conference

Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds

Panel D27a (1 video; 9 papers, 8 withpdf files)

Title of panel:

Language issues: reconfiguring language use in African studies
[initiated by the Institute of African and Diaspora Studies, University of Lagos, with Africa Multiple Centre of Excellence, Bayreuth]

Convenors:
Marieke van Winden (conference organiser, African Studies Centre Leiden);
Muyiwa Falaiye (University of Lagos);
Anthony Okeregbe (University of Lagos).

Stream: D: Cases of regional and disciplinary specifics
Start time: 28 January, 2021 at 11:30 (UTC+1)
Session slots: 2

Short abstract:
As the vehicle of experiences and ideas, language is a very powerful element in understanding the worldviews of a given society. In African Studies one of the prevalent misconstructions of African worldviews has come from language use.

Long abstract:
As the vehicle of experiences and ideas, language is a very powerful element in understanding the worldviews of a given society. In African Studies one of the prevalent misconstructions of African worldviews has come from language use. On the one hand the African story has been rendered as a uniform, objectifying tale of the victor, through the theoria of exploration, balkanization and conquest. On the other hand, some reactive attempts at domesticating African Studies have led to the deployment of romanticizing narratives bordering on pseudo-historical and obstinately therapeutic linguistic devices. However, current research endeavours in African Studies have come to the realization that both tendencies have to be interrogated if African Studies is to be stripped of obstructive partisanship inimical to genuine scholarship. Thus, there is need for a reflexive interrogation of language use and linguistic nuances in African Studies, especially as they concern the religion, culture and politics of African peoples and polities. To this end, this panel seeks research presentations that demonstrate the intellectual/academic relevance of reconfiguring the communicative, expressive and descriptive aspects of language use in African Studies from inter/multidisciplinary perspectives. The insistence on the multiform approaches and methods is to reflect the multiple nature of African worldviews as genuinely as possible. Standard presentations should examine the prospect of this reconfiguration from theoretical, ethnographic and hermeneutical approaches, amongst others.

9 Accepted papers:
1 pdf file present African languages for African studies: agenda setting

2 pdf file present What about the politics? A realist interrogation of the stand to conduct African studies research in African languages

3 no pdf file present Language decolonization and deconstruction: re-integrating disparate linguistic epistemes in contemporary African studies

4 pdf file present The limitations and prospects of African languages in ethics scholarship in African Studies

5 pdf file present Afrophony and the language of African philosophy: reflection on problems and prospects

6 pdf file present Modern faiths and the Yoruba language: reconfiguration of the Yoruba lexicon

7 pdf file present Ģrąpadą (redemption) in the religions of the Africans: do you really understand what they mean?

8 pdf file present Re-examining the philosophical potentials in African languages

9 pdf file present Language, culture and the conceptualization of character in selected Yoruba proverbs


* This conference took place from December 2020 to February 2021 *
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