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2022 Conference Program Outline

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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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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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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Emerging Scholars Café (Oct.14, 2022)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its next Emerging Scholars Café on October 14, 2022 at 2:00 p.m./East on Zoom. We welcome Dr. Glodel Mezilas to present on the haitian crisis; Websder Corneille, degree in applied linguistics, on the topic “Coupé Cloué, ambiguïté, musique populaire” The event will take place on zoom. We also welcome Dr. Joos Vincent as commentator for this panel. Presentations will be in English an french followed by a discussion in all three languages (English, Creole, French). We look forward to having you with us.

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Action for Haiti (Oct. 7 & 9, 2022 – In Person)

On September 22, a rally and press conference demanding the U.S. end racism in the immigration system, specifically directed at Haitians, launched activities focused on human rights in Haiti. Building on this moment during the first week of October, thousands of people will be in Washington, DC for Haiti-themed events including A Week on Haiti, the Haitian Studies Association Annual Conference, and the Haitian Ladies Network Annual Weekend. This is an extraordinary opportunity to bring together three key groups – Haitians coming from Haiti, the Haitian American diaspora, and solidarity activists – to build one broad coalition that is too big to be ignored.

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Virtual Advocacy Training – Using your power to positively influence U.S. foreign policy (Oct. 6, 2022)

For starters—what is policy advocacy and how is it different from, and complementary to, political activism? How can you leverage your power to influence U.S. foreign policy toward Haiti? Moreover, working for justice on any issue, including through policy advocacy, is an exhausting process, as so many different issues are pressing for our time and attention. Learn how to craft an advocacy strategy that also acknowledges the need for self-care and maintaining energy for long-term, effective engagement. Attendees will come away with best practices for advocacy and a deeper understanding of various advocacy tools and how to use them.

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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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H.S.A. Working Groups – Informal Virtual Event (Oct. 5, 2022)

Are you interested in learning more about the H.S.A.’s working groups and how you can get involved? Please join representatives of the Sexualities, Environmental Understanding and Archives and Public Memory Working Groups to learn about what each group has done so far, what we are planning for the future, and to participate in an informal discussion and Q&A.

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Rice University – Assistant Professor in Black French Studies (Oct. 1, 2022)

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Black French Studies. Rice University’s Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures, in collaboration with the Center for African and African American Studies, seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Black French Studies. The successful candidate will have a research specialization in at least one of the following areas: post-1900 Francophone Africa; the Francophone Caribbean; cultures of migration in the Francophone Atlantic world; colonialism and democracy in French-speaking Africa and/or the Caribbean. Candidates with additional expertise in at least one of the following areas are strongly preferred: gender studies; postcolonial theory; history of slavery; visual culture and media studies. Candidates should have a strong teaching interest in Blackness in Francophone Africa.

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Emerging Scholars Café on September 9, 2022

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its first ever Emerging Scholars Café on September 9, 2022 at 2:00 p.m./East on Zoom. We welcome Dr. Felix Jean-Louis to present on Haitian Internationalism in the Age of Global Blackness; and Willie Mack, PhD candidate in History, on the topic of Triple Minority: Haitian “Boat People,” Policing, and Mass Incarceration in New York City. The event will take place on zoom. We also welcome Dr. Kiran Jayaram as a commentator for this panel. Presentations will be in English followed by a discussion in all three languages (English, Creole, French). We look forward to having you with us.

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34th Annual Conference Registration

You can register for our 34th annual conference here.

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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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