SOAS University of London

Centre of African Studies

BARAZA - Swahili studies conference


Date: 12 October 2019Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 12 October 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Alumni Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Conference

Abstracts are invited for short presentations at our fifth annual one-day 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 will look at the past and present realms of Swahili language, literature and culture by presenting the historical trajectory of Swahili studies from the 19th and early 20th century to the present.

We welcome papers that address issues around the changing aspects of Swahili language and linguistics; about the historical trajectories of Swahili literary and cultural writings and other forms of expression; we 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:

Free registration will take place on the day of the conference, but a preliminary programme will be available before the conference. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.

Deadline: The deadline for abstracts is 15th September 2019

Registration: To register your attendance please click here.

Organiser: This conference is organised by the Africa Section of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics (SCLC), SOAS University of London, in collaboration with the Centre of African Studies.

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