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October 10th -13th, 2019 – 10th