Call for Papers
Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Florida
Professor James Essegbey’s research interests include the description and documentation of endangered languages, the varieties of English spoken by people of African descent, and the influence of African languages on creoles. He works on the Kwa languages of West Africa, especially Gbe (i.e. Ewe, Gen, Aja and Fon), Akan, and Ghana-Togo Mountain (GTM) languages (Nyangbo and Animere). He also investigates the influence of the Gbe languages on Suriname creoles.
Department of Linguistics and Languages
University of Nairobi
Humphrey Jeremiah Ojwang
Anthropology, Gender and African Studies
University of Nairobi
Citations and Publications
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All papers submitted to the GLOCAL AFALA 2021 will be considered for review for publication in Top Tier journals and monographs.
Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies
University of Nairobi
1 Kipande Road
Abstract and poster proposal submission
Opens: 5 March, 2021
Closes: 5 June, 2021
Notification of acceptance
No later than 12 June, 2021
Early bird registration
Opens: October 30, 2020
Closes: February 28, 2021
Normal bird registration
Opens: February 29, 2021
Closes: June 25, 2021
Presenters will need to have registered for The AFALA by no later than August 15 2021, to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this date, but the conference organizers can not guarantee placement in the conference.
Late bird registration
Opens: June 26 2021
Closes: October 16, 2021 (Conference end)
Day 1: Wednesday October 13, 2021
Day 2: Thursday October 14, 2021
Day 3: Friday October 15, 2021
Day 4: Saturday October 16, 2021 – Full day of optional cultural tour (separate cost)
Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of the key strands related to African countries and regions:
- – Anthropological Linguistics
– Applied Sociolinguistics
– Buddhist Studies and Discourses
– Cognitive Anthropology and Language
– Critical Linguistic Anthropology
– Ethnographical Language Work
– Ethnography of Communication
– General Sociolinguistics
– Islamic Studies and Discourses
– Language, Community, Ethnicity
– Language Contact and Change
– Language, Dialect, Sociolect, Genre
– Language Documentation
– Language, Gender, Sexuality
– Language Ideologies
– Language Minorities and Majorities
– Language Revitalization
– Language in Real and Virtual Spaces
– Language Socialization
– Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
– Narrative and Metanarrative
– Nonverbal Semiotics
– Post-Structuralism and Language
– Semiotics and Semiology
– Social Psychology of Language
– Text, Context, Entextualization
Submitters must plan around the following:
- Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors (Part A and B is possible, thus 6-10 contributors)
- General paper sessions – Approx. 20-25 minutes each, which includes 5 minutes for questions/responses
- Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the GLOCAL AFALA 2021
Abstract Submission Guidelines
Submission of proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia should be completed via the online submission website, or by email
- 18-word maximum presentation title
- 400-word maximum abstract, including references
- Colloquia: Upload the abstract for the colloquium, in the submissions box. The abstract must contain both the main description of the colloquium, as well as a summarized description of each individual paper to be presented within the colloquium. This information must include the names and affiliations of each author and presenter, the title of each respective session/presentation, as well as any other information believed relevant.
- For individual papers submitted for review and acceptance into the general sessions, the first author will be the nominated ‘Corresponding Author’, but can also be a ‘Presenting author’ when completing the profile.
- Each author must also confirm their role: Presenting author, non-presenting author, chair, or discussant.
Evaluation of proposals
Proposals for individual papers, posters, and colloquia will be evaluated by the GLOCAL AFALA Review Committee, with criteria as follows:
- Appropriateness and significance of the topic to GLOCAL AFALA themes
- Originality/significance/impact of the research
- Clarity/coherence of research concerns, theoretical and analytical framework(s), description of research, data collection, findings/conclusions, rhetoric, and exegesis as a whole
- For colloquia, importance/significance of the overarching topic and/or framework(s) addressed, and its coherence of and with individual presentations.
- All abstracts for presentations within the colloquia will not be peer reviewed by the AFALA review committee, but are expected to be at a standard commensurate to the parent colloquium abstract, which will be peer reviewed by the GLOCAL AFALA review committee. Thus, the acceptance of the colloquium, and hence all presentations and discussions within that colloquium, becomes predicated on the success of the review of the main proposal for that colloquium, submitted by the main organizers of the respective colloquium.
- All abstracts for general sessions, which are selected and placed by the GLOCAL AFALA selection committee, will be double blind reviewed.
Conditions of Submissions
- A participant may be first author/presenter in a maximum of two presentations, be it individual papers, posters, or papers within colloquia.
- In addition, a participant may act as chair, discussant, or co-author in one further presentation.
- Alternatively, participants may act as first author/presenter in one presentation, and chair, discussant, or co-author in a maximum of two other presentations.
- All proposals must present or interpret original work otherwise yet unavailable.
- The language of the GLOCAL AFALA 2021 is English. However, abstracts may be submitted in any language, but together with an English translation.
- Presenters can present in any language, but must prepare an English translation for the presentation.
- The GLOCAL AFALA Committee will assign all relevant schedules to accepted individuals and groups.
- Presenters must register and pay prior to August 15, 2021, to confirm their place at the GLOCAL AFALA 2021, and hence for their presentations to be confirmed in the program.
- Presenters are required to organize their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The GLOCAL AFALA Organizers have secured accommodation at various locations around the city (see link for accommodation), details of which will be available for booking when registering for the GLOCAL AFALA.2021
1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors
- Colloquia provide an opportunity for several presenters within the boundaries of a theme or topic to present together in a supportive environment. Colloquium organizers can tailor time lengths to each presentation, but must allow time to include opening and closing remarks, presentations, and audience interaction.
- The colloquium chair is responsible for organizing the group and for submitting the colloquium in the Call for Papers platform on behalf of all their contributors.
- All colloquium submissions must be uploaded to the submission site using the Colloquium Submission Form Template provided.
- Panel organizers here will be responsible for panel chairs. Time keepers will be provided by the The GLOCAL AFALA.
General and Non-colloquia Session Papers
- Paper presentations will be allocated 25 minutes including 5 minutes for questions and answers.
- Time keepers will be provided by The GLOCAL AFALA.2021
- Posters will be displayed at designated times throughout The GLOCAL AFALA 2021
- Posters are for one-on-one discussion of a symposium-related theme or topic.
- A block of time will be allocated for presenters to discuss their posters.
- Posters will be displayed in the designated areas (main halls).
- Presenters will be assigned a space to display their poster.
- Posters should be sized A0: 841 x 1189 mm width x height/ 33.1 x 46.8 inches width x height (landscape or portrait).
- Submissions should contain a summary of key elements for the presentation.
- Posters can include any relevant visuals or academically descriptive objects, where color is visually optimal.
- Posters must be clear, concise, and simple, with large fonts, with the title of the project, and author information (name and affiliation).
Early Bird: USD 70
Regular Bird: USD 100
Late Bird/On-site: USD 130
Early Bird: USD 150
Regular Bird: USD 180
Late Bird/On-site: USD 210
Excursion: USD 60