Haitian Studies Association

Announcements & Statements


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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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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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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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2023 Haitian Studies Association Film Award – Call for Submissions (July 15, 2023)

The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) is now accepting short film entries for the first 2023 Haitian Studies Association Film Award. All films that are not in Kreyòl, English or French must be submitted with English, French or Creole subtitles. If the submitter fails to provide working subtitles by the final submission deadline, the project will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified. We welcome submissions via FilmFreeway.com.

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Call For Submissions for the 2023 HSA Book Prize Award (June 12, 2023)

The HSA Book Award is given in alternate years to the best book in Haitian Studies in the Social Sciences, with relevance towards the betterment of Haiti and its people. Books must have been published within the last 2 years, June 2021 to June 2023. Anthologies and edited volumes do not qualify.

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H.S.A.’s 35th Annual Conference – Call for Papers

Ayiti se tè glise illuminates the notion that Haiti is an eternally shifting landscape. Haitians continuously move within their nation and also migrate to diasporic spaces. This adage also alludes to conflicting paradigms for Haitians in and beyond Haiti as they negotiate various cultural identities and navigate their liminality (i.e. Haitian-American, Haitian-Canadian, Haitian-Bahamian, Haitian-Dominican, etc.).

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Journal of Haitian Studies Special Issue – Call for Papers (Apr. 15, 2023)

This special issue emerges from the Sexualities Working Group of the Haitian Studies Association, a group of Haitian and U.S. American scholars and practitioners who have, since 2015 in different configurations, mobilized in coalition toward the rights to live creatively for Haitian LGBTQ/M-community, Vodouyizan, and all those who do not conform to sexual/gendered norms. Responding to a call made by our Haitian activist interlocutors to support their on-the-ground endeavors through increased dissemination of research on the construction and performance of genders and sexualities in Haiti, the editorial collective hopes this special issue will document, share, and collectivize mutual commitments to bolstering the work of queer crusaders and all those who dare to live creatively in Haiti and its diasporas.

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Call for Papers: Haiti and Africa: Unearthing and Exploring the Roots, Connections, and Possibilities (Feb. 15, 2023)

The keynote presentation, panels and roundtables will focus on the historical connections between Haiti and Africa, and the cultural, political, social, and economic specificities of Haiti that derive directly and indirectly from those connections. The conference will explore how the transatlantic slave trade and the colonial era, through the revolutionary and the post- independence shape contemporary Haitian realities. Papers will also seek parallels and intersections among contemporary Haitian and African realities as emergence of shared colonial and neocolonial experiences, and take stock of current intellectual, cultural, political, and economic links and gaps between Haiti and Africa.

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H.S.A. Town Hall Meeting (Dec. 10, 2022)

Before we wrap up the 2022 year of programming, members are invited to join us for our annual Town Hall meeting. We will update you on the results of the recent Board elections, the status of the HSA committee in Haiti, and our priorities for the upcoming year. Most of all, we want to hear from you as we reflect on where we are as an organization approaching our 35th year, and where we want to be in the next 5 – 10 years. There will be breakout rooms for English, French and Haitian Creole speakers.

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Giving Tuesday 2022

The proverb says: “Anpil men chay pa lou” [With many hands the load is lighter]. As an academic organization, HSA continues to provide ongoing programs to help us remain connected to scholarship in Haiti and stay aware of current events. We also offer important information to our membership, Haitian scholars and others interested in Haiti. November 29, 2022 is Giving Tuesday. We ask you to consider donating to HSA in whatever capacity you can. Bay piti pa di chich. [Anything you give is appreciated].
Mèsi anpil! Thank you!

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2022 Call for Nominations for the H.S.A. Board (Nov. 7, 2022)

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 members (including a student representative), and advisory members who, in turn, elect the officers of the board. The elected officers of the Board of Directors are the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Advisory Board is comprised 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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Call For HSA Award Nominations (Aug. 14, 2022)

The Haitian Studies Association is seeking nominations for several 2022 awards. Award recipients will be honored at the 34th Annual HSA Conference in Washington, DC from October 7-9, 2022.

The Awards Committee is accepting nominations for: Award for Excellence, Award for Service, The Florence Bellande Robertson Award.

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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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