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Details about our 2020 Conference

Details about conference attendance, registration,

Membership dues for 2020, and a Fundraising effort

The conference is available to all current members of the Haitian Studies Association. There is no conference registration this year. Membership is enough to have access to all sessions. 

Membership lasts one year covering one yearly conference. You can renew your membership here. If you are unsure if you are a current member, please Contact Us.

Important: All participants must have a Zoom account and be logged in in order to access the Webinar rooms. Please make sure you have one before to avoid delays.

Working Sessions: 

Monday, October 5 – 10 a.m. – noon & 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time – Haitian Art: Koneksyon, Rezistans, Istwa

Wednesday, October 7 – 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time – Working across Disciplines toward Environmental Policy for Haiti

Thursday, October 8 – 10 a.m.-noon Eastern Time –  The Rights to Live Creatively: Artistic Expression, Visibility, Solidarity


Saturday, October 10 – 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Conference (Program Draft)

12:10 – 1:50 p.m. – Keynote Panel

 5:10 – 6:50 p.m. – Town Hall



In the spirit of making our 32nd H.S.A. Annual Conference more accessible to our larger membership, including our colleagues from Haiti, the Board decided to waive the conference registration fee this year. We are only asking you to renew your membership for 2020. We also reduced the membership dues in most categories to allow for greater participation, again hoping to get many attendees from Haiti along with other students and scholars who have not yet participated in H.S.A. conferences. All are welcome to join us and become members

We ask presenters to please renew their membership by Saturday, September 26 in order to be kept in the program.  And we invite all others who wish to attend the conference to become members so they may participate on Oct. 10th and during the week-long series of Working Sessions (October 5-8) that are available to all of you. Note that this year, all membership levels include an electronic subscription to the Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS). 


How to attend the conference

Working Sessions (October 5-8th)

One day prior to the session, each attendee will receive an invitation with their unique link to attend the Working Session. Please keep this email safe as it contains your unique joining link.

Conference (October 10th)

Days prior to the event, registered members will receive their username and password that will give them access to our Website’s Members Area. Here attendees can view the program and select the session they wish to join. Clicking the room will send them to the appropriate Zoom webinar room.


We also ask those of you who are so inclined to please help us sponsor some of our Haiti participants desiring to join the conference by making an additional contribution to our ‘scholarship fund’ for participants in Haiti and other emerging scholars.  

We are also re-activating our tax-deductible Founders’ Circle for senior scholars who wish to support the H.S.A. office and infrastructure.  The conference, while not in person, has expenses so we appreciate your continued support.

Mapou – $500             Flanbwayan  – $300             Zoranje – $200 

We all know that 2020 has been difficult. But H.S.A., like many organizations, is rising to the challenge of meeting member needs, including workshops for Emerging Scholars and ensuring access to our colleagues in Haiti. Please join HSA this Saturday September 26 at 5pm Eastern for the last event of the series



HSA 2020 : Detay enskripsyon kòlòk la, fre manm pou 2020, ak yon jefò leve fon


Orè konferans

Jan nou te note, nou pral reyini online ane sa a, sou Zoom. Apre dizon manm nou – ou menm – nou pral fè tout kòlòk nan yon sèl jou – samdi, 10 oktòb 2020. Nou kontan anpil Atelye Travay pral lanse nan semenn anvan:

        Lendi 5 oktòb, 10 & 2 apremidi lè Ayiti

        Mekredi 7 oktòb, 2 apremidi lè Ayiti

        Jedi 8 oktòb, 10zè maten rive midi lè Ayiti

Fre ak patisipasyon manm 

Nan lespri pou rann 32yèm Kòlòk Anyèl la pi aksesib pou tout manm nou yo, sitou kòlèg Ayiti yo, Konsèy la te deside retire fre enskripsyon pou ane sa a. Nap sèlman mande w pou renouvle patisipasyon manm/ kotizasyon pou 2020. Epitou nou te redwi fre patisipasyon pou pifò kategori manm pou pèmèt yon patisipasyon pi laj, nan objektif pou fasilite pi plis manm ann Ayiti epi lòt etidyan ak chèchè ki poko patisipe nan kòlòk Asosyasyon an. Tout moun byenvini pou rejwenn nou pou kòlòk la epi pou vin manm HSA !

Nap mande moun kap prezante, tanpri, renouvle fre patisipasyon manm yo nan dat limit samdi, 26 sektanm pou rete nan pwogram nan. Epi nap envite tout lòt moun ki ta renmen patisipe nan kòlòk la pou renouvle patisipasyon yo pou yo kap patisipe le 10 oktòb 2020 epi nan tout aktivite Atelye Travay ki disponib pou w de 5 oktòb rive 8 oktòb. Pou ane sa a, chak nivo manm yo pral gen akse avèk vèsyon elektwonik Jounal Etid Ayisyen nan (JOHS, nan sig angle a).


Zefò leve fon

Tanpri, nap mande moun yo ki gen volonte pou ede nou pou yo sponsò kèk patisipan ann Ayiti ki ta renmen patisipe nan kòlòk la; tanpri fè yon kontribisyon adisyonèl volontè pou ‘fon bous’ pou patisipan an Ayiti ak lòt jèn chèchè. 

