24 avril 2017

14th African Studies Conference “Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions”

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Research Council for the Problems of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
October 17-20, 2017
Moscow, Russia
Deadline for paper/panel proposals: December 10, 2016
More information: http://www.inafran.ru/en/node/487.
On October 17-20, 2017 in Moscow the Research Council for the Problems of African Countries and the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences hold the 14th African Studies Conference titled “Africa and Africans in National, Regional and Global Dimensions.” The Conference will take place on the premises of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The working languages are Russian and English.
The Organizing Committee would like to encourage you to submit panel proposals, focusing on any particular topics related to the Conference’s umbrella theme. The deadline for panel proposals submitting is December 1, 2016. The Organizing Committee will be glad to consider any panel proposals (within 500 words in English or both English and Russian) received by this date. The information to be submitted alongside with the proposal includes the proposed panel convenor(s)’ full name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), full mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers. The list of prospective papergivers with their particulars is desirable but not compulsory.
The Organizing Committee would appreciate your familiarizing the members of your research/teaching unit, as well as all interested colleagues, with the Announcement found here: http://www.inafran.ru/en/node/487.
The preliminary program of the conference
OCTOBER 20 FRIDAY
10 A.M. – 1 P.M. PANEL I-3D
LANGUAGES OF AFRICA: TRADITIONS AND PERSPECTIVES. SOCIOLINGUISTICS. TEXT ANALYSIS (CONVENERS: VIKTOR JA. PORKHOMOVSKY, ANDREY B. SHLUINSKY; INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTICS)
Philippe Cassuto (Aix -Marseille University - IREMAM, France), Viktor Ja. Porkhomovsky (Institute of Linguistics, Moscow, Ru ssia). The Interpretation of the Old Testament Text through the Prism of Translation (According to the Three Versions of the Hausa Bible)
Anastasia V. Lyakhovich (St. Petersburg State University, Russia). Hausa -English Code -Switching in the Novel "Kukan so" ("The Cry of Love") by Jamila Muhammad Danfajo (Northern Nigeria) Stanislav B. Beletskiy (Sibirean Federal University , Krasnoyarsk, Russia). Field Research of Goto (Data of Tales) Wannie Carstens (North -West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa). The Linguistic Situation and the Role of Languages Other than English in South Africa: Has Multilingualism been Attained or Not? Mark V. Dyachkov (Inst itute of Linguistics, Moscow, Russia). Local Languages in the School Education of South Africa
Aleksandra S. Sharova (Yaroslavl State University, Russia). Dogon: Peculiarities and Difficulties in Studying. More...

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