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May 2024: A Feminist Reading of the “Crisis” (May 20, 2024)

Monday May 20, 2024 | 4PM – 5:30PM EST | Zoom

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This panel engages the recent political events in Haiti from a perspective that centers the voices, experiences, and analyses of women. It also recognizes the interlocking systems of oppression and the ways in which they are manifested in the current crisis. The panel offers a feminist reading of the current conjuncture, its historical roots, and its geopolitical significance.

This panel will be held in Haitian Kreyòl. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.


Alexandra Cenatus 

Alexandra Cenatus, Director of Programs at Maryland Humanities, works to make the humanities accessible and engaging for diverse audiences. In her research, she examines Haiti’s social changes and their impact on Haitian Vodou practices, as well as other aspects of Haitian culture. Cenatus and her collaborators (Margarita Vargas-Betancourt and Ivanna Moreno) produced the Haitian American Dream Timeline in 2021, a digital humanities project aimed at highlighting Haitian immigration to the United States. Cenatus extends her research and programming skills to various communities by advocating for language access and serving as a board member of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA), WeaveTales, and the Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA).

Celia Romulus

Célia Romulus is an assistant professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and the School of International Development and Global Studies of the University of Ottawa. Her research and teaching draw from anti-oppression and anti-racist education, Afro and decolonial feminisms, and explore questions related to gender, race and the politics of memory, migrations, citizenship, political violence, development. The second aspect of her research explores epistemic violence and resistance and interdisciplinary methods. Célia Romulus worked as a program director in the areas of gender-based violence in public spaces and in security sector reform for UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. She continues to work as a consultant and educator on questions related to anti-oppression, anti-racism, Black femininities/masculinities, gender mainstreaming in public policies and in development. Célia Romulus is the recipient of the 2023 Canadian Association of Graduate Studies (CAGS) Pro-Quest Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Sabine Lamour

Sabine Lamour is a sociologist trained in France and Haiti. She is currently a visiting professor at Brown University. Since 2018, she has been a professor at the Université d’État d’Haïti (UEH). Her research focuses on gender relations, female migration, the Haitian feminist movement, family dynamics in the Caribbean and the Haitian political system. Her research and teaching focus on the epistemology of point of view, grounded theory, materialist feminism, Afro-feminism and decolonial feminism. In 2018, she co-edited a book entitled: “Déjouer le silence: contre-discours sur les femmes haïtiennes” published by Éditions Remue-Ménage (Montreal). Her current research project explores the sociological roots of Haitian feminism. Several prestigious academic journals have published her work, including Recherches Féministes, Chemins Critiques and Women, Gender, and Families of Color. Since 2005, she has worked with women’s organizations as a feminist activist, trainer and independent consultant, in both rural and urban settings. She is the former coordinator (2017-2022) of the feminist organization SOFA.


Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper

Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper is an Assistant Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is also the director of the Center for Racial Justice at UCI. Dougé-Prosper’s work generally focuses on Black social movements. More specifically, her research centers around protest movements in 21st century Haiti. Dougé-Prosper has published in political magazines such as Black Agenda Report, LeftEast, and NACLA as well as academic journals such as Women’s Studies Quarterly and International Studies Review. She is completing her first manuscript titled “Development Arrested in Occupied Haiti: Social Movements, NGOS and the Gangster State.” Dougé Prosper is also the international coordinator for Community Movement Builders and the co-host of the WBAI Pacifica in New York City radio show “Haiti: Our Revolution Continues.”

Past Events

Silent No More: Women in the Haitian Revolution (May 15, 2024)

Note: This is not an HSA event. We are sharing the word as a service.

Join us on Zoom for a conversation with Dr. Crystal Nicole Eddins about the roles of women during the Haitian Revolution.

Wednesday, May 15 · 7 – 8:30pm ET | Zoom

In 1791, the eruption of the Haitian Revolution shook the world. It was the only revolt of enslaved people to abolish slavery and create a free and independent Black nation in the Americas. Enslaved women represented nearly half of colonial Haiti’s plantation populations and performed much of the same physical labor as their male counterparts. However, few women are identified in archival records as having taken part in the revolutionary struggle. This presentation draws on African and African diaspora perspectives to shed light on the ways that enslaved women may have contributed to the revolution for freedom and liberation.

Crystal Nicole Eddins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research has been supported by the Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellowship, the John Carter Brown Library, and the National Science Foundation. She is the author of Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora.

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April 2024: Perspectives on the Current Political Moment in Haiti (Apr. 30, 2024)

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We invite you to attend our 3rd webinar on Tuesday April 30, 2024 between 5-7pm ET.

This webinar offers an analysis of the current moment as the Presidential Transitional Council was recently sworn in and Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned. The speakers will provide some context about the politics of the state and ongoing social movements.