Epitou nap re-aktive ‘tax-deductible’ Sèk Fondatè nou pou chèchè ki avanse ki ta renmen sipòte biwo ak enfrastrikti Asosyasyon an. Malgre kòlòk la pap fèt an pèsòn, li gen depans… kidonk, nou ap apresye sipò w.

Mapou – $500         Flanbwayan – $300          Zoranje – $200 


Nou tout konnen 2020 te difisil anpil! Men Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen an, menm jan avèk tout òganizasyon, ap kanpe djanm fas ak defi yo pou nou ka reponn ak bezwen manm yo, tankou fòmasyon pou Jèn Chèchè epi asire aksè pou kòlèg nou ann Ayiti. Nou ta renmen envite ou nan denyè evènman seri a nan Samedi 26 Sektanm kap vini an 5 pm lè Ayiti 


Mèsi pou tout sipò w bay Asosyasyon an! Nap tann w ak anpil enpasyans pou nou akeyi w 10 oktòb. Tanpri ede n gaye nouvèl la.

Menm si nou anfas kriz, nou la pi rèd!

An solidarite,

Mark Schuller, Prezidan 

Regine O. Jackson, Vis-Prezidan ak Chèf Pwogram nan

Claudine Michel, Direktris Egzekitif ak Editè JOHS

Working Sessions > Working Sessions for 2020 Online Conference

Working Sessions for 2020 Online Conference

Participation in these Working Sessions is free to all Members of H.S.A (renew your membership here) & also free to the public (you must register to each session individually). All members will receive their invitation links a day before the session.

It will also be broadcasted live via our YouTube Channel & our Facebook.  

For the 2020 Online Conference, which will held the week of October 5 – 10th, H.S.A. plans to pilot a new format of peer-to-peer and mentorship gathering: two-hour working sessions clustered around conference themes. 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 sessions will both build on this strength and foster more engaged scholarship.

Haitian Art: Koneksyon, Rezistans, Istwa

Conveners: Cecile Accilien, Carlo Avierl Célius, Alessandra Benedicty-Kokken

Session 1 of 2: Monday, October 5, 2020, 10 am ET – Moderators: Laurent Dubois and Kaiama L. Glover

Session 2 of 2: Monday, October 5, 2020, 2 pm ET – Moderators: Cécile Accilien and Darlène Elizabeth Dubuisson

Working across Disciplines toward Environmental Understanding for Haiti

Conveners: LeGrace Benson, Lois Wilcken

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 2 pm ET 

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

Conveners: Josué Azor, Dasha Chapman, Erin Durban, Mamyrah Prosper

Thursday, October 8, 2020, 10 am ET

Conference > Call for Nominations for the HSA Board of Directors (2021)

Call for Nominations for the HSA Board of Directors (2021)





  • Three (3) Board Members at large.
  • One (1) Student Representative (with a seat on the board of directors).


The Board of Directors shall administer the affairs of Haitian Studies Association (HSA). The terms of the elected members shall be for three years. Contingent on the number of vacated positions, new members shall be elected every year electronically or by paper ballot at the annual meeting as prescribed in the By-Laws. The Board of Directors shall carry out HSA’s mission, purposes and goals, and promote its professional interests. The Board must also ensure that ties are maintained with Haitian academic institutions. The Board of Directors shall oversee the business of the HSA, manage its properties, receive gifts, grants, and donations; approve and implement annual budgets, and take all the necessary actions in the interest of HSA.


There shall be a designated student member. The nominee must have attended at least one of the last three conferences and be a member in good standing and must demonstrate a potential for making contributions to the field of Haitian Studies. In the event that the student member is no longer a student, s/he will continue to serve as a board member until the next scheduled election. The student representative will receive an established and set stipend to attend the HSA annual meeting.

The Student Representative is a member of The Emerging Scholars Committee, which provides directions to the Board of Directors on all matters that pertain to the scholarship and development of undergraduate and graduate students and all other scholars who have recently completed graduate degrees and/or at the beginning of their careers. The committee also oversees the annual Emerging Scholars events and research and travel awards. The Student Representative may chair the Emerging Scholars Committee.



Each Board member is expected

  • To be knowledgeable about and support the organization’s mission, services, policies, and programs.
  • Support the Board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Attend all board and committee meetings and functions, which consist of the Annual Conference held either in October or November, as well as the Annual Board Meeting held every April ( the location of both meetings varying in accordance with the location of the conference), and in addition periodical – usually monthly – conference calls, variable according to work to be done.
  • Serve on standing and ad hoc committees or task forces, and offer to take on special assignments.
  • Recruit members to and inform scholars about the Association.
  • Seek candidates (for election to the Board) who can make significant contributions to the work of the Board and the Association.
  • Keep up-to-date on major developments in Haitian Studies.
  • Serve the full length of the three-year term.
  • Active participation is required to remain a member of the board (no participation may lead to removal). 


