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Congratulations to Dr. Sinfree Makoni on the publication of these two books recognizing his work: African Applied Linguistics and Language in Africa

Congratulations to Dr. Sinfree Makoni on the publication of these two books recognizing his work: African Applied Linguistics and Language in Africa.

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African Applied Linguistics

African Applied Linguistics challenges orthodox applied linguistics. African Applied Linguistics is influenced by Southern Epistemologies and decolonial scholarship. In this book, Sinfree Makoni, one of the leading figures of Southern Epistemologies and decolonial linguistic scholarship questions the foundations of linguistics as an academic field. He construes applied linguistics as a decontextualized and institutionalized extension of the metalinguistic practices of the west. As such, Applied Linguistics is ill- suited to address contemporary sociolinguistic challenges of the Global South. African Applied Linguistics calls for a change in the direction in which both 'languages' and 'language' as universal phenomena are theorized.

Language in Africa

Language in Africa marks the birth of decolonial Integrational Linguistics. It is a critique of linguistic theorizing about language, literacy, and language education.  In this volume, Sinfree Makoni explores the relevance of Integrationism as a prism through which one can examine the construction of language within colonial linguistics. In the book he argues that terms such as indigenous languages misrepresent the time-and locale-specific nature of linguistic communication.  The centrality of the role of lay person-oriented linguistics in decolonial Integrational linguistics serves as an alternative to orthodox linguistics and can be aligned with colonial and postcolonial linguistics, which seeks to replace colonialism and African elites with more lay- oriented participation in civil society.

 

 

Dr. Kristina Douglass has been appointed as the Joyce L. and Douglas S. Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute

Dr. Kristina Douglass has been appointed as the Joyce L. and Douglas S. Sherwin Early Career Professor in the Rock Ethics Institute. This is an early career fellowship given to promising faculty to support their on-going career. Kudos for the hard work Dr. Douglass!!

Congratulations to Dr. Neelima Jeychandran on her new co-edited volume, Re-Imaging Indian Ocean Worlds

Dr. Neelima Jeychandran has transited from post-doc status to a Visiting Professor in African Studies and Asian Studies for this coming academic year. Dr. Jeychandran’s new co-edited volume, Re-Imaging Indian Ocean Worlds, was recently published (Routledge). Dr. Jeychandran is the series editor for Routledge’s Indian Ocean and Trans-Asia series, so this is the time to really re-imagine our African and Asian Studies collaborations. 

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Professor Sinfree Makoni, and his research partner, a former graduate Dr. Rebecca Bayeck have received funding for their research on Songo Board Games

Professor Sinfree Makoni, and his research partner, a former graduate Dr. Rebecca Bayeck, were selected as 1 of the 5 recipients from around the world, to receive funding for their research on Songo Board Games. This research promises to shed light on cross-cultural communication and, interestingly, pan-african convergences, as it is a game found all over the continent.

Congratulations to Professor Kidane Mengisteab on the publication of his edited book, The Crisis of Democratization in the Greater Horn of Africa.

Congratulations to Professor Kidane Mengisteab on the publication of his edited book, The Crisis of Democratization in the Greater Horn of Africa. Click here for more info.