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Welcome to the University of Seychelles

Faculty of Arts and Sustainable Development

Creole Language and Culture Research Institute

Creole Language and Culture Research Institute

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Mrs. Penda Choppy

Director of Creole Language and Culture Research Institute

+248 438 1237

The Creole Language and Culture Research Institute (CLCRI) was set up by the University of Seychelles in October 2016, to stimulate, facilitate and lead research in Creole studies in the country, with particular attention to the Seychellois Creole language and culture.


To be the knowledge hub of Creole languages and cultures in the Indian Ocean.


The mission of the Creole Language and Culture Research Institute is to create an academic forum for the advancement of the Seychellois Creole language, culture and society within the context of and in collaboration with Indian Ocean and other Creole societies in the world through research and dissemination, the creation of databases, publications and engaging in and promoting academic activities such as debates, criticism and intellectual creativity.

  • Adherence to professional and moral ethics in the performance of the institute’s activities;
  • Working as a team and in collaboration with others to achieve common goals;
  • Upholding the University’s good reputation through adherence to high standards of performance.
  • Bringing innovation to modes of practice in research, dissemination and use of socio-cultural data to stimulate new respect and enthusiasm in the youth particularly, intellectuals and others, for the Creole culture, language and society.
  • Creole linguistic development;
  • Genesis of Indian Ocean Creoles and their evolution;
  • Origins of Seychellois Creole culture;
  • Contribution of Madagascar, East Africa and Asia to Indian Ocean Creole cultures
  • The Bourbonnais and Ile de France connections;
  • Early history and consequent historical developments;
  • Slavery and its aftermath;
  • Music, song and dance;
  • Cultural practices;
  • Literature and literary developments;
  • Theatre and performance;
  • Creole architecture;
  • Creole culture and sustainable development;
  • Creole culture and the Blue Economy.



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