"From Asmara 2000 to Nairobi 2014: New Horizons and Trends in Africa Languages and Literatures"
This conference is about African languages and literatures, with a focus on emerging research that enhances their current and future status. The event offers an opportunity to develop a new agenda for the way forward in securing the future of the languages and literatures of the continent. Towards this objective, the organizers seek to engage an international body of scholars to link theory and practice with the cultivation of policy interlocutions between stakeholders from across the continent during this year of Africa’s Jubilee commemoration. This conference also builds on the important Against All Odds conference held in Eritrea in 2000, which led to the Asmara Declaration on African languages. The historic conference of heads of states and concomitant celebrations in Addis Ababa in May 2013 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the African Union (formerly the Organization of African Unity), also provided new impetus for African scholars to re-engage with the question of, and quest for, ways of bettering present African lives, securing the cultural heritage and future of the continent by preserving archives of our past, and reinvigorating the living languages.