Thursday March 7 - Saturday, March 9, 2013
A Rutgers University Symposium at The University Inn and Conference Center
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Presenters and attendees are required to register by Thursday, February 21 by sending an e-mail to Renée DeLancey.
Presenters: please include the technical requirements for your presentation, and advise which hotel you have selected.
If the University Inn is at capacity, please consider this list of nearby hotels.
Attendees: Please simply provide your full name.
We thank you!

Visitors to Rutgers may park without a permit on March 7 in Lots 1, 11, 8, and 16 on the College Avenue Campus.
On March 8 and 9 visitors may use Lot 82 on the Douglass Campus without a permit.
Faculty, Staff, and Students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.

This two-day conference at Rutgers University (New Brunswick) is designed to foster trans-disciplinary understanding of the complex interplay between language/literature/arts and the visual and virtual domains of expressive culture in Francophone Africa and the Caribbean. It will explore the varied patterns of cultural, and especially writing, formations and practices arising from contemporary and historical forces that have impacted on the cultures and peoples of this trans-Atlantic region that includes countries such as Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Comoro Islands, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (DR), Dominica, Guadeloupe, Guiana, Haiti, Louisiana (USA), Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles. Special attention will be paid to how scripts, though appearing to be merely decorative in function, are often used by artists and performers in the production of material and non-material culture to tell “stories” of great significance, co-mingling words and images in a way that leads to a creative synthesis that links the local and the global, the “classical” and the “popular” in new ways.

Possible topics for the conference include (but are not limited) to the following:

A. Graphic symbols and collective memory
B. Politics of fashion/political pagnes/proverbs on pagnes
C. Gendered spaces of writing (on walls, cooking pots, the ground, taps-taps)
D. Comics/bandes dessinées, books, film and literacy
E. Body art (tattooing, scarification) using henna, ink
F. Reading relief, surface scripts, vèvè et vaudou
G. Inscribing orality: history, Hip-Hop, and rap
H. Scripts: Bagam, calligraphy, graffiti, ideograms
I. Creation, publication, consumption, consumerism
J. Langue vernaculaire/langue véhiculaire : Kreyòl, Wolof, Lingala/French, Arabic
K. Intracultural/Intercultural communication and new technologies : blogs, Facebook, Twitter
L. Languages in contact: creolization, translation, and transnational dynamics

Proposals were invited from all disciplines. In addition to papers, we also invited artists to submit their work for display.
The conference will include film screenings, art exhibitions, and fashion shows.



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