Over the past month, the Haitian Studies Association (HSA) has organized two other such webinars. Our last two webinars on the current crisis can be accessed on YouTube or on our video collection on our website


Felix Jean-Louis

History, UC Irvine

Felix Jean-Louis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Irvine. He is a historian of Haiti by birth and in training. He also studies the African diaspora, Caribbean, African American, and Afro-Francophone histories. His research connects Haiti and Haitian to the larger currents of the African Diaspora. He is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled Exporting the Revolution: Haitian Internationalism in the Age of Global Blackness, 1890-1944 that explores the role Haitian elites played in the various organizations and programs that defined the notion of the African Diaspora. In it, he describes the Haitian elite males as central figures that espoused the notion that unity makes strength and urged moments across the Atlantic toward solidarity in the face of the divisions that threatened to divide the larger group.

François Pierre-Louis Jr.

Queens College, CUNY

François Pierre-Louis PhD is professor and chair of political science at Queens College, City University of New York. His research interests include immigration, transnationalism, Haitian and Caribbean politics. He served in the private cabinet of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 and on the senior staff of Prime Minister Jacques-Édouard Alexis in 2007-2008. He is the author of Haitians in New York City: Transnationalism and Hometown Association (2006), co-editor of Migrant Crossroads: Globalization, Incorporation and Placemaking in Queens New York (Temple University 2021). His articles have appeared in US Catholics, Wadabagei, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Education and Urban Society, The Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Latin America Perspectives, and the Journal of Black Studies. He served as a senior advisor for the Haiti-CUNY Program to the Chancellor of the City University of New York from 2011 to 2015.


Regine O. Jackson

Morehouse College

Regine O. Jackson is the Dean of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, and Arts Division and Professor of Sociology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Jackson specializes in Haitian migration and diaspora studies, sociology of race and place, American immigration, and spatial inequality. She is the editor of Geographies of the Haitian Diaspora (Routledge, 2011) and The Context of Black Lives: Race and Space in Two American Cities; and author of Boston Haitians: Navigating Race, Place and Belonging in a Majority-Minority City. Other work has been published in interdisciplinary journals and edited volumes. She has received grants and awards from the American Sociological Association, Social Science Research Council, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Ford Foundation, Spencer Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the leadership team in Academic Affairs at Morehouse, she taught at Agnes Scott College, Emory University, and the University of Richmond. And in 2022, she was the President of the Haitian Studies Association (HSA). Regine was born in Brooklyn, New York, but was raised in the Boston Haitian community in the late 1970s and 1980s. She is a proud mother of three who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia


Cécile Accilien

President of the Haitian Studies Association

University of Maryland

Cécile Accilien is Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the School of Language, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Maryland (College Park). Her area of studies are Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Film & Media Studies.  She has published in different journals including  Forum for Inter-American ResearchThe Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the SouthWomen, Gender & Families of ColorRevue française, and the Journal of Haitian Studies. She is the co-editor (with Valerie Orlando) of Teaching Haiti: Strategies for Creating New Narratives;  co-author (with Krishauna Hines Gaither) of The Antiracism World Language Classroom and co-author (with Jowel Laguerre) of English-Haitian Creole Phrasebook. She recently published Bay lodyansHaitian Popular Film Culture with SUNY Press.  Since 2019 she has been serving as chair of the editorial board for Women, Gender and Families of Color. She served as the 2023 president of the Haitian Studies Association. Prior to that she served as an HSA board member from 2019-2022. She has written for Truthout and Latin American Commentator.  She is also a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Coach and Consultant who received her certification from the University of Georgia. She is co-founder (with Jessica Adams) of Soley Consulting, LLC (www.soleydei.com)

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Mid-March Update on the Situation in Haiti (Mar. 22, 2024)

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The Haitian Studies Association is holding a webinar with scholars and activists to help understand what is happening on the ground.

Since our last webinar on March 8, 2024 de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to step down. The various political parties are sending their nominees as part of the transitional presidential council. The attacks are ongoing and the number of deaths are increasing. People are suffering from hunger and displacement amidst the rampant violence. The majority of international organizations workers have left. The U.S. have chartered a plane for U.S. citizens that arrived in Miami this past weekend and last week it sent military forces to protect its embassy. On March 19, Gen. Laura Richardson might have stated that the US Southern Command is “prepared,” with reports by the Southern Command acknowledging that US troops might [already] be stationed in the Caribbean nation. In the meanwhile, Haitians in Haiti continue to live in a state of non-stop violence.

Panelists will discuss what is happening right now in Haiti and offer updates about steps being taken to put in place a transitional government.


Islanda Micherline Aduel

La politicologue Islanda Micherline Aduel de l’organisation haïtienne Têt Kole, partenaire du CCFD-Terre Solidaire, défend les droits des paysannes et des paysans dont les terres sont accaparées au profit notamment de l’agroindustrie avec pour conséquence directe de nuire à la souveraineté et à la sécurité alimentaire des paysans. Benjamine d’une fratrie de 4, Islanda a toujours été inspirée par sa mère paysanne et n’a jamais cessé de défendre les droits de autres «Haïti c’est mon pays. C’est mon héritage ». Elle milite au sein d’organizations paysannes, notamment Tèt Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen où elle est sert de coordinatrice pour le movement des jeunes. Sa devise est qu’ « ensemble, les paysans, paysannes, sont plus forts ».