Each nominee for Board membership

  • must have been a member of HSA for three consecutive years;
  • must have attended two out of the last five Haitian Studies Association Conferences
  • must be enrolled in an accredited full-time program to be a student representative.


All members of the Haitian Studies Association may enter a nomination. Self-nominations are welcomed. Board members may be nominated to run for election again.


Nomination materials should include a brief statement (400 words maximum) describing expertise, experience, and interest in Haitian Studies, and a recent CV and a photo. The deadline for nominations is 28 September 2020, 11:59 pm EST. Voting will take place by electronic ballot prior to the conference dates, October 8 – 10, 2020. The newly elected Board Members will be announced at the business meeting on 10 October 2020, at the conclusion of the conference.

To enter a nomination or self-nomination, please complete the form here.





  • Twa (3) Manm Konsèy la.
  • Yon (1) reprezantan etidyan yo (ki gen yon plas nan konsèy direksyon a).


Konsèy Direksyon jere zafè Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen (sig anglè “HSA”). Tèm manm eli yo se pou twa zan. Depandaman sou kantite pòs ki vid yo, nouvo manm yo fè eleksyon chak ane elektwonikman oswa pa bilten vòt sou papye nan reyinyon anyèl la, jan sa preskri nan règleman HSA yo. Konsèy Direksyon an enplemante misyon HSA a, plan ak objektif li yo, ak ankouraje enterè pwofesyonèl li yo. Konsèy Direksyon an asire ke HSA kenbe lyen ak enstitisyon akademik ayisyen yo. Li sipèvize biznis HSA a, jere pwopriyete li yo, resevwa kado, sibvansyon, ak don; li apwouve epi aplike bidjè anyèl yo, epi pran tout aksyon ki nesesè nan enterè HSA.


Konsèy Direksyon a gen yon manm elèv pou reprezante elev yo. Kandida a dwe te asiste omwen youn nan twa dènye konferans yo, li dwe yon manm nan bon pozisyon ak HSA epi li dwe demontre yon bonjan potansyèl pou kontribiye nan domenn Etid Ayisyen an. Si reprezantan elèv yo pa yon elèv ankò, li pral kontinye sèvi kòm yon manm konsèy jiskaske pwochen eleksyon an fet. Genyen on fon etabli pou peprezantan elèv la ka patisipe nan reyinyon anyèl HSA a.

Reprezantan Elèv yo se yon manm nan Komite Chèchè Emèjan la, ki bay konsèy nan  nan Konsèy Direksyon a sou tout zafè ki gen rapò ak devlopman akademik depi nan lisans rive nan doktora ak tout lòt aktivite manm ki fèk gradye nan on pwogram doktora, epi kòmanse karyè yo. Chak ane, Komite a sipèvize tou Evènman Chèchè Emèjan a ak bous rechèch ak vwayaj. Reprezantan Elèv la ka prezide Komite Chèchè Emèjan a.



Men responsabilite chak manm konsèy la:

  • Aprann konnen epi bay sipò pou kore misyon òganizasyon an, sèvis li, règleman li, ak pwogram li.
  • Bay konsèy la sipò pou li rive ranpli responsabilite finansyè li.
  • Prezan nan tout reyinyon konsèy la ak komite li yo, ki fèt an pèsòn de (2 ) fwa nan ane a, nan konferans anyèl la ki an Oktòb/Novanm, epi an Avril, nan menm kote a (selon kote konferans anyèl la pral fèt). Mete sou reyinyon an pèsòn sa yo, gen reyinyon pa telefòn apepre chak mwa.
  • Travay nan diferan komite konsèy la pral fòme epi ofri sèvis ou pou pwojè espesyal.
  • Rekrite nouvo manm epi enfòme lòt inivèsitè sou asosyasyon an.
  • Chèche kandida (pou eleksyon konsèy la) ki ka kontribye solidman nan travay konsèy la ak asosyasyon an.
  • Rete enfòme sou nouvo konesans k ap devlope nan Etid Ayisyen.
  • Sèvi asosyasyon an pandan tout twa (3) ane manda a.
  • Patisipasyon manm ki eli a nesesè pou li ka rete manm konsèy la. Ofisye yo ka konsidere yon manm ki eli men ki pa patisipe kòm yon demisyonè.


Pou yon manm asosyasyon an nonmen pou eleksyon konsèy la li ta dwe:

  • Manm Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen an pandan twa (3) ane konsekitif.
  • Prezan nan de (2) sou senk (5) dènye konferans Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen an.
  • (Pou reprezantan elèv yo) Matrikile nan yon pwogram lisans, metriz oswa doktora a plen tan.


Tout manm Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen an gen dwa nonmen yon kandida. Kandida yo ka nonmen tèt yo tou. Manm konsèy kouran an yo ka nonmen pou renouvle manda yo.


