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 Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association (CAERDA), which is affiliated with the American Educational Research Association (AERA), is an international professional organization of educators and educational researchers. It is committed to excellence in learning and instruction across the educational spectrum. CAERDA holds an annual international conference in the United States. The conference serves as an open forum for interdisciplinary discussion and scholarly exchange of ideas among educational researchers and practitioners, who present their original research and draw implications for the broad educational community. The conference program primarily consists of empirical studies selected through a blind peer-review process. Additionally, there are invited presentations, symposia, and panel discussions that feature the annual conference theme. Selected high quality papers are invited to submit to the New Waves-Educational Research and Development (CAERDA’s peer-reviewed online journal), or to CAERDA’s feature publication in its book series. CAERDA will hold a special international conference during June 27-29, 2014 in Xi’an, China to provide an additional venue for the vast majority of colleagues in China to exchange research ideas and findings besides our annual conference in the United States. Famed as the cradle of Chinese civilization, Xi’an not only served as China’s capital for over 1,000 years (including Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang dynasties), but also was the starting point of the legendary Silk Road for trade and cultural exchanges between the East and the West. Xi’an has countless historical and cultural attractions, including the renowned Terracotta Army for the First Emperor. It also has numerous K-12 schools, universities, and research institutions. Indeed, Xi’an is an ideal place for the CAERDA’s 2014 international conference.