Annual Conference 2018

‘African Languages in Public Space: Opportunities & Challenges’

Date: Friday May 11th 2018

Venue: Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics, School of African & Oriental Studies, University of London

Plenary speaker: Professor Leketi Makalela, University of the Witwatersrand, S A.

‘Re-imagining multilingualism as a cultural competence in Africa: leaking boundaries, Ubuntu and multilanguaging in public spaces’


Professor Leketi Makalela

Professor Makalela is Head of the Division of Languages, Literacies and Literatures at Wits School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand.  Professor Makalela’s research interest relates to the interface between languages and literacies in the 21st century and the prospects of alternating languages of input and output to enhance identity construction and epistemic access for multilingual students. Professor Makalela chairs a research programme, the Wits Abafunde-ba-hlalefe Multlingual Literacies Programme (WAMLiP).

WAMLip is a growing field that is atttracting an increasing number of PhD researchers to the following on-going projects:

  •  Biliteracy development trajectories
  •  Reading development in intermediate phase
  •  Socio-cognitive aspects of reading development in complex multilingual schools
  • Ubuntu translanguaging/ Interdependent multilingualism
  • Fuzzy languaging logic
  • Transliteracies


You can  download Selected Presentations; our updated programmebook of abstracts and Speaker biographies.

Travel Advice

Directions (taken from University website)

Campus and location maps are available here – the conference will be held in Russell Square Campus   College Buildings & SOAS Library
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London, WC1H 0XG

Access by Road

Use postcode WC1H 0XG for directions to the campus.

There is no general parking on Russell Campus rather, there are packing bays nearby. However, there are two Blue badge packing bays Contact Sian Jones for further information.

Access by Rail

There are direct rail links from all over UK to London just as many routes link you to Warren station or Euston station to SOAS- Russell Campus

Travelling within London:

Tube map pdf

Plan your journey using this 

If you are from outside London, the best link is Victoria Station. For more information, please see here

If your nearest point is Piccadilly check this route advice

Access by Air

London Heathrow

A direct train service runs between Heathrow airport and Russell square – where SOAS is located. The train leaves from Heathrow Terminals 1-2-3 underground and you then stop at Russell square station. For more information, please click.

London Gatwick

Direct train services (Gatwick Express/Southern rail) run between Gatwick airport and Victoria station- your best link to SOAS Russell Campus by rail and Bus. For more information please check this route advice.

Accommodation, B & B,  Hostels & Dorms around London ; Single ensuite rooms & next door to SOAS reasonably priced

For more information please see Travel advice

Download our conference flyer: Flyer_LiASIG_Conf_SOAS_11th-May-2018

For registration Is closed

Wifi for Visitors During conference SOAS 

Here is the info that SOAS has on this so you are aware of the level of service provided:

  1. If your device is already configured to connect to ‘eduroam’ it should connect SOAS network automatically.
  2. If you have never configured your device for ‘eduroam’ or experience any problems connecting please contact the IT support desk at your home university for assistance.
  3. You would need to have set-up your device for ‘eduroam’ at your home university before attempting to use ‘eduroam’ at SOAS.
  4. To check if your university is a member of ‘eduroam’ visit the ‘eduroam’ website.
  5. Guest wireless available on the ‘WiFi Guest’ network provided by The Cloud free of charge to use.
  6. You can get help from The Cloud by visiting their wifi support pages or email