Dokiman ki nesesè yo se: yon deklarasyon kout, (pa plis pase 400 mo) ki dekri ekspètiz, eksperyans, ak enterè kandida a nan etid ayisyen, yon CV kouran, yon foto. Dènye dat pou nominasyon yo se 28 Septanm 2020, 11:59pm lè Ayiti. Eleksyon an ap fèt ak bilten elektwonik anvan konferans la, jiska semenn konferans la, rive 10 Oktob 2020. Anons eleksyon an ap fèt nan reyinyon biznis konferans la 10 Oktob 2020, anvan fin kolok la.


Pou nonmen yon moun oubyen nonmen tèt ou kòm kandida pou konsèy direksyon Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen, reponn kesyon epi telechaje dokiman egzijib yo isit la. 





  • Trois (3) positions au Conseil de direction sont ouvertes aux membres.  
  • Un (1) représentant des étudiants (tenant un siège au conseil de direction).


Le conseil de direction est chargé de gérer les affaires de l’Association des études haïtiennes (soit le sigle anglais “HSA”). Le mandat des membres élus est de trois ans. En fonction du nombre de postes vacants, les nouveaux membres sont élus chaque année par voie électronique ou par bulletin de vote à l’assemblée annuelle tel que prescrit dans les statuts. Le conseil de direction s’acquitte de la mission, des buts et des objectifs de HSA et promeut ses intérêts professionnels. Le Conseil doit également s’assurer que les liens sont maintenus avec les institutions universitaires haïtiennes. Le conseil de direction supervise les activités de la HSA, gère ses propriétés, reçoit des offres, des subventions et des dons; le Conseil approuve et mets en œuvre les budgets annuels et prends toutes les mesures nécessaires dans l’intérêt de HSA.


Le Conseil de Direction inclut aussi un étudiant désigné comme représentant des étudiants. Le candidat doit avoir assisté à au moins l’une des trois dernières colloques, être membre en règle, et doit démontrer un grand potentiel de contribution au sein des études haïtiennes. Dans le cas où le représentant des étudiants désigné n’est plus étudiant, il / elle continuera à tenir un siège en tant que membre du conseil jusqu’à la prochaine élection prévue. Le représentant des étudiants recevra une bourse établie et fixe pour assister à la réunion annuelle de la HSA.

Le représentant des étudiants est membre du Comité des Chercheurs Émergents, qui fournit des directives au conseil de direction sur toutes les questions relatives au développement académique et intellectuel des étudiants de premier cycle et des cycles supérieurs et de tous les autres chercheurs qui ont récemment terminé leurs diplômes d’études supérieures et / ou sont au début de leur carrière. Le comité supervise également les événements annuels des chercheurs émergents ainsi que les bourses de recherche et de voyage. Le représentant étudiant peut diriger le comité des étudiants émergents.


Responsabilités des membres du Conseil de Direction :

  • Connaître et appuyer la mission, les services, les politiques et les programmes de l’association. 
  • Assister le Conseil à mener ses responsabilités fiduciaires. 
  • Être présent à toutes les réunions et fonctions du conseil et des comités ponctuels, qui comprennent la conférence annuelle tenue en octobre ou novembre et la réunion annuelle du conseil en avril dont le lieu varie avec celui de la conférence. 
  • Participer aux téléconférences régulières qui varient selon les besoins du conseil et des comités.  
  • Contribuer aux tâches des comités permanents ou aux commissions ad-hoc et offrir de l’aide à des projets particuliers.
  • Recruter des membres et promouvoir l’association auprès des universitaires et chercheurs. 
  • Identifier des candidats qui peuvent sérieusement contribuer aux activités du Conseil ou de l’association et qui pourront éventuellement faire partie du Conseil.
  • Se tenir au courant des évolutions majeures dans le domaine des études haïtiennes.
  • Servir un mandat de trois ans.
  • La participation active des membres est nécessaire pour rester membre du Conseil. 


Un candidat doit :

  • Être membre de l’Association des Études Haïtiennes pendant trois années consécutives. 
  • Avoir assisté à deux des cinq dernières conférences annuelles de l’association.
  • (Le représentant des élèves) Être enregistré à un programme accrédité à temps plein pour représenter les étudiants.


Tous les membres de l’Association des Études Haïtiennes sont éligibles et l’auto-désignation est aussi encouragée. Les membres du Conseil actuel peuvent êtres réélus pour un autre terme.


Les documents requis pour l’application comprennent : un court résumé biographique (400 mots) décrivant l’expertise, l’expérience et l’intérêt porté aux études haïtiennes, un récent curriculum vitae et une photo. La date d’échéance pour les nominations est le 28 septembre 2020, 11:59 pm EST. Les votes auront lieu par ballot électronique avant la conférence qui se tiendra du 8 au  10 Octobre 2020. Les nouveaux élus seront présentés à l’assemblée générale en fin de conférence, le 10 Octobre 2020. 


Pour soumettre votre candidature ou celle d’un autre candidat, remplissez le formulaire ici.  

