Linguistic Landscapes, Cultural Climates
Mazingira Ya Lugha, Hali Ya Hewa Ya Kitamaduni

The framing of both language and speech community within particular geographical and cultural localities, and within the boundaries of tradition and heritage, is always an arduous task. This is intensified in African contexts, where language and cultural mixing and switching are normative if not common practices, as processes vital to African politics of identity. A continuous re-stylizing of previous language practices then, mediates the cultural practices of new generations, while this re-stylizing becomes complexified by new and intensified mobilities, technologies, return migrations, multimodalities, by (continuously) rewritten historiographies, by colonized and decolonized ideologies, innovative scholarly work, and so forth.

The overlapping of the channels of this stylizing can be understood anthropologically, through a lens of cultural scapes and climates, where emergent communities identify with and grow from existing cultural patterns and cultural subjectivities. To facilitate this process in African regions, much language and cultural mixing and switching occurs as normative practice. Concurrently, the complexity of society in (sub)urban Africa makes for an infinitely fertile context for ethnography of language and culture, thus supplementing knowledge of the linguistic landscapes of African regions.

The GLOCAL AFALA 2023 theme, Linguistic Landscapes, Cultural Climates, Mazingira Ya Lugha, Hali Ya Hewa Ya Kitamaduni, well symbolizes the complexity of the set of intersubjective identities throughout African urban and suburban centres. These complex climates are a fertile ground for Linguistic Anthropological attention, while scholars can draw from a range of peripheral yet pertinent fields, to work on these geographic and cultural localities.

The (SCOPUS / ISI) GLOCAL AFALA 2023 thus invites work that addresses the complexity of African linguistic landscapes and their cultural climates. Papers and posters should acknowledge and describe processes of linguistic complexity at these African cultural centres, and by those scholars working on African cultural centres.


James Essegbey
Languages, Literatures and Cultures

University of Florida

Helga Schröder
Department of Linguistics and Languages
University of Nairobi

Humphrey Jeremiah Ojwang
Anthropology, Gender and African Studies
University of Nairobi

Citations and Publications


All proceedings will be channeled through SCOPUS citation indexing. Here, papers submitted to the GLOCAL AFALA 2023 proceedings will be channeled for SCOPUS ranking and citation.


All papers submitted to the GLOCAL AFALA 2023 will be considered for review for publication in Top Tier journals and monographs.


Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies
University of Nairobi
1 Kipande Road


AFALA 2023 First Abstract and poster proposal submission

Opens: October 20, 2022
Closes: August 13, 2023

Notification of acceptance

No later than August 16, 2023


Late bird registration

Opens: October 20, 2022
Closes: October 19, 2023 (end of conference)

Presenters must register by August 23, 2023, to guarantee a place in the program. Registration will remain open after this, but organizers cannot guarantee placement after this date.


Day 1: Monday. October 16, 2023
Day 2: Tuesday. October 17, 2023
Day 3: Wednesday. October 18, 2023
Day 4: Thursday. October 19, 2023 – Full day optional Anthropological tour (separate cost)


Abstract and poster proposals should address one or more of the key strands related to African countries and regions:

– Anthropological Linguistics
– Applied and Theoretical Sociolinguistics
– Buddhism Discourses
– Christianity Discourses
– Cognitive Anthropology and Language
– Communication Anthropology
– Conversation Analysis
– Critical Linguistic Anthropology
– Debating Prominent Linguistic Anthropologists
– Discourse Analysis
– Ethnographical Language Work
– Ethnography of Communication
– Folklore and Language
– Interdisciplinarity in Linguistic Anthropology
– Interfaith Dialogue
– Islam Discourses
– Language and Spatiotemporal Frames
– Language, Community, Ethnicity
– Language Contact and Change
– Language, Dialect, Sociolect, Genre
– Language Documentation
– Language Endangerment
– Language, Gender, Sexuality
– Language Ideologies
– Language in Real and Virtual Spaces
– Language Materiality
– Language Minorities and Majorities
– Language Revitalization
– Language Socialization
– Materiality / Materialism in Linguistic Anthropology
– Methodology in Cultural Anthropology
– Methodology in Linguistic Anthropology
– Multifunctionality
– Multimodality
– Narrative and Metanarrative
– Non-verbal Semiotics
– Oral Tradition
– Poetics and Performativity
– Political Discourse Anthropology
– Pragmatics
– Post-Structuralism and Language
– (Oral and Non-Oral) Semiotics and Semiology
– Social Psychology of Language
– Sociolinguistics
– Text, Context, Entextualization
– The Anthropology of Education
– Time and Space


Presentation lengths

Submitters must plan around the following:

    • Colloquia – 1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors (Part A and B is possible, thus 6-10 contributors)
    • General paper sessions – Approx. 20-25 minutes each, which includes 5 minutes for questions/responses
    • Posters – to be displayed at designated times throughout the GLOCAL AFALA 2023

