MESSAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE CONVENOR

Due to ongoing concerns with the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided that:

The conference will be hosted as a virtual/online gathering and on new dates:  28 – 30 June 2021

THEME:
Coloniality as Knowledge and Being: Experiences of and Responses to Power​

The International Association of Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics (IACPL) will hold its next conference virtually in conjunction with the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, 28th – 30th June 2021. 

We see coloniality as an experience that lives on “in the minds, lives, languages, dreams, imaginations, and epistemologies of modern subjects in Africa and the entire global South” (Ndlovu-Gatsheni 2013: 11). The conference theme acknowledges that, as lived reality, coloniality is experienced in at least three inter-related ways:

  1. in the subalternity and structural violence to which previously colonised peoples continue to be subjected as a consequence of power structures predicated on racial hierarchisation and consolidated in the political economy of the colonial era;
  2. in the projection of these power asymmetries into authorised definitions of knowledge as well as ratified modes of engagement with knowledge that rob colonised peoples of their intellectual sovereignty; and
  3. in the cultural erasure that attended the colonial negation of traditional identities and the modelling as well as the imposition of other identities which, as a spectacular testimony to the workings of symbolic violence, have in some cases now become assumed.

The conference is organised by the Department of Linguistics, University of the Western Cape, under the auspices of the International Association for Colonial and Postcolonial Linguistics (IACPL).

LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Bassey Antia (University of the Western Cape)
Lynn Mafofo (University of the Western Cape)
Lorato Mokwena (University of the Western Cape)
Felix Banda (University of the Western Cape)

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