28 - 30 JUNE | CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
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
Coloniality as Knowledge and Being: Experiences of and Responses to Power
We invite analyses of enduring colonial power asymmetries, as well as responses to these asymmetries, in the two realms mentioned below as they are experienced especially but not exclusively through language and communication:
Knowledge e.g. labelling and conceptualisations of epistemologies of the South and the North, language (policy) and epistemicide, epistemological access, gate-keeping politics in publishing, educational language policies and inequalities in knowledge production, constitution of knowledge about language in the global South, language in the constitution of knowledge about the global South, canonisation of literary and other performative aesthetics, etc.
Being e.g. universalisation of a Eurocentric embodied cultural capital and habitus, language in interlocking systems of dehumanization, black as semiotics and the precarity of black alterity, semiotic technologies of invalidation and disadvantage, etc.
Contributions on the de/coloniality of knowledge or being, in academia and in society, may be made from within specialisations in linguistics, or from a range of other standpoints (e.g. cultural studies, anthropology, literature, psychology, education, philosophy, sociology, musicology, dramatic arts, media studies, etc.), especially as they intersect with language and communication. Relevant papers from these perspectives may thus be presented on topics related to the following thematic clusters, among others:
CLUSTER No. 1:
De/coloniality, Southern Theory, Southern Epistemologies, Postcolonialism, Africanisation, etc.
CLUSTER No. 2:
Language in the constitution and representation of subaltern knowledges, knowledge in historically marginalised languages, language and the regulation of (historical and contemporary) access to knowledge, etc.
CLUSTER No. 3:
Microaggression, psychology of colonialism, acts of identity, language ideologies and attitudes, linguistic profiling, speech accommodation and convergence, etc.
CLUSTER No. 4:
Language policy and planning, multilingualism, literacy, language and development, etc.
CLUSTER No. 5:
Grammars, orthographies, harmonisation, language contact, etc.
CLUSTER No. 6:
(Foreign) language teaching, racial literacy, recurriculation, production and consumption of educational materials, etc.
CLUSTER No. 7:
Academic writing, citation practices, the manuscript review process, publishing, etc.
CLUSTER No. 8:
Creative writing, literary criticism, translation, semiotic remediation, lexico-grammar of de/coloniality in lyrics, figurative expressions, etc.
CLUSTER No. 9:
Semiotics of spatial architecture, space in the creative imagination, linguistic/semiotic landscapes, semiotics of mobility, etc.
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