ALDP Conference

African Languages in the Disciplines and Professions Conference

The ALD Conference aims to engage a diverse range of scholars and African heritage communities in serious discussion about the contributions of African languages to the disciplines.
Indigenous African languages are vital to comprehending how sub-Saharan Africans
understand, organize, and transmit essential knowledge to successive generations, both through oral and written traditions and through aesthetic practices. African languages also serve as road maps for identifying how social, political, and economic institutions change over time, and should therefore play a critical role in how we approach and interpret our research.

This conference aims to bring together a diverse range of scholars across a variety of disciplines. Possible themes include, but are not limited to, the contribution of African languages to the study of literature, music, film, performance, visual arts, media studies, history, philosophy, religion, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, political science, psychology, economics, education, geography, folklore, environmental science, legal studies, and public health.

ALDP conferences are hosted by the African Language Program every Spring and are co-sponsored by the Department of African and African American Studies and the Harvard Committee on African Studies.

The theme of the 2018 ALDP Conference will be: Africa’s Languages in Knowledge Production and Wealth Generation. Panels will include prominent scholars and professionals from around the globe.

More information about future ALDP conferences will be available soon. 

ALDP 2018