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African Multilingualism: Motivations, modalities, movement and meaning

July 1, 2015

Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 September 2015, 9.30am - 5.00pm
Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Convenors: Professor Friederike Lüpke, SOAS, University of London, and Professor Anne Storch, Universität zu Köln

With multilingualism as a major research theme for linguistics and social sciences, this conference places Africa at the centre of cross-disciplinary research. We will take stock of existing and emerging research, e.g. of the role of youth languages in urban contexts or of the use of multiple languages in popular music and literature. Unique components will be the discussion of topoi that are commonly debated in sepa..rate disciplines and our perspective on multilingual settings in both urban and rural areas. Finally, we hope to break a widespread hegemonic view in favour of a perspective informed by intimate insights into lived multilingualism.

Dr Ashraf Abdelhay, University of Cambridge, UK
Dr Klaus Beyer, Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Germany
Dr Pierpaolo di Carlo, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Dr Ibrahima Cissé, Université Bamako, Mali
Dr Alexander Cobbinah, SOAS, University of London, UK
Professor Jeff Good, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Samantha Goodchild MA, SOAS, University of London, UK
Dr Abbie Hantgan, SOAS, University of London, UK
Dr Kasper Juffermans, University of Luxembourg
Nkululeko Mabandla, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Professor Sinfree Makoni, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Professor Fiona McLaughlin, University of Florida, USA
Dr Judith Mgbemena, Federal University Wukari, Nigeria
Dr Bettina Migge, University College Dublin, Ireland
Nico Nassenstein MA, Universität zu Köln, Germany
Dr Emmanuel Ngue Um, University of Buea, Cameroon
Dr Victoria Nyst, Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dr Daniel Orwenjo, Kenyatta University Nairobi, Kenya
Dr Stephanie Rudwick, University of Leipzig
Dr Anne Schumann, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Bernardino Tavares, University of Luxembourg
Professor Konrad Tuchscherer, St. John’s University, New York City, USA
Dr Rachel Watson, SOAS, University of London, UK
Professor Hirut Woldemariam, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Please click here for a copy of the provisional conference programme.

Please click here for further information on our evening event on Tuesday, 8 September:
Kanraxël: The Confluence of Agnack

(Please note that separate registration is required for this event).

Registration required

Registration fee
For this two-day conference, a registration fee of £50 is payable in advance at the time of booking. 
There is a reduced fee of £20 for the unwaged/retired and for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The registration fees as listed above are payable even if you wish to attend only part of the conference.

Cancellation policy
Cancellations must be sent to by 28 August 2015. After this date the registration fee will not be refundable, however substitutions will be accepted.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days. Vegetarian options will be provided for lunch. Please state on the registration form if you have any special dietary requirements; if you are registering after 28 August 2015, please email your dietary requirements to

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