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 Africans understand, organize, and transmit essential knowledge to successive generations, both through oral and written traditions and through aesthetic practices. African languages play a critical role in research as they serve as road maps for identifying how African social, political, and economic institutions change over time. The ALD conference provides a platform for diverse scholarly discussions about the contributions of African languages across a variety of disciplines.

ALD conferences are hosted by the 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 2017 ALD conference featured prominent speakers from around the globe.  More information about upcoming conferences will be available soon. 


Call for Papers

8th African Languages in the Disciplines

and Professions’ Conference (ALDP)

Kofi Anan/Harvard Universities

April 21st -23rd, 2017


Conakry, the capital of Guinea, has been selected by UNESCO to be the world Capital of the Books this year 2017. Kofi Anan and Harvard Universities are seizing this opportunity to move the traditionally Harvard held ALDP Conference to Conakry this year from April 21-23. Our plenary sessions will include scholars and activist’s presentations from broad areas of disciplines and professions. We are seeking scholars to give papers and serve on panels for the conference. The Conference Scientific Committee welcomes proposals on the theme of “Progress of African Languages in Disciplines and Professions”. 

We welcome complete panel proposals but will accept single submissions.

Proposals must be submitted by email in pdf format sent to Please include your contact information and affiliation. ALD applications require an abstract outlining a 15-minute presentation as well as a brief biography of the applicant.

The conference's languages ​​of communication are French, English and African languages.                 

For more information call Kofi Anan in Guinea at +(224) 622205282. Or, Harvard University at +1(617) 496 0864.

The deadline for proposals has been extended to March 31, 2017. The Conference Scientific Committee will review proposals by April 15, and send out notices.

Conakry, the city symbol of African independence, provides a welcoming atmosphere for our guests. You’ll enjoy local food and cultures.

For more information on ALDP, please visit:


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