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Submission of proposals for papers, posters, and colloquia should be completed via the online submission website, or by email

    • 18-word maximum presentation title
    • 400-word maximum abstract, including references
    • Colloquia: Upload the abstract for the colloquium, in the submissions box. The abstract must contain both the main description of the colloquium, as well as a summarized description of each individual paper to be presented within the colloquium. This information must include the names and affiliations of each author and presenter, the title of each respective session/presentation, as well as any other information believed relevant.
    • For individual papers submitted for review and acceptance into the general sessions, the first author will be the nominated ‘Corresponding Author’, but can also be a ‘Presenting author’ when completing the profile.
    • Each author must also confirm their role: Presenting author, non-presenting author, chair, or discussant.

Evaluation of proposals

Proposals for individual papers, posters, and colloquia will be evaluated by the GLOCAL AFALA Review Committee, with criteria as follows:

    • Appropriateness and significance of the topic to GLOCAL AFALA themes
    • Originality/significance/impact of the research
    • Clarity/coherence of research concerns, theoretical and analytical framework(s), description of research, data collection, findings/conclusions, rhetoric, and exegesis as a whole
    • For colloquia, importance/significance of the overarching topic and/or framework(s) addressed, and its coherence of and with individual presentations.
    • All abstracts for presentations within the colloquia will not be peer reviewed by the AFALA review committee, but are expected to be at a standard commensurate to the parent colloquium abstract, which will be peer reviewed by the GLOCAL AFALA review committee. Thus, the acceptance of the colloquium, and hence all presentations and discussions within that colloquium, becomes predicated on the success of the review of the main proposal for that colloquium, submitted by the main organizers of the respective colloquium.
    • All abstracts for general sessions, which are selected and placed by the GLOCAL AFALA selection committee, will be double blind reviewed.

Conditions of Submissions

    • A participant may be first author/presenter in a maximum of two presentations, be it individual papers, posters, or papers within colloquia.
    • In addition, a participant may act as chair, discussant, or co-author in one further presentation.
    • Alternatively, participants may act as first author/presenter in one presentation, and chair, discussant, or co-author in a maximum of two other presentations.
    • All proposals must present or interpret original work otherwise yet unavailable.
    • The language of the GLOCAL AFALA 2023 is English. However, abstracts may be submitted in any language, but together with an English translation.
    • Presenters can present in any language, but must prepare an English translation for the presentation.
    • The GLOCAL AFALA Committee will assign all relevant schedules to accepted individuals and groups.
    • Presenters must register and pay prior to the dates stipulated, to confirm their place at the GLOCAL AFALA 2023, and hence to be confirmed in the program.
    • Presenters are required to organize their own travel and accommodation arrangements. The GLOCAL AFALA Organizers have secured accommodation at various locations around the city (see link for accommodation), details of which will be available for booking when registering for the GLOCAL AFALA 2023



1.5 hours with 3-5 contributors

    • Colloquia provide an opportunity for several presenters within the boundaries of a theme or topic to present together in a supportive environment. Colloquium organizers can tailor time lengths to each presentation, but must allow time to include opening and closing remarks, presentations, and audience interaction.
    • The colloquium chair is responsible for organizing the group and for submitting the colloquium in the Call for Papers platform on behalf of all their contributors.
    • All colloquium submissions must be uploaded to the submission site using the Colloquium Submission Form Template provided.
    • Panel organizers here will be responsible for panel chairs. Time keepers will be provided by the The GLOCAL AFALA.

General and non-colloquia session papers

    • Paper presentations will be allocated 25 minutes including 5 minutes for questions and answers.
    • Time keepers will be provided by The GLOCAL AFALA 2023


    • Posters will be displayed at designated times throughout The GLOCAL AFALA 2023
    • Posters are for one-on-one discussion of a symposium-related theme or topic.
    • A block of time will be allocated for presenters to discuss their posters.
    • Posters will be displayed in the designated areas (main halls).
    • Presenters will be assigned a space to display their poster.
    • Posters should be sized A0: 841 x 1189 mm width x height 33.1 x 46.8 inches width x height (landscape or portrait).
    • Submissions should contain a summary of key elements for the presentation.
    • Posters can include any relevant visuals or academically descriptive objects, where color is visually optimal.
    • Posters must be clear, concise, and simple, with large fonts, with the title of the project, and author information (name and affiliation).


Normal Registration:

Early Bird: USD 170
Regular Bird: USD 210
Late Bird/On-site: USD 250

Students/Affiliates Registration:

Early Bird: USD 140
Regular Bird: USD 170
Late Bird/On-site: USD 200

Excursion: USD 60

The conference fee includes a daily buffet lunch, morning and afternoon break refreshments, and one buffet dinner with a cultural performance, as well as all presentation opportunities, and all workshops, talks and performances.