. 21, 2021)

Deadline: January 21st, 2021.

Ronald Cetoute is in the dissertation phase and will be conducting a case study research on entrepreneurs who participated in a program he launched called the BEL Initiative program. The program is an entrepreneurship education program that hosts Haiti-based entrepreneurs in the U.S. each year to give them exposure to U.S. business culture, introduce them to different business concepts, and connect them with resources so they can expand their enterprises back home.

However, since he is the principal investigator in this research, this will present some conflict. He plans to collect the data through semi-structured zoom interviews. He needs assistance finding someone who could assist with conducting the interview portion of the research to avoid biased data collection. He only plans to conduct 7 to 10 interviews.

It would be ideal if the person was comfortable speaking English and Haitian-Creole, and has some prior research experience. The position pays $250. If interested contact Ronald at cetoute_ronald@columbusstate.edu.

Announcements

Message from the President – January 2021

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Mesaj Prezidan An

1 janvye 2021

One respe pou tout moun!

Bon fèt endepandans! Peyi a gen 217 lane depi li reprezante yon gwo limyè pou libète kont sistèm esklavaj. 217 lane tou lap peye konsekans revolisyon an.

Map ekri mesaj sa a ann Ayiti… Jodi a mwen tap pataje soup pa m, epi mwen te bwe pa zanmi m yo tou. Kounye a m ta renmen fè yon ti refleksyon sou lane denye a, remèsye w pou kontribisyon w epi enfòme w sou koze Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen (H.S.A. nan sig angle a) pou lane 2021 an.

Jan nou swiv nouvèl yo, sitiyasyon an grav. Anpil. Peyi a lòk ankò, men se pa pèp la ki deside pote kole ak mouvman yo. Menmsi moun riske lavi yo pran lari nan yon vag kidnapin, pa gen machin… depi kèk jou pa gen gaz. Menm yon pwovens tankou Grandans pa epanye. Lavni a rete ensèten. Pa gen palman. Prezidan gouvène pa dekrè… youn nan denye dekrè konsidere manifestasyon yo kòm zak teworis, epitou 944 manifestan te pèdi lavi yo nan 9 premye mwa 2020 la. Nan yon mwa, 7 fevriye, manda prezidan an ta sipoze fini. Men pèsòn pa ka di kisa ki pral fèt, kouman denye etap sa a pral dewoule.

2020 te yon lane katastwòf toupatou, sitou pou Etazini kote pifò manm nou rete. Anplis lapolis te touye 164 moun nwa pandan 8 premye mwa yo, kowona te touye preske 350,000 moun, epi nenpòt 45 milyon moun pèdi travay yo. Enpak COVID nan inivèsite yo grav anpil… epi nou poko wè klè jis ki nivo kriz inivèsite sa a pral rive. Fòk nap lite tout kote. Se pou sa tou wwen vin prezidan sendika inivèsite m.

Nou menm manm H.S.A. te fè yon gwo jefò lane denye… nou reyisi reyini online, sou Zoom. Anplis, te gen 4 seyans Jèn Chèchè (Emerging Scholars) epi 5 seyans Atelye Travay yo. Gras ak anpil nan nou ki te pote kontribisyon nou, finans nou vin pi solid pou n pare pou n vanse.

Epi nou pap ka pa vanse.

Ane 2021, jan nou menm manm Asosyasyon an te mande, nap kontinye òganize yon aktivite sou Zoom pi regilyèman. Jodi a 1 janvye nou te òganize yon diskisyon avèk yon videyo Etant Dupain te reyalize ki fenk sòti an oktòb, Madanm Sara. Pwochen aktivite nou pral fèt 6 fevriye otou videyo Chèche Lavi¸ sou migrasyon ki fèt anvè Brezil. Epi tou ret tann yon relans aktivite Jèn Chèchè yo…

Paske Kowona poko di denye mo li, nou poko ka planifye kòlòk anyèl pou yon ti moman… nap sèvi ak moman sa a pou n vin pi solid sou plan òganizasyon nou. Komite yo ap konsolide travay nou. Epitou tout moun tap tann nou ap pase nan yon lòt faz Gwoup Travay yo, pou kèk komisyon ka vin gen pi plis pèmanans. Ret tann anons la nan pwochen semenn yo!! Si w ta renmen pote kole ak komisyon ki ap òganize yo, tanpri fè n konnen. Epi nap lanse baz done ekspètiz manm yo.