Journal of Haitian Studies > Journal of Haitian Studies – Call for Submissions

Journal of Haitian Studies – Call for Submissions


Journal of Haitian Studies Special Issue on the Environment

Special Issue Editor: Rebecca Dirksen, Indiana University

Extended Deadline: November 15, 2020

Photo Credit: R. Dirksen, 2012.  High waters in Lake Azuei. Note Sabal palms and other trees in the water facing death by asphyxiation.
Crédit photo: R. Dirksen, 2012.  Montée des eaux du Lac Azuéï. Vue de lataniers, les pieds dans l’eau et leur future mort par asphyxie.
Foto : R. Dirksen, 2012. Gwo dlo nan Lak Azuei. Remake pye palmye sabal yo ak lòt pye bwa nan dlo a k ap fè fas a lanmò pa asfiksi.




Globally we are confronted by a precariously changing climate—in ecological, political, economic, and spiritual terms. Few places face more immediate and profound consequences than Haiti: amid presently unfolding political and economic turmoil, the Global Climate Risk Index has repeatedly ranked the country as among the most vulnerable nations in the world to the effects of extreme weather events related to climate change (e.g., Eckstein, Künzel, and Schäfer 2017). Moreover, Haiti’s ecosystems have endured numerous pressures and threats extending back centuries to the earliest moments of colonial conquest, resulting in species decline, soil erosion, deforestation, compromised water sources, and the degradation of shorelines and coastal waters, among other situations of loss and disruption. Such challenges in turn affect the viability of agriculture, public health, governance and sovereignty, and other matters at the core of human (and non-human) life.

Together these conditions demand that we become more aware of our roles in the construction of the Anthropocene as an epoch driven by unrestrained extractivism (Crutzen 2006, Gomes-Bares 2017, Yusoff 2018). They mandate that we think carefully and creatively about broader systems that have led to this point, including the long-churning slow violence that systematically undermines certain people and privileges others (Nixon 2011, Paravisini-Gebert 2016). They require that we commit to act toward environmental justice in ways that draw in not just scholars, but community members and activists beyond institutional settings (Carter et al. 2010). They insist that we question the stark human-nature dualism that excuses our voracious appetites for consumerism with a commonly held Judeo-Christian conviction that it is “God’s will that man exploit nature for his proper ends” (White 1967: 1205). They ask us to consider the entanglements, mutualities, and symbiotic relationships in this multispecies world (Haraway 2016). They return our attention to indigenous worldviews that promote traditional ecological knowledge (Berkes 1993), including, in Haiti, Vodou as a sacred ecology that teaches ecological metaphysics and environmental awareness (Dirksen 2018).

In recognition of the wealth of scholarship presented at the 2016 Haitian Studies Association conference on Haiti’s ecosystems and previous publications (e.g., Bellande 2015, Emmanuel 2012, Rouzier 1997, et Séverin 2008) and in line with the growing global momentum for climate change activism, the Journal of Haitian Studies announces its commitment to investigating “Climate Change, Sacred Ecologies, and Environmental Activism in Haiti.” With this special issue, we offer a platform for critical and engaged scholarship that casts Anthropogenic conditions into a different light and that offers revisions to how Haiti’s environmental challenges are discussed and confronted. We seek accounts and storylines that speak to ecological matters from multiples perspectives: the sciences, the humanities, the arts, medical fields, spiritual domains, and beyond. We hope to discover instances of practical activism and to cultivate our “arts of noticing” (Tsing 2015). We place emphasis on alternative modes of thinking—for example, on the value of traditional ecological knowledge and sacred ecologies (emanating from Vodou or other Afro-Atlantic belief systems, or Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Bahá’í Faith, etc.) to communicate meaningfully across socio-economic divides. We therefore issue this wide-reaching call to scholars, activists, artists, health care providers, spiritual practitioners, and community members who have something to say about Haiti’s ecosystems and the worldviews that shape it. In recognizing the many voices and modes of communication, we will entertain a variety of formats and encourage collaborative writing. To enable broader participation, we ask authors to restrict their submissions to 8,000 words or less.

Further, as an integrated part of this project, we seek to collaboratively build a multilingual, multimodal database of sources of international scope addressing environmental matters in and around Haiti. Beyond formal articles, we therefore warmly invite contributions of citations for relevant resources by scholars of varied backgrounds and experiences. We especially welcome contributions from and recognition of work done by colleagues based in Haiti and the wider Caribbean.


Send submissions to relfman@ucsb.edu by November 15, 2020

Please follow submission style guidelines, found at


All submissions will go through peer review



Nimewo espesyal Jounal Etid Ayisyen
Chanjman Klima, Ekoloji Sakre, ak Lit pou Pwoteksyon Anviwònman ann Ayiti
Editè nimewo espesyal la: Rebecca Dirksen, Inivèsite Indiana
Dènye dat limit: 15 novanm 2020

Globalman, n ap fè fas ak yon klima chanjman ki frajilize nou, nan ekoloji, politik, ekonomi, ak relijyon. Ayiti se yon nan peyi ki ap sibi konsekans ki pi imedya ak pi pwofon. Nan debandad ekonomik ak politik k ap devlope kounye a, Endex Global Ris Climatik la mete Ayiti pami peyi ki ka pi frajil lè pral gen move tan ekstrèm ki frape akòz chanjman klimatik yo . Sa ki pi rèd la, depi 500 ane, depi premye okipasyon kolonyal yo enpoze yo sou zile a, sistèm ekolojik yo ap soufri atak an menas ki fè yon seri espès ap disparaèt, dlo ap pote tè yo ale, rak bwa ap disparèt, sous dlo ap detwi, rivaj ap dekonstonbre, elatriye… Defi sa yo ap vin gen konsekans negatif sou agrikilti, sante piblik, gouvènman, souverènte, ak lòt domèn ki nan nan lavi moun ak lavi lòt kreyati.

