Message from the President – January 2021
January 1, 2021
I am writing this message from Haiti… Today I shared my soup joumou and also had some of my friends’. Now I want to reflect on the past year, both to thank you for your contributions and to update you on H.S.A. matters for the upcoming year.
As you are hearing in the news, the situation here is serious. Very. The country is in lockdown again, but it’s not because the people support the movements. Even if people risk their lives during a wave of kidnapping to go out in the streets, there are few cars available as there was a gas shortage for several days. Even the far-away Grandans isn’t spared. The future remains uncertain. There’s no parliament. The president is ruling by decree… One of the last executive orders turned protesting into a “terrorist” act, and 944 demonstraters were killed in the first nine months of 2020. In a month, on February 7, the president’s term is supposed to expire. But no one knows what will happen, how this next chapter will turn out.
Details about our 2020 Conference
We hope that you and yours are in good health and with an active support network. These indeed are difficult times, in Haiti and in the U.S. We are excited to let members know that the conference planning is completed. We have 35 excellent panels that span the disciplines, including artists and practitioners, in all three of H.S.A.’s official languages. The conference program will be available shortly. Stay tuned!
Statement Against Racial Terror, Anti-Blackness And Police Violence In The United States
The Haitian Studies Association (HSA) joins countless other academic and professional organizations, researchers, activists and all others committed to human and civil rights for all people in the United States of America US and across the world, in condemning the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. We condemn this state-sanctioned police violence which continues to terrorize communities of color, especially African American communities and other Black populations.
2020 Working Sessions Initiative
For the 2020 Conference at American University in Washington, DC, which will be held from October 8-10, H.S.A. plans to pilot a new format of peer-to-peer and mentorship gathering: two-hour working sessions clustered around conference themes. Members like you have asked for new ways of connecting, being involved, and many of you have expressed the […]
President’s Message (January 12, 2020)
12 janvye 2020 One respè tout moun! Se avèk anpil emosyon map ekri premye lèt kòm Prezidan Asosyasyon Etid Ayisyen (H.S.A. nan sig angle a). Mwen ann Ayiti pou jou ki make 10zan depi tranblemanntè a te frape peyi a. Menm jan ak zanmi, vwazin/vwazen, etidyan, ak kòlèg, kè m sote lè m tande sou […]
Haitian Studies Association (HSA) Statement of Solidarity with the People of Haiti
International media often portray Haiti as being in continuous crisis since the successful revolution against slavery for independence and the birth of the Republic of Haiti in 1804. This representation of Haiti’s national history concurrently silences real concerns in the country and paints an incomplete picture of the current situation and its transnational roots and global connections. Throughout the world, people are protesting against neoliberal austerity, state corruption, the shift to authoritarianism, and unbridled repression. In exceptionalizing Haiti, Western critics fail to consider how Haitians fight valiantly for their freedom and sovereignty.
Message from the president (September 10th)
Dear H.S.A. Members, I thank you for your participation at the 31st annual conference in Gainesville, Florida and want to let you know that we have great local support from the Gators. I take advantage of this mail to provide you with updates and reminders: Keynote address. Edouard Duval-Carrié enthusiastically accepted to be our keynote […]
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 […]
We are mourning the death of Dr. Florence Bellande Robertson
We are mourning the death of Dr. Florence Bellande Robertson, our 2007 President and Founders Circle Member. Dr. Bellande Robertson was a beloved member of our community, a professor of language and literature and the author of several books on Haitian literature. We will miss her greatly. She was a kind, loving, and passionate supporter […]
Message from the President – May 2018
This year marks more than thirty years since our Association was created for the benefit of those who study Haiti to collaborate, network, support each-other, and understand Haiti and Haitians better. In 1987, the thirty year reign of the Duvalier family had just come to a close. Haitians had hope, Haiti was changing, and members of the Haitian Diaspora wanted to convene to better understand their country. I remember how young Alix Cantave, Marc Prou, and I were at that time. None among us yet had doctorates; we were known to move about with our young children in our arms. Gerdès Fleurant has just finished his doctorate. There were two professors at Tufts University, Robert Rotberg and Vévé Clark, who encouraged us and helped us to function from there. We did not truly understand how needed this organization was. The endurance of the Association that made us understand its importance. I am afforded opportunity, after thirty years, to return as an active member and proudly represent our founders as President.
Haitian Studies Association Responds to Donald Trump
January 13, 2018 On the 8th anniversary of the Earthquake of 2010 which caused the death of more than two hundred thousand people in Haiti, Haitians, people of Haitian origin, and friends of Haiti discussed the offensive remarks of the President of the United States Donald J. Trump with sadness and anger. The American […]
President’s Message – July 2017
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE New York, July 24, 2017 Welcome I want to use this opportunity to renew ties with old members of the organization and, at the same time, to welcome new members. In that spirit of growth, the 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans will embrace new trends and patterns toward greater and more diverse […]