Haitian Studies Association

Haitian Studies Association's Annual Conference

34th Annual Conference:

Mawonaj / Marronage / Maroonage: 

Haitian Studies as a Space of Refuge, Resistance, and Freedom

October 6 – 8, 2022

Howard University – Washington, D.C.

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 6 – 8, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora. Even before independence, the rich and complex history of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti was a prime example of collective efforts to challenge displacement, assimilation, and cultural erasure. The multiple geographies of resistance where oppressed groups struggle against domination, assert their agency, and claim space are evidence of the continuing significance and complexity of this phenomenon.

The conventional definition of maroon societies refers to independent communities made up of runaway slaves. Mawonaj/ Marronage is associated with Black fugitivity, insurgency, and rebellion. Maroons rejected the relations of racial capitalism in all its forms – the plantation system, the institution of slavery and colonial exploitation. Practiced in the spirit of organizing and Konbit, mawonaj/ marronage allows people to make sense of moments of loss, to experience moments of joy, and to build community together around a common project of liberation. In this sense, the concept of mawonaj/ marronage can refer to more than a society of fugitive slaves. It is at once spiritual, psychological, and structural and can help us understand strategies of resistance and accommodation designed to escape or challenge unfreedom, racial oppression, social and economic inequities, gender-based violence, and capitalist exploitation in the present day.


March 23, 2022
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34th Annual Conference – Call for Papers

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 6 – 8, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora. Even before independence, the rich and complex history of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti was a prime example of collective efforts to challenge displacement, assimilation, and cultural erasure. The multiple geographies of resistance where oppressed groups struggle against domination, assert their agency, and claim space are evidence of the continuing significance and complexity of this phenomenon. 

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34th Annual Conference – Submission Page

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 6 – 8, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora. Even before independence, the rich and complex history of mawonaj/ marronage in Haiti was a prime example of collective efforts to challenge displacement, assimilation, and cultural erasure. The multiple geographies of resistance where oppressed groups struggle against domination, assert their agency, and claim space are evidence of the continuing significance and complexity of this phenomenon. 

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Save the date! H.S.A.’s 34th Annual Conference

After two years of planning, we are excited to announce that our 34th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. We invite you to join us from October 6 – 8, 2022 at Howard University to consider various manifestations and sites of mawonaj / marronage in Haiti, in Haitian Studies, and throughout the African diaspora. 
We will explore mawonaj/ marronage as praxis, as consciousness, as a way of life, and as a site of reclamation and reconstruction.
Please save the date! The full Call for Papers will be available soon. More details forthcoming …

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