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Thursday November 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM EST
Saturday November 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM EST

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Ruchama Viljean  
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Representations, Revisions, Responsibilities:
Toward New Narratives for Haiti in 2013 and Beyond

The 25th Annual Conference will be held at the Karibe Hotel & Convention Center in  Port-au-Prince,Haiti, November 7th-9th, 2013.

Haiti is often cast by outsiders as a mysterious nation that is exotic, uncivilized, and inherently dangerous. Such misrepresentations are by no means a vestige of the past; rather, they resonate with ongoing depictions of Haiti as either positively or negatively "unique.” Whether Haiti is celebrated as the Western Hemisphere’s “first black sovereign republic” or pitied as its “poorest nation,” the allure of such portrayals compels us to evaluate the impact of persistent stereotypes, to reexamine the stories we continue to tell about Haiti, and to analyze the role of Haitian Studies post-earthquake, as we move beyond the silver anniversary of the association’s founding. While global media often construct Haitians as “heroic” or “resilient” in the face of oppression and injustice, responsible scholarship demands a critical assessment of how such characterizations  may fuel structural hegemonies, along with a sober acknowledgment of the ways in which academic discourses  may also become complicit in projects that stifle Haiti’s progress.

In French
In Creole

Registration Includes the Following:
Conference Materials, Presidential Reception (Thurs. night), Friday & Saturday Lunches , Friday & Saturday Coffee Breaks, and Friday Night's Cultural Evening



Early Registration

Late Registration after Oct.







Haiti Resident



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Regular Membership w/JOHS


Student Membership w/ JOHS


Please note: Conference participants who do not pay in full by October 1st will be charged the late fee, this includes pay at door option and pay by check.

In French
In Creole