Map ekri w kòm prezidan toujou… akòz COVID nou te blije pwolonje manda Egzekitif la. Map mete tan m ak enèji m a nivo 100%, jan m toujou fonksyone. Mèsi pou konfyans nou bay mwen kòm prezidan… nou onore m anpil. Anplis ranfòsman enstitisyonèl ak Gwoup Travay yo ane sa, priyorite pou mwen se pou kore manm ki viv Ayiti yo. Nap òganize yon komisyon epi yon mini-kòlòk ann Ayiti, menmsi li sou Zoom. Malgre reyisit nan fè kòlòk la an oktòb, nou wè klè ke majorite moun ki pat ka prezan rete Ayiti. Fòk nou korije sa, youn fwa pou tout!

Asosyasyon an remèsye twa manm Konsèy ki fini manda yo, Marlene Daut, Régine Jean-Charles, ak Andrew Tarter. Mèsi anpil pou sèvis ou te bay H.S.A. a.

Epitou nou remèsye twa manm ki ap koumanse bay sèvis pa yo ki sòti nan eleksyon ane pase a. Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper, Ayanna Legros, ak Petrouchka Moïse vin nouvo manm konsèy. Ayanna reprezante etidyan/ jèn chèchè nou yo. Bat bravo pou yo! Byenvini! Nou pwofite pou nou di mèsi tou a tout manm konsèy la ki ban nou anpil zepòl ansanm avèk sekretarya nou an.

Epi mèsi pou tout tan, enèji, mwayen finansye, ak bon volonte nou tout pote pou Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen nan. Se pou nou tout òganizasyon an ye.

Nap pale pita…

Ane sa a, nou la pi rèd toujou!!

Ak tout lanmou, solidarite ak imilite,

Mark Schuller,
Prezidan


Message from the President

January 1, 2021

One respe pou tout moun!

Bon fèt endepandans! Happy new year! Haiti has 217 years of being a beacon of freedom against slavery. For 217 years Haiti has been paying the consequences for this revolutionary act.

I am writing this message from Haiti… Today I shared my soup joumou and also had some of my friends’. Now I want to reflect on the past year, both to thank you for your contributions and to update you on H.S.A. matters for the upcoming year.

As you are hearing in the news, the situation here is serious. Very. The country is in lockdown again, but it’s not because the people support the movements. Even if people risk their lives during a wave of kidnapping to go out in the streets, there are few cars available as there was a gas shortage for several days. Even the far-away Grandans isn’t spared. The future remains uncertain. There’s no parliament. The president is ruling by decree… One of the last executive orders turned protesting into a “terrorist” act, and 944 demonstraters were killed in the first nine months of 2020. In a month, on February 7, the president’s term is supposed to expire. But no one knows what will happen, how this next chapter will turn out.

2020 was catastrophic everywhere, certainly for the United States, where the majority of HSA members live. In addition to 164 Black people killed by police in the first eight months, the coronavirus killed almost 350,000 people and about 45 million people lost their jobs. COVID’s impact on colleges and universities has been very challenging and it’s still too early to know just how deep the crisis in higher education will become. We need to struggle everywhere. It is in this context that I became president for the faculty union at my university.

The Haitian Studies Association made a very valiant effort last year as we succeeded in meeting online, via Zoom. In addition, there were four well-attended Emerging Scholars webinars and five Working Session webinars. Thanks to many of you who made a financial contribution, our finances are in better shape now, ready for us to advance.

And we must advance.

