The Dakar Translation Symposium

In this transnational event, linking institutions across three continents, Gregory Pardlo and Baba Badji joined the OCCT's Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Matthew Reynolds for a roundtable discussion celebrating the Dakar Translation Symposium and the inauguration of the Assane Seck University Center for Translation.

This event took place online via Zoom.

Baba Badji is a Senegalese American poet, translator, and researcher. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature and a translation certificate at Washington University in St. Louis and MFA in poetry and translation at Columbia University. Badji is a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice and a postdoctoral fellow in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. His research and teaching interests center on the links between the various forms of postcolonial studies, theory, and practice, with a particular focus on debates about postcolonial translation theory and practice and Négritude in Anglophone and Francophone cultures. Besides English and French, he is fluent in Wolof, Mending, and Diola, and he calls on these languages in his writing that informed both his creative and scholarly work. His first book of poems, Ghost Letters, was longlisted for a 2021 National Book Award for Poetry.  

Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is the author of the poetry collection Totem (2007), and a memoir in essays titled Air Traffic (2018). Other honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and currently serves as a visiting professor at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Saliou Dione is an Associate Professor, a Lecturer and Researcher at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, in Senegal, where he teaches African and Postcolonial Studies. He has been a Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (USA), hosted by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Rutgers-based Center for African Studies in the United States of America. As a Senior Fulbright Fellow and as part of the Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund Award, Dr DIONE has delivered lectures at Coastal Carolina University, at Horry Georgetown Technical College, in South Carolina (USA), at Ohio Wesleyan University and Denison University, in Ohio (USA), and at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Jersey (USA), and presented conference papers at Howard University, in Washington D.C. (USA), at the City College of New York and Colombia University, in New York (USA), at Tübingen University (Germany), among others. He has been also a CODESRIA Gender Fellow at the CODESRIA Gender Institute for gender and African Sexuality(ies). He is currently the English Department Chair and the African and Postcolonial Studies Laboratory Director of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, in Senegal.

Baboucar Diouf is an assistant Professor at Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor (Senegal). His research focuses on the cross-fertilizations between African and American studies, especially works underscoring translation headaches, justice and injustice. His research is also concerned with the literatures of horror and violence and the role of religion in man's life which has led to articles and books on the works of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Harriet Beecher Stowe and James Baldwin. He is deeply invested in theories such as rhetoric, brachylogy and problematology as tools to study modern literature. He is currently working on two book projects respectively on Harriet Beecher Stowe and John Steinbeck.