Elle a étudié le droit et les sciences politiques et poursuit maintenant une maîtrise en Developpement Territorial avec une spécialité sur l’Amérique Latine et les Caraïbes à UNEPSS (Universidade Estadual Paulista São Paulo). Elle continue d’être active à travers le movement San Tè (MST) au Brésil où elle milite sans relâche. Elle travaille même à distance pour défendre les droits des producteurs locaux haïtiens et pour améliorer leur conditions de vie en Haïti et globalement.

Georges Eddy Lucien

Georges Eddy Lucien completed his undergraduate studies in the social sciences and mathematics departments of the École Normale Supérieure of Port-au-Prince from the State University of Haiti . He has a degree in geography with an emphasis on urban planning. He holds a master’s degree in geography with a speciality in Planning and a master’s degree in geography with specialties in Cities and Territory and Territoriality from the University of the Antilles and Guyana (UAG). He completed his doctoral studies in Urban history at the University of Toulouse-Le-Mirail and was a postdoctoral fellow in urban studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Georges Eddy Lucien is professor of history and urban geography at the State University of Haiti and directs the dynamic laboratory of American worlds (LADMA) of this university. Dr. Lucien also directs the Master’s Program in Geography at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and co-directs the History department at the Université d’Etat d’Haïti.  At Quisqueya University, he teaches and directs the Center for Research and Support for Urban Policies. He is the author of several works including Une modernisation manquée, Port-au-Prince 1915-1956, Volume 1: modernisation et centralisation” (2013). He won the Barbancourt Prix for his book Little Haïti, Si loin de Dieu et si près du centre-ville de Miami (2015).

Michelle Austin Pamies 

Michelle Austin Pamies is a partner at Austin Pamies Norris Weeks, LLC.  Her practice primarily involves providing legal counsel to business clients and representing them in their corporate, commercial, real estate, and intellectual property transactions and related litigation. She also focuses on assisting US individuals and entities with litigation and/or transactions in Haiti. In addition, she serves as outside Assistant City Attorney for several South Florida municipalities and serves as special counsel to others. Her background includes being General Counsel for the Agency for Workforce Innovation, an agency of the State of Florida, General Counsel for an automotive retail holding company with revenues of over $6 billion, Corporate Counsel and Senior Corporate Counsel – Commercial Law for a fortune 100 company, and Associate at one of the largest of the largest US law firms.

Michelle is a former member of the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, and Miami-Dade County Ad Hoc Committee for the Creation of an Airport Authority.  She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including, Girls Inc. and SantLa (Haitian Neighborhood Center). She is a founding member and former Vice President of the Haitian Lawyers Association, Inc. and is a current Co-Chair of the Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc. (WOCEI), a membership organization with the mission to enhance and expand leadership opportunities for women of color. WOCEI spearheads a yearly conference that brings together hundreds of women in leadership. Michelle is a 1996 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where she served on the University of Miami Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif, Phi Delta Phi, and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Wideline Pierre

Wideline Pierre was born in Ouanaminthe, a commune in the Nord-Est department in 1978. Coming from a family of 7 children of which she was the 5th, she completed her primary and secondary education in her hometown. She did her university studies in the Dominican Republic at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo where she studied architecture. Very attached to the country where she was born, she returned to Haiti where she resides until today.

Back home, she practiced her profession as an architect and positioned herself as an environmental activist and human rights defender. Member of the Cabinet of the Minister of the Environment, she temporarily left her position to run as a candidate in the 2015 legislative elections, where she finished in 3rd position. Following the elections, she was appointed to the position of Deputy Departmental Director at the Ministry of the Environment in the Nord’Est department. In June 2022 she was promoted to Director of the said Directorate, and resigned during the same year in protest against the decision of the Haitian government to open the Haitian-Dominican border following a popular movement in which she took part.

Daughter of a farmer, Wideline Pierre is attached to the land and the peasantry as well as to the cause of this vulnerable group of people. Today she has become spokesperson for the movement and the committee for the construction of the irrigation canal on the Massacre River. Wideline Pierre is convinced that the energy machine that has been set in motion around the canal will help us build a country where life is beautiful.

