Theme: Symbol and Society
Date: Dec 4-7, 2024
Venue: University of South Africa

The African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology 2024, The (SCOPUS / ISI) GLOCAL AFALA, at the University of South Africa, symbolizes a significant leap forward for Linguistic Anthropology, from the previous highly successfully attended GLOCAL AFALA conferences, to further problematize perspectives and praxis in the fields of African Linguistic Anthropology, and African Linguistics and Society.

Conceptualized in 1998, the GLOCAL AFALA 2024 responds to concerns by scholars within Linguistics, Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, Sociology, Cultural Studies, and centrally Linguistic Anthropology, pertinent to African contexts, to bridge the gap between focus on African regions and work by African scholars, a gap largely emanating from issues of funding and expertise. The GLOCAL AFALA 2024 will build on these efforts, and on global networks of African Linguistic Anthropology, to connect African and global Universities and academics. Here, the (SCOPUS / ISI) GLOCAL AFALA 2024 seeks to increasingly opportune academics to exchange knowledge, expertise, and valuable Linguistic and Anthropological data, through the interpersonal and inter-institutional networks that the GLOCAL AFALA conferences build. To ground these efforts, the GLOCAL AFALA Conference, with the University of South Africa at the centre, and with major university partner and co-host SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, at the University of London, will continue to develop its network of institutions globally, to support this much needed African yet fully global project.

With all stringently reviewed papers as SCOPUS / ISI indexed, and published in high impact publications, the theme for the GLOCAL AFALA 2024 is Code and Commodification, as the New Decolonization, a theme pertinent to African regions and countries vis-a-vis their global analogues.

The University of South Africa, hosting the GLOCAL AFALA 2024 in Pretoria, South Africa, is one of an interchanging series of annual hosts, and in this way, the GLOCAL global network expands to involve institutions worldwide.

We thus welcome you to the AFALA 2024, the Annual African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology in South Africa, and to the AFALA as a whole.

Professor Nompumelelo Zodwa Radebe

African Assembly on Linguistic Anthropology, the GLOCAL AFALA 2024

Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
University of South Africa