DATE: Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2016

VENUE: Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, North Carolina


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. 


Theme: Language, Literature, Education, and Liberation in Africa and the African Diaspora


Language is always at the center of interrelationships between individuals, society, and culture. This arena has been the object of considerable interdisciplinary research in the ways it captures societal dynamics. However, less research traces the critical role that African languages and literature have played and continue to play in various facets of people’s lives on the African continent and in the diaspora. Africa’s multilingualism and multiculturalism represent the continent’s linguistic and cultural richness and they remain critical to Africa’s own development, survival, and liberation. It is however, also evident that African people’s mobility has extended beyond their African borders and now their languages and cultures co-exist with other people’s ethnolinguistic practices across the globe in ways that make cross-cultural interactions a part of their daily lives. This trend leads to the following questions: what is at stake for Africa’s languages and literatures and what opportunities do they present? The 7th Annual SEALLF gathering in Winston Salem will respond to the foregoing questions both theoretically and empirically. Specifically, we will take a closer look at the continent and the diaspora by situating African languages, cultures, and literatures at the center, and determine how they can be used to liberate, transfer knowledge, and promote literacy among Africans globally.  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 sub-themes:


  • Second Language Acquisition
  • General Aspects of African Linguistics
  • Literature and Memory
  • Language in Education
  • Politics of Language
  • Language in African Arts
  • Language and Development
  • African orality
  • The role of HBCUs and African 
     Universities in the maintenance of 
     African languages
  • The nexus between African languages 
     and Africana Studies
  • Heritage language in the Diaspora


  • Literature in the Diaspora
  • Literature and Nostalgia
  • Multilingualism in Africa and the Diaspora
  • Language and Globalization
  • Postcolonialism in African Literature and
  • African Languages and Liberation
  • Language and mobility 
  • The role of HBCUs and African 
     Universities in the maintenance of African 
     Indigenous Knowledge
  • The nexus between African languages 
     and Africana Studies
  • Africa’s contribution to the theory of 
     language and literature