Michel Soukar

Educateur émérite, directeur d’établissements, journaliste politique, historien, homme de lettres, le Professeur Michel Soukar est l’une de nos personnalités les mieux connues en Haiti, et pour sa plume et pour sa militance. Entre autres positions, il a été rédacteur au Petit Samedi Soir et co-Fondateur et Secrétaire-Général de l’Association des Ecrivains Haïtiens. Dans le domaine littéraire, il est responsable depuis 2013 de la collection « Textes Retrouvés » aux Editions C3. Depuis cette même année, il devient aussi responsable des émissions d’éducation à Radio Signal FM et correspondant de Radio Haïti Amérique Internationale (Boca Raton – Floride. Il est le producteur et réalisateur de plus de 800 émissions radiophoniques sur l’Histoire d’Haïti, la politique et l’économie internationale sur les ondes de Radio Signal FM (Pétion-Ville, Haïti) en plus d’être l’auteur de plus de 25 volumes importants et de plusieurs CDs portant sur l’histoire et la politique en Haïti.

Reconnu internationalement comme écrivain militant de grande distinction et comme historien engagé, et ayant reçu nombres d’accolades pour ces œuvres tant en Haiti qu’à l’étranger ainsi que de nombreuses invitations de gouvernements progressistes, le Professeur Michel Soukar est un politicologue incontournable pour toutes études et analyses sur Haiti. Il offre de courageuses analyses sur notre complexe histoire et expose les failles d’un système politique décadent et d’une société branlante et inéquitable tout en continuant à nous donner espoir qu’une Haïti meilleure est possible.


François Pierre-Louis Jr.

François Pierre-Louis PhD is professor and chair of political science at Queens College, City University of New York. His research interests include immigration, transnationalism, Haitian and Caribbean politics. He served in the private cabinet of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 1991 and on the senior staff of Prime Minister Jacques-Édouard Alexis in 2007-2008. He is the author of Haitians in New York City: Transnationalism and Hometown Association (2006), co-editor of Migrant Crossroads: Globalization, Incorporation and Placemaking in Queens New York (Temple University 2021). His articles have appeared in US Catholics, Wadabagei, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Education and Urban Society, The Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Latin America Perspectives, and the Journal of Black Studies. He served as a senior advisor for the Haiti-CUNY Program to the Chancellor of the City University of New York from 2011 to 2015.

Mèsi anpil/ Thank you very much to our interpreters: Lourdes Leconte & Rose Nicholson

Conference, News

H.S.A.’s 36th Annual Conference – Call for Papers (May 15, 2024)

Nou Tout Se Moun: Centering Gender, Feminist Practice and Embodiment in the Work of Decolonizing Haitian Studies




Babette Wainwright & Melanie Herzog, What Women Carry (2004) 

Deadline extension: Submissions are due May 15, 2024 7:59pm EDT (23:59 GMT)

For our 36th annual conference, the HSA invites contributions that consider the explicit and implicit ways that hegemonic and marginalized genders or sexualities—interdependent but distinct concepts that are experienced in vastly different ways—operate in research and activism across disciplines, temporalities, and geographies. 

A rich legacy of foundational feminist Haitian studies scholarship including that of Carolle Charles, Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, Danièle Magloire, Sabine Lamour, and Marie-José Nzengou-Tayo has examined how differentials in power persist across the multiple identities that each of us brings to our work, our scholarship, and our relationships. Indeed, Caribbean, African, queer, and feminist scholars, as well as scholars of embodiment, disability, and neurodiversity, have demonstrated the ways in which Western paradigms of biological sex and race that divide people into fixed and scientifically reified categories are undermined by more fluid conceptions of the body and its relationships in African/Haitian cosmologies such as Vodou.

More recent scholarship argues that choosing words and frameworks to describe the range of experiences is in itself a political act, with each inclusion highlighting other exclusions. In a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Haitian Studies, guest editors Dasha A. Chapman, Mario LaMothe, and Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper work with contributors to “understand the complex ways Haitians live, love, create, and commune despite and amongst oppressive structures of power, neo/colonial ideologies, and exclusionary social relations in their homeland and abroad.” Haitian studies cannot decolonize itself without interrogating how colonial, postcolonial, anti-colonial, and neocolonial constructions of gendered, sexual, and kinship relations operate in historical and contemporary society and discourse.  What will we learn by analyzing the movement of Haitians and Haitian studies between different linguistic, cultural, national, and epistemic frameworks of gender and sexuality?

We invite scholars, artists, activists, and practitioners who may or may not regularly engage in conversations about gender or sexuality to gather together and examine how these pervasive, and often unmarked, categories impact our work in academic and activist spaces. We welcome creative, ethical engagements based on our various social and professional positions and modes of work. 

