Conference Language – Culture – Literature: East African Perspective (II)
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LCL 2021

September 23-24 2021


Language – Culture – Literature:

East African Perspective (II)

Venue: online

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Programme of the Conference

The two-day meeting will be held via Zoom, at the link provided


Call for Papers

The workshop aims at examining the relationship between language and culture while focusing on Swahili and other communities of East Africa. The present meeting continues the line of research initiated by a conference under the same theme which took place at the University of Warsaw in May of 2019. The workshop will provide a platform for researchers coming from different countries and working in different traditions to share their views on various aspects of language-culture-literature interconnections. We invite scholars of linguistics, literature and broad areas of cultural studies who work on Kiswahili and other languages of East Africa. Selected contributions will be published in a peer-reviewed monography.

The relation between language and culture has received a lot of attention in academic scholarship of the recent decades with a conclusion that cultural and linguistic experiences are interconnected and mutually affect each other. Cultural practices and values which societies “live by” are reflected in linguistic structures through metaphors and other conceptualizations (e.g. image and event schemas, frames and scripts). They are entrenched in everyday linguistic usage, clichés and frequent expressions, oral and written literature. At the same time, their manifestations in frequent use lead to emergence of “cultural cognition” and provide cultural models to follow and possibly develop in novel ways.

Suggested topics for presentations may cover cultural conceptualizations in:

  • Linguistic structures and usage patterns
  • Discourse and communication strategies
  • Cultural keywords and values
  • Grammaticalization processes
  • Lexical categorization
  • Expression of emotions
  • Gestures and sign languages
  • Idioms, clichés, frequent expressions
  • Proverbs, riddles, enigmas
  • Various literary genres
  • Journalistic texts, comics and caricatures
  • New media communication (WhatsApp, social media content)
  • Translation and second language teaching

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Ernesta S. Mosha, University of Dar es Salaam

Prof. Leonard Muaka, Howard University

Prof. Alena Rettová, SOAS, University of London


Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: August 20, 2021

Notification of papers acceptance: August 31, 2021

Conference dates: September 23-24, 2021

Each paper will be given 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion.

Please send abstracts (a named version and an anonymous version, preferably in the pdf format) at:

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, but a separate page with references may be added. Abstracts and papers should be in English.

All registrations from 2020 are valid - please inform us if you have already send an abstract and you intend to participate this year.


Conference Organizing Committee:

Prof. Iwona Kraska-Szlenk 

Prof. Beata Wójtowicz 

Izabela Romańczuk (Ph.D. student)

Registration Fee:

There is no registration fee.


Conference webpage