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May 2024: A Feminist Reading of the “Crisis” (May 20, 2024)

This panel engages the recent political events in Haiti from a perspective that centers the voices, experiences, and analyses of women. It also recognizes the interlocking systems of oppression and the ways in which they are manifested in the current crisis. The panel offers a feminist reading of the current conjuncture, its historical roots, and its geopolitical significance.

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Silent No More: Women in the Haitian Revolution (May 15, 2024)

Join us on Zoom for a conversation with Dr. Crystal Nicole Eddins about the roles of women during the Haitian Revolution.
In 1791, the eruption of the Haitian Revolution shook the world. It was the only revolt of enslaved people to abolish slavery and create a free and independent Black nation in the Americas. Enslaved women represented nearly half of colonial Haiti’s plantation populations and performed much of the same physical labor as their male counterparts. However, few women are identified in archival records as having taken part in the revolutionary struggle. This presentation draws on African and African diaspora perspectives to shed light on the ways that enslaved women may have contributed to the revolution for freedom and liberation.

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April 2024: Perspectives on the Current Political Moment in Haiti (Apr. 30, 2024)

We invite you to attend the [3rd] webinar on Tuesday April 30, 2024 between 5-7pm ET.
This webinar offers an analysis of the current moment as the Presidential Transitional Council was recently sworn in and Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned. The speakers will provide some context about the politics of the state and ongoing social movements.
Over the past month, the Haitian Studies Association (HSA), the HSA has organized two other such webinars. The previous iterations (March 8 and 22).

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Mid-March Update on the Situation in Haiti (Mar. 22, 2024)

The Haitian Studies Association is holding a webinar with scholars and activists to help understand what is happening on the ground.
Since our last webinar on March 8, 2024 de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to step down. The various political parties are sending their nominees as part of the transitional presidential council. The attacks are ongoing and the number of deaths are increasing. People are suffering from hunger and displacement amidst the rampant violence. The majority of international organizations workers have left. The U.S. have chartered a plane for U.S. citizens that arrived in Miami this past weekend and last week it sent military forces to protect its embassy. On March 19, Gen. Laura Richardson might have stated that the US Southern Command is ‘prepared,’ with reports by the Southern Command acknowledging that US troops might [already] be stationed in the Caribbean nation. In the meanwhile, Haitians in Haiti continue to live in a state of non-stop violence.

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H.S.A.’s 36th Annual Conference – Call for Papers (May 15, 2024)

For our 36th annual conference, the HSA invites contributions that consider the explicit and implicit ways that hegemonic and marginalized genders or sexualities operate in research and activism across disciplines, temporalities, and geographies.

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Healing Circles (Mar. 15 & 20, 2024)

We at In Cultured Company are sharing information on events in Haiti, but we are also focused on holding space for Haitian people impacted by this unfolding crisis.
Our Haitian team members, Dr. Evan Auguste, Jean Semelfort and Niara Carrenard will lead two emergency healing circles this week and next week to hold space in this critical and sensitive moment.
These virtual circles on March 15 and 20th will leverage the Association of Black Psychologists’ Sawubona Healing Circle model to leverage Haitian culture and wisdom for community healing spaces.

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What Haiti Needs Is Human Rights Support – Not More Military Interventions

The past few days have seen unprecedented violence and an escalated humanitarian crisis in Haiti that has reached unimaginable proportions. De facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was traveling this past weekend, is unable to return to Haiti as gang leaders threaten to create even more chaos if he returns. Meanwhile according to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, the U.S. has asked Henry to ‘move forward on a political process that will lead to the establishment of a presidential transitional council that will lead to elections.’

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The crisis in Haiti, explained

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Haiti is in the grip of a deepening crisis. Armed gangs are expanding their control of the Caribbean nation through increasingly violent attacks.
A state of emergency was declared on Sunday after gangs raided two prisons, freeing thousands of inmates. Hours later, they launched an assault on the country’s main airport. One gang leader is warning of a ‘civil war that will end in genocide’ if Haiti’s Prime Minister remains in power.

