Manufacturing Multilingualisms of Marginality in Mozambique: Exploring the Orders of Visibility of Local African Languages

Manuel Guissemo

Academic dissertation for the Degree of Philosophy in Bilingualism at Stockholm University.


Why the decoloniality struggle surprised South Africans

ALASA19 and Sintu7, Cape Town, July 2018

The 19th Interim Conference of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa Conference. Theme: “#African Languages and Protest” and Sintu7: 7th International Conference on Bantu languages at The River Club, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

Dates: 9–11th July 2018


International Congress of Linguists, Cape Town, July 2018

The Congress is held every five years, and is meant to showcase current developments in Linguistics. The Congress will run over five days, have a plenary panel on linguistics in South Africa, nine plenary speakers covering a range of major sub-fields, 10 paper sessions each with its own focus speaker, up to 30 workshops, and several poster sessions. While speakers and topics are drawn from a wide international pool, ICL 20 will take the additional opportunity of showcasing African language research. It will also cover applied linguistic areas of research of vital importance to the African continent and the 21st century at large, with a special extended session on Multilingualism, Education, Policy and Development.

Venue: Cape Town, South Africa

Dates: 2–6th July 2018

Reading three great southern lands: from the outback to the Pampa and the Karoo

The 11th Pan-African Literacy for All Literacy Conference 2019

Kampala, Uganda

Tentative Period of Conference: July-August 2019

We’re preparing information regarding the next Pan-African Conference 2019 (PALFA) which will be available on a new conference website: (under construction) in June 2018.

Kindly reserve the dates and plan to be part of the conference in the beautiful “Pearl of Africa”.

 Email for inquiries.

To add the email addresses of colleagues to this mail group or to change your email address, contact

Current Issue: Volume 7, Issue 1 (2018) A Global South Dialogue on African Art and Historical Narratives from D.R. Congo

A very interesting new issue from Artl@s on debates about art history around the Congo. Source: Artl@s Bulletin | Scholarly Publishing Services Open Access Journals | Purdue University

The volume editors of the Oxford Handbook of Global South Youth Studies (forthcoming 2020), Sharlene Swartz, Adam Cooper, Clarence Batan and Rosa-Maria Camarena-Cordova, invite contributions and partnerships towards this important and exciting new project. Please feel free to circulate this call to other colleagues who you think will have a contribution to make.

 Why a new handbook?

 Ninety percent of the world’s youth live in Africa, Latin America and the developing countries of Asia. Despite this, the field of Youth Studies, like many other academic domains, is dominated by the knowledge economy of the global North especially WENA (Western Europe, North America and Australia), with its associated universities, disciplines, theories, journals and conferences. While Northern Youth Studies’ theory and research provides insights into the lives of Southern youth, it contains assumptions and generalisations that are contextually incongruent with Southern youth’s life-worlds. To address these geo-political imbalances, this handbook turns the gaze of Youth Studies onto youth living in the global South and the theories and practices needed to address their lives. It is hoped that the handbook will function as an intervention to re-orient Youth Studies as a whole. In other words, the handbook will ask what do Southern theorists have to contribute to the study of youth in the Global South, and how might these ideas contribute to Global Youth Studies?

 Handbook outline

 We attach the full details of the proposal accepted by Oxford University Press separately but summarise it below.


Chapter 1               INTRODUCTION: Knowledge, epistemicide and justice

 Part 1: The South and Southern Youth

These are foundational chapters and have largely been allocated amongst the editors. Feel free to propose a partnership for any of these chapters or let us know if you’d like to review one of these chapters.

 Chapter 2               THE SOUTH: Who, what and where is the Global South?

Chapter 3               SOUTHERN YOUTH: Who are global South youth and how are they the same as or different to Global North youth?

Chapter 4               SOUTHERN THEORY: What is Southern theory and how does it aid in engaging Southern youth?

Chapter 5               YOUTH STUDIES: What is youth studies and why should Southern youth be studied?

 Part 2: Southern contributions to youth studies – a new perspective linking theoretical concepts to contemporary issues

Here we envisage three essays that address each of the following theoretical aspects of young people in the Global South. Feel free to propose a chapter on a concept not listed here that you believe has salience.

