Call for Papers

ABSTRACTS of up to 250 words for 20 minute presentations are now invited, to be sent to Goodith White, Convenor, at: and cc no later than later than February 15th 2018.  We also invite proposals for posters. There is a £50 prize for the best.

THEME: ‘African Languages in Public Spaces: Opportunities & Challenges’

Topics of interest around the theme could include, but are not limited to:

  • African languages in politics and government
  • African languages in health and other campaigns
  • The use of African languages in song, poetry and literature
  • African languages as drivers of development
  • African languages in digital spaces
  • Multilingualism
  • Language choice
  • African languages in education


Posters can be either a traditional paper poster or a PowerPoint slide. Screens will be made available to display these.


We encourage abstract submissions from individuals who may not be able to physically attend the conference as we can accommodate virtual presentation via Skype, Google Hangouts etc.

REGISTRATION: Please register by March 31st 2018 so that we can make a final order for catering for the day. This is included in the attendance fee of £25 for BAAL members, £35 for non-members, and £20 for students who are not BAAL members and £18 for student BAAL members.  We particularly welcome abstract submissions from postgraduate students & colleagues based in Africa. Register Here Enquiries to:  Colin Reily