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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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Kenya’s Intervention in Haiti: An interrogation of Impetus, Objectives, and Consequences (Nov. 21, 2023)

In September 2023, the United Nations Security Council voted for the deployment of military forces to combat gang violence in Haiti. The United States pledged $200 million (USD) and Kenya more than 1,000 troops from its police force.
Progressive organizations and activists in Haiti and its diasporas denounce the mission, naming it as an occupation. They argue that, since 2004, Haiti has already been under the direct political, economic, and social control of the United Nations, and more precisely the United States. Moreover they recall that  it is under U.S. tutelage that many of Haiti’s most murderous gangs formed and multiplied.

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Emerging Scholars Café (Nov. 10, 2023)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its next Emerging Scholars Café on November 10 at 2:00 p.m./East on Zoom.
We welcome Victor Charly Camilien, PhD student, to present on the topic “formes communautaires de solidarité” and Ammcise Apply, PhD student on the topic “Climate change, human health and wellbeing, health & health disparities”. The event will take place on zoom. We also welcome Dr. Lefranc Joseph as a commentator on this panel. This panel will be moderated by Websder Corneille. We look forward to having you among us.

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H.S.A. 2023 Award Recipients

Here we have all our award recipients for our 2023 annual conference.
Lifetime Achievement Awards, Award for Excellence, Award for Service, Book Award, Arnold Antonin Haitian Studies Association Film Award, Emerging Scholars’ Fund Recipients, & Michel-Rolph Trouillot Fund Recipients.

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#KanallaPapKanpe: Haiti-DR Border Politics & Konbit Sovereignty (Oct. 18, 2023)

In late August of 2023, several peasant organizations came together to build a canal on the Massacre River at the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic in order to irrigate their nearby gardens and farms. After 10 years of failed negotiations with all three PHTK regimes in power, the visionaries turned to themselves to ensure their survival and development. Thousands of people and organizations in Haiti and throughout its diasporas have since answered their call to join the Konbit.
This panel features three community organizers who have been at the forefront of the canal construction project. They will clarify the history of the canal, provide updates on the construction, and contextualize the land struggles that underpin the project.

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2023 Conference Program

View Haitian Studies Association’s 35th Annual Conference Program. Here you can see the conference’s schedule and the sessions.

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