 Chapter 6–8          PERSONHOOD: Being, Identity, Knowing, Belonging, Representation, Equality, Dignity, Humanising, Recognition, Respect

Chapter 9–11       INTERSECTIONALITY: Race, Class, Gender, Inequality, Stratification, Oppression, Domination, Enslavement, and Exploitation

Chapter 12–14    VIOLENCES: Physical violence, Structural violence, Symbolic violence, Decolonisation, Liberation, Freedom, Power, Legacies of oppression

Chapter 15–17    CONSCIOUSNESS: Black Consciousness, Wokeness, Allyship, Conscientising, Critical consciousness, Pitfalls of national consciousness, Corruption, Mobility, Tall poppy syndrome, Symbolic violence, Capitalism, Absence

Chapter 18–20    PRECARITY: Capitals, Marginality, Material deficits, Periphery, Instability, Unpredictability, Resources, Wealth, and Poverty

Chapter 21–23    SOLIDARITY: Collectivity, Community, Participation, Autonomy, Social harmony, Social cohesion, Kinship, Interconnectedness, Capabilities, and Continuity

Chapter 24–26    ONTOLOGICAL INSECURITY: Genocide, Epistemicide, Linguicide, Waithood, Corporatisation

Chapter 27–29    NAVIGATIONAL CAPACITIES: Improvising, Strategising, Hustling, Surviving, Capabilities, Skills

Chapter 30–32    COLLECTIVE AGENCY: Resistance, Revolution, Chimurenga

 Part 3: Defining the field: Southern youth research, policy and practice

Here we envisage a broad overview and proposals for how each area should and could be developed from a Southern perspective, and how these proposals differ from current approaches in the Global North.

 Chapter 33            METHODOLOGIES Emancipatory methodologies and methods from the South

Chapter 34            RESEARCH An evolving agenda for Critical Global South Youth Studies

Chapter 35            INTERVENTIONS Transferable interventions for Southern Youth

Chapter 36            POLICY Innovative Southern youth policy recommendations

Chapter 37            CONCLUSION: Decolonising drifts and shifts, convergences and divergences over time in the South

 What contributions are we looking for?

 We are especially interested in contributions to Section 2, the nine concepts we have identified (for example personhood, intersectionality, violences, consciousness) that we believe will advance our understanding of the lives of youth in one or more regions of the global South. Each essay will be an original work (4,000 words), predominantly by Southern scholars using mainly Southern theorists or their own theoretical frameworks to develop their chapters, to offer insights into the lives of Southern youth. Contributors could also re-imagine and translate Northern theories into Southern contexts. Wherever possible authors should offer comparative perspectives of Southern contexts and young people. For Section 3 authors could make suggestions for how methodologies, research, interventions and policies may be developed from a Southern perspective, and how these differ from current research and practice in the Global North.

 Who would we like to contribute?

 Contributors will predominately be from the Global South (working in either the North or South) or from the diaspora or aboriginal communities in the North. While the handbook is open to contributions from Scholars working on the Global South but who are not from the Global South, we expect these contributions to be in a minority or to be in partnership with Southern scholars.

 What a proposal for a chapter should consist of?

  • The entire proposal should be no more than 1 page long.
  • An abstract of approximately 300 words that describes your ideas for addressing a particular concept, with the theory/ies you will advance or the theorist/s you will use, the key argument you will make, the regions addressed and youth studies issues that will be engaged in their chapter.
  • A brief outline of the proposed chapter including sub-headings and the focus of each sub-section.
  • A short biosketch (150 word maximum) that includes your research areas, national origin, current institution and motivation for involvement in this project.

 Evaluation of submissions

 Proposals will be reviewed by the volume editors according to the following criteria:

  • Does the chapter contribute to advancing a Southern approach to youth studies?
  • Is it an original piece of work, not previously published, and contributing to knowledge?
  • Is it critical and theoretically informed? Does it use empirical evidence?
  • Does it contain some comparative aspects across Southern contexts?
  • Is the author from the Global South or the diaspora, or if not, are there other compelling reasons to accept their contribution?

