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29th Annual Conference

Last Updated: October 31st, 2017


Things to do in New Orleans

Tulane and Nola have provided a list of activities you can explore in the area prior to the conference:

Location: New Orleans

  1. French Quarter Walking Tours (504) 222-2967
  2. Treme Tour- Historic New Orleans Tours (504) 947-2120
  3. Grey Line Cemetery/Mary Laveau/Vodou Tour (504) 569-1481
  4. Swamp Tour- Cajun Encounters (504) 834-1770
  5. Whitney Plantation Tour (504) 569-1481 (with transportation), (225) 265-3300 (without transportation)


8:30am - 1:30pm: Emerging Scholars Pre-Conference Event - HSA 2017 - New Orleans

Emerging Scholar Event - Stone Center for Latin American Studies

Location: Greenleaf Conference Room, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 100A Jones Hall

  8:30am - 9:00am: Breakfast

  9:00am - 9:30am: Participant Introductions and Networking

  9:30am - 10:00am: Getting the Most out of Academic Conferences

 10:00am - 10:45am: Keynote Speech - Power and Positionality in Haitian Studies

 10:45am - 11:00am: Break

 11:00am - 11:30am: Narratives of Haiti: Film Screening and Small Group Discussions

 11:30am - 12:30pm: CV Clinic and Writing Workshops

 12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch

Other Thursday events - Tulane University School of Architecture

12:00pm - 4:00pm: Conference Registration

Location: Richardson Memorial Hall, Main Entrance

12:30pm - 3:30pm: HSA Board Meeting

Location: Room 201, Richardson Memorial Hall

12:30pm - 3:30pm: KOSANBA Film Screening

Kosanba Film Screening

Location: Room 204, Richardson Memorial Hall

2:00pm - 3:30 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion: Haitian Studies in U.S. Universities: Possibilities & Paths Toward Growth

Location: Room 100A Jones Hall

Organized by the Department of French & Italian and the Program in Africana Studies at Tulane.

4:00pm - 5:30pm: Special Presentation

The Importance of Historical Preservation in a post-disaster recovery context

Location: Room 204, Richardson Memorial Hall

Henry Robert Jolibois, Visiting Fulbright Scholar in Residence, Xavier University of Louisiana

6:00pm - 8:00pm: Presidential Reception

Presidential Reception

Location: Room 201, Richardson Memorial Hall

Presidential Reception sponsored by Tulane University's Department of French and Italian, XUTULAC, and the Gore fund at Tulane.


7:00am - 8:00am: Transportation & Registration

8:00am - 9:15am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 1

1-A. New Platforms for Marginalized Communities: Slam Poetry, Social Media, and Graffiti

Location: University Center, Room 315

Chair: Lilia Santiague (University of Phoenix)

  • Slamming Dictatorship: How Haitian Slam Poetry Critiques Papa Doc and Memorializes His Victims
    George MacLeod (St. Mary's College of Maryland)
  • "Timoun Isit Menm!": Unpacking Haitian/Haitian American Coming Age Counternarratives on Social Media Platforms
    Wideline Seraphin (Penn State University) & Casta Guillaume (University of Michigan)
  • The Sympathetic Education in Jerry's Graffiti
    Chelsey Kivland (Dartmouth College)

1-B. Roundtable: Hurricane Matthew: One year later

Location: University Center, Room 205C

Chair: Mark Schuller (Northern Illinois University and Université d'État d'Haïti)

  • Bette Gebrian (Independent Public Health Worker in Rural Haiti)
  • Laura Wagner (Duke University, Radio Haiti Inter)
  • Jessica Hsu (Independent Scholar)

1-C. Roundtable: N ap Mache Ansanm (We Are Walking Together): A roundtable to conceptualize transnational and trans-disciplinary alliances for the futures of liberated Haitians

Location: St. Joseph Academic Center, Room 201

Chair: Dasha Chapman (Hampshire College)

  • Wikenson Palemon (Fondation SEROvie/Haiti)
  • Sophonie Bazile (University of Kentucky)
  • Mario LaMothe (University of Illinois at Chicago)

1-D. New Historical Approaches to the Making of Haiti: Art, Literature, and Architecture

Location: University Center, Room 201


  • New Light on Haiti's Royal Past: An update on archaeological research at Sans-Souci
    J. Cameron Monroe (University of California Santa Cruz)
  • "Ô mes amis, qu'il est doux, qu'il est bon, le sang des blancs!": Representing Jeannot Bullet in Abbé de Lahaye's Adresse philosophique (1793) and Joseph Saint-Rémy's Vie de Toussaint Louverture (1850)
    Chris Bongie (Queen's University (Canada))
  • In the court of the Mohrenkönig: Germans in Henry's kingdom of Haiti
    Grégory Pierrot (University of Connecticut at Stamford) & Tabitha McIntosh (Birkbeck College, University of London)

1-E. Roundtable: Inclusion/Exclusion: Applied Studies in Disability, Cholera Control, and Language Learning

Location: St. Joseph Academic Center, Room 225

Chair: Mary Clisbee (Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante)

  • Experiences with Scratch Programming in Fond des Blancs
    Dale Joachim (MIT Lincoln Lab)
  • Fabrice Julceus (Zanmi Lasante / Partners in Health)
  • Immunity's Disavowal: Excavating the (Biotechnosocial) Politics of Making Cholera Disappear in Haiti
    Victoria Koski-Karell (University of Michigan)

KOSANBA SESSION: The Shifting Terrain of Meaning Making within Vodou and African Diaspora Religions

Location: Convocation Center Annex at Xavier University

Chair: Florienne Saintil

  • (Mis-)Translating Vodun: The ‘Violence of Translation’ in the Study of Vodun Religious Cultures
    Elana Jefferson-Tatum
  • Vodu a lo Cubano (Vodou Cuban Style): Making Ritual Communities Within Spiritually Hybrid Spaces
    Yanique Hume
  • Beyond the Oral: Learning the Language of African and Diasporic Religions
    Funlayo E. Wood
All HSA registrants are invited to attend KOSANBA Friday panels.

9:15am - 9:30am: Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Location: University Lounge, Room 219

9:30am - 11:00am: Opening Ceremony and Keynote

Location: Administration Building Auditorium

Words from HSA President

Words from Xavier University President

Presentation of Keynote: Dr. Claudine Michel

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gina Athena Ulysse

“Why Rasamblaj, Why Now?: New Salutations to the Four Cardinal Points of Haitian Studies.”

Keynote sponsored by XUTULAC, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center initiative, at Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies

11:15am - 12:30pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 2

2-A. Roundtable: Balancing Justice, Development and Response: Lessons from the Lambi Fund of Haiti

Location: University Center, Room 315

Chair: Pierre Minn (Université de Montréal)

  • Pierre Minn (Université de Montréal)
  • Freud Jean (Lambi Fund)
  • Marguerite Joseph (Lambi Fund)

2-B. From Haiti's Golden Age to the Early Duvalier Years: Representations and Realities

Location: University Center, Room 205C

Chair: Chantalle Verna (Florida International University)

  • Expositions and Nationalism: Sténio Vincent and the Emergence of Haitian Tourism: The Haitian Government under the Presidency of Sténio Vincent (1930-1941)
    Hadassah St. Hubert (University of Miami)
  • Hollywood Goes to Haiti: The Port-au-Prince Premiere of Lydia Bailey (1952)
    Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall (California State University, San Marcos)
  • Slum Clearance in Port-au-Prince and National Regeneration in the Early Duvalier Years
    Claire Payton (Duke University)

2-C. Work Codes, Rights Discourses, and the Spirit of Citizenship in the New Haiti

Location: University Center, Room 201

Chair: Carolle Charles (Baruch College)

  • "The General Will Goes Global: Will and Sovereignty Between White and Black in 1791 Saint-Domingue."
    Jeffrey Harris (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • La difficile transition de l'esclavage à la liberté pendant la revolution haïtienne
    Philippe Girard (McNeese State University)
  • The Spirit of Citizenship in Nineteenth-Century Haiti
    Hernan Feldman (Emory University)

2-D. Thinking the Construction of the 19th-century Haitian Nation-State: Actors, Models, Transcaribbean Connections

Location: St. Joseph Academic Center, Room 201

Chair: Erin Zavitz (University of Montana Western)

  • What Does It Mean to be A Haitian Intellectual during The First Half of The Nineteenth Century?
    Délide Joseph (Université d'État d'Haïti, Campus Henri Christophe de Limonade)
  • Recreating Saint Domingue from East Hispaniola, 1803-1809
    Maria Cecilia Ulrickson (University of Notre Dame)
  • The Myth of the Haitian Republic
    Chelsea Stieber (The Catholic University of America)