In 2021, following H.S.A. members’ stated interest, we will continue to organize regular Zoom activities. On January 1, we organized a screening and discussion of Etant Dupain’s (2020) documentary, Madan Sara released in October. The next activity will be on February 6, a screening of the documentary Chèche Lavi¸ on the migration route through Brazil. And stay tuned for a relaunch of the Emerging Scholars workshop series.

Because we’re still in the midst of the pandemic, we can’t yet plan our annual conference just yet… We are using this time to reinforce the organization itself. The committees will consolidate our work. And everyone has been waiting for the next phase of the Working Groups, communities that will be more permanent. Stay tuned for the announcement in the coming weeks!!! If you would like to be part of the organizing team, please let us know. Finally, we will launch our membership directory…

I am writing as president still… because of COVID we had to extend the Executive terms by a year. I will continue to give 100% to the organization, and recommit my time and energy, as I have always done. Thank you for entrusting me to serve as your president… it’s a great honor for me. In addition to the institutional reinforcement and the Working Groups, my priority this year is to support our members who live in Haiti. We will organize a team and a mini-conference in Haiti, even if it’s on Zoom. Despite our success in having the 2020 conference, we clearly saw that most people who couldn’t attend live in Haiti. It’s past time that we correct this.

H.S.A. would like to thank three outgoing Board members, Marlene Daut, Régine Jean-Charles and Andrew Tarter. Thank you so very much for your service to H.S.A.!

This year we welcome three newly elected members who are just beginning their service as Board members, Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper, Ayanna Legros, and Petrouchka Moïse. Ayanna is our student/ emerging scholar representative. Please give them your hearty applause! Welcome! We would also like to thank all the Board members and the secretariat for their hard work over this challenging year.

And thank you to all our members or all the time, energy, funds, and good will you all continue to give the Haitian Studies Association. H.S.A. is for all of us.

Until later.

This year, nou la pi rèd toujou!!

With love, solidarity, and humility,

Mark Schuller,
President

Past Events, Past Working Groups, Videos

The Rights to Live Creatively: Artistic Expression, Visibility, Solidarity (Dec. 14)

The Rights to Live Creatively: Artistic Expression, Visibility, Solidarity

Second Public Event

December 14, 12-2 pm

This session is free to the public. This event will also be broadcast live on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

View Livestream of Event

In light of right-wing authoritarianism in Haiti today that exposes the clientelist nature of the justice system and increases violence against all who seek to live creatively, this Working Session convenes to hear from Haitian freedom fighters and artists on the ground in a series of webinar discussions and focused virtual gatherings.

This second panel features cultural workers Yonel Charles, director of Marasa Rak, and Hetera Estimphil, director of KOURAJ, who will share with us the ways in which their social and cultural work challenges gendered and sexual norms and offer us another vision of and for Haiti. The conversation will be moderated by Josué Azor, and feature performances by Yonel Charles and Jenny Cadet. The goals are to think together with attendees to design an action plan that supports and amplifies their efforts toward creative living in Haiti.

If this theme speaks to your interests and commitments, and you are interested in joining a mailing list for future Haitian Studies Sexualities Working Session events, please fill out this Form and the organizers will stay in touch.

See details first The Rights to Live Creatively: Artistic Expression, Visibility, Solidarity (Oct. 8) Working Session here.


Dwa Pou Viv Kreyativman: Ekspresyon Atistik, Vizibilite, Solidarite

Sesyon sa a gratis pou piblik la. Evènman sa a pral emisyon tou ap viv sou paj Facebook nou yo ak chanèl YouTube.

Jounen jodi a, kontèks otoritaris ladwat an Ayiti a ekspoze nati kliyantèlis sistèm Lajistis la. E li ogmante vyolans kont tout moun ki ap chache viv kreyativman. Nou konvoke Group Travay sa a pou tande vwa kèk militan ak atis Ayisyen/Ayisyèn ki sou beton an nan yon seri diskisyon ak rasanbleman sou entènèt. 

