[Blackstudies-l] CfP: Haitian Studies Association 29th Annual Conference

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Association 29th Annual Conference
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The formation of Haiti as a sovereign state and the emergence and evolution
of its people and its culture have followed a complex route. Since the
birth of the nation of Haiti, multiple hierarchies and interconnected
systems of oppression and exclusion have engendered structural inequities
with respect to Haitian citizenship. As the society has continued to claim
equality and liberty, differentiated and unequal citizenship have actually
prevailed, with social, racial, colored, and gendered social groups having
different levels of rights of participation and belonging.

Colonial St. Domingue’s socio-political and economic landscape granted
unequal access to power and privilege. The Haitian Revolution did not
achieve a radical transformation of these unequal relations. Rather,
the *régime
agraire* of Toussaint Louverture and the Code Rural of Jean-Pierre Boyer
reproduced the patterns of exploitation and exclusion of the slave society.
These practices led to the construction of the category *moun andeyò*–the
peasantry, a class of people whose severely limited access to power and
resources render them the primary actors in waves of migration and the
primary victims of natural disasters. Over time, the *moun andeyò* concept
has been mapped onto other categories of people such as women, the urban
poor, practitioners of Vodou, and people of different sexual orientations.

The Haitian Studies Association will hold its 29th Annual Conference in New
Orleans, Louisiana, a site that offers scholars a look at how the “making
of the people” occurs outside of the geopolitical spaces associated with a
nation-state. Indeed, the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804 forced not only
the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, but also the migration of slaves, slave
owners, and free blacks and mulattos between the two former French
territories. These movements of people led to the creation of new spaces
where migrants linked to an emergent Haiti would become part of a new North
American dynamic also characterized by inequalities and exclusion.
The questions that the Conference will seek to answer address the nature,
scope, and dynamics of citizenship in the making of a Haitian people. We
want to

   - examine, deconstruct, and reflect on the concept of rights;
   - critically engage the multiple and contested meaning of citizenship;
   - explore how the “right to have rights” has evolved in parallel in
   Louisiana/NOLA; and
   - observe and assess a paradox, where NOLA finds itself in a
   contradictory position, sponsoring many development projects in Haiti while
   similar features of exclusion and environmental catastrophes affect a large
   segment of its population (Hurricane Jeanne 2004, Hurricane Katrina 2005,
   Goudou Goudou 2010, and Hurricane Matthew 2016).

Finally, we want also to analyze issues of otherness, marginalization,
exclusion, and struggles for inclusion in the “moral community of the
nation.” We want to explore how citizens with partial or limited rights
find ways to assert, reclaim, exercise, and redefine their rights within
existing conditions created by enduring structural inequalities.

We seek a diverse set of scholarly interrogations of these themes from
disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
We are especially interested in fully constituted panels, and will
prioritize panels that speak directly to our themes and attempt an
interdisciplinary dialogue.

Panel and roundtable proposals are to be no longer than 500 words, clearly
listing the individual paper titles and authors. Individual paper abstracts
should be around 250 words. Presenters are expected to register for the
conference in advance to ensure their names are in the program.

We will be accepting proposals until *June 1st, 2017.*
*Guidelines for Participation*

*General Submission Requirements*

1. Contacts: For panel, roundtable, paper, video, art exhibit, or a
performance please include the name, affiliation, and email for each
individual participant.

2. Abstract: For individual proposals, videos, art exhibits, and
performances, please submit a 250-word abstract and a 500-word summary for
panels and roundtables. The overview should include:

   - Title
   - Purpose, goals, and objectives
   - Methodology, conclusions, and/or questions raised

For a panel proposal, please include a title and overview for each paper on
the proposal form. Panels should include no more than three papers and a
Chair/Discussant, who must be identified on the proposal form. Roundtable
proposals should include no more than four participants plus a
Chair/Moderator, who must also be identified on the proposal form.

*Contact Information*

It is essential that the contact information be listed for all those
designated in the proposal form. For a group presentation please identify a
primary contact person for notification of acceptance. HSA will contact
only the Chair/Moderator.

*Participation Limitation*

HSA welcomes as many people as possible to participate in the conference.
Therefore, each participant is limited to one paper presentation. However,
a participant can perform two different roles—presenting a paper and
chairing a panel, or presenting a paper and participating in a roundtable


Registration will begin in August. All presenters must be members of HSA to
present, and must register and pay two weeks prior to the conference date
to attend. If you are not a member yet, please join when you send your

*Proposal Review and Selection Process*

An anonymous review of conference proposals will be conducted by a minimum
of two reviewers each. Proposals will be reviewed on the basis of quality
and contribution to the theme of the conference.

*Notification of Decision*

Decision regarding acceptance of presentations will be announced by July
15, 2017.

*Publication in the Journal of Haitian Studies*

Manuscripts from selected abstracts and presentations can be submitted for
publication in the *Journal of Haitian Studies* (JOHS) at the end of the
conference. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed and subject to an editing
process prior to final acceptance. Manuscripts should not have been
published elsewhere in similar form with substantially similar content. For
information on the JOHS, please contact Dr. Claudine Michel at
*michel at blackstudies.ucsb.edu* <michel at blackstudies.ucsb.edu>.

*Official Languages*

The official languages of the conference are English, Kreyòl, and French.
You may write your paper and present it in one of the three official
languages. HSA will not provide translation or interpretation during

*Submit a Proposal*

Please ensure your abstract does not exceed maximum (250 words for
individuals, 500 for panels and roundtables). If you are submitting a
roundtable or panel, please make sure that the names, affiliations, emails,
and proposal summaries for all panelists are included on this form.

Submit your proposal *NOW!

Should you have questions regarding the proposal submission process, please
email info at haitianstudies.org.
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