conference

Africa Knows! It is time to decolonise minds

Panel D27b (1 video; 13 papers, 9 withpdf files)

Title of panel:

The language issue and knowledge communication in Africa
[initiated by the University of Ilorin with the University of Chemnitz]

Convenors:
Marieke van Winden (conference organiser, African Studies Centre Leiden);
Bert van Pinxteren (Leiden University);
Taiwo Oloruntoba-Oju (University of Ilorin);
Josef Schmied (Chemnitz University of Technology).

Stream: D: Cases of regional and disciplinary specifics
Start time: 29 January, 2021 at 11:30 (UTC+1)
Session slots: 2

Long abstract:
There is an old (and sometimes fierce) debate in Africa about the use of language in teaching, reading materials, literature/music and in scholarly communication: between English/French/Portuguese/Arabic/German and/or African 'indigenous' languages. In African universities there is a history of waves of collaboration and non-collaboration between indigenous and foreign language based studies in African institutions (e.g. Yoruba Studies vs English Studies), with implication for the transmission or obstruction of African knowledge: how have studies in indigenous and foreign languages been working to promote or transform indigenous African knowledge, or have they been working at cross purposes in this area? And how important is the study of 'ancient African texts' and written and oral material in African languages in Africa's universities?

13 Accepted papers:
1 pdf file present Leaving behind the mask: The stylistics of Nigerian sexual diversity and homophobic discourse in the digital media

2 pdf file present Culture and language - empowering and disempowering ideas

3 pdf file present Alter/natives and im/perfect futures: education sites and communication for transformative democracy

4 pdf file present Linguistic and cultural barriers to learning and development in Africa

5 pdf file present 'Let's all blame the government': language and identity issues and ideological framing in homosexuality narratives on Nigerian Twitter

6 no pdf file present Language and educational policies and the 'postcolonial' state in Africa

7 pdf file present The Amharic language: history of its use in Ethiopia and peculiarities of Ethiopia's language policy

8 pdf file present Indigenising language for universal use in Nigeria

9 no pdf file present Nigerian 'duelling' languages and the backlash phenomenon: prognosis for the resurgence of indigenous languages

10 no pdf file present Minority languages and Higher education in Africa: with special reference to Tamazight in North Africa

11 no pdf file present Quatre langues, quatre afriques: multilinguisme et heterogeneite demographique de l'afrique

12 pdf file present Mandarin in Lagos schools: emerging online perspectives

13 pdf file present Yoruba slangs in students' narratives in Lagos: a linguistic and sociocultural implication


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