LINGUIST List 33.1964

Mon Jun 13 2022

Calls: Nilo-Saharan; Anthro Ling, Gen Ling, Genetic Classification, Socioling/Kenya

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 06-Jun-2022
From: Alice Mitchell <>
Subject: 16th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium
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Full Title: 16th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium
Short Title: NISA16

Date: 29-Aug-2023 - 01-Sep-2023
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Contact Person: Alice Mitchell
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Sociolinguistics

Language Family(ies): Nilo-Saharan

Call Deadline: 30-Oct-2022

Meeting Description:

The 16th Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium is jointly organized by the Universities of Nairobi and Cologne.

Besides being open for contributions from all fields of specialization in Nilo-Saharan linguistics, the 2023 Colloquium in particular addresses researchers, language activists and others contributing to a better understanding of the diverse social, cultural and epistemological contexts of Nilo-Saharan languages. Accordingly, the colloquium will include panels, contributions and debates not only on core areas of linguistic research such as description (phonetics, phonology, morphology-syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis) and reconstruction, but will also address interdisciplinary topics such as language acquisition, multilingualism, language ideologies, translation, media and communication, the construction of time and space, expressions of experiences of violence, Indigenous and postcolonial knowledges, ecology and language, concepts of language and storytelling as intangible heritage, expressions of emotional experience, the relation between culture and semantic domains.

With the inclusion of topics that are relatively new to the Nilo-Saharan Linguistics Colloquium, we want to give more space to research that helps to understand language practices in their sociocultural contexts and acknowledge the manifold important contributions of Indigenous experts and community-based research groups.

The colloquium will take place at the University of Nairobi from 29th August to 1st September, 2023. The conference is being organised by Prisca Jerono, Jane Oduor, and Helga Schröder (Nairobi), and Angelika Mietzner, Alice Mitchell, and Anne Storch (Cologne).

Call for Papers:

This is the first call for papers. Suggestions for panels are also highly appreciated.

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstracts: October 30, 2022
Confirmation for acceptance of abstracts: February 28, 2023

Abstracts should contain your name and affiliation on a separate sheet. The abstract should include the title of the paper, it should not exceed 500 words excluding references, and should be sent in PDF and word document to

The organising committee offers grants for those participants from lesser funded universities who may not be able to cover their travel costs. Please send your application to

For comments and enquiries please contact

Invited Plenary Speakers
Prof. Margaret J. Muthwii, Professor of Languages and Linguistics and Vice-Chancellor of Pan Africa Christian University

Prof. Abdelrahim Mugaddam, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Khartoum / Jo

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