Haitian Studies Association’s Annual Conference
35th Annual Conference:
Ayiti Se Tè Glise:
Im/Migration, Movement & In-Betweenness
October 5th – 8th, 2023
Morehouse College – Atlanta, Georgia
Ayiti se tè glise illuminates the notion that Haiti is an eternally shifting landscape. Haitians continuously move within their nation and also migrate to diasporic spaces. This adage also alludes to conflicting paradigms for Haitians in and beyond Haiti as they negotiate various cultural identities and navigate their liminality (i.e. Haitian-American, Haitian-Canadian, Haitian-Bahamian, Haitian-Dominican, etc.). Following the 2010 and 2021 earthquakes, many Haitians have migrated to South American countries such as Chile and Brazil. In recent years, numerous Haitians have traveled to Mexico in hopes of eventually journeying to the U.S. via California and Texas in search of a better future. Ever versatile in maneuvering their in-betweenness, Haitians continually forge new communities at home and transnationally with the power to transform Haiti’s future. How might Ayiti se tè glise provide a call for Haitian Studies to contend with the versatility, slippery nature, and instability of Haitian land, identities, concepts, constructs, and expressions?
Embodying In/Betweenness Afro-Caribbean Arts and Cultures (Oct. 8, 2023)
Haitian Studies Association’s Annual Conference Event
Sunday, October 8th, 2023 @ Zuckerman Museum of Art
Dancing the Sacred Crossroads: Embodied Arts of Haiti (Oct. 6, 2023)
Uniting the KOSANBA conference theme of Kalfou and the HSA theme of Ayiti se tè glise, this program presents the wisdom of the Haitian performing body as itself a crossroads and portal for transformation, navigation, and stability within in/stabilities. The evening centers embodied knowledge and the Haitian Kreyòl concept of kase (or “break”) in a reframing of our understandings of Haitian artistry and sacred ritual, Haiti and diaspora, crisis and resiliency. Internationally-known performers, scholars, and spiritual leaders consider the kase across multiple dimensions: dance, song, drumming, film, scholarly text, and discussion.
Emerging Scholars Committee Message to Conference Attendees
The Emerging Scholars committee is dedicated to the development and support of new generations of scholars of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. We coordinate mentorship events and advocate for the particular concerns of students and emerging scholars with the association.
Emerging as a scholar is an ongoing process and we welcome participation from all self-identifying emerging scholars. Those programs which are restricted to current students (undergraduate and graduate) are labeled as such.
Conference Program – Sessions Program
Haitian Studies Association’s 35th Annual Conference Program – Sessions Program
Conference Program – Conference Schedule at a Glance
Haitian Studies Association’s 35th Annual Conference Program – Conference Schedule at a Glance
Call For 2023 HSA Award Nominations
The Haitian Studies Association is seeking nominations for several 2023 awards. The Awards Committee is specifically interested in recognizing current and former members of the Haitian Studies Association.
Call for Michel-Rolph Trouillot Fund Applications (Sept. 15, 2023)
The Michel-Rolph Trouillot Fund was started in 2012 to broaden participation in the Haitian Studies Association among academics, researchers, artists, intellectuals, and professionals who are based in Haiti and who do not have the possibility of traveling to the conference without financial assistance.
Due to the current barriers to securing visas from the US Embassy, for 2023 the Michel-Rolph Trouillot award will temporarily prioritize Haitian scholars based in Haiti or studying abroad as international students who have a visa or are otherwise able to travel within or to the United States to participate in the conference.
Call for Emerging Scholar Award Applications (Sept. 15, 2023)
The Emerging Scholars Committee of the Haitian Studies Association invites applications for the following 2023 awards. Award recipients will be honored at the 35th Annual HSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from October 5-8, 2023.
HSA established the Student and Emerging Scholars’ fund during the 2006 conference. Since 2008, the HSA board has earmarked $1000 annually to support student research and participation in our annual conference.
General Conference Information
In order to assist participants and attendees, we have put together this document to help you prepare. As we get more information we will update this document.
2023 Haitian Studies Association Film Award – Call for Submissions (July 15, 2023)
The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) is now accepting short film entries for the first 2023 Haitian Studies Association Film Award. All films that are not in Kreyòl, English or French must be submitted with English, French or Creole subtitles. If the submitter fails to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline, the project will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified. We welcome submissions via FilmFreeway.com.
Call For Submissions for the 2023 HSA Book Prize Award (June 12, 2023)
The HSA Book Award is given in alternate years to the best book in Haitian Studies in the Social Sciences, with relevance towards the betterment of Haiti and its people. Books must have been published within the last 2 years, June 2021 to June 2023. Anthologies and edited volumes do not qualify.
H.S.A.’s 35th Annual Conference – Call for Papers
Ayiti se tè glise illuminates the notion that Haiti is an eternally shifting landscape. Haitians continuously move within their nation and also migrate to diasporic spaces. This adage also alludes to conflicting paradigms for Haitians in and beyond Haiti as they negotiate various cultural identities and navigate their liminality (i.e. Haitian-American, Haitian-Canadian, Haitian-Bahamian, Haitian-Dominican, etc.).