2-E. Unraveling Paradox in the Literature of Roumain, Césaire, and Hurston

Location: Art Village, Room 112

Chair: Nadège Clitandre (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Citizenship as Paradox in the Life of Jacques Roumain (1907-1944)
    Patti Marxsen (Independent Scholar)
  • Mothers and Wives of the Kingdom: Gender Relations and Nation-Building In Aimé Césaire's "La Tragédie du Roi Christophe"
    Shanna Jean-Baptiste (Yale University)
  • Mules, Men, and Zombies: Crises of Agency in the Anthropological Work of Zora Neale Hurston
    Marina Magloire (Harvard University)

2-F. Roundtable: Université et développement durables des collectivités territoriales d'Haïti: Vers la 2ème décennie du réseau des Universités Publiques Régionales (UPR)

Location: St. Joseph Academic Center, Room 225

Chair: Yves Voltaire (Rector of UPNIP)

  • Higher Education and the Making of a New Generation to Rebuild Haiti
    Yves Voltaire (Rector of UPNIP)
  • Le réseau des UPR: Réalisations et perspectives 2017-2027
    Narcisse Fièvre (UPR Network Coordinator)
  • Challenges in Building UPR's Green and Smart Campuses
    Edouard Jules (Rector of UPSAC)
  • Towards Masters Programs and Research Centers in Four UPRs in Partnership with UNESCO and AUF
    Roldano Auguste (Rector of UPAG)

2-G. Diaspora Women in the Field: Negotiating Identity, Herstory, and Citizenship

Location: Convocation Center, Film Room 107

Chair: Alexandra Cenatus (University of Florida)

  • African American-Haitian Blan: Negotiating Self and Identity in Haiti
    Crystal Felima (University of Florida)
  • Native Aspirations & Foreign Plans: A Haitian Planning Herstory of the Long-Term Sociocultural Impacts in Disaster Recovery Efforts
    Sophonie Joseph (Columbia University)
  • A Tale from the Field: Negotiating My Citizenship and Diasporic Identity as a Haitian Researcher
    Alexandra Cenatus (University of Florida)

KOSANBA SESSION: Vodou as the Exotic Other and as Everyday Reality

Location: Convocation Center Annex at Xavier University

Chair: Gerdès Fleurant

  • Walking the Line Between Lurid and Divine: Vodou Performance and the Ethics of Representation
    Lois Wilcken
  • Ecological Situation of Vodou Now and Soon
    LeGrace Benson
  • Looking for Strange in the Cabinet of Curiosities
    Karen Richman
All HSA registrants are invited to attend KOSANBA Friday panels.

12:30pm - 1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm - 3:00pm: Plenary 1

Haiti & New Orleans: Making Cultural Connections in the Local Community

Location: Administration Building Auditorium

Chair: Freddi Williams Evans (Author/Independent Scholar/Arts Educator/Licensed Tour Guide)

  • Marky Jean-Pierre (Tulane University)
  • Monique Moss (Third Eye Theatre Interdisciplinary and Improvisational Performance Company, Tulane University)
  • Laine Kaplan-Levenson (Tripod New Orleans Tricentennial Series, WWNO Radio, Freelance Journalist)
  • Shaka Zulu (New Orleans Voices of Congo Square, Golden Feather Mardi Gras Indian Gallery)

Organized by: Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Ryan Joyce and Mathew Olson

Sponsored by: New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts, Xavier University Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Xavier University Department of Mass Communication, Tulane University Africana Studies program.

KOSANBA SESSION: Forging Lakou in the Grand Rue: Performance, Difference, and Vodou

Location: Convocation Center Annex at Xavier University

Chair: Toni Pressley-Sanon

  • Dasha Chapman
  • Ann Mazzocca
  • Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire
  • Yonel Charles
All HSA registrants are invited to attend KOSANBA Friday panels.

3:15pm - 4:30pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 3

3-A. Marginalization from Within and Without: Case Studies from Politics and Resource Extraction

Location: University Center, Room 201

Chair: Pierre Minn (Université de Montréal)

  • Crafting a Democracy that Binds - Lavalas and the Politics of Democratization
    Dimmy Herard (Florida International University)
  • Decentralization in Post-Duvalier Haiti: An Illusive Promise
    Vanessa Leon (The New School)

3-B. Roundtable: Celebrating Alex Dupuy's Scholarship

Location: University Center, Room 205C

Chair: Robert Fatton (University of Virginia)

  • Carolle Charles (Baruch College)
  • Henry Frank "Chip" Carey (Georgia State University)

3-C. Gender Rights for Haitian Women: Closed Doors and Windows of Opportunity

Location: Art Village, Room 112

Chair: Florence Bellande Robertson (Foundation Hope for Haiti, Inc.)