We encourage research from any discipline—across the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and STEM fields—that considers in complex, curious, and respectful ways the following:

  • What does “gender” mean in the Caribbean and global African diaspora? How has it been understood in Haiti by activists, feminists, intellectuals, and the state itself? How do language, symbolism, visual representation, and material culture in Haiti and its diaspora reveal or trouble categorizations and characterizations of gender and sexuality?  How can we engage with the tensions and contradictions encapsulated by figures like the poto mitan that both celebrate and burden Haitian women? 
  • What are epistemologies of gender and sexuality, thinking from Haitian and Haitian diaspora contexts? How do Queer and Trans Studies developed from the Global North encounter local epistemologies of gender? For example, what does the difficulty in translating gender terminology between English/French/Spanish and Creole invite us to consider about working transnationally? 
  • How have foreign states and NGOs (especially after the 2010 earthquake) codified, amplified, conflicted, or revised social identity frameworks in the context of Haiti and reproduced global and local hierarchies of difference? 
  • Why have women and sexual minorities been underrepresented in political, civic, and educational arenas in Haiti and in the Haitian diaspora? What historic and contemporary structures advantage masculinity in leadership and politics? How have Haitian feminist movements interacted with national political and resistance movements including during the US Occupation, the Duvalier eras, the 1990s, 2000s and current period of ensekirite
  • How do we revisit or engage with archives to reveal the silencing of Haitian women’s involvement in all periods of Haitian history? 
  • What is the liberatory potential of considering the many ways of attraction and sexual desire is experienced and expressed (heterosexual, homosexual, same-sex desiring, M-community, queer, etc.)? How are expressions and experiences of sexuality—as well as the language describing them—negotiated and transformed by Haitians in migration? 
  • How is intersectional feminism engaged in theory and practice in Haitian Studies? How are gender and kinship experienced differently based on their intersection with other social identity frameworks (i.e. age, class, nationality, dis/ability, neurodiversity, race, religion)?
  • What can be learned about normative assumptions by revisiting scholarship that does not appear to be affected by identity? What is obscured by gender-neutral methods? How are historically masculine disciplines like science, mathematics, and engineering changing with or challenging the integration of those who have been structurally excluded? 

To facilitate the full participation of specialists and non-specialists, the conference organizers will convene several pedagogical moments and interactive workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion for those wishing to interrogate and reflect on their own work in relationship to their own positionalities in an intersectional way. If you are interested in participating in the conference in this capacity, please check the box to this effect. 

Submissions are due May 15, 2024 7:59pm EDT (23:59 GMT)

Guidelines for Participation

Submissions are due May 15, 2024 7:59pm EDT (23:59 GMT+0).

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 by the program committee 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, 2024.  All presenters must be members of HSA to present, and  must register and pay by September 1, 2024 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, 2024.

Publication in the Journal of Haitian Studies

Manuscripts from selected abstracts and presentations can be submitted for consideration 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.

Please Note: This year’s conference will be in-person with the expectation that all panel, workshop, and roundtable participants will be present. We will not accept virtual presentations.

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

Past Events

Healing Circles (Mar. 15 & 20, 2024)

We at In Cultured Company are sharing information on events in Haiti, but we are also focused on holding space for Haitian people impacted by this unfolding crisis.

Our Haitian team members, Dr. Evan Auguste, Jean Semelfort and Niara Carrenard will lead two emergency healing circles this week and next week to hold space in this critical and sensitive moment.

These virtual circles on March 15 and 20th will leverage the Association of Black Psychologists’ Sawubona Healing Circle model to leverage Haitian culture and wisdom for community healing spaces.

If you are Haitian and want to talk about how you’ve been feeling, envision a better future, or to just share space with people from the diaspora please register with the link in our bio: https://bio.site/ICC

Members' Corner

What Haiti Needs Is Human Rights Support – Not More Military Interventions

Armed interventions don’t change the reality that many people in Haiti need to join gangs to meet their basic needs.

The past few days have seen unprecedented violence and an escalated humanitarian crisis in Haiti that has reached unimaginable proportions. De facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was traveling this past weekend, is unable to return to Haiti as gang leaders threaten to create even more chaos if he returns. Meanwhile according to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, the U.S. has asked Henry to “move forward on a political process that will lead to the establishment of a presidential transitional council that will lead to elections.”

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Professors Petrouchka Moïse and Fredo Rivera Secure $350K Grant for "Haitian Art Digital Crossroads" Project

Petrouchka Moïse, assistant professor and Cultural & Community-based Digital Curator in the Grinnell College Libraries, and Fredo Rivera '06, assistant professor of Art History, have been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will support their project, "Haitian Art Digital Crossroads," which aims to digitize over a thousand Haitian artworks held at several sites in Haiti and the United States and incorporate them into a multilingual database. "We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share the richness and diversity of Haitian art with a wider audience and to make it accessible to scholars and researchers around the world," said Moïse.

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Video games, food and ‘aha’ moments make this Cal State San Marcos professor one of the best

Alyssa Sepinwall was named the best teacher in the CSU system for getting students to grasp how their lives have been shaped by events that occurred long ago and far away.

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Members' Corner

The crisis in Haiti, explained

Haiti is in the grip of a deepening crisis. Armed gangs are expanding their control of the Caribbean nation through increasingly violent attacks.

A state of emergency was declared on Sunday after gangs raided two prisons, freeing thousands of inmates. Hours later, they launched an assault on the country’s main airport. One gang leader is warning of a ‘civil war that will end in genocide’ if Haiti’s Prime Minister remains in power.

