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The Dakar Translation Symposium

Against the grain of global Africa-analysis, The second edition of the Dakar Translation Symposium: Africa and Her Globalization which will be held between June 13 and 19, 2023, fosters a global dialogue that is theoretical, cultural and imaginative, and brings together speakers and participants of national and international research capacities from various disciplines who are invested in Africa and the Black diasporas.

This second symposium will explore some of the most urgent issues in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities including literature, history, sociology, gender, anthropology, economy, and law among others.

The Symposium is a joint effort between the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University, Assane Seck University in Ziguinchor, The Office of Inclusion and Equity at NYU Abu Dhabi, the NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (New York), Rutgers Global, Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis of Senegal and the African and Postcolonial Studies Laboratory at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, where the symposium will be held.

We invite and encourage proposals (abstracts) for this year's symposium! Click here to read the full call for papers and participants. The deadline for abstracts has been extended until March 16, 2023.

Slavery Freedom Statue in Dakar

Abu Dhabi DTS Planning Summit

The Dakar Translation Symposium (DTS) Planning Summit was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from January 16-18, 2023. Supported by funding from the Office of Inclusion and Equity, and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi, and led by the organizers of the DTS at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, the summit brought together leadership from three universities in Senegal and one in Mali. 

Convened to bring into focus a coherent mission, and brainstorm a long-term vision for both the Symposium and the proposed Center for the Study of Translation to be located in Ziguinchor, Senegal, the summit also provided a platform for discussion about the future of DEI in a global context.

ISGRJ Directors engaged in rigorous discussions with faculty and administrators from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Assane Seck University in Ziguinchor, Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis of Senegal, and NYUAD including Dr. Lisa Coleman, Senior Vice President of Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation and Fatiah Touray, Executive Director of Inclusion and Equity. Special thanks to NYUAD Vice Chancellor Marïet Westermann for sharing her time and insights with the Summit assembly.

AD Summit