  • Correlations between perceptions of gender equitability, intimate relationship power dynamics, and health locus of control among men and women in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    Tesha Davilmar (Florida International University) , Chintan Bhatt, Michèle Jean-Gilles & Jessy G. Dévieux
  • À Travers les Persiennes: Domestic Space as a Site of Contested Citizenship in Marie Vieux-Chauvet's "Amour et Colère"
    Emma Wilson (University of Texas at Austin)
  • The Politics of Motherhood, Citizenship, and Female Agency in Haitian Women's Literature
    Simone A James Alexander (Seton Hall University)

3-D. Haiti in World History: Local and International Perspectives

Location: University Center, Room 315

Chair: Alyssa Sepinwall (California State University, San Marcos)

  • Haiti and the Emergence of International Organizations: Moving Beyond a History of Diplomatic Non-Recognition and Dependency
    Chantalle Verna (Florida International University)
  • "Under the Same Climate": Spanish Imperial Ideologies and the Paradoxes of Pan-Bourbon Royalism in the Haitian Revolution
    Jesús Ruiz (Tulane University)
  • Beyond Unthinkability: The Political Imaginary of Henry Christophe and Baron de Vastey
    Nathalie Pierre (New York University)

3-E. Performing Revolutionary Citizenship

Location: St. Joseph Academic Center, Room 201

Chair: Chelsea Stieber (Catholic University of America)

  • Performing Kinship: Naming Practices in Revolutionary Saint-Domingue
    Elizabeth Colwill (University of Hawaii)
  • The Revolution at 150: State Performances of Belonging
    Erin Zavitz (University of Montana Western)
  • Citizenship on Display: Meta-Performance in Contemporary Haitian Fiction
    Aletha Stahl (Earlham College)

3-F. Transnational Political Activism, Race, Rights and Citizenship in Haiti and the Dominican Republic from the Twentieth Century to the Present

Location: St. Joseph Academic Center, Room 225

Chair: Matthew Casey (University of Southern Mississippi)

  • Anti-Imperial Activism and Post-Colonial Intertwining: Haitian-Dominican Political Collaborations in the 1920s-1930s
    Matthew Casey (University of Southern Mississippi)
  • Collaboration and Resistance: Haitian and Dominican Opposition to the Trujillo Regime
    Amelia Hintzen (Yale University)
  • Global Assembly Zones and Translocal Solidarities
    Charlotte Hammond (Cardiff University, UK)

KOSANBA SESSION: Voodoo vs. Vodou: Myth and Stereotype from the Late Twentieth Century to the Present

Location: Convocation Center Annex at Xavier University

Chair: Bamidele Demerson

  • ‘Pacts with the Devil’ and ‘Sacrifices at Sea’: Stereotypes of Haitian Religion and the Status of Refugees from 1980–Present
    Danielle Boaz
  • Religion of the Blan Blacks: Foreign Blackness in Haitian Vodou
    Kyrah Malika Daniels
  • Graphic Voodoo: Race, Religion, and Visual Culture
    Yvonne Chireau
All HSA registrants are invited to attend KOSANBA Friday panels.

4:30pm - 4:45pm: Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Location: University Lounge, Room 219

4:45pm - 6:00pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 4

4-A. Art populaire comme lieu de luttes et d'affirmation de catégories en marge

Location: University Center, Room 315

Chair: Jhon Picard Byron (Université d'État d'Haïti)

  • La récupération artistique et transformation sociale en contexte populaire
    Jean Sergo Louis (UEH & INURED)
  • Le mouvement de la musique racine des années 1990
    E. Emmanuel Lange (UEH)
  • Le « Rap » et l'investissement de l'espace culturel et public haïtien par des marginalisés
    Monfort Deya (EUH)

4-B. Paradox and Contradiction in Haitian Literature and Science Fiction

Location: St. Joseph Academic Center, Room 201

Chair: Jane A. Charles-Voltaire Esq. (International Association of Women Judges)