Tout kondisyon sa yo mande pou nou pran konsyans wòl pa nou nan epòk Antroposèn nan, ki yon epòk kote lòm ap dominen sa k ap fèt sou late a (Crutzen 2006, Gomes-Bares 2017, Yusoff 2018). Fòk nou reflechi ak anpil atansyon ak kreyativite sou tout gran sistèm ki mete nou kote nou ye a, pami yo yon vyolans mèsbas k ap manje sèten moun alòske l ap bay lòt bourad (Nixon 2011, Paravisini-Gebert 2016). Sa egzije yon angajman pou jistis anviwònmantal ki pou rale ni save yo, ni manm kominote sivil la, ni aktivis andedan ak andeyò enstitisyon yo (Carter et al. 2010). Yo mande pou nou kesyone tèt nou sou lòm ki yon kouto debò paske konsomasyon nou pa janm ka rasazye oubyen paske nou kwè Bondye te kite latè pou nou pou nou sèvi avèk li jan nou vle (White 1967: 1205). Sa mande pou nou reflechi soun makonaj, echanj, ak relasyon nesesite youn pou lòt nou genyen ak tout lòt kreyati nan monn nan (Haraway 2016). Yo mande pou nou voye je nou sou kwayans endijèn yo ki ankouraje konesans ekolojik tradisyonèl yo (Berkes 1993), e pami yo Vodou ann Ayiti ki yon sistèm ekolojik sakre ki anseye metafisik ak konesans anviwònman (Dirksen 2018).

Nou rekonèt richès travay rechèch ki te prezante nan konferans Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen an (HSA) an novanm 2016, ki te vin ajoute sou yon lòt seri bon jan piblikasyon sou sijè sa a (e.g., Bellande 2015, Emmanuel 2012, Neptune-Rouzier 1997, et Séverin 2008), e pou nou ka aliyen nou ak fòs mouvman global pou lite ak chanjman klimatik yo. Se poutèt sa Jounal Etid Ayisyen an ap anonse angajman li pou envestigasyon sou “Chanjman Klima, Ekoloji Sakre, ak Lit pou Pwoteksyon Anviwònman ann Ayiti.” Pou nimewo espesyal sila, n ap ofri yon platfòm pou rechèch kritik ak angaje ki ta vle bay lòt vizyon oswa revizyon pwenvi pou diskisyon ak konfwontasyon sou kondisyon antropojenik ak defi anviwònman ann Ayiti. Nou ta renmen resevwa rapò ak istwa ki reflete plizyè pespektiv nan prezantasyon ekolojik: syans, syans sosyal, atisay, medsin, relijyon, elatriye. Nou ta renmen dekouvri egzanp ki ilistre travay aktivis pratik e ki nouri kapasite nou pou nou remake (Tsing 2015). Nou ta renmen mete plis valè sou de fason altènatif pou refleksyon; pa egzamp sou enpòtans konesans ekolojik ak konesans sakre nan kominikasyon ant diferan gwoup sosyo-ekonomik (swa nan Vodou, lòt relijyon Afro-Afriken, Kretyen, Jwif, Islamik, Baha’i, etc.). Se poutèt sa nou voye yon apèl laj pou moun ki soti nan domèn akademik, sante, aktivis, espirityèl, atistik, kominotè, ki ka gen dekwa pou yo pataje sou sistèm ekolojik Ayiti yo ak kwayans ki fòme yo.  Pou nou ka rekonèt tout vwa sa yo, ak plizyè mwayen kominikasyon, nou ta vle resevwa travay and teks sou diferan fòma, e nou ankouraje kolaborasyon nan redaksyon. Pou nou ka gen plis patisipasyon, nou mande tout otè yo pou yo pa depase 8000 mo.

Anplis de sa, kòm yon pati nan pwojè sa a, n ap chache pou nou bati an kolaborasyon yon baz done nan plizyè lang ak diferan pwosesis fonksyònman nan tout sous entènasyonal ki gen rapò ak pwoblèm anviwònman an Ayiti ak zòn nan vwazinaj la. Anplis atik fòmèl yo, nou envite tou kontribisyon sitasyon sou resous ki enpòtan pa tout kalite chèchè ki soti diferan kote e ki gen eksperyans divès. Nou patikilyèman akeyi travay ki akonpli pa kòlèg ki baze ann Ayiti ak nan Karayib la.

Soumèt kontribisyon pa ou nan imèl relfman@ucsb.edu anvan 15 novanm 2020

Tanpri, suiv gid pou soumisyon yo ki nan adrès sa a,


Tout travay ki soumèt yo ap sibi yon sistèm lekti ak evalyasyon anvan yo pibliye.



