Haitian Studies Association

Past Events


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Mid-March Update on the Situation in Haiti (Mar. 22, 2024)

The Haitian Studies Association is holding a webinar with scholars and activists to help understand what is happening on the ground.
Since our last webinar on March 8, 2024 de facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to step down. The various political parties are sending their nominees as part of the transitional presidential council. The attacks are ongoing and the number of deaths are increasing. People are suffering from hunger and displacement amidst the rampant violence. The majority of international organizations workers have left. The U.S. have chartered a plane for U.S. citizens that arrived in Miami this past weekend and last week it sent military forces to protect its embassy. On March 19, Gen. Laura Richardson might have stated that the US Southern Command is ‘prepared,’ with reports by the Southern Command acknowledging that US troops might [already] be stationed in the Caribbean nation. In the meanwhile, Haitians in Haiti continue to live in a state of non-stop violence.

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Healing Circles (Mar. 15 & 20, 2024)

We at In Cultured Company are sharing information on events in Haiti, but we are also focused on holding space for Haitian people impacted by this unfolding crisis.
Our Haitian team members, Dr. Evan Auguste, Jean Semelfort and Niara Carrenard will lead two emergency healing circles this week and next week to hold space in this critical and sensitive moment.
These virtual circles on March 15 and 20th will leverage the Association of Black Psychologists’ Sawubona Healing Circle model to leverage Haitian culture and wisdom for community healing spaces.

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March 2024 Haiti Crisis Update: What We Know (Mar. 8, 2024)

The Haitian Studies Association is holding a webinar with experts on Haiti to help make sense of the current political situation in the country. Since the past weekend Haitians in Haiti have been dealing with an exacerbated level of violence of unimaginable proportions. The Haitian government declared a state of emergency following attacks by gang members on Haiti’s National Penitentiary and another prison in Croix des Bouquets that freed over 3000 prisoners, including some gang leaders. One of the most notorious gang leaders, former police officer Jimmy Chérizier (aka Barbecue), has overtly stated that he—along with the newly-formed gang coalition Viv Ansanm— is ready to do whatever it takes to overthrow the government. Meanwhile de facto Prime minister Ariel Henry was in Kenya to finalize the deal whereby Kenya will lead a U.N.-approved security mission to Haiti. As of Wednesday March 6th, Henry was unable to return to Haiti as gangs occupied the airports and there are rumors that the US is asking for his resignation. Panelists will also discuss possible scenarios to resolve the current crisis.

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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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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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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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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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#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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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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Kosanba 2023 Colloquium XIV (Oct. 5th-8th, 2023)

The Kalfou & The Lakou: Vodou & Africana Religious Crossroads
Held in Conjunction with the 35th Haitian Studies Association Conference at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

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Emerging Scholars Café (Sept. 15, 2023)

The Emerging Scholars Committee would like to invite you to its next Emerging Scholars Café on september 15, 2023 at 3:00 pm East on Zoom.

We welcome Dr. France Neff, to present on the topic “Haitian Immigrant Families view of Acculturation: An interpretive phenomenological Analysis”; Dulanda Saintcyr, degree in Political Science & African American Studies on the topic “Political engagement, Black liberation”; and  Marcea T. Daiter PhD student interdisciplinary Studies:Concentration in Humanities and Culture, on the topic “Ritual, Spirituality, Modernity, and Creativity”.

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