Town Hall Update (online event): ‘Decolonizing Haitian Studies’ (June 26, 2021)
As a follow-up to members’ priorities expressed at the 2020 Town Hall meeting, our June event will focus on the problem of coloniality in the field of Haitian Studies and our strategy to decolonize the HSA. All are invited to hear from scholars examining the question of decolonization from the standpoint of their respective disciplines and research interests. We will consider the dynamics of knowledge production, alongside issues of global inequality and anti-blackness, language, ethical collaboration, citational politics and other research practices within the interdisciplinary field of Haitian Studies.
Finally, we will describe the status of our Open Access database, a digital archive which aims to provide free access to scholarship by HSA members.
Town Hall Response Strategy (2021)
International media often portrays Haiti as an ongoing crisis since its successful revolution for independence in 1804. This representation of history simultaneously fails to consider Haiti’s transnational roots and global connections and how Haitians persist in their brave fight for their freedom and sovereignty. Despite the Haitian Revolution’s triumph — an “unthinkable” act in the words of anthropologist/historian Michel-Rolph Trouillot — the event threatened the core of white supremacy. It resulted in dire repercussions against the new nation. In the face of “Western” critics, we aim to highlight real concerns in the country and stand in solidarity with Haiti. Men nou la! (We are here!)
H.S.A. New Bylaws
Last Fall 2018, in the 30th Annual Conference in Port-au-Prince, the membership voted overwhelmingly (73 to 1) to adopt new bylaws. The new bylaws make provision for HSA members at-large to participate more directly in the running of the organization.
The Bylaws Committee conducted a survey soliciting member input regarding a series of items. This data helped the Committee revise our Bylaws. For example, here are a series of changes made: Election for President The Board engages a Treasurer Members at large constitute the Nomination and Election Committee Members at large have a place in […]
HSA Survey Report
The H.S.A. is celebrating 30 years since our inception! This is a significant milestone. H.S.A. is in transition, moving the office to the University of California, Santa Barbara. This transition presented an opportunity to reach out to the membership to find out from members how best to serve your needs as we continue to meet […]