6th Annual ISOLA Conference to Honor Jacob D. Elder

The International Society for Oral Literature in Africa (ISOLA), based in Binghamton, N.Y., will hold its sixth annual African Diaspora Conference on Oral Literature at the University of Trinidad and Tobago at St. Augustine. The locale and topic of the conference: Oral Literature and Identity Formation in Africa and the Diaspora, was selected to honor of pioneering work of folklorist Jacob D. Elder and to celebrate his life and achievements. In the words of the Society:

“We chose Trinidad and Tobago as the site of our 2006 conference with a view to celebrating the life and work of Dr. J.D. Elder, who joined the ancestors just over a year ago. Dr Elder devoted his scholarly career largely to exploring African cultural survivals especially in the Caribbean, doing it with such a passion that in his research visits and residences in Africa, as well as in his lectures and publications, he never failed to convey to his professional colleagues the vibrancy of the surviving bonds between Africans on both sides of the Atlantic. Our meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, the home of Dr Elder, is the least we can do to salute his pioneering work in African Diaspora studies.”

Originally posted: July 20, 2006