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Symposium: "Caribbean Interorality in the New Millennium"

  • 10/12/2012 | 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Cram Alumni House, Barn (Torrey Barn)
  • Event Type: Conference

Symposium: "Caribbean Interorality in the New Millennium"

Interorality is the systematic transposition of previously composed storytales into new tales with new symbolic meanings. It is one of the primary and distinctive markers of the Caribbean identity. The current world being fast changing and structured around new modes of communication that redefine interorality and writing at the same time, it is critical to assess and reflect on the current state of the oral culture today in the Caribbean. How has interorality contributed to the construction of Caribbean societies and helped distinguish them in the world? What are its specificities? What are the new forms and new ways according to which Caribbean interorality maintains itself today at the core of Caribbean culture and identity. What is its significance in these societies today?

Scholars from across the country will gather on campus for this two-day interdisciplinary and international symposium. A keynote address will be delivered by Henry Paget, professor of sociology and African studies and director of graduate studies at Brown University. Paget's talk is titled "Afro-Indian Interorality and Caribbean Philosophy."

For more information and the complete schedule of events, go to www.bowdoin.edu/romance-languages/symposia/caribbean-interorality-in-the-new-millennium-2012.