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Journal of Haitian Studies Fall 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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Authors Meet Readers Roundtable: The Sexual Politics of Empire (Jan. 26, 2024)

FRIDAY, JAN 26, 2024 | 1pm CST/2pm ET
The Sexual Politics of Empire (2022, University of Illinois Press, ISBN: 0252044754) by Erin L. Durban was recognized, in an earlier version, as a significant contribution to American studies as the winner of the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize, as well as the NWSA/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize. Now published, this book—the first monograph engaging the “LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) community” in Haiti—is of great importance to the field of transnational American studies, exploring the long term effects of U.S. imperialism in Haiti in relationship to racialized gender and sexuality. This Author Meets Readers roundtable contributes to the conference-wide theme “Solidarity: What Love Looks Like in Public,” which calls on us to address the responsibilities of transnational American studies scholar-activists to ensure that we are engaging the lives of those who live in the shadows of U.S. empire and showing up to transform social relationships through solidarity work. 

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HSA Emerging Scholars: The Mapou: Peer Support Groups

THE MAPOU: PEER RASIN GROUPS seeks to hold space for any member of HSA to have the opportunity to build professional relationships that foster community, accountability, and career advancement/discernment. Mapou participants commit to joining a year-long rasin group that meets twice a semester and once in the summer (five total). Mapou meetings are structured around a set of questions that help move professionals toward the program goals of building intentional community, creating accountability, and supporting professional advancement. 

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35 for 35 HSA Giving Campaign 2023 !!!

The 35th Annual HSA conference at Morehouse College in October 2023 reminded us how crucial the Haitian Studies Association is in generating groundbreaking scholarship and cultivating relationships that sustain a healthy, vibrant and ever-growing community of world-wide scholars while also producing research-based evidence that is used in advocacy work in and for Haiti. More than ever HSA needs your help. 

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Grinnell College – Endowed Chair, African Diaspora Studies (Feb 1, 2024)

Grinnell College seeks an experienced educator and scholar to join its rich, interdisciplinary, inclusive, student-centered community and anchor its newly established Department of African Diaspora Studies. The successful candidate may come from any disciplinary field or methodological tradition within the broad umbrella of African diaspora studies. As the inaugural occupant of an endowed chair, this pivotal leader will have the opportunity to drive strategic program development that impacts the institution and the community for decades to come. In collaboration with key campus and community partners, the Chair will articulate the vision for the department, lead the foundational design of a cutting-edge curriculum, provide mentoring and support for new faculty colleagues, and forge meaningful relationships with students that transcend the classroom. Fortified by years of thoughtful advocacy, preparation, and identification of resources, this new leader will be poised for transformative action through the launch phase and beyond.

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Call For Papers – Rasanblaj Fanm: Stories of Haitian Womanhood, Past, Present and Future (Jan. 13, 2024)

Haitian women are regarded as the poto mitan (central pillar) of Haitian society. As caregivers, warriors, healers, artisans, traders, cultivators, manbos, storytellers, companions and agitators, they have been vital agents in shaping the fortunes of Haiti’s revolutionary anticolonial encounters and its quest for sovereignty and legitimation as an independent state. However, this term of veneration conceals diverse forms of political, social and discursive exclusion that women in Haiti and across the dyaspora confront in the present, and the myriad forms of silence and neglect to which they have been subjected in the historical record. 

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Gang Proliferation and the Political Crisis in Haiti: An Intricate Web (Dec. 15, 2023)

Upcoming online event: Gang Proliferation and the Political Crisis in Haiti: An Intricate Web
Get ready to delve into the tangled web of gang proliferation and political crisis in Haiti.

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CALLS FOR PAPERS: “The ‘Weaponization’ of Ethnic Studies” (Dec. 15, 2023)

Kalfou is seeking submissions that address what Sunaina Maira describes as the “weaponization” of Ethnic Studies against itself. Despite the proliferation of “DEI” statements and agencies, we continue to see the neutralization of antiracist and antisexist discourses in order to perpetuate injustice. In various ways, such neutralization attempts to delegitimate radical struggles and the knowledge they produce.

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CALLS FOR PAPERS: “Kalfou at the Crossroads” (Dec. 15, 2023)

Kalfou is a gathering space for collaboration between academic researchers, community organizations, and insurgent artistry. The crossroads are a site for dreaming together about what a better world might look like and taking action to make that better world a reality.
At these crossroads, Kalfou is specifically seeking SHORT salvos (500–5,000 words) to serve as idea incubators for the challenges we face today.

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2023 Call for Nominations for the H.S.A. Board (Dec. 1, 2023)

The members of the Board of Directors of the Haitian Studies Association are elected by the general membership by electronic balloting and serve a three-year term. Board members can be re-elected for additional terms. The Board is composed of elected and advisory members, as well as a student representative, who, in turn, elect the Secretary and Treasurer. The officers of the Board of Directors are the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Advisory Board is composed of the current Executive Director, the immediate Past President, and the Editor of the Journal of Haitian Studies (JOHS). Collectively, these members are the governing body of the Haitian Studies Association. 

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