We are happy to announce that the conference "Orality and New Dimensions of Orality. Intersections in theories and materials in African studies" will be held at the University of Leiden on 26 - 27 November 2004.
Keynote speaker: Professor Karin Barber (University of Birmingham)
Orality is an essential means for mental and emotive exchange as well as for artistic expression. However, oral communication in African languages has taken on new dimensions given by the increasing presence of literacy and technical media. Therefore, in this conference we intend to address the actual forms that African Orality takes in present contexts of communication and literary creation marked by the diffusion of print, radio, television and more recently the Internet. We ask attention for oral communication in rural, urban and new international spaces (created by electronic media) as well as for interactions between languages and styles.
E-mail the below address for the full text of the call for papers and send your abstract before 30 September 2004.
Conference convenors: Mena Lafkioui and Daniela Merolla, University of Leiden.
D. Merolla, African Literatures, Languages and Cultures of Africa (TCA), Postbox 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, NL,
Mena Lafkioui, Languages and Cultures of the Middle East (TCMO), Postbox 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, NL
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