Welcome to Creole Social and Cultural Studies
Who are we and what is this about?
Robin Cohen is Professor of Development Studies and Director, International Migration Institute, University of Oxford. He was Professor of Sociology at Warwick for many years and retains an honorary professorship at Warwick. Dr Paola Toninato, who is a post-doctoral research fellow, has particular responsibility for the management of this site.
During his ESRC-funded fellowship, Robin Cohen and Paola Toninato investigated the social scientific value of the concepts of creolization (and similar concepts like hybridity, métissage and syncretism) in Brazil, the South Atlantic/Indian oceans, the Caribbean, West Africa (notably Cape Verde), the USA and the UK. The research was multi-disciplinary – particularly using sociology and social history as core disciplines, with social anthropology, linguistics and area studies providing necessary insights. Portuguese, Dutch/Afrikaans, French, Spanish, English and Creole sources will be used. This research programme was the first major comparative study of creolization and mixed identity.
This website keeps track of the programme as it develops. It also serves as a point of reference for all those engaged in Creole Studies, particularly (but not exclusively) those working on contemporary cultural, sociological and anthropological aspects of creolization. Under Creole Popular Culture you will find material on languages, festivals, food, music & dancing and religion. Under Creolization Concepts you will find pages, some still under construction, listing the key theoretical ideas on creolization and related concepts. In our Bibliography a general bibliography of recent items on creolization will be provided. This section also contains some featured book reviews. Finally, the section on Key Figures will provide short biographies of the major writers, historical figures, artists, musicians and academics in the field of Creole Studies.
Robin Cohen at Oxford works closely with Paola Toninato at Warwick. There are only two of us directly involved in this research programme and we can't do this just on our own. We cordially invite you to comment and suggest items for inclusion. Please email P.Toninato@warwick.ac.uk