A Conference Organized by Andrew Apter and Harold Torrence.
Friday, February 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Pacific Time)
Register at https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z_sliwZrQAqgrbPH6e7PPw
Why do African languages matter to philosophy, and to the human and social sciences more generally? In pursuing this question apropos specific African languages, we invite explorations of indigenous ideas about discourse, grammar, meaning, agency, invocation, incantation and language use. From multiple disciplinary perspectives including linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, art history, literature, religious studies, cultural studies and education, our conference addresses explicit ideas about speech and illocutionary force often associated with ritual power and secrecy in Africa. We will also engage implicit notions of time, number, place, person, gender, thinghood, narrative, and poetic/pragmatic function embedded in grammars broadly construed.
Motivating our collective effort are the linked convictions that African philosophies of language are rich intellectual and cultural resources from which we have much to learn; that they have been systematically marginalized and overlooked by the western academy; and that meaningful inquiry into their reflexive frameworks requires a renewed commitment to the pedagogy of African languages.
- Souleymane Bachir Diagne is a Professor in the Departments of French and Philosophy and Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University.
- Olufemi Taiwo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Georgetown University.
Conference organized by Andrew Apter and Harold Torrence
Andrew Apter is a Professor in the Departments of History and Anthropology and Interim Director of the African Studies Center at UCLA.
Harold Torrence is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at UCLA.
Schedule (subject to change):
- 1 – 1:20 pm Welcome and
- 1:25 – 1:40 pm Talking
- 2 – 3 pm Opening Keynote by
Olufemi Taiwo, Georgetown University
3 – 4:30/5pm Panel 1:
Speech Acts and Textuality
Thursday, February 18
- 9 – 11 am Panel 2: Afrocentric Epistemologies
- 11 am – 12:30 pm Panel 3: Proverbial Logics
- 2 – 3:30 pm Panel 4: Creole Genealogies
Friday, February 19
- 9 – 10:30 am Panel 5: Language Ideologies in Practice
- 11 am – 12:30 pm Panel 6: Politics of Speech Acts in Body and Spirit
- 2 – 3:30 pm Panel 7: African Languages and National Development
- 4 – 5 pm Closing Keynote: Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Columbia University
- 5 – 5:15 pm Closing Remarks
This conference will be available via Zoom; to register visit https://ucla.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z_sliwZrQAqgrbPH6e7PPw
Cost : Free and open to the public
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Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Linguistics, Anthropology, Philosophy