Édition spéciale du Journal of Haitian Studies :
Changements climatiques, vénérables écologies et militantisme environnemental en Haïti
Editeur : Rebecca Dirksen, Université Indiana
Date limite : 15 novembre 2020

Nous confrontons mondialement le spectre du changement climatique que ce soit en termes écologique, politique, économique ou spirituel, cependant peu de territoires doivent surmonter autant de séquelles que la République d’Haïti qui actuellement confronte une longue crise politique et économique et qui, selon l’Indice mondial des risques climatiques, se range constamment parmi les pays les plus vulnérables de la planète face aux extrêmes conditions météorologiques attribués aux changements climatiques (par exemple, Eckstein, Künzel, et Schäfer 2017). De plus, les écosystèmes d’Haïti sont menacés depuis plusieurs siècles remontant aux premières occupations coloniales d’où le déboisement, l’érosion des sols, la perte de la biodiversité, la dégradation des bassins hydrographiques, du littoral et des eaux territoriales pour ne citer que ces situations alarmantes qui à leur tour affectent la durabilité de l’agriculture, la santé publique, la gouvernance et la souveraineté et d’autres enjeux importants aux vies humaines et autres.

Toutes ces conditions nous demandent d’être mieux imbus de nos rôles dans la construction de l’Anthropocène défini comme une époque dominée par les actions de l’homme et leurs impacts sur la Terre (Crutzen 2006, Gomes-Bares 2017, Yusoff 2018) et nous obligent à réfléchir consciencieusement et originalement sur l’ensemble des systèmes qui ont conduit Haïti à ce point, sans oublier la violence qui mijote depuis longtemps et qui privilège certains et affaiblit d’autres (Nixon 2011, Paravisini-Gebert 2016). Ces situations requièrent que nous nous engagions dans des actions de justice environnementale en attirant non seulement des académiciens, mais encore les membres des communautés et les activistes au-delà des institutions (Carter et al. 2010). Elles exigent que nous questionnions le dualisme frappant de la nature humaine qui excuse notre appétit vorace de consommation par nos convictions judéo-chrétienne qui voudrait que ce soit par « la volonté de Dieu que l’homme exploite la nature pour ses besoins » (White 1967: 1205) et que nous considérons les enchevêtrements, réciprocités et relations symbiotiques dans ce monde plurispécifiques (Haraway 2016). Elles tournent notre attention vers la philosophie de vie indigène qui encourage la connaissance écologique traditionnelle (Berkes 1993), qui comprend le vodou en tant qu’écologie sacrée qui enseigne la métaphysique et la sensibilisation environnementale (Dirksen 2018).

Tenant compte de l’ampleur des savantes communications présentées à la conférence de 2016 de l’Association des Etudes haïtiennes sur les écosystèmes d’Haïti et des publications antérieures (e.g., Bellande 2015, Emmanuel 2012, Neptune-Rouzier 1997, et Séverin 2008) qui sont toutes en harmonie avec les croissants mouvements internationaux sur les changements climatiques, le Journal of Haitian Studies annonce son engagement à approfondir comme l’indique le titre les « Changements climatiques, vénérables écologies et militantisme environnemental en Haïti ». Par cette édition spéciale, nous offrons une plateforme de publication d’études critiques et engagées qui tiennent compte des conditions anthropogènes à travers une différente perspective et qui propose des révisions sur les discussions et les mécanismes capables d’affronter les défis environnementaux. Nous recherchons des documents et récits traitant de questions écologiques vues sous plusieurs angles dont les sciences, les humanités, les arts, les domaines médicaux, spirituels et autres. Nous espérons découvrir des exemples de sensibilisation pratique et entretenir notre « art de lire entre les lignes » (Tsing 2015). Nous mettons l’accent sur des modes de pensées alternatifs comme la valeur des connaissances écologiques traditionnelles et les milieux vénérés (découlant du vodou ou des systèmes de croyances afro-atlantiques ou chrétiens, juifs, musulman, bahaïs, etc.) pour faire passer de judicieux messages sur les divisions socioéconomiques. Nous publions cet appel à propositions pour inviter les académiciens, activistes, artistes, prestataires de soins, professionnels du spirituel et aux membres de la communauté qui ont voix au chapitre des écosystèmes d’Haïti et des perceptions mondiales qui la façonnent. En incluant une diversité d’auteurs et de modes de communication, nous accueillons de nombreux formats et encourageons la rédaction collaborative, ainsi nous prions les auteurs de se restreindre à 8,000 mots ou moins de manière à permettre une plus grande participation.

De plus, dans le cadre de ce projet, nous cherchons à construire en collaboration une base de données multilingue et multimodale de sources ayant une portée internationale et traitant des questions environnementales en Haïti et dans les environs. Au-delà des articles formels, nous invitons donc chaleureusement les contributions de citations afin de compiler des ressources pertinentes par des chercheurs travaillant à partir de diverses perspectives et expériences. Nous encourageons en particulier l’inclusion du travail accompli par des collègues basés en Haïti et dans les Caraïbes.

