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Jean-Jacques Dessalines: The Man Who Defeated Napoleon Bonaparte (July 16/17, 2022)

The Haitian Studies Association is honored to announce a 2-part event featuring Arnold Antonin’ new film, Jean-Jacques Dessalines: The Man Who Defeated Napoleon Bonaparte. Part 1 will be a film screening on Saturday, July 16 at 1 pm PT/ 4pm ET. The film is 94 mins long in French and Kreyol (with English subtitles). Then […]

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Emerging Scholars Roundtable: Research in the Contemporary Moment (June 23, 2022)

The Emerging Scholars committee of the Haitian Studies Association invite you to participate in our series of mentorship activities where we will reflect on key topics and issues for emerging scholars.
In June, we will discuss research in the contemporary moment including questions of ethics, methods, and logistics.
The moderated discussion will be bilingual (English/Haitian Creole) without translation and followed by language-specific and disciplinary affinity break out groups.

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Haitian and African American Connections Project Assistant Internship (July 15, 2022)

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. One  of its foundational pillars is to help all Americans see how their stories, their histories, and their  cultures are shaped and informed by global influences. One sphere of global influence is the long established and deeply rooted artistic and cultural intersections between Black Americans and  Haitians. The museum has an interest in developing a project that explores these connections and is  offering an internship in association with the planning of this initiative. Rooted in the models set by  the cultural exchanges and artistic productions that emerged out of the Harlem Renaissance period in  the United States and the indigenism period in Haiti, this initiative will consider where these  connections exist today and the synergies that historically and contemporaneously allow them to  flourish and be sustained. The initiative will draw from a wide cross-section of artistic genres  including music, literature, fashion, art, foodways, museum curation, and more.  

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Call for HSA Digital Fellow

The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) is seeking a Digital Fellow to help expand and develop the Association’s digital platforms. The fellowship’s responsibilities include: Managing the HSA Open-Access Platform, a curated digital platform where HSA members can freely share and access their publications. Supporting the production and dissemination of public scholarship, including the creation of a Decolonizing Haitian Studies syllabus. Helping ensure that information is posted to social media in an effective and timely manner. Membership and participation in the HSA’s Growth and Futures committee. Other related duties as assigned.

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Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education – Call for Proposals (June 30, 2022)

The Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education (JCIHE) has announced a call for Special Issue Summer 2023: The Road Towards UNESCO’s Sustainable Goals Amidst the Pandemic of Covid -19 in Latin America and the Caribbean Higher Education Special Issue guest editors: Pilar Mendoza, Associate Professor, University of Missouri, mendozamp@missouri.edu Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez, (Incoming) Assistant Professor, Seton Hall […]

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Celebrating Paul Farmer: An Advocate for Equitable Healthcare (May 21, 2022)

The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) cordially invites the public and friends of Haiti to a town hall forum in memory of Dr. Paul Edward Farmer who recently passed away on February 21, 2022. We are pleased to have four distinguished guests: Dr. Toni Eyssallenne, MD, Ms. Marc Julmisse, MPH, RN, Dr. Donaldson Conserve, PhD, and Dr. Pierre Minn, PhD, who will reflect on Dr. Farmer’s life, ideas, works, and legacy. Dr. Farmer worked with communities and grassroots organizations in Haiti and the Haitian diaspora to advocate for access to healthcare for all. As a researcher, he highlighted the connections between health inequities and human rights. Tracy Kidder called him “the man who could cure the world.” A co-founder of Partners in Health, Dr. Farmer was instrumental in building the 300-bed University Hospital in Mirebalais after the 2010 earthquake. We remember Dr. Farmer for his compassion, kindness and relentless advocacy for equitable healthcare around the world, especially in Rwanda and Haiti. Please join us as we remember this mapou! The virtual forum will be held via Zoom Meeting on Saturday, May 21.

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Art in Context: Identity, Ethics, and Insight (May 18, 2022)

In this second symposium focused on identity management, we want to explore how the languages we speak, the cultures we grew up in, and the places we live affect the ways in which we identify, and the ways others identify us. Further, as cultural heritage professionals, how do we mindfully, ethically, and accurately respect and capture the nuance, richness, and multi-faceted complexity of identity? We hope this symposium will challenge us to think more deeply about these issues and share some ways to practically address them.

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A History of Black Religions & The Eternal Return (May 10, 2022)

Join the Congress of Santa Barbara (KOSANBA) as we honor two of our beloved ancestors in Black religious studies, Dr. Charles Long and Dr. Albert Raboteau. Featuring Dr. Davíd Carrasco, Dr. Tracey Hucks, Dr. Dianne Stewart, and Dr. Richard Turner.

Co-sponsored by the African and Diasporic Religious Studies Association (ADRSA).

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Ayiti Reimagined: A Conversation ft. Jean Casimir (Apr. 22, 2022)

Join LAC&E and cohosts from The Haitians Book Club in a conversation with Jean Casimir, a major voice in Haitian history, who serves as Professor of Humanities at the
University of Haiti.
A former Haitian ambassador to the United States (1991 – 1996), Casimir has also held various positions with the United Nations, including United Nations Social Affairs Officer and member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
An interdisciplinary working group, The Haitians Book Club welcomed students and scholars in many discussion over the past year. They also inspired and contributed to Freedom in the Black Diaspora: A Resource Guide for Ayiti Reimagined.

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U.S.-Haiti Relations: An Analysis of U.S. Immigration and Foreign Policy in Haiti (Apr. 19, 2022)

The HKS Black Student Union and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs are co-hosting a series of conversations on Haiti. With the discourse around Title 42 alive and well in our politics today, we seek to explore the ways in which U.S. foreign policy and immigration policy are implemented with great disparity around the world. As a follow-on to the conversation last semester, we will focus on Haiti, exploring the evolving ways the U.S. engages with Haiti and Haitians, both on the island and here on U.S. soil.

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will moderate a discussion between Robert Fatton Jr., the Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and Jacqueline Charles, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award-winning foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald.

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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 6 – 8, 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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34th Annual Conference – Submission Page

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 6 – 8, 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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Save the date! H.S.A.’s 34th Annual Conference

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 6 – 8, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj / marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora. 
We will explore mawonaj/ marronage as praxis, as consciousness, as a way of life, and as a site of reclamation and reconstruction.
Please save the date! The full Call for Papers will be available soon. More details forthcoming …

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Dr. Paul Farmer, a great friend of Haiti has died

The Haitian Studies Association (H.S.A) mourns the passing of Dr. Paul Farmer on Monday February 21,2022 in Butaro, Rwanda.
Dr. Farmer was an American physician and global health leader. A great friend of Haiti, Dr. Farmer was a benefactor to the Haitian people.
We honor the life of this extraordinarily generous physician who worked relentlessly to create more health parity in Haiti, in Rwanda and throughout the world. The organization “Zanmi Lasante” he created, his work in Cange in the Plateau Central, and the ultra-modern public Hospital of Mirebalais are among his most important gifts to Haiti.

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