Toni Morrison Society Holds Summer Symposium in Martinique


Martinique Symposium

Toni Morrison Society to Host Summer Symposium in Martinique

The Toni Morrison Society, in collaboration with the Martinique Tourism Authority and the Office of the Mayor of Fort-de-France, will host a three-day Symposium in Martinique June 24th through June 26th on the “Diasporic Vision and Legacies” in the works of the American novelist, essayist, and librettist Toni Morrison and Martiniquais poet, playwright, and political leader Aimé Césaire. The Symposium will begin on Monday morning, June 24th, in the Aimé Césaire Theater in Fort-de-France and will feature as keynote speakers, Edwidge Danticat, Haitian America novelist and Morrison scholar, and Daniel Maximin, Guadeloupean novelist, poet, and Césaire scholar. Sixty-five scholars, readers, and artists from the US Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean will participate in Symposium panels and discussion that will explore four central questions:

  1. What was the diasporic vision of Morrison and Césaire?
  2. How was that vision manifested in their artistic and political work?
  3. How have other African Diasporic writers been influenced by Morrison and Césaire: and
  4. What are the benefits and challenges today of maintaining cultural connections among people of the Diaspora?


Symposium Schedule