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

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Professor Ryuko Kubota

University of British Columbia, Canada

Ryuko Kubota, Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at University of Toronto, is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education in Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She teaches applied linguistics and teacher education focusing on English as an additional language and modern languages. She also taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1995-2008) and the Monterey Institute for International Studies (1992-1995). Earlier, she was a secondary school teacher of English in Japan. Her research draws on critical approaches to applied linguistics, especially critical pedagogy, critical multiculturalism, critical race theory, and postcolonial theory. She is a co-editor of Race, culture, and identities in second language education: Exploring critically engaged practice (Routledge 2009) and Demystifying career paths after graduate school: A guide for second language professionals in higher education (Information Age Publishing 2012).

She has also publications in Japanese, including book chapters, two volumes of translation of her work, and one single-authored book for general audience. Her publications also appear in such journals as Applied Linguistics, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Foreign Language Annals, International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Journal of Second Language Writing, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Linguistics and Education, Modern Language Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and World Englishes. She has also edited special issues for several academic journals and published many chapters in edited books. She is a recipient of 2020 Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

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Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah

formerly of Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS)

Kwesi Kwaa Prah (Ph.D), is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town. He is the founder and until 2018 Director of the Africa-wide Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS) based in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied at Leiden University and the University of Amsterdam. He has worked extensively across Africa, Europe and Asia researching and teaching Sociology and Anthropology in various universities and research institutions including Makerere University, Uganda; University of Botswana and Swaziland; University of Zambia; University of Juba, South Sudan; Cape Coast University, Ghana; National University of Lesotho; University of Namibia; University of the Western Cape, South Africa; the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology, Kenya; University of Heidelberg, Germany; the Amsterdam Municipal University, in the Netherlands. He has been a Visiting Professor at The Institute for West Asian and African Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in China. Kwesi Kwaa Prah has also been a Nuffield Foundation Fellow and Associate at the Centre for African Studies, and Darwin College, Cambridge University. He was Professor Extraordinary at the University of South Africa (2004-2006). Kwesi Kwaa Prah is currently setting up a Regional Centre for African Languages for the University of Zululand, South Africa.

He has been preeminently involved with work in Anthropological Linguistics, specifically the Harmonization of African Orthographic Conventions. This work has, over a 25-year period covered more than three quarters of African languages across the continent. He has published numerous books; these include: The Social Background of Coups d’etat (1973), The Bantustan Brain Gain (1989), Capitein. A Critical Study of an 18th Century African (1992), Mother Tongue for Scientific and Technological Development in Africa (1993), African Languages for the Mass Education of Africans (1995), Beyond the Colour Line (1998), The African Nation: The State of the Nation (2006), Anthropological Prisms (2009), Soundings (2010), Tracings: Pan Africanism and the Challenges of Global African Unity (2014), The Challenge of Decolonizing Education (2018), Reflections on Goldberg’s Variations on Africanist Themes (2018) and Kromantsihene; Before and After Garvey (2019). One of Kwesi Kwaa Prah’s edited volumes, Veelkantiger Afrikaans. Streeksvariëteite in die Standaardvorming (CASAS Book Series 88. 2012) was awarded the CL Engelbrecht Prize for 2015 by Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns. Some of these books have been translated into Shona, French, Afrikaans, Chinese and Arabic. He was made a Commander of the National Order of the Ivory Coast, (2010). In 2011, he was awarded a D.Litt. Honorary Degree, by the University of the West Indies, Barbados.

In 2015, he received the first Kwame Nkrumah Award for Service to Pan-Africanism (July 2015).

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Professor Sinfree Makoni

The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Sinfree Makoni was born in Zimbabwe and holds a BA (hons) degree in English with Linguistics from the University of Ghana. He holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has held a number of professional appointments in Southern Africa including the University of the Western Cape, and the University of Cape Town. He currently is Extraordinary Professor at the University of North West, South Africa, and is an Andrew Carnegie Diaspora Fellow at Laikipia University, Kenya. In the United States he currently teaches in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Program of African Studies. He has published extensively in Decolonial Integrational Linguistics, Colonial Linguistics and Language Policy and Planning. 

His most recent books are:

  • Innovations and Challenges to Applied Linguistics from the Global South (with Alastair Pennycook) London & New York Routledge Press.(2020)
  • Language Planning and Policy, Ideologies, Ethnicities, and Semiotic Spaces of Power. (co-edited with Ashraf Abdelhay and Christine Severo). Cambridge Scholars Press (2020)
  • The following three volumes of his research have been published by the International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication:
  • Language in Africa (2020)
  • African Applied Linguistics (2020)
  • Linguistic Ideologies, Sociolinguistics Myths and Discourse Strategies in Africa (2020)
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Professor Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni

University of South Africa

Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is currently Full Professor and Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South with Emphasis on Africa at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. Before this current position, Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni worked as Research Professor and Director of Scholarship at the Department of Leadership and Transformation (DLT) in the Principal and Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He previously worked as Acting Executive Director of Change Management Unit (CMU) in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of South Africa (UNISA) (January 2018-September 2019), Director of Scholarship at CMU (2016-2017), founding Head of Archie Mafeje Research Institute for Applied Social Policy (AMRI) (2012-2015). He is also the founder of the Africa Decolonial Research Network (ADERN) based in at the University of South Africa. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf); a Fellow of African Studies Centre (ASC) in the Netherlands; a Research Associate at the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies at The Open University in the United Kingdom, and a Research Associate at the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria.  

