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The international press exploded in covering the assassination of former president Jovenel Moïse, executed in the early hours of Wednesday, July 7. That same day, several large foreign institutions opined about what Haiti needs… some called for a new military occupation despite bad experience in Haiti. Others angled to be involved in the decisions and giving directions about the electoral calendar. The press also reports the speeches of a single person who just took power in this bad condition, but what are today’s movements in Haiti calling for? What models for the country’s future do they have? This panel is a selection of what is known as Haitian civil society who are giving their analysis about the context and sharing their models. It is important for the press as well as solidarity, the Diaspora, and scholarly organizations – anyone who would like to listen to Haitian organizations’ voices.
As part of our mission, H.S.A. has always served as a reservoir of knowledge and a forum for analysis, especially in difficult times when it is important to depict Haiti with some historical, social and geo-political context. Below is a list of articles, blogs, interviews and other media produced by the membership since July 7 that analyzes the situation in Haiti. We welcome additions to this list, especially commentary and works written by our colleagues in Haiti.
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) is a Haiti-based non-profit social enterprise that is setting a global example for how to affordably and sustainably provide safely managed sanitation in rapidly growing urban communities. Since 2006, SOIL has been working to provide access to in-home sanitation through its EkoLakay toilet service. Its circular economy approach includes providing in-home toilets, the collection and treatment of wastes, and the transformation of that waste into rich, organic compost. SOIL’s work sits at the intersection of human rights, environmental justice, and economic development, and we are proud of our long-term commitment to Haiti.
The Haitians Book Club welcomes students and scholars, both inside and outside the academy, to a series of discussions of The Haitians: A Decolonial History, author Jean Casimir’s landmark work of theory and history. Beginning in August 2021, the club will hold four virtual, monthly meetings, free and open to the public. During these meetings, participants will focus our discussion on one of the following themes from The Haitians: translation; slavery and freedom; sovereignty and the state; and colonialism and decoloniality. An invited scholar or pair of scholars will lead each discussion and lend their expertise to our collective attempt to think about Haiti and the world through The Haitians.
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Last year the H.S.A. piloted Working Sessions, to great enthusiasm from our members. The five live webinars from three Working Sessions were well attended, and generated interest to keep this series of bottom-up interdisciplinary spaces going. This year we are excited to present the following three working groups.
Mark Schuller, President of H.S.A.
33rd Annual Conference "Nou La Pi Rèd Toujou! Embodying a New Praxis" to be held in October 21-23, 2021, Washington, DC (face to face).
The Haitian Studies Association supports scholarship on Haiti and provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas and knowledge in order to inform pedagogy, practice, and policy about Haiti in an international community.
Online Event: 2 weeks after, what perspectives for Haiti? (Videos)
H.S.A. Members Respond to the Current Situation in Haiti
"SOIL Haiti" special contribution by our Environment Working Group
The Haitians Book Club
Fall 2020 Issue of JoHS is available for download!
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