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CFP: African Studies Association of the UK 2014 Conference

Tuesday, February 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
African proverbs have been extensively researched and analyzed. Even so, the question of how proverbs transform and/or are transformed by changing society and especially changing trends in scholarship, is one of high interest. African proverbs (which are often perceived to be "fixed”) are being (re)interpreted as expressions of collective mentalities undergoing constant change. Perspectives from which African proverbs have been studied include cross-cultural dimensions; proverbs in written literature (i.e., the oral-written interface); proverbs in/and academic disciplines (philosophy, religions, visual/performing arts/performance arena etc.); proverbs as cultural/political/judicial discourse; and feminist/gender studies of African proverbs. How are these trends impacting the way African proverbs are perceived in the society and in the academy? Has paremiology influenced the status of proverbs in society?

We invite proposals that deal with topics including, but not limited to:

  • the role of proverbs in contemporary social and cultural life
  • the role that the study of proverbs plays in the (African) academy
  • proverbs and/for children (in school or the home)
  • comparative studies of trends in the study of proverbs (e.g., feminism and proverbs) and other trends in scholarship
  • proverbs as a way of thinking about the historical archive that is language use

Please submit abstracts for consideration to proverbsasauk2014@gmail.com by April 1, 2014.

Please submit any queries to proverbs asauk2014@gmail.com, or directly to the organizers Helen Yitah at hyitah@ug.edu.gh or Carli Coetzee at cc76@soas.ac.uk.

The conference will be held September, 9-11, 2014, Brighton, UK.

For further information please consult the ASAUK web site: http://www.asauk.net/conferences/asauk14.shtml




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