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Symposium on Nordic Contributions to African Languages on the occasion of the Year of African Languages

Gothenburg, Sweden April 27-28, 2007

In June 2006 the Year of African Languages was launched by the African Union in Addis Ababa. This year covers the period until June 2007. The AU initiative offers a perfect chance for us in Nordic countries to elaborate on our far-reaching and multi-facetted work on describing and empowering African languages. Although we are not based at academic institutions that have a long tradition of African studies our commitment to the cause of African languages is not less important than elsewhere outside Scandinavia and reflected in many ways - publications, teaching, bilateral cooperation, post-graduate supervision, etc. Having this complex approach in mind we at Göteborgs universitet, Department of Oriental and African Languages, invite you to a symposium on the occasion of the Year of African Languages which will take place April 27-28, 2007.

Important dates

  • Feb 15, 2007 (Thu): Please email to notify intended participation (though late-comers will be accepted!).
  • Mar 15, 2007 (Thu): Last day for submission of abstracts -- title (and, please, a short summary for the programme) -- a 30 minute presentation is suggested, but a longer version is also welcome, please, indicate how long so that we take this into account when compiling the programme.
  • Apr 27-28, 2007 (Fri-Sat): Symposium.

Call for papers

After earlier consultations with colleagues from all Nordic countries, papers are now invited which deal inter alia with the following issues:

  • earlier or on-going linguistic/socio-linguistic research projects - focus and achievements;
  • bilateral (multilateral) cooperation with partners in Africa;
  • teaching African languages - experience and problems, etc.

It is suggested to demonstrate individual or collective achievements in the study/analysis and empowerment of African languages from a historical or contemporary perspective. Both completed or on-going research or activities can be dealt with in order for a comprehensive picture to be presented. Bibliographical data are also highly welcome. In addition, a poster and book exhibition could be included. The response that we received so far is supportive. Thus, we expect approx. 30 colleagues to attend. But it is necessary for our planning and budget to get a confirmation of the expected participation.

It is planned to publish the symposium papers after the meeting (suggestion: Rüdiger Köppe Publishers Cologne). In addition a bibliography of African language material from Nordic countries should be compiled.


For submissions, details, questions, suggestions, please, email or write to:

Karsten Legère [afrkl(at)hum.gu.se] or
Christina Thornell [Christina.Thornell (at)african.gu.se]
University of Gothenburg - Göteborgs universitet
Humanisten/Afrikanska språk
Box 200
+46 (0)31 786-1979 (telephone)
+46 (0)31 786-5270 (fax)

Conference Committee: Lotta Aunio, Birgitt Brock-Utne, Karsten Legère (African languages Göteborg), Tetz Rooke (Head of Department, Oriental and African languages), Tove Rosendal, Christina Thornell (African languages Göteborg), Lena Voigt (Oriental and African languages)


NOTE: Due to cancellations some changes were made to the programme. This final programme was posted here Thursday 26 April ca 16.30.

YOAL 2007 Programme

Location & How to Get Here

The symposium will take place in room K332 at the Department of Oriental and African languages, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 6. More preciely, the Department of Oriental and African Languages is located in central Gothenburg (Göteborg), a five-minute walk from Götaplatsen at the top of Park Avenue (Kungsportsavenyn, colloquially Avenyn). It is the only research institute in Sweden solely devoted to African languages, and has a focus on Bantu languages. The department belongs to Gothenburg University and its Humanisten building complex.

Gothenburg can be reached by air to Landvetter airport (most carriers) or Göteborg City Airport (Ryanair). Both are connected to the city by 30-minute bus rides. The closest bigger airports at Stockholm and Copenhagen are some five hours away by bus/train.

Gothenburg is also connected to northern Europe by a network of trains (run by SJ) and buses (Eurolines is the main budget carrier).

The conference will be held at the Humanisten building complex. From central station this is a straight 30-minute walk up Gothenburg's main street Park Avenue. Alternatively, you may take a local tram or bus (run by Västtrafik) to Korsvägen and walk 2 minutes up a hill from there. A tram from central station takes 5-10 minutes to Korsvägen and the airport bus from Landvetter airport makes a stop-over at Korsvägen. You will find Humanisten and the Department of Oriental and African Languages on navigatable maps (Humanisten) and the close-by Dept. of African Languages).


Conference participants are kindly asked to make their own arrangement for accommodation. There are many hotels and B&B’s in the area. A selection of nearby hotels can be found here. A reservation has been made with SGS Veckobostäder for the price of SEK 420 for a single and SEK 795 for a double room. Book before 23 March and refer to booking no. 121897. A reservation has also been made at Hotel Lorensberg: single SEK 780 and double SEK 1020. Book before 11 April and refer to booking no. GN510. Places are limited at both places. More information for visitors can be found through the Official Gothenburg City Homepage in Swedish or English

Map (c) Tom Güldemann 2006

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