Dezyèm panèl la gen travayè kiltirèl Yonel Charles ak Hetera Estimphil, ki pral pataje avèk nou fason travay yo defye nòm seksyèl ak sèks, epi ofri nou yon lòt vizyon (queer) sou Ayiti, pou Ayiti. Josué Azor pral moderatè a, Yonel Charles ak Jenny Cadet pral bay prezentasyon atistik yo. Nou vle elabore yon plan daksyon ki sipòte ak anplifye zefò yo pou etabli on vi kreyatif ansanm an Ayiti.

Si ou enterese nan kesyon sa a, tanpri ranpli fòm sa a. Ekip ki òganize panèl la ap kontakte ou avèk plis enfòmasyon.

Wè detay premye Dwa pou Viv Kreyativman: Ekspresyon Atistik, Viziblite, Solidarite Atelye Travay isit.




Opportunities

University of Toronto, St. George Campus – Assistant Professor (Dec. 15 2020)

Job Title: Assistant Professor – Comparative Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Centre for Comparative Literature (51%) and the Caribbean Studies Program (49%)

Date Posted: 10/30/2020

Closing Date: 12/15/2020, 11:59PM EDT

Req ID: 1330

Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science

Department: Centre for Comparative Literature (51%) and the Caribbean Studies Program (49%)

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

Description:

The Centre for Comparative Literature and the Caribbean Studies Program, New College, in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus invite applications for a joint full-time tenure stream position (51% Comparative Literature & 49% New College) in the area of Comparative Caribbean Literatures and Cultures. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Comparative Literature or a related field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate must have a strong grounding in literary methodologies and may work across a range of textual media. We seek candidates with lived experience of the Caribbean and its diasporas, whose work engages multiple linguistic traditions across the Caribbean and who can address current topics including transnationalism and diaspora, colonialism, postcolonialism, indigeneity, ecocriticism, gender, sexuality and race as informed by the intellectual history and literary traditions of the Caribbean.

The successful candidate will join two vibrant interdisciplinary intellectual communities. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths in the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Caribbean Studies Program. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Caribbean Studies Program in New College, the Literature and Critical Theory Program at Victoria College, and graduate courses in the Centre for Comparative Literature and will be expected to develop the field of comparative literary Caribbean Studies at the graduate level.

The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive research program. Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, the submitted sample of writing, presentations at significant conferences, awards, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, a teaching dossier including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.
Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications should include a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent writing sample (40pp max); and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover such topics as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly to the hiring unit via email at jill.ross@utoronto.ca by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed).

PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Professor Jill Ross at jill.ross@utoronto.ca.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 15.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

Opportunities

University of Toronto, St. George Campus – Associate Professor (Dec. 15 2020)

Job Title: Associate Professor

Comparative Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Centre for Comparative Literature (51%) and Caribbean Studies/New College (49%)

Date Posted: 10/30/2020

Closing Date: 12/15/2020, 11:59PM EDT

Req ID: 1331

Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing)

Faculty/Division: Faculty of Arts & Science

Department: Centre for Comparative Literature (51%) and Caribbean Studies/New College (49%)

Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)

 

Description:

The Centre for Comparative Literature and the Caribbean Studies Program, New College, in the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus invite applications for a full-time tenure stream position (51% Comparative Literature & 49% New College) in the area of Comparative Caribbean Literatures and Cultures. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Comparative Literature or a related field, with a clearly demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate must have a strong grounding in literary methodologies and may work across a range of textual media. We seek candidates with lived experience of the Caribbean and its diasporas, whose work engages multiple linguistic traditions across the Caribbean and who can address current topics including transnationalism and diaspora, colonialism, postcolonialism, indigeneity, ecocriticism, gender, sexuality and race as informed by the intellectual history and literary traditions of the Caribbean.

The successful candidate will join two vibrant interdisciplinary intellectual communities. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths in the Centre for Comparative Literature and the Caribbean Studies Program. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Caribbean Studies Program in New College, the Literature and Critical Theory Program at Victoria College, and graduate courses in the Centre for Comparative Literature and will be expected to develop the field of comparative literary Caribbean Studies at the graduate level.