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March 2024 Haiti Crisis Update: What We Know (Mar. 8, 2024)

The Haitian Studies Association is holding a webinar with experts on Haiti to help make sense of the current political situation in the country. Since the past weekend Haitians in Haiti have been dealing with an exacerbated level of violence of unimaginable proportions. The Haitian government declared a state of emergency following attacks by gang members on Haiti’s National Penitentiary and another prison in Croix des Bouquets that freed over 3000 prisoners, including some gang leaders. One of the most notorious gang leaders, former police officer Jimmy Chérizier (aka Barbecue), has overtly stated that he—along with the newly-formed gang coalition Viv Ansanm— is ready to do whatever it takes to overthrow the government. Meanwhile de facto Prime minister Ariel Henry was in Kenya to finalize the deal whereby Kenya will lead a U.N.-approved security mission to Haiti. As of Wednesday March 6th, Henry was unable to return to Haiti as gangs occupied the airports and there are rumors that the US is asking for his resignation. Panelists will also discuss possible scenarios to resolve the current crisis.

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Journal of Haitian Studies Spring 2023 – Volume 29, Number 1

SPECIAL ISSUE ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Guest Editors: Rebecca Dirksen and Lois Wilcken

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Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (Mar. 8, 2024)

Friday, March 8th, 2024 | 12PM-1PM CST via zoom
Join the LSU Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS) on Friday, March 8th for a lecture with Dr. Alyssa Sepinwall, where she will discuss her book Slave Revolt on Screen: The Haitian Revolution in Film and Video Games (University Press of Mississippi 2021). Long silenced in academia, the Haitian Revolution has made some surprising appearances in popular culture, ranging from a Chris Rock comedy to video games. This talk will consider how these media have portrayed the Haitian Revolution, and the challenges Haitian artists have in creating their own depictions of the Revolution.

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Call for Papers ‘Producing and Receiving the 19th Century’ (Mar. 15, 2024)

The 2024 Semicentennial Colloquium of the Nineteenth Century French Studies Association, welcomes submissions on the theme of ‘Producing and Receiving the 19th Century,’ and will be held at Duke University in Durham, NC, from September 19-21, at the beautiful Washington Duke Inn, with a Keynote by Professor Laure Murat.

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Alex Dupuy publishes “Haiti since 1804: Critical Perspectives on Class, Power, and Gender”

Leading scholar Alex Dupuy investigates themes of class, power, and gender in Haiti in the capitalist world-economy—from independence and indemnity to the US occupation and current crisis after the assassination of President Moïse. This book provides new perspectives on Haiti’s political economy since independence and demystifies major forces that shape Haiti today.
In addition to the controversial indemnity, Dupuy looks at how the United States supplanted France as the major power occupying Haiti from 1915-34 and influenced Haiti’s economic and political development. Its policies and those imposed by international financial institutions transformed Haiti into the supplier of the lowest-paid labor, particularly in export assembly industries comprised mostly of women. In the present day, criminal gangs have plunged Haiti into an unprecedented political, economic, and security crisis since the assassination of Moïse, and Prime Minister Ariel Henri has called for foreign intervention to restore order.

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Happy New Year HSA Members!

We hope this message finds you well, with soft landings into 2024. We want to wish everyone a peaceful and healthy new year.
2023 was a year filled with challenges including wars around the world on the African continent, in the Middle East, and in Europe and the ongoing instability and kidnapping in our own Haiti. In the United States as elsewhere in the world, we continue to be confronted with public backlash against movements to repair the harms of sexism, racism, and other forms of marginalization and oppression. As academics, artists, activists and practitioners, we continue to move forward despite significant obstacles in our universities and other work environments where new formulations of old challenges have emerged around curriculum, public health, freedom of speech, and the politics of diversity and representation. Our very presence and inclusive platforms in teaching, research, and administration continue to be perceived as threats to an academy that is still exclusionary to this date. Now more than ever the work that each one of you does to bring about justice and different forms of knowledge remains vitally important. A luta continua ! 

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