  • Crime et recherche de visibilité au féminin dans les romans haïtiens
    Lise Mba Ekani (Louisiana State University)
  • « C'est pas Dieu qui abandonne le nègre » : Reimagining Exclusion in Selected Haitian Novels
    Andia Augustin-Billy (Centenary College of Louisiana)
  • Atifisyèl, Antisipasyon, Altènatif: Science Fiction Stories from Haiti
    Sora Edwards-Thro (College of William & Mary)

4-C. Voices from Afar: The Making of a Diasporic Haiti

Location: University Center, Room 205C

Chair: François Pierre-Louis (Queens College, The City University of New York)

  • Not Pictured, But Present: Haiti through the Lens of Francis Grice
    Adam Silvia (Library of Congress)
  • Between Haiti and the World: Jean-Claude Charles' Enracinerrance
    Eliana Vagalau (Loyola University Chicago)

4-D. Exclusionary Aid, Local Agency: Studying the Long-Term Impacts of NGOs in Haitian Communities

Location: St. Joseph Academic Center, Room 225

Chair: Sophonie Joseph (Columbia University)

  • Beyond 'Feeding the Multitudes': A Post-Hurricane Matthew Exploration of INGO Interventions and Local Food Systems in the Grand'Anse
    Heather Prentis-Walz (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Measuring the Impact of NGO Aid in Haiti: A 2-year study of Camp-Perrin
    Castelline Tilus & Elkins Voltaire (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Université d'État d'Haïti)
  • Lojik blòk, lojik lakou nan pwojè imanitè nan Léogâne:
    Irene Brisson & Jean Robert Joseph (University of Michigan, Université d'État d'Haïti)

4-E. Construction Sociale de l'Identité Paysanne: mémoire, cheminement et rationalité

Location: Convocation Center, Film Room 107

Chair: Lewis Ampidu Clormeus (Université d'État d'Haïti)

  • Lieux de mémoire de l'esclavage: modèle de construction de l'engagement citoyen
    Jean Mozart Feron (Université d'État d'Haïti)
  • Espoir social et cheminement d'un paysan: de Port-de-Paix vers l'Amérique latine
    Sophonie Zidor (Université d'État d'Haïti)
  • Le citoyen en dehors et les droits: epistémogénèse d'une rationalité juridique
    Rolinx Augustin (Université d'État d'Haïti)

4-F. Roundtable: H-Haiti and Digital Scholarship

Location: University Center, Room 201

Chair: Laura Wagner (Duke University)

  • Marlene Daut (University of Virginia)
  • Gregory Pierrot (University of Connecticut, Stamford)
  • Julia Gaffield (Georgia State University)

KOSANBA SESSION: Expressions of Vodou/Voodoo in New Orleans

Location: Convocation Center Annex at Xavier University

Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Chair: Grete Viddal

  • Expressions of Vodou/Voodoo in New Orleans
    Grete Viddal
  • Growing Up in the Tremé in New Orleans: Family, Customs, and Spiritual Practices
    Denise Augustine
  • Zo li Marché An Dan Bonne Heure / The Bones are Walking Early in the Morning—The Revival of the New Orleans Northside Skull and Bones Gang
    Bruce 'Sunpie' Barnes
  • La Source Ancienne Ounfò—A New Orleans–Based Vodou Society
    Sallie Ann Glassman
  • The History of Mississippi Valley Voodoo
    Jeffrey Anderson
  • Crecent City Saints
    Kodi Roberts
  • Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, in the Historical Record"
    Carolyn Morrow Long
All HSA registrants are invited to attend KOSANBA Friday panels. Please note the earlier starting time.

6:15pm - 7:15pm: Book Launch

Book Launch

Location: Administration Building Auditorium

6:00pm - 9:00pm: Cultural Event

Cultural Event

Location: University Center Ballroom (3rd Floor)

6:00pm - 8:00pm: Performance by Luther Gray and Bamboula 2000

A Food Truck will be stationed outside the University Center for food-for-purchase.

Culture Night sponsored by Xavier University Center for Intercultural and International Programs.