Veuillez soumettre vos propositions à relfman@ucsb.edu
avant le 15 novembre 2020 et suivre les consignes de style comme recommandées par https://www.haitianstudies.org/journal-of-haitian-studies/

Nous profitons pour vous informer que toutes les propositions seront évaluées
par une revue de pairs


Beauvoir-Dominique, Rachel. 1995. “Underground Realms of Being: Vodoun Magic.” In Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou, 152–177. Ed. Donald Cosentino. Los Angeles: Regents of the University of California.

Bellande, Alex. 2015. Haïti déforestée, paysages remodelés. Montréal: Les Éditions du CIDIHCA.

Berkes, Fikret. 1993. “Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Perspective.” In Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Concepts and Cases, 1–6. Ed. Julian T. Inglis. Ottawa: International Program on Traditional Ecological Knowledge / International Development Research Centre.

Carter, Majora, Miranda Massie, David Palmer, Elizabeth Yeampierre, and Carmen Huertas-Noble. 2010 “Whose Survival? Environmental Justice as a Civil Rights Issue.” City University of New York Law Review 13 (2): 257–290.

Crutzen, Paul J. 2006. “The ‘Anthropocene.’” In Earth System Science in the Anthropocene, 13–18. Eds. Eckhart Ehlers and Thomas Krafft. Berlin: Springer.

Dirksen, Rebecca. 2018. “Haiti, Singing for the Land, Sea, and Sky: Cultivating Ecological Metaphysics and Environmental Awareness through Music.” MUSICultures 45(1–2): 112–135.

Eckstein, David, Vera Künzel, and Laura Schäfer. 2017. “Global Climate Risk Index 2018: Who Suffers Most from Extreme Weather Events? Weather-Related Loss Events in 2016 and 1997 to 2016.” Bonn: Germanwatch e.V. http://german-watch.org/en/cri (accessed March 7, 2018).

Emmanuel, Evens. 2012. “La restructuration du secteur de l’eau en Haïti: Quel rôle pour la formation universitaire et la recherche scientifique?” Liaison Énergie-Francophonie 92 (2): 46–51.

Emmanuel, Evens, Pascale Naquin, et Rémy Bayard, eds. 2016. Éco-systèmes d’Haïti : Focus sur les réalités et les espoirs de l’environnement. Pré-actes des sessions « Eau & ZAGROM ». Traductions en créole Haïtien, anglais, et espagnol. 28e Conférence Annuelle d’Association d’Études Haïtiennes, 10–12 novembre, Cap-Haïtien, Haïti. Pétion-Ville, Haïti : Les Éditions Pédagogiques Nouvelles, S.A.

Haraway, Donna J. 2016. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Gómes-Bares, Macarena. 2017. The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives. Durham: Duke University Press.

Nixon, Rob. 2011. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Paravisini-Gebert, Lizabeth. 2016. “Gade nan mizè-a m tonbe: Vodou, the 2010 Earthquake, and Haiti’s Environmental Catastrophe.” In The Caribbean: Aesthetics, World-Ecology, Politics, 63–77. Ed. Chris Campbell and Michael Niblett. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Rouzier, Marilise Neptune. 1997. Plantes médicinales d’Haïti. Port-au-Prince: Éditions Regain.

Séverin, François. 2008. Ti Zwazo Kote W a Prale. Pétionville, Haïti: La Société Audubon d’Haïti.

Tarter, Andrew. 2015. “Trees in Vodou: An Arbori-cultural Exploration.” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 9 (1): 87–112.

Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt. 2016. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

White, Lynn, Jr. 1967. “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis.” Science, New Series 155 (3767): 1203–1207.

Yusoff, Kathryn. 2018. A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Conference > HSA Emerging Scholars Workshop Series

HSA Emerging Scholars Workshop Series


Since the annual conference is online this year, we will not hold the Emerging Scholars pre-conference this year. Instead, we are offering a timely workshop series for emerging scholars: How to Navigate Academia in the COVID-19 Era (August 15 to September 26).

Kòm kòlòk anyèl HSA la pral fèt sou entènèt ane sa a, nou pap kenbe Pre-Kòlòk Jèn Chèchè ane sa. Olye sa, nou ap ofri yon seri atelye pou jèn chèchè sou kòman pou navige travay akademik nan epòk COVID-19 la. Seri a ap sòti 15 out rive 26 septanm. 

“Marketing” yourself as a Haitian Studies Scholar

Claudine Michel
Mark Schuller
Mario LaMothe

Navigating the Academic Job Market amid Higher Education Budget Cuts

Andrew Tarter
Cécile Accilien
Claudine Michel
Hadassah St. Hubert

Navigating the Job Market & Family Obligations

Marlene Daut
Regine Jackson
Régine Michelle Jean-Charles

Learning from the Past: Advice for Emerging Haitian Studies Scholars

Claudine Michel
Mark Schuller
Nadège T. Clitandre
Regine Jackson

Please register here to participate.

Tanpri enskri isit la pou patisipe.