Haitian Studies Association

Past Conferences


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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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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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2023 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr. Leslie Alexander

‘The Cradle of Hope: How Haitian Independence Inspired the Birth of Black Internationalism in the United States’
Haiti’s emergence as a free, sovereign nation lit a beacon of hope for Black people across the African diaspora during the nineteenth century. In this talk, Leslie Alexander chronicles how Haitian sovereignty shaped Black political consciousness in the United States, especially among those demanding freedom. For them, Haiti was their “cradle of hope”—the only nation on earth where Black people could live free and equal. All their dreams for the global Black freedom struggle rested on Haiti’s shoulders, prompting free and enslaved Black people in the United States to wage an unyielding battle to defend Haiti and its sovereignty. In so doing, they gave birth to a new Black internationalist consciousness—one that not only demanded an end to slavery, but also insisted on full freedom, equality, and sovereignty for Black people throughout the African diaspora.

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Embodying In/Betweenness Afro-Caribbean Arts and Cultures (Oct. 8, 2023)

HSA’s Sunday events will take place at Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman Museum of Art in relation to the exhibition {UNDER}flow, which features works by five Afro-Caribbean artists: Josué Azor, Firelei Báez, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, David Antonio Cruz, Didier William. The day will include a gallery tour, panel discussion, lunch, and a talk by one of the artists!
Shuttle service will be provided from Hyatt Regency Atlanta to KSU in the morning. For departures, shuttles for the hotel and airport will depart KSU twice, once at lunch time and again following the Cruz lecture.

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Dancing the Sacred Crossroads: Embodied Arts of Haiti (Oct. 6, 2023)

Uniting the KOSANBA conference theme of Kalfou and the HSA theme of Ayiti se tè glise, this program presents the wisdom of the Haitian performing body as itself a crossroads and portal for transformation, navigation, and stability within in/stabilities. The evening centers embodied knowledge and the Haitian Kreyòl concept of kase (or “break”) in a reframing of our understandings of Haitian artistry and sacred ritual, Haiti and diaspora, crisis and resiliency. Internationally-known performers, scholars, and spiritual leaders consider the kase across multiple dimensions: dance, song, drumming, film, scholarly text, and discussion.

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Emerging Scholar Luncheon (Oct. 6, 2023)

A luncheon to foster meaningful exchanges between established and emerging scholars, creating an environment that encourages open dialogue and collaborative learning.

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Emerging Scholars Committee Message to Conference Attendees

The Emerging Scholars committee is dedicated to the development and support of new generations of scholars of Haiti and the Haitian diaspora. We coordinate mentorship events and advocate for the particular concerns of students and emerging scholars with the association.
Emerging as a scholar is an ongoing process and we welcome participation from all self-identifying emerging scholars. Those programs which are restricted to current students (undergraduate and graduate) are labeled as such. 

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Conference Program – Sessions Program

Haitian Studies Association’s 35th Annual Conference Program – Sessions Program

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Conference Program – Conference Schedule at a Glance

Haitian Studies Association’s 35th Annual Conference Program – Conference Schedule at a Glance

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Call For 2023 HSA Award Nominations

The Haitian Studies Association is seeking nominations for several 2023 awards. The Awards Committee is specifically interested in recognizing current and former members of the Haitian Studies Association. 

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Call for Michel-Rolph Trouillot Fund Applications (Sept. 15, 2023)

The Michel-Rolph Trouillot Fund was started in 2012 to broaden participation in the Haitian Studies Association among academics, researchers, artists, intellectuals, and professionals who are based in Haiti and who do not have the possibility of traveling to the conference without financial assistance.
Due to the current barriers to securing visas from the US Embassy, for 2023 the Michel-Rolph Trouillot award will temporarily prioritize Haitian scholars based in Haiti or studying abroad as international students who have a visa or are otherwise able to travel within or to the United States to participate in the conference.

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Call for Emerging Scholar Award Applications (Sept. 15, 2023)

The Emerging Scholars Committee of the Haitian Studies Association invites applications for the following 2023 awards. Award recipients will be honored at the 35th Annual HSA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from October 5-8, 2023.
HSA established the Student and Emerging Scholars’ fund during the 2006 conference. Since 2008, the HSA board has earmarked $1000 annually to support student research and participation in our annual conference.

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Film Screenings of ‘Freda’ & ‘Ti Toya’ (Oct. 1, 2023)

This is both an in-person special screening and an online screening. 
As a kick-off for the 35th Annual Haitian Studies Association Conference, join us for a screening of Cannes 2021 award-winning film, “FREDA” by Filmmaker Gessica Généus. Before the film, we will also screen the 2023 HSA award-winning short film, “Ti Toya” by Filmmaker Michel Dessources Jr.

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General Conference Information

In order to assist participants and attendees, we have put together this document to help you prepare. As we get more information we will update this document.

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