Professor Ndlovu-Gatsheni has over a hundred publications and his major book publications include The Ndebele Nation: Reflections on Hegemony, Memory and Historiography (Amsterdam & Pretoria: Rosenberg Publishers & UNISA Press, 2009); Do ‘Zimbabweans’ Exist? Trajectories of Nationalism, National Identity Formation and Crisis in a Postcolonial State (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2009); Redemptive or Grotesque Nationalism? Rethinking Contemporary Politics in Zimbabwe (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, 2011) co-edited with James Muzondidya; Empire, Global Coloniality and African Subjectivity (New York & Oxford: Berghahn Books, June 2013); Coloniality of Power in Postcolonial Africa: Myths of Decolonization (Dakar: CODESRIA, 2013); Nationalism and National Projects in Southern Africa: New Critical Reflections (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2013) co-edited with Finex Ndhlovu; Bondage of Boundaries and Identity Politics in Postcolonial Africa: The ‘Northern Problem’ and Ethno-Futures (Pretoria: Africa Institute of South Africa, 2013) co-edited with Brilliant Mhlanga; Mugabeism? History, Politics and Power in Zimbabwe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, August 2015); Decolonizing the University, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines (North Carolina, Carolina Academic Press, April 2016) co-edited with Siphamandla Zondi; The Decolonial Mandela: Peace, Justice and Politics of Life (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, March 2016);  Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo of Zimbabwe: Politics, Power and Memory (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017; and Epistemic Freedom in Africa: Deprovincialization and Decolonization (London & New York: Routledge, July 2018). His latest publication is Decolonization, Development and Knowledge in Africa: Turning Over A New Leaf (Routledge, May 2020).

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Professor Diana Jeater

University of Liverpool, UK

Diana Jeater is an historian, Emeritus Professor of African History at University of the West of England, Bristol and Associate Dean (Education) in the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures at the University of Liverpool, UK. She has published extensively on Zimbabwean history over the past thirty years, on topics including sex and sexuality, religion & belief, language and translation, law and jurisprudence, health and healing, citizenship and rights, witchcraft and politics. Throughout all of this work, she has been motivated by a concern to expose how knowledge is constructed and how it connects to systems of power. Her monograph Law, Language & Science: the invention of the ‘native mind’ in Southern Rhodesia, 1890-1935 (2007) was an early intervention in the movement to decolonise the academy. Focusing in particular on white administrators and missionaries in the Melsetter District of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), it combines linguistic/lexical analysis with historical interpretation, in an attempt to reconstruct what whites and Africans actually meant by the words and practices they used in interactions with each other. In a direct challenge for the ‘Global North’, Jeater’s pathbreaking book focused on how and why white investigators first began to make claims to knowledge about African languages and culture. It urges those studying African history to be self-reflective about their practice, examining the historical roots of their claims to expertise. Jeater has subsequently worked on how epistemic violence towards African ontologies in the academy has been perpetuated in the present, and how it might be challenged. She is committed to coproduction with African colleagues, and with emerging scholars in the Global North engaged in decolonising the academy. She is currently working on a project entitled ‘Spirits of Peace: Recovering Zimbabwe’s Heritage of Traditional Reconciliation Systems for Today’s Peacemakers’, funded by the British Academy’s GCRF programme, ‘Heritage, Dignity & Violence’.

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Professor Felix Banda

University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Felix Banda is a senior professor and chairperson, Department of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in multilingualism and social semiotic modes in society, media, education and mediated business communication and intercultural communication. His research interests include coloniality/decoloniality in society, media and education; the social semiotics of corporate identity branding and advertising, youth and hip-hop cultures and linguistic landscapes, and the educational implications of the morpho-phonology of African languages for transnational/Pan African orthography reform and design. His recent publications include an edited volume Felix Banda (ed), (2019) Theoretical and applied aspects of African languages and culture. Cape Town: CASAS and articles Felix Banda & Lorato Mokwena (2019) Commodification of African languages in linguistic landscapes of rural Northern Cape Province, South Africa. International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 260: 177–198. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2019-2054 and Felix Banda (2020) Sociolinguistics and modes of class signalling: African perspectives. Journal of sociolinguistics. 24:3–15.

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Professor Pamela Maseko

Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Pamela Maseko is Professor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. A sociolinguist, she has published extensively in the areas of language policy and planning, language and social justice, and power and knowledge in South African higher education. Professor Maseko’s current projects focus on African language literary heritage. She is particularly concerned with isiXhosa literary archives and manuscripts of the 18th and 19th Centuries. She is also interested in early 20th Century literary productions of African intellectuals. She is the co-editor of a book series dedicated to republishing these literary productions. The series, with 8 volumes to date, is published by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and is supported by the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Maseko has co-authored two of the volumes in the series, and a third is underway. She was previously Professor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at North West University, and Professor at the University of the Western Cape as well as at Rhodes University. Prior to these positions, she had worked for a number of years at the University of Cape Town. Maseko has extensive local and international research collaborations.

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