How are changing trends in proverb scholarship impacting the way African proverbs are perceived in the society and in the academy? Has paremiology influenced the status of proverbs in society? African proverbs have been extensively researched and analysed. Even so, the question of how proverbs transform and/or are transformed by changing society and especially changing trends in scholarship, is one of high interest. African proverbs (which are often perceived to be “fixed”) are being (re)interpreted as expressions of collective mentalities undergoing constant change. Perspectives from which African proverbs have been studied include cross-cultural dimensions; proverbs in written literature (i.e., the oral-written interface); proverbs in/and academic disciplines (philosophy, religions, visual/performing arts/performance arena etc.); proverbs as cultural/political/judicial discourse; and feminist/gender studies of African proverbs.
We invite proposals that deal with topics including, but not limited to:
the role of proverbs in contemporary social and cultural life
the role that the study of proverbs plays in the (African) academy
proverbs and/for children (in school or the home)
comparative studies of trends in the study of proverbs (e.g., feminism and proverbs) and other trends in scholarship
proverbs as a way of thinking about the historical archive that is language use
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Abstracts need to be submitted by Tuesday 1 April 2014. For further information please consult the ASAUK web site: http://www.asauk.net/conferences/asauk14.shtml
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