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Video games, food and ‘aha’ moments make this Cal State San Marcos professor one of the best

Alyssa Sepinwall was named the best teacher in the CSU system for getting students to grasp how their lives have been shaped by events that occurred long ago and far away.

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What Haiti Needs Is Human Rights Support - Not More Military Interventions

The past few days have seen unprecedented violence and an escalated humanitarian crisis in Haiti that has reached unimaginable proportions. De facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was traveling this past weekend, is unable to return to Haiti as gang leaders threaten to create even more chaos if he returns. Meanwhile according to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, the U.S. has asked Henry to 'move forward on a political process that will lead to the establishment of a presidential transitional council that will lead to elections.'

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March 2024 Haiti Crisis Update: What We Know (Mar. 8, 2024)

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The Haitian Studies Association is holding a webinar with experts on Haiti to help make sense of the current political situation in the country. Since the past weekend Haitians in Haiti have been dealing with an exacerbated level of violence of unimaginable proportions. The Haitian government declared a state of emergency following attacks by gang members on Haiti’s National Penitentiary and another prison in Croix des Bouquets that freed over 3000 prisoners, including some gang leaders. One of the most notorious gang leaders, former police officer Jimmy Chérizier (aka Barbecue), has overtly stated that he—along with the newly-formed gang coalition Viv Ansanm— is ready to do whatever it takes to overthrow the government.  Meanwhile de facto Prime minister Ariel Henry was in Kenya to finalize the deal whereby Kenya will lead a U.N.-approved security mission to Haiti. As of Wednesday March 6th, Henry was unable to return to Haiti as gangs occupied the airports and there are rumors that the US is asking for his resignation. Panelists will also discuss possible scenarios to resolve the current crisis.


Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper (University of California, Irvine)

Bio fragment from: UCI School of Social Sciences (www.socsci.uci.edu)

Mamyrah Dougé-Prosper, global and international studies, assistant professor, specializes in research on social movements in the Caribbean and Latin America – particularly Black and Haitian social movements.

Prosper serves as the international coordinator for the Pan-African Solidarity Network with Community Movement Builders in the U.S. In that capacity, she serves as a coordinator of the Leve Kanpe Avèk Ayiti International Coalition that includes organizations in Canada, the U.S., Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay working to amplify the struggles of the people of Haiti. She’s also a founding member of the Black Radical, a multi-lingual Pan-African media collective.

Robert Fatton (The University of Virginia)

Bio fragment from: Department of Politics (virginia.edu)

Robert Fatton Jr. is the Julia A. Cooper Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  He also served as Chair of the Department of Politics from 1997 to 2004; and Associate-Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Virginia from 2010 to 2012.  He is the author of several books and a large number of scholarly articles.  His publications include: Black Consciousness in South Africa (1986); The Making of a Liberal Democracy: Senegal’s Passive Revolution, 1975-1985 (1987); Predatory Rule: State and Civil Society in Africa (1992); Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy (2002); The Roots of Haitian Despotism (2007); and Haiti: Trapped in the Outer Periphery (2014).  He is also co-editor with R. K. Ramazani of The Future of Liberal Democracy:  Thomas Jefferson and the Contemporary World (2004); and Religion, State, and Society (2009).  He is the recipient of the 2011 Award for Excellence of the Haitian Studies Association for his “commitment and contribution to the emerging field of Haitian Studies for close to a quarter of a century.”

Jake Johnston (Center for Economic and Policy Research)

Bio taken from: macmillan Publishers (us.macmillan.com)

Johnston is Senior Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. and has been the leading writer for the center’s Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch website since February 2010, just weeks after a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti. His work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Nation, ABC News, Boston ReviewTruthout, and The Intercept, and elsewhere. He grew up in Portland, Maine and lives in Washington, D.C.

Jemima Pierre (The University of British Columbia)

Bio fragment taken from: The University of British Columbia (www.ubc.ca)

Dr. Jemima Pierre is Professor of Global Race in the Institute of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ) at the University of British Columbia and a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Race, Gender and Class at the University of Johannesburg. Trained as a sociocultural anthropologist in the African Diaspora Program at the University of Texas, Austin, her research and teaching engages with Africa and the African diaspora across three broad areas of inquiry: 1) the relationship of political economy to race, as articulated through capitalism, white supremacy, and imperialism; 2) migration, transnationalism, and diaspora; and 3) the ethics and politics of western knowledge production and disciplinary formation.