8:00am - 9:15am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 5

5-A. Recent Trends in Aid: Celebrity Humanitarianism and Volunteerism

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 107

Chair: Jane A. Charles-Voltaire Esq. (International Association of Women Judges)

  • "I am Haitian. I am African": Celebrities and news coverage in the wake of an earthquake
    Deborah Simpson (University of Regina and University of Johannesburg)
  • Bad Haiti: Writing the Abject Nation in An Untamed State and God Loves Haiti
    Christopher Garland (Georgia Southern University)

5-B. Lang Kòm Dwa: Depi Lari Rive Inivèsite

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 211

Chair: Josiane Hudicourt-Barnes (Independent)

  • Konsekans Mepri Lang Kreyòl Sou Mòd Lavi Pèp Ayisyen
    Nicolas Andre (Florida International University)
  • Dwa pou sèvi ni ak kreyòl ni ak franse nan fòmasyon nan inivèsite Ayiti. Analiz kritik yon eksperyans nan Université Publique des Nippes
    Yves Voltaire (Université Publique des Nippes (UPNip))
  • Bay Ayiti yon koulè kreyòl
    Johnny Laforêt (Princeton University)

5-C. Performing Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Haitian Rara and Gagá

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 115

Chair: Elena Guzman (Cornell University)

Discussant: Dr. Elizabeth McAlister (Wesleyan University)

  • "The women give heat" (Fanm yo bay chalè): Gender, Rara, and Border Crossings
    Elena Guzman (Cornell University)
  • O Bazilo! Rara from Kafoufèy to the USA
    Jana Braziel (Miami University)
  • ...the palos y bambuses": Gagá performances and the quest for the Afro-imaginary in the Dominican Republic
    Rafael Gomez (University at Albany- SUNY)

5-D. In Search of Hospitable Shores: The Making of Refugees in Haitian Literature, Past and Present

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 302

Chair: Jason Herbeck (Boise State University)

  • Haitian Odysseys: The Refugee in Jean-Claude Charles' "De si jolies petites plages" and Emile Ollivier's "Passages"
    John Walsh (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Émigrés en terre non-étrangère: Récits de retours accidentels au pays natal
    Jason Herbeck (Boise State University)
  • Ghost Citizens: Identity and Nationhood in Rene Philoctete's Massacre River
    Angela Watkins (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts)

5-E. Roundtable: Lòt Bò Dlo: Questioning the Dyaspora's Authentic Haitianness and Role in Migration and Development

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 301

Chair: Sophonie Milande Joseph (Columbia University)

  • Pardon My French But "Ne Touche Pas Mon Blanc" : Embodied Researcher Trauma Herstories of a Black Dyaspora in Haiti
    Sophonie Milande Joseph (Columbia University)
  • Returning for Good: The Aspirations of a Young Haitian Diaspora in Promoting Development
    Castelline Tilus (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
  • Haiti Through A Diasporic Lens
    Natalie C. Holly (Writer, Actress & Documentary Filmmaker - Kafou The Series / Bishop James Theodore Holly Historical Documentary)

5-F. Roundtable: Hopeful for Haiti: Engaging Youth to Invest in People and Insure the Future

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 303-4

Discussant: M. Lily Cerat (The Graduate Center, The City University of New York)

  • James Deats (Columbia University, NY/Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Haiti)
  • Luke Nelson (Columbia University)

9:30am - 10:45am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 6

6-A. Beyond Borders: Haitian Communities in Quebec, Chicago, and North Carolina

Location: Qatar Pavlion, Room 107

Chair: Nadège Clitandre (University of California, Santa Barbara)

  • Language, Race, and Exile: Haitian Migrants, the Arts, and Montreal's Urban Imagination
    Sean Mills (University of Toronto)
  • Home Cooking: Food and Belonging in the southeastern U.S. Haitian Diaspora
    Vincent Joos (Florida State University) & Laura Wagner (Duke University)
  • Is the Feeling Mutual? The Historical Connection & Contemporary Relevance Between New Orleans And Haiti From the Haitian Perspective
    Laine Kaplan-Levenson (WWNO)

6-B. New Perspectives on Haitian Spirituality

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 303-4

Chair: Elizabeth McAlister (Wesleyan University)

  • Sik salitasyon nan Rit Rada a : Patwon fondalnatal ak eleman patikilye nan salitasyon lwa Rada yo
    Benjamin Hebblethwaite (University of Florida)
  • "Beyond Vodou: Toward a More Inclusive and Interreligious Religious Dialogue in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora"
    Celucien Joseph (Indian River State College)
  • Spirituality as Decolonial Feminist Politics in Settler Contexts
    Beaudelaine Pierre (University of Minnesota)

6-C. The Making of a Haitian Art: From Alienation to Assertions of Citizenship

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 301

Chair: Lois Wilcken (La Troupe Makandal)