The successful candidate will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals, the submitted research statement, the submitted sample of writing, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, a teaching dossier including a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.
Candidates are also expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications should include a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; a recent writing sample (40pp max); and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover such topics as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at jill.ross@utoronto.ca by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed).

 

PLEASE NOTE: This search is not using the University’s automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.
Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Professor Jill Ross at jill.ross@utoronto.ca.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 15.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

 

Diversity Statement

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

 

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

Opportunities

The Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Irvine, CA (Nov. 15 2020)

The Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies

at the University of California, Irvine

Assistant Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies

in Black Feminist Theory and Cultural Studies

Deadline November 22

The Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Irvine seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies with a focus on Black feminist theory and cultural studies. Open to a variety of interdisciplinary and methodological approaches that foreground: media, technology, data, surveillance, digital activism; critical studies of race, gender, sexuality and Black feminist theory, including Black queer/trans/sexuality studies; Black feminism in the global south; Black diaspora studies; critical race theory; decolonial feminisms; or disability studies to complement Department’s existing strengths in feminist transnational analysis, critical interdisciplinarity, and cultural theory.

Requirements: Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by June 30, 2021.

Application Procedure: Submit the following materials via UC Irvine’s on-line application system, AP Recruit, located at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF06402

The online application includes: a Curriculum Vitae, a Research Statement, a Reflective Teaching Statement, a Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement, a writing sample (30 pages) and a minimum of three reference letters.

Applications completed by November 15, 2020 will be granted full consideration. The recruitment will close on November 22, 2020.

Opportunities

The Department of Africana Studies at Williams College, Massachusetts (Nov. 15 2020)

The Department of Africana Studies at Williams College
Massachusetts
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies,

Department of Africana Studies
Deadline November 15

The Department of Africana Studies at Williams College seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor who is a social scientist specializing in Afro-Caribbean thought and African diasporic peoples and cultures of the Caribbean. The Department will consider new PhDs as well as candidates at the advanced assistant professor level, who would be tenure-eligible within three years of appointment.

While we welcome a range of areas of expertise, we are especially interested in scholars whose research explores the following topics: Black radical social and political movements, transnational connections between circum-Caribbean and African cultures, indigeneity, gender and sexuality, youth and digital cultures, health and medicine, religion, and environmental injustice.

Williams Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary department that critically and systematically examines the cultures, histories, and experiences of people of African descent globally. Drawing from a wide variety of courses in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, students who earn a concentration in Africana Studies practice intellectually rigorous research, writing, and analysis of Africana culture that is also grounded in activism and life experience.

Williams is a coeducational liberal arts college located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on the teaching and scholarship of its faculty and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2000 students. Please visit the Williams website (http://williams.edu).

Read More: https://apply.interfolio.com/76807

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.

Opportunities

Eastern Illinois University – Department of History (Nov. 5 2020)

Eastern Illinois University

Department of History

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of African American/African Diaspora History

Position Announcement 

The History Department at Eastern Illinois University seeks applicants for a tenure-track position in African American or African Diaspora History at the rank of Assistant Professor. Subfields open, though ability to teach courses in U.S. history preferred. The successful candidate will teach survey courses, upper-division and MA courses in their field(s) of specialization, and methods and capstone courses as necessary. This position will also support the Africana Studies minor. The candidate must demonstrate potential for research and service, a commitment to diversity, and experience promoting inclusive excellence. The candidate may be expected to teach online as needed, with requisite training provided by the university if necessary. PhD required; ABD considered if degree is expected by date of appointment on August 16, 2021.

To apply, please submit the following: a cover letter specifying the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position; CV; and the names and contact information of three references. Please submit application materials on Interfolio via the link: http://apply.interfolio.com/79537.  Recommendation letters, sample syllabi, and a writing sample will be requested if the candidate advances to the preliminary interview stage. Review of applications will begin Nov. 5.

For further questions regarding this position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, David Smith, at dksmith@eiu.edu. To learn more about the department, please visit https://www.eiu.edu/history/~information.php

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/female/disability/veteran – committed to achieving a diverse community.