Location: Bowdoin / Romance Languages / Symposia / Caribbean Interorality in the New Millennium / Program

Romance Languages


All panels, which are free and open to the public, will be held in Torrey Barn, Cram Alumni House (83 Federal Street) with the exception of the keynote address and reception which will take place in Daggett Lounge, Thorne Dining Hall.  For more information, please contact Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo at 207-725-3826.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

9:00 - 9:30 AM
Breakfast  (Invitation required)

Dean Cristle Collins Judd's Welcoming Word
Professor Cristle Collins Judd, Dean for Academic Affairs

9:45 - 10:00 AM
Director’s Opening Word
Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo

10:00 - 11: 30 AM
Orality and/in Caribbean Theory

  • 10:00 - 10:30 AM
    Language, Orality, and Creolist Poetics
    Dr. Mylène Priam
    (Associate Professor of French, Harvard University, MA)
  • 10:30 - 11:00 AM
    Orality and the Slave Sublime
    Dr. John E. Drabinski
    (Associate Professor of Black Studies, Amherst College, MA)
  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Caribbean Interorality

  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
    Caribbean Interorality: An Introduction
    Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo
    (Associate Professor of Romance Languages, Bowdoin College, ME)
  • 12:30 - 1:00 PM
    Interorality in Recent Literature from the Caribbean
    Dr. Odile Ferly
    (Associate Professor of Francophone Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Clark University, MA)
  • 1:00 - 1:30 PM

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Lunch (with students of Mellon Mays Fellowship Program - Invitation required)

2:30-4:00 PM
Oralizing African Religious Practices

  • 2:30 - 3:00 PM
    Technologies of the Word: Kamau Brathwaite’s “The Black Angel”
    Dr. Hyacinth M. Simpson (Associate Professor of English, Ryerson University, Canada)
  • 3:00 - 3:30 PM
    Books and Boukman: Tracing a Legendary Genealogy
    Dr. Paul Miller
    (Assistant Professor of French and Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University, TN)
  • 3:30 - 4:00 PM

5:00 - 8:00 PM
Keynote Address and Reception

  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM
    Afro-Indian Interorality and Caribbean Philosophy
    Keynote address with Professor Henry Paget (Professor of Sociology and African Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Brown University, RI)
  • 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Reception with musical interlude by the Bowdoin College Afro-Latin American Music Ensemble

Friday, October 12, 2012

9:00 - 9:30 AM
Breakfast (Invitation required)

9:30 - 11:30 AM
The Music of Orality

  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM
    Yemayá and Ochún: Queering the Vernacular Logics of the Waters
    Dr. Solimar Otero
    (Associate Professor of English and Folklorist, Louisiana State University, LA)
  • 10:00 - 10:30 AM
    Body (text), Music and Dance in Guadeloupe and Martinique in Orality: Negotiating the Double Bind of Dispossessed Origins and Becoming Other
    Dr. Gladys Francis
    (Assistant Professor of French, Georgia State University, GA)
  • 10:30 - 11:00 AM
    Orality Otherwise in the Black Pacific
    Dr. Michael Birenbaum Quintero
    (Assistant Professor of Music, Bowdoin College, ME)
  • 11:00 - 11:30 AM
    Discussant, Dr. Chandra Bhimull (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Colby College, ME)

11:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Director’s Word

Chaired by Dr. Hanétha Vété-Congolo

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, Romance Languages, the Africana Studies Program, the Latin American Studies Program, the Mellon Mays Fellowship Program

 “Our thanks go to the Office of Events and Summer Programs, and the Bowdoin College Afro-Latin American Music Ensemble.”