  • Alienation of the Arts of Haiti: Andeyo Artists primitivized; Avancées left behind
    LeGrace Benson (S.U.N.Y (Emerita))
  • The Art of Citizenship: Kehinde Wiley's Vision of Port-au-Prince
    Lauren Eldridge (Spelman College)
  • Cross-Cultural Constructions of "Haitian Art"
    Peter Haffner (UCLA)

6-D. Queer Identities and the Struggle for Gender Rights

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 302


  • On the Margins, Looking In: Desire, Sexuality and Belonging in "Une Envie de Carnaval"
    Marjorie Salvodon (Suffolk University, Boston)
  • Dare Stand Brave': Assotto Saint's Queer Marronage
    Ryan Joyce (Tulane University)
  • Entre mutisme et Folie: Lire le Projet Politique des Femmes en Haïti
    Sabine Lamour (UEH-Paris 8 (Haïti-France))

6-E. Intersections du politique et de la représentation

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 115

Chair: Antoinette Sol (University of Texas, Arlington)

  • "Paradoxes et contradictions dans les mises en scène dialoguées de la Révolution haïtienne chez A. Césaire, B. Dadié, E. Glissant, J. Métellus et V. Placoly"
    Micheline Rice-Maximin (Swarthmore College)
  • "Femmes, représentations, mémoire et citoyenneté: intersections et résistances"
    Joelle Vitiello (Macalester College)
  • "En attendant le séisme : intersections et failles"
    Sarah Davies Cordova (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

10:45am - 11:00am: Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Location: Qatar Pavilion Atrium

11:00am - 12:15pm: Plenary 2

Actualizing the Metaphor of Moun Andeyò: Exploring the Many Expressions of a Differentiated Citizenship

Location: Qatar Pavilion 112 A & B

Chair: Carolle Charles (Baruch College)

  • Listening to early Haitian poetry
    Martin Munro (Florida SU)
  • Rethinking Citizenship under UN Occupation
    Francois Pierre-Louis (Queens College CUNY)
  • Moun Ki Andan: Edwidge Danticat and the Echo Chamber as Metaphor
    Nadège T. Clitandre (University of California, Santa Barbara)

12:15pm - 1:00pm: Lunch w/ Women's Caucus Lunch

Location: University Center Ballroom (3rd Floor)

1:00pm - 2:15pm: Business Meeting

Business Meeting

Location: Univerisity Center Ballroom (3rd floor)

Open to all members. We welcome and encourage your participation.

2:15pm - 3:30pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 7

7-A. Deep Roots and Sturdy Links: Haiti's Presence in North American Society and Culture

Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 303-4

Chair: Shearon Roberts (Xavier University of Louisiana)

  • Enduring Ties: Haiti's Lasting Influence on the U.S.
    Angel Parham (Loyola University-New Orleans)
  • Hustling to Survive: South Louisiana's Haitian Descendant Black Creoles
    Robert Maguire (George Washington University)
  • Tangled Roots: Vodou Music, Jazz, and New Orleans' Congo Square
    Lois Wilcken (La Troupe Makandal)

7-B. Documentary: The Kontredans of Tirivyè

Location: NCF Academic Science Complex, Room 105

Director: Pierre Minn

    Kontredans is a Haitian dance form based on 18th-century French social dances and influenced by West and Central African rhythms and embodied aesthetics. This film features footage of kontredans from the village of Tirivyè in northern Haiti and includes interviews with dancers, musicians and scholars.

    7-C. "The Possible roles and responsibilities of Institute of Haitian Studies and Haitian programs in Rethinking and Visualizing the Future of Haitian Studies"

    Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 107

    Chair: Jean Eddy Saint Paul (City University of New York)

    • Challenges for funding the new Haitian Studies Institutes
      Cécile Accilien (Kansas University)
    • Haitian Studies, Haitian Culture and Postcolonialism
      Celucien L Joseph (Indian River State College)

    7-D. Roundtable: Nationality, Citizenship, and the Haitian Diaspora in the DR and the US

    Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 115

    Chair: Sophia Cantave (Bronx Community College)

    • Altagracia Jean Joseph (Journalist)
    • Sophia Cantave
    • Miriam Neptune
    • Reflections on Dominican Anti-Haitianism: Perspectives From Haitian Scholars and Thinkers
      Yanick St. Jean (NorthWest Arkansas Community College)


