It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
The XXVI FILLM International Congress provides an opportunity for linguists and literary scholars from all over the world to compare notes about current developments. Human beings are now living, working and communicating in an increasingly global, interconnected world, with new forms and uses of language, and new ways for literature to be produced, disseminated and read, often enabled or promoted by new and rapidly developing technologies. At the same time there is a fairly widespread supposition that, within different macro- and microcontexts, globalization is experienced and understood in widely different ways. Hence the coinage ‘glocal’. Hence, too, the need to explore what such local-cum-global variation really means in practice for human individuals and societies.