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
This year’s conference of the Languages Graduate Student Association (Langsa) at the University of Connecticut aims to investigate the development and changes in the study and teaching of the humanities. Digital humanities as a new field are emerging, public humanities offer a different career path and interdisciplinary work opens up the field of traditional studies in the humanities. Furthermore, online tools and classes, and undergraduates in the humanities pursuing secondary degrees in the social sciences and other colleges change our teaching and call for new approaches and skills. With our conference we want to participate in the conversation on all these emerging, multifaceted approaches that open up our fields of research and foster the cooperation between different disciplines inside and outside of the humanities.