Indigenous African languages are vital to comprehending how sub-Saharan Africans understand, organize, and transmit essential knowledge to successive generations, both through oral and written traditions and through aesthetic practices. Additionally, African languages serve as road maps for identifying how social, political, and economic institutions and processes develop, from kinship structures, trade networks, and the law, to medical, educational, and agricultural sectors.
This conference aims to bring together a diverse range of scholars across a variety of disciplines. Possible themes include, but are not limited to, the role of African languages in the study of literature, music, film, performance, visual arts, media studies, history, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, political science, psychology, economics, education, geography, environmental science, legal studies, and public health.
Please apply online via our website at www.alp.fas.harvard.edu by March 19, 2010. We ask for a 250-word abstract outlining either a 10- or 20-minute presentation as well a brief biography.
This conference is sponsored by the Harvard Committee on African Studies and the Harvard African Language Program under the auspices of the Department of African and African American Studies.
Please contact the conference organizers with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
African Language Program
Department of African and African American Studies
12 Quincy Street
Barker Center, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: (617) 495-4113
Fax Number: (617) 496-2871 Email: email@example.com Visit the website at http://alp.fas.harvard.edu/
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