 Important dates

Call for papers released 20 April 2018
Final date for submission of chapter proposals 15 June 2018
Authors notified of outcome of chapter proposals 30 June 2018
Meeting of contributors in Toronto (for those at ISA Conference) 18 July 2018
Outstanding contributions to be invited 30 July 2018
Final contents and author list to be finalised 15 August 2018
Authors to be contracted as contributors 15 September 2018
Meeting of contributors in Cape Town (for those who can attend) 27-28 November 2018
Authors to submit first draft essays to volume editors for review 15 January to 15 March 2019
Volume Editors to submit initial comments for revision 15 February to 15 April 2019
Authors to submit second drafts to editors for external review 15 May 2019 – 15 June 2019
Volume Editors to submit revision requests to authors 15 June 2019
Authors to submit final chapters to Volume Editors 15 September 2019
Submit final manuscript to OUP 15 October 2019
Publication 6-8 months after that June 2020

 Where to submit proposals?

 Please send questions and proposals (abstract, brief outline and biosketch) to any of the following:

 Sharlene Swartz:

Adam Cooper

Clarence Batan

Rosa-Maria Camarena-Cordova (Spanish proposals welcome)

In case you missed it, Dr Melanie Cook will be hitting our shores next week…

Date: 12 April 2018
Venue: Hive/Arts Space
Time: 13h00 – 14h30


The Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research is pleased to be hosting Torun Reite, Stockholm University…

Date: 5 April 2018
Time: 13h00 – 14h30
Venue: Hive/Arts Space


Call for Papers: Ninth Multidisciplinary Conference on Indigenous Peoples

It’s a great pleasure to invite everyone to the Ninth Multidisciplinary Conference on Indigenous Peoples entitled “Territories in dispute: epistemologies, resistances, spiritualities and rights”, on 30/31 May and 1 June 2018 at the University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University (Middelburg, the Netherlands).

The International Congress of Linguists in Cape Town 2018, under the theme “The Dynamics of Language” is here.  (The congress includes the 2018 meetings of the Linguistics and Applied Language Studies societies of South Africa; and welcomes members of all other societies).  It’s a big all-week affair in the first week of July 2018, covering a wide range of topics in contemporary Linguistics and Applied Linguistics.   A number of workshops cover themes and languages of the African continent. Please take a look at the website and share this link within your academic networks. And do encourage your PhD students to attend and participate.  We look forward to receiving abstracts from you (via our website) and welcoming you to the southern tip of Africa…

NORRAG at CIES: Update

Bulletin #39, we are pleased to share the list of updated sessions featuring NORRAG participation at the CIES conference in Mexico City next week, as well as a list of highlighted sessions with NORRAG Members or affiliates.

NORRAG’s Highlighted Sessions

We also take this opportunity to share our call for guest editor(s) for NORRAG Special Issue 02 which will focus on the question: “Global Monitoring of National Development: Coercive or Constructive?”

Read the complete call for guest editor(s)


The Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research is pleased to be hosting Haley De Korne for a seminar on “Imagining convivial multilingualism in Oaxaca, Mexico.”

Date: 13:00 – 14:30
Venue: Hive/Arts Space
Date: 22nd March 2018

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Children Thriving in Many Languages: In a land of a hundred languages, children are finally allowed to learn in their own.

A Job Vacancy for Senior Researcher at the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research…

UWC Jobs Site

Language Policy and Conflict Prevention – The Oslo Recommendations regarding the Linguistic Rights of National Minorities revisited

Call for papers on Southern Epistemologies

Red Multidisciplinar sobre Pueblos Indígenas Ninth Multidisciplinary Conference on Indigenous Peoples entitled “Territories in dispute: epistemologies, resistances, spiritualities and rights”, on 30/31 May and 1 June 2018 at the University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University (Middelburg, the Netherlands). It welcomes papers on a variety of themes, including Southern Epistemologies: territories, political ecology and the Buen …


New postgraduate module – Jointly offered by UWC & Stellenbosch University, April/May 2018

Find out more here: Reimagining Multilingualism Module Blurb_FINAL


The Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World

Please click here for more information: SalzburgGlobal_Statement_586 – Multilingual World EN


Upcoming Conferences in which southern and or marginal perspectives of linguistic diversity feature:


Past Conferences in which southern and or marginal perspectives of linguistic diversity featured can be found here: Conferences


This is the website of the Southern Multilingualisms and Diversities Consortium