François Pierre Louis Jr. (Queens College CUNY)

Bio taken from: Haitian Studies Association

François Pierre-Louis, PhD, is Associate Professor of Political Science at Queens College, CUNY.  His research interests include immigration, transnationalism and Haitian politics. He has worked as a community organizer in Haiti and the U.S., and served in the private cabinet of President Aristide in 1991 and as an advisor to Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis in 2007-2008. He is the author of Haitians in New York City: Transnationalism and Hometown Associations. His articles have appeared in U.S. Catholics, Wadabagei, the Journal of Haitian Studies, Education and Urban Society, and the Journal of Black Studies. He is currently coordinating the Chancellor initiative to help rebuild higher education in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Journal of Haitian Studies, News

Journal of Haitian Studies Spring 2023 – Volume 29, Number 1


Guest Editors: Rebecca Dirksen and Lois Wilcken

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Earthshots from Haiti

—Rebecca Dirksen

“M pral plante yon pye bwa” (I will plant a tree): Lyrics and Stills from an Eco-musical Film Collaboration

—Rebecca Dirksen, Kendy Vérilus, & Roosevelt Saillant (BIC)

Ecological Implications of the Sacred in Azor’s “Palmis Kanpe”

—Emilio Travieso

Conservation in Community: FoProBiM’s Mangrove Restoration Project

—Jean Wiener

Eaux et territoires urbanisés en Haïti face aux changements climatiques : Analyse géographique du cas de Port-au-Prince

—Louis-Marc Pierre

The Ceremonial Bath, a Surrender to the Spirits

—Guilberly Louissaint

Ecological Wisdom in the Marvelous Realism of Vodou (by way of Jacques Stéphen Alexis)

—Lois Wilcken

Zantray lan Ginen: Performing the Feminine and Haiti’s Sacred Spaces

—Stéphanie Melyon-Reinette

La Filière arachide en Haïti peut-elle résister au « don » américain ? Analyse d’économie politique

—Camille Chalmers, Guelsonne Calixte, François Gérard Junior Denart, Tonny Joseph, & Marc J. Cohen

Ecological Disquisitions on Six Paintings by Edouard Jean

—LeGrace Benson

New Planning Targets for the Haitian Energy Sector

—Jodany Fortuné & Gary W. Gervais

“Desitire fatra” (Get rid of trash): Lyrics and Stills from an Eco-musical Film Collaboration

—Rebecca Dirksen, Kendy Vérilus, & Samuel Vicière (Samy-Gee)

Marasa: A Special Issue and a Working Group for the Environment

—LeGrace Benson & Lois Wilcken


Caribbean Eco-fictions: Multilayered Stories of the Haitian Environment

Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

Haïti déforestée, paysages remodelés, by Alex Bellande

Production of Disaster and Recovery in Post-earthquake Haiti: Disaster Industrial Complex, by Loretta Pyles and Juliana Svistova

There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince, by Greg Beckett

Humanity’s Last Stand, by Mark Schuller

Reviewed by Vincent Joos

Le Cadre juridique haïtien de gestion et de protection de l’environnement, by Maismy-Mary Fleurant

Reviewed by Sam-Fleury Eugène

Men sa lanmè di / Ainsi parla la mer (Thus spoke the sea), by Arnold Antonin

Reviewed by Lois Wilcken

Ijan(s) / Urgence(s), by Kolektif2D

Reviewed by Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken

Past Events

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

NOTE: This is not an H.S.A. event. We’re sharing the word as a service. 

Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (Virtual Event) with Dr. Alyssa Sepinwall (California State University)

Friday, March 8th, 2024 | 12PM-1PM CST via zoom | Register here: https://forms.gle/vgsssxk2DqtnxJGMA

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

Dr. Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall is a professor at California State University who earned a B.A. in intellectual history and political philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Stanford University. Her research specialties include the French and Haitian Revolutions, modern Haitian history, slavery and film, French colonialism, French-Jewish history, history and video games, and the history of gender. Her previous works include The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism (UC Press, 2005; released in paperback, 2021) and Haitian History: New Perspectives (Routledge, 2012).

Registrants will be sent the zoom link on the morning of this presentation.


Call for Papers ‘Producing and Receiving the 19th Century’ (Mar. 15, 2024)

Note: This is not an H.S.A. event. We are sharing the word as a service.

Call for Papers

2024 Semicentennial Colloquium NCFS

Producing and Receiving the 19th Century

Deadline: March 15, 2024

The 2024 Semicentennial Colloquium of the Nineteenth Century French Studies Association, welcomes submissions on the theme of “Producing and Receiving the 19th Century,” and will be held at Duke University in Durham, NC, from September 19-21, at the beautiful Washington Duke Inn, with a Keynote by Professor Laure Murat.
Submissions for individual papers or sessions (between 250 -300 words in French or English) should be sent as an email attachment in Word to NCFS@duke.edu, by March 15, 2024. Nota bene: for session proposals a separate abstract for each paper should be included. Please indicate your A/V requirements on your abstract, if applicable, and any access needs. Organizer: Deborah Jenson (Duke U).