    Location: - - CANCELLED - -

    Chair: Mark Schuller (Fakilte Etnoloji)

    • Enpak soosyal ed imanite ak reprezantasyon ONG apre Siklon Matye nan Kanperen
      Elkins Voltaire (Fakilte Etnoloji)
    • Entevansyon ak patisipasyon kèk akte anvan ak apre siklon Matye nan komin Abriko
      Roseline Lamatiniere (Fakilte Etnoloji)
    • Entevansyon ed ONG parapo ak bezwen esansyèl Posali anvan ak apre siklon Matye
      Nancy Marie Sherline Saint Louis (Fakilte Etnoloji)

    3:30pm - 4:45pm: Plenary 3

    HSA: Then, Now, and the Future: A Presidential Conversation

    Location: Qatar Pavillion 112 A & B

    Chair: Guerda Nicolas (2009-2010)

    • Lesly Desmangles (1990-1996)
    • Carole M Berotte Joseph (1997-2000)
    • Claudine Michel (2013)
    • Francois Pierre-Louis (2014)
    • Patrick Bellegarde Smith (2015)
    • Legrace Benson (2016)
    • Carolle Charles (2017)
    • Marc Prou (Executive Director)

    4:45pm - 5:00pm: Coffee Break

    Coffee Break

    Location: Qatar Pavilion Atrium

    5:00pm - 6:15pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS - 8

    8-A. The Faces of Trauma in Haiti and Prospects for Healing

    Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 303-4

    Chair: Guerda Nicolas (University of Miami)

    • Esclavage et Psychotraumatologie de la Crise Haïtienne
      Judite Blanc (Universit'e d'État d'Haïti)
    • Possessing "Andikape" Mobility: Haitian Disability at the Intersection of Citizenship, Gender, and Insecurity
      Christian Flaugh (SUNY-University at Buffalo)
    • Disability and Pathologization in Nonfiction Narratives of Zombification
      Lucy Swanson (Lafayette College)

    8-B. The Dynamics of Interventionism in Haiti

    Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 107

    Chair: Mark Schuller (Northern Illinois University and Université d’État d’Haïti)

    • Civil-Military Cooperation in MINUSTAH: Blurred Boundaries between Military Strategies and Humanitarian Ideals
      Andrea Steinke (Free University of Berlin) & Markus-Michael Müller (Free University of Berlin)
    • Aid Effectiveness in Haiti: Lessons Learned? 2005-2015
      Nicholas Johnson (Focus On Haiti Initiative)
    • Aid to Domestic Resource Mobilization in Haiti: An Assessment of LOKAL+
      Marc Cohen (Oxfam) & Tonny Joseph (Oxfam-in-Haiti)

    8-C. Haitian Media As Spaces for Marginalized Voices and Alternative Narratives

    Location: Qatar Pavilion, Room 115

    Chair: Manolia Charlotin (Associate Director for The Media Consortium)

    • "Fo Kleren, Kleren Pèpè: Radio Haiti and the Ethanol Scandal, 1996-2000"
      Laura Wagner (Duke University)
    • Moving the Epicenter to outside of Port-au-Prince: Alternative and Community Media's Role in Media Literacy and Civic Engagement post-earthquake.
      Shearon Roberts (Xavier University of Louisiana)
    • Recovering Anti-government Radio Activism in Haiti's Diaspora
      Jennifer Garcon (University of Miami)

    8-D. Documentary: It Stays With You: Use of Force by UN Peacekeepers in Haiti

    Location: NCF Academic Science Complex, Room 105

    Director: Siobhán Wills

      Between 2005 and 2007 UN peacekeeping troops carried out several raids on Cite Soleil. The raids were targeted against leaders of criminal gangs but scores of civilians were killed, including children, and many more injured. This documentary returns to Bwa Nef in Cité Soleil to examine the impact of those raids on the community and to find out how victims of those raids have fared in the ten years since they occurred. The film contextualizes the testimonies by interviewing Ricardo Seitenfus (OAS representative in Haiti); Professors Camille Chambers and Ilionor Louis from l'Université d'État d'Haïti; Philip Alston, ex-UN Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings; Christof Heyns, member of the UN Human Rights Committee; John Carroll, a consultant at St Catherine’s Hospital, and Beatrice Lindstrom, Institute for Democracy and Justice in Haiti (Boston).

      7:00pm - 11:00pm: Banquet


      Location: University Center Ballroom