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Upcoming Conferences 2017

The NRF SARChI Chair in collaboration with the African Language Studies Section, School of Languages and Literatures will host the joint languages associations at Rhodes University.

The Conference will be held from 25 June 2017 to 28 June 2017.

The conference will comprise of 5 languages associations.

Further details can be found at: www.clasa2017.co.za 


Conferences 2016

  • 2016: ‘Breaking new ground: Teaching African languages in South African Higher Education as a conduit to English in a 21st century economy.’ Going Global May 2016 Conference, British Council, Cape Town, Cape Town International Convention Centre. (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE)
  • 2016: ‘Remembering the late Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela through the eyes of the poet.’ 11th International Society for Oral Literature in Africa (ISOLA) Conference, University of Florida, USA. Also presented at the Interim ALASA Conference, Namibia University of Science and Technology. (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES)
  • 2016 (with Pamela Maseko): ‘The arrival of the missionaries in the Eastern Cape: Blessing or Curse?’ Karoo Writers festival.
  • 2016: ‘Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education’. South African Research Initiative: Eastern Cape Regional Conference. 8 September. Rhodes University.

Conferences 2015

  • 2015: Invited Speaker. ‘English as Medium of Instruction: An African perspective.’ British Council Going Global 2015 Conference, London, UK. (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE).   
  • 2015 (with Zakeera Docrat): ‘The fissure between language and law revealed in the case of Lourens versus Speaker of the National Assembly and Others’. 18th International ALASA Conference. 24-26 June. CPUT.
  • 2015: ‘Africanisation of the Higher Education Sector: The language question.’ 18th International ALASA Conference. 24-26 June. CPUT.
  • 2015: Keynote Address. Alice in Wonderland: Translating to read across Africa.’ Grolier Club Conference on Lewis Carroll – Alice in a World of Wonderlands. 7-8 October. New York. INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE)

Conferences 2014

  • 17 September - ‘Multilingualism in Higher Education in relation to UJ’s Language Policy and draft Implementation Plan.’ Colloquium held at UJ, Johannesburg. 
  • 12- 14 September - ‘Multilingualism in Higher Education: Reading the change.’ 9th annual Reading Association of SouthAfrica conference, Rhodes University. Keynote Speaker.
  • 10 - 12 September - ‘The late Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela through the eyes of the poet: 1994-2013.’ International conference of the southern African Folklore
    Society. Rhodes University. (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE).
  • 12 August - Multilingualism in Higher Education Indaba. Granger Bay/Senate Hall. Cape Peninsula University of Technology.“Multilingualism in Higher Education”. Keynote Address.
  • 30 July - 1 August - 3rd International Conference of the Department of African Languages & Literature, Univeristy of Botswana. Presented with Andre Mostert and Timothy Isle (UK). "Globalization and emerging Markets: Language Policy in the Workplace within the BRICS Nations."
  • 30 June-2 July - Russell Kaschula and Pamela Maseko, Rhodes University, School of Languages: African Language Studies & NRF SARChI Chair. Presented at the Ministerial Special Project on the future of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Johannesburg.“Catalytic project on concept formation in African languages”.18th African Languages Association of Southern Africa Conference, Walter Sisulu University.Mthatha. Co- presented with Ms Zakeera Docrat. “’Meaningful Engagement’: Towards a coherent language rights paradigm for effective language policy implementation in South Africa”.
  • 30 June-2 July - 18th African Languages Association of Southern Africa Conference, Walter Sisulu University. Mthatha.Co- presented with Dr Monwabisi Ralarala. “Silencing the voiceless: the plight of sign language speakers in South African courtrooms”.
  • 12-15 June - Paper presented at the International Society for Oral Literature in Africa (ISOLA).University of Cocody. Ivory Coast. “Technauriture as an education tool in South Africa”.

 Conferences 2013

  • Invited Keynote Address at the launch of the Implementation of the Charter for the Humanities and Social
  • Sciences, UKZN.“Multilingual Teaching and Learning Models at South African Universities: Opportunities and Challenges”
  • 17th Biennial International Conference of the African Language Association of Southern Africa: Reflections and Projections on the development of African Languages and Cultures, UNISA. Co presented with Dr Pam Maseko.
  • 4-6 August - The intellectualization of African languages, multilingualism and education: A research based approach”. Co-chaired and presented at the colloquium/workshop on the Charter for the Humanities and Social Sciences as part of the Catalytic Project on Concept Formation in indigenous African Languages. Grahamstown: Rhodes University.
  • 23-27 September - Workshop and Open Mike Presentation at the Cradock Schreiner Karoo Writers Festival/conference.
  • 13th Regional Conference of the Southern African Folklore Society. Cape Town: University of Cape Town. “Intellectualisation of isiXhosa literature: the case of Jeff Opland”.German-Africa Network of Alumni and Alumnae. Pretoria: University of Pretoria.
  • 16-17 November - Expert Lecture. “From policy to implementation: Revisiting multilingual strategies and practices at South African universities. International Conference on Languages 2013. Prince Songkla University, Thailand. “The teaching and learning of African Languages at South African universities: Intellectualisation, multilingualism and education in context.”
  • 13-14 December. University Mohammed V – Agbal, Rabat, Morocco.“Technauriture as a platform to create an inclusive environment for the sharing of research”.

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