Call for papers: BARAZA - Swahili studies conference

6 June 2022

BARAZA: Swahili studies conference

Saturday 29th October 2022


Abstracts are invited for short presentations at the annual SOAS BARAZA Swahili Studies Conference addressing any aspect of the language, literature, translation, culture, philosophy or diaspora of the Swahili speaking peoples of the world. The aim of the meeting is to foster academic interaction and exchange about new or emerging research, developing ideas and interests for mutual benefit among Swahili scholars and students.

This year’s Baraza main theme is ‘ Indian Ocean networks ’ looking at the past and present realms of networks and trajectories around the ocean impacting on Swahili language, literature, culture and civilisation.

The organisers welcome papers that address issues around the cosmopolitan Swahili culture and society, changing aspects of Swahili language and linguistics; about the historical trajectories of Swahili literary and cultural writings and other forms of expression; they also welcome contributions from art practitioners and art historians.

Please email your 250-300 word abstract and title of your presentation (in English or Swahili) to:

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 September 2022