BAAL-LiA SIG Annual Conference 2018

ThemeAfrican Languages in Public Spaces: Opportunities & Challenges’

Venue:School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics SOAS, University of London

Date: Friday May 11th 2018

Time: 10 am – 5.30 pm

Plenary Speaker

Professor Leketi Makalela, Head of the Division of Languages, Literacies and Literatures at Wits School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand

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 no later than February 15th 2018.  We also invite proposals for posters. There is a £50 prize for the best.

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

REGISTRATION: Please register by April 30th 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.  We particularly welcome postgraduate students.  Register here   Enquiries to:  Colin Reily