CfP – ‘Language and Decolonisation in 21st Century Africa’ – BAAL Language in Africa SIG conference, 10 May 2019, University of Portsmouth

Language in Africa Special Interest Group LiA SIG

Annual Conference: Friday May 10th 2019, 10am – 5.30pm

Venue: School of Languages and Applied Linguistics,

University of Portsmouth

‘Language and Decolonisation in 21st Century Africa’

Plenary speaker: Professor Rosemary Wildsmith-Cromarty

Professor Wildsmith-Cromarty is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

ABSTRACTS of up to 250 words for 20 minute presentations are now invited, to be sent to Goodith White, Convenor, at: anne.goodithwhite@ucd.ie, cc c.reilly.1@research.gla.ac.uk no later than February 15th 2019. We also invite proposals for posters. As in previous years, it may be possible for a small number of people to deliver their papers via Skype from Africa.

Language and decolonisation in 21st century Africa

The 2019 LiA meeting aims to bring together researchers to present and discuss current research on the role of language – at the levels of policy, planning, education, social practice and literature – in the long and complex process of cultural decolonisation in the African continent.

The primary objective of the meeting is to explore what current research has to say on how languages in Africa are faring in the 21st century within the ongoing process of cultural decolonisation, as it is pulled by the competing forces of national identity, social equality, ethnic neutrality and globalisation. Topics for papers could consider (among other things):

  • What are the latest policy developments with regard to the tensions between former imperial languages and local languages in different African countries?
  • What are the issues and challenges in the adoption of local or global languages in education and academic research?
  • How do different languages co-exist in daily social practices, including digital communication? 
  • How are languages used at work?
  • How has the debate evolved for the creation of literature, songs and films? 

REGISTRATION: Please register by April 22nd 2019 so that we can make a final order for catering for the day. This is included in the attendance fee. We particularly welcome postgraduate students.   

Attendance Fee:

BAAL members £27 (non-members £37)

BAAL student members £20 (other students £22) 

Registration forms are available from the LIASIG website.  Enquiries to: Colin Reilly c.reilly.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Colin Reilly

Secretary 

BAAL Language in Africa, Special Interest Group

@colinfreilly