(Theme: African Languages and Literatures in the Era of Globalization)

8th SEALLF 2017 Conference at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Venue: 301 Pittsboro Street, Room 4003
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

The South East African Languages and Literatures Forum (SEALLF) is an annual conference organized by a group of scholars working on African language pedagogy, linguistics, and literature.

Africa has been undergoing rapid social processes over the years. These changes have propelled Africa from the pre-colonial era, through the colonial era to the postcolonial era. The postcolonial era has ushered Africa into the era of globalization. The era of globalization unlike the pre-colonial and colonial eras has had a great implication on African languages and literatures. The question, which we ask is: What opportunities and challenges does the era of globalization present to African languages and literatures? The 8th Annual SEALLF gathering in Chapel Hill will respond to the foregoing question both theoretically and empirically. Particularly, we will take a closer look at the continent by situating African languages, cultures, and literatures at the center of globalization.  To this end, the conference organizers invite proposals for individual and panel presentations that reflect the theme of the forum based on any of the following subthemes:


Indigenous languages and orature
Language and culture
African languages and globalization
Language and ideology
Language in education
African literature and globalization
African film and globalization
New languages: Pidgins and creoles in Africa
Language shift and extinction in Africa
Postcolonial literature
Language policy in Africa

Each prospective presenter should submit electronically an abstract of 250 words on any of the relevant subfields to the organizing committee: at by Monday May 1, 2017. Abstracts should include the presenter’s name, title of paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address). Acceptance of abstract will be sent out by June 1, 2017.


African Studies Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Center for African Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville