The African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology 2023, The (SCOPUS / ISI) GLOCAL AFALA, at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, symbolizes a significant leap forward for Linguistic Anthropology, from the previous highly successfully attended GLOCAL AFALA conferences, to further problematize current perspectives and praxis in the fields of African Linguistic Anthropology, African Linguistics, and African Society.

Conceptualized in 1998, the GLOCAL AFALA 2023 responds to concerns by those within Linguistics, Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, Sociology, Cultural studies, and centrally Linguistic Anthropology, pertinent to Africa, to significantly reduce the gap between focus on African regions and work by African scholars, a gap largely emanating from issues of funding and expertise. The GLOCAL AFALA 2023 will build on these efforts, and the global networks of African Linguistic Anthropology, to connect African with global Universities and their academics. Here, The (SCOPUS / ISI) GLOCAL AFALA 2023 will increasingly opportune academics to exchange knowledge, expertise, and valuable Linguistic and Anthropological data, through the interpersonal and inter-institutional networks that the GLOCAL AFALA conferences build. To ground these efforts, the Conference, with the University of Nairobi at the centre, and with major University Partner and co host SOAS, The School of Oriental and African Studies, at The University of London, will network a growing number of institutions globally, to support this much needed African yet fully global project.

With all stringently reviewed papers SCOPUS / ISI indexed, and published in Top Tier Journal Publications, the theme for the GLOCAL AFALA 2023 is Linguistic Landscapes, Cultural Climates, a theme pertinent to the current state of many African regions and countries vis-a-vis their global analogues.

The University of Nairobi, hosting the GLOCAL AFALA in 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya, constitutes one of an interchanging series of annual hosts, and in this way, the GLOCAL global network expands to involve institutions worldwide.

We thus welcome you to the AFALA 2023, the Inaugural Annual African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology, and to the AFALA in general.

Professor W. Onyango-Ouma

African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology, The GLOCAL AFALA 2023

Director, Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies
University of Nairobi