Haitian Studies Association

Haitian Studies Association’s Annual Conference


34th Annual Conference:

Mawonaj / Marronage / Maroonage: 

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

October Friday 7 – Sunday 9, 2022

Howard University – Washington, D.C.

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 7 – 9, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj / marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora.


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2022 Digital Book Launch

As we come together this year, we are showcasing titles published after our last in-person conference. So in keeping with the times, the Haitian Studies Association introduces our Digital Book Launch to display these new books in a more user-friendly format for your convenience. The following list includes books published during the pandemic and early 2022, including the forthcoming books closing out this year. This list of 60+ books includes texts written both in English and French. The books below address various issues and articulate different perspectives on Haiti and Haitian national history. Click here to view the digital gallery for book covers and abstracts. Listed below are the individual titles that will direct you to the purchasing site. Select the author from the index listed below for a brief book description.

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2022 Award Recipients

At H.S.A.’s 34th annual conference Dr. Régine Michelle Jean-Charles received our Award for Excellence; Dr. Charlene Désir received our Award for Service; and Edouard Duval-Carrié received our Florence Bellande Robertson Award. You can read information of all three award recipients here.

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2022 Scholarship Recipients

At H.S.A.’s 34th annual conference Walner Osna and Michaëlle Vilmont received the Emerging Scholars Fund; Louis Gédéon, Léo D. Pizo Bien-Aimé, and Elkins Voltaire received the Michel Rolph Trouillot Scholarship. You can read information of all five award recipients here.

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2022 Pre-Conference Events

In the days leading up to our 34th Annual Conference we will be hosting a series of events virtually and in person. Many of these events are open to the public.

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2022 Conference Program – General

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 8:30am: Smithsonian Gallery Tour at NMAAHC (limited slots available to conference attendees) 11:30am & 12:30pm: Haitian Archives Tours (2) at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center/Library (limited slots available to conference attendees) Moorland-Spingarn staff will provide a tour of the historic research center. You will learn about the Haiti materials housed at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center. There […]

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2022 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jemima Pierre

This year, the Haitian Studies Association is honored to feature the distinguished scholar, Dr. Jemima Pierre, as the 2022 keynote speaker for our 34th annual conference. Her presentation, “Fugitives of Empire: Haiti and the Paradoxes of Marronage,” will revisit both the history and theoretical usages of “maroonage” as a way of understanding the contemporary predicaments and paradoxes of Haiti in the wider world. Focusing on questions of migration, it will provoke a conversation around questions of imperialism, sovereignty, fugitivity, and borders.

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2022 Conference Program – Panels

HSA 34th Annual Conference Program Howard University and George Washington University SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 – Howard University 8:00am – 5:00pm: Check-in – Douglass Hall 8:30am – 9:45am: Saturday Session 1 DOUGLASS HALL ROOM 101–LE TERRITOIRE EN PROCÈS OU LES VOIES MULTIPLES DE L’ÉCHAPPÉE Language: Français Moderator: Pragxède Montima (Institut français en Haïti) • Partir ou […]

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Important Information About the H.S.A. Conference

We hope this message finds you well. We would like to thank you for your interest in participating in this year’s conference in Washington D.C. at Howard University (October 7 – 9, 2022). We look forward to seeing you!
Here you can find important information about the upcoming conference.

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HSA Member Mentorship Program

The emerging scholars committee is running a mentorship program aimed to match a mentor or mentee (one can be both mentored and mentor) during the conference or in the future.

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Conference Accommodations Connection

The emerging scholars committee is facilitating the sharing of information as a resource since many junior scholars may be looking to share hotel rooms or rides to minimize the expense of conference travel.

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Call for Emerging Scholar Award Applications (Sept. 15, 2022)

The Emerging Scholars Committee of the Haitian Studies Association invites applications for the following 2022 awards. Award recipients will be honored at the 34th Annual HSA Conference in Washington, DC from October 7-9, 2022.
The following applications are due by September 15, 2022 for emerging scholars at the undergraduate and graduate levels, based in Haiti and internationally (per award criteria).

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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.

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Call For HSA Award Nominations (Aug. 14, 2022)

The Haitian Studies Association is seeking nominations for several 2022 awards. Award recipients will be honored at the 34th Annual HSA Conference in Washington, DC from October 7-9, 2022.

The Awards Committee is accepting nominations for: Award for Excellence, Award for Service, The Florence Bellande Robertson Award.

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34th Annual Conference – Call for Papers

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 7 – 9, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora. Even before independence, the rich and complex history of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti was a prime example of collective efforts to challenge displacement, assimilation, and cultural erasure. The multiple geographies of resistance where oppressed groups struggle against domination, assert their agency, and claim space are evidence of the continuing significance and complexity of this phenomenon. 

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