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LINGUIST List 23.2990

Mon Jul 09 2012

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, General Linguistics/Botswana

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 09-Jul-2012
From: Rose Letsholo <letsholormopipi.ub.bw>
Subject: Department of English: 7th International Conference
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Full Title: Department of English: 7th International Conference

Date: 05-Jun-2013 - 07-Jun-2013
Location: Gaborone, Botswana
Contact Person: Connie Rapoo
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2012

Meeting Description:

University of Botswana
Department of English
5-7 June 2013

Since 1998 the Department of English in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Botswana has been hosting a biennial conference to discuss issues concerning English language and literature in Africa. The 2013 conference, Language, Literature, Theatre and Indigenous Knowledge will provide a platform for researchers, academics, educators, language planners, literary scholars, theatre practitioners and other professionals in Africa and elsewhere to discuss the role and importance of indigenous knowledge in language, literature and theatre. The conference will also provide a forum for the description and analysis of various indigenous languages.

Registration Fees:

Registration fees for the conference are as follows:

Students: BWP 300.00 (P300.00). Proof of student status will be required. An ID will be most appropriate.
Other participants: BWP 1300.00 (P1300.00).

Registration and payment of registration fees will be done on-site on Wednesday, 5 June 2013.

Accommodation Details:

Will be provided in due course


The Conference will provide refreshments and lunch from 5 June 2013 to the 7 June 2013. There will be a conference dinner on the night of 6 June 2013.


Please find out as soon as possible whether you need a visa to come to Botswana. Visas take a number of weeks/months to process and must therefore be attended to well in time. Visa fees differ for different countries. Participants must ensure that their passports are original and are valid for at least a period of six months. Only participants whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at our conference will be assisted with visa issues if necessary. However, it is largely the responsibility of the participants to secure visas to come to Botswana for the conference.

Additional Information:


Temperatures in Gaborone can go as low as zero degrees Celsius in the mornings and evenings in winter and so it is advisable to bring warm clothes. During the day however, temperatures are usually around twenty degrees Celsius.


Gaborone Game Reserve
The National Museum & Art Gallery
Mokolodi Nature Reserve
Bahurutshe Cultural village
Cultural and historical heritage sites in Tlokweng and Mochudi villages

All the above are in/around Gaborone.

Exchange Rates (subject to fluctuation):

1 American Dollar = Pula 7.00
1 British Pound = Pula 11.00
1 Euro = Pula 10.00

Call for Papers:

The suggested subthemes are:

- Staging/Writing a cultured Future
- Holding cultural/indigenous ground in a global village
- Interface between European and African Languages in texts
- Rites of passage in African Literature & Theatre
- Afro-centric Theories of Language & Literature
- Interface between traditional media and African Drama & Literature
- The occult in African Literature
- Images of the intellectual in African Drama & Literature
- Indigenous Knowledge & Technologies in African & Diasporan Drama & Literature
- The relation between language, literature and indigenous knowledge
- Language and literature in sustaining the dynamics of indigenous knowledge
- Indigenous knowledge in the 21st century language and literature curriculum
- Onomastic practices as archives of culture
- Language, gender and conflict management in the family
- Discourses of traditional marriage counselling
- Language, literature and traditional concepts of democracy
- The traditional discourse of 'botho' (humanness) and the challenges of the 21st century
- Traditional children's games, song & play as indigenous knowledge
- Borders between ritual performance and theatre
- Ethical issues in researching indigenous performance and integrating it into urban 'art theatre'
- Appropriation of indigenous performance for political ends
- Semiotics of African traditional performance and ceremony
- Aesthetics in African theatre and drama
- Description/analysis of indigenous & other languages
- Language policies and indigenous languages
- Papers that do not necessarily speak directly to the theme of the conference are also welcome.

Submission of Abstracts:

Abstracts of not more than 250 words on any of the above themes and sub-themes should be submitted via email to: rapooconniegmail.com and ellecesmopipi.ub.bw. Abstracts must be Microsoft Word documents and must be submitted electronically only. In case Abstracts make use of any specialized characters or diacritics, such abstracts should be sent in PDF format. The deadline for submission is 31 October 2012.

Abstracts should include:

- Title of paper
- Conference theme and sub-theme addressed
- Name(s) and academic title(s) of author(s)
- Academic or professional affiliation
- Email address
- Number of words in the abstract

Abstracts are considered and responded to as they are submitted.


The Department of English at the University of Botswana does not have funds to assist potential participants to attend the conference. In the event that their abstracts are accepted for presentation at the conference, participants are advised to seek financial assistance from their institutions or other organizations to attend the conference.

Publication of Proceedings:

The conference will be followed by a call for papers to be considered for publication as is our practice. These papers will undergo a rigorous review process.

Comments and Questions:

Comments and questions may be sent via email to: rapooconniegmail.com

Conference Organising Committee

Dr Connie Rapoo +267-355-2187/+267-71303866; email address: rapooconniegmail.com
Dr. Sibonile Ellece +267 355 4113/73145543; email address: ellecesmopipi.ub.bw
Dr. Owen Seda +267 355 2094; email: owen.sedamopipi.ub.bw
Mrs. B. Sebina +267-355-2752
Mr. F-K Omoregie +267-355-2752; email: omoregiemopipi.ub.bw
Mrs. Nono Kgafela-Mokoka +267 355 5081; email address: kgafelamopipi.ub.bw
Mr. Barolong Seboni +267-355-2672; email address: sebonibmopipi.ub.bw

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