How does modernity characterize production, and production characterize modernity, in the long nineteenth century? Marx and Engels cast individuals’ relationship to economic relations of production broadly as “a definite form of expressing their life, a definite mode of life.” This conference explores reimaginings of production and reception, creation and critique, of modes of life, including production and reception of a/the “French”-encoded nineteenth century/ies, past and future, in metropolitan, provincial, global, colonial, decolonial, and postcolonial contexts. Launch points for exploration include, but are in no way limited to the following:

  • Aesthetics and sociabilities of production and reception, including creating, destroying, making, unmaking, extracting, appreciating, critiquing, identifying, adapting, etc.
  • Economic relations of production, and associated modes of producing and receiving the anthropocene, plantationocene, etc.
  • Atlantic, triangular, colonial, anti-colonial, post-colonial, decolonial and neocolonial relations of production and reception writ large
  • Producing and receiving sex, gender, and “trans”
  • Producing and receiving race, ethnicity, and alterity
  • Print cultural and non-print cultural production and reception; media (journalism, newspapers; literacy, cabinets de lecture, etc.
  • Producing and receiving philosophy and non-philosophy
  • Theatrical and other performative productions; remakes and sequels; “making a production” of something
  • Ecologies and archeologies of artistic production and “making”
  • Fashions and material cultures of production and reception
  • Cooking, cuisine, consumption, taste, and produce (market produce, the vegetal, etc.) Products, brands, marks, styles
  • Growing, harvesting, extracting, transporting, marketing, selling, giving and taking Producing and receiving translation
  • Scientific production and reception
  • Producing and receiving biopolitics and biopower
  • Producing and receiving body and mind; sensory production and reception

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Members' Corner

Alex Dupuy publishes “Haiti since 1804: Critical Perspectives on Class, Power, and Gender”


Per ‘Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

“Leading scholar Alex Dupuy investigates themes of class, power, and gender in Haiti in the capitalist world-economy—from independence and indemnity to the US occupation and current crisis after the assassination of President Moïse. This book provides new perspectives on Haiti’s political economy since independence and demystifies major forces that shape Haiti today.

In addition to the controversial indemnity, Dupuy looks at how the United States supplanted France as the major power occupying Haiti from 1915-34 and influenced Haiti’s economic and political development. Its policies and those imposed by international financial institutions transformed Haiti into the supplier of the lowest-paid labor, particularly in export assembly industries comprised mostly of women. In the present day, criminal gangs have plunged Haiti into an unprecedented political, economic, and security crisis since the assassination of Moïse, and Prime Minister Ariel Henri has called for foreign intervention to restore order.”

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The crisis in Haiti, explained

Haiti is in the grip of a deepening crisis. Armed gangs are expanding their control of the Caribbean nation through increasingly violent attacks.
A state of emergency was declared on Sunday after gangs raided two prisons, freeing thousands of inmates. Hours later, they launched an assault on the country’s main airport. One gang leader is warning of a 'civil war that will end in genocide' if Haiti’s Prime Minister remains in power.

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Video games, food and ‘aha’ moments make this Cal State San Marcos professor one of the best

Alyssa Sepinwall was named the best teacher in the CSU system for getting students to grasp how their lives have been shaped by events that occurred long ago and far away.

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Announcements & Statements

Happy New Year HSA Members!

Happy New Year HSA Members!

We hope this message finds you well, with soft landings into 2024. We want to wish everyone a peaceful and healthy new year.

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

This year we had a milestone 35th anniversary conference at Morehouse College in Atlanta with over 300 participants. During our conference we spent time reflecting upon where we are as an organization as well as the legacy we would like to leave for the next 35 years. The conference provided a great opportunity to showcase the work of our seasoned scholars as well as that of brilliant emerging scholars producing generative interdisciplinary research in fields ranging from anthropology to gender studies, law, environmental studies and public policy. We also continue to work collaboratively with Haiti-based scholars to promote academic research, increase programming, and disseminate scholarship that highlight distinctive perspectives and priorities in Haiti.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new 2024 board of directors: April Mayes as Vice President, Alexandra Cenatus, Darlène Dubuisson, and Alex Lenoble as board members, and Natasha Joseph as our student representative to the board. We thank them for their willingness to serve and look forward to collaborating with them.

This year as part of our 35 year celebration we have a 35 for 35 giving campaign and we encourage you to contribute any amount you can: https://35for35campaign.haitianstudies.org

As we begin this new year, we would like to take this moment to express our gratitude to you for your continuous support of HSA and its vision. We are strong because of our members. We invite both our new and long-time members to visit our website regularly to stay informed about our ongoing programs and activities, learn about our new initiatives and highlight members’ achievements.


We also would like to let you know that our 36th annual conference will be held at Brooklyn College from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 14th, 2024. We are excited that the Haitian Studies Institute under the leadership of Dr. Marie Lily Cerat will welcome us to Brooklyn! We look forward to seeing you all there.

Bon ane tout moun! Ansanm ansanm nap kontinye vanse!

On behalf of HSA,

Dr. Cécile Accilien, President

Dr. April Mayes, Vice-President

Dr. Irene Brisson Secretary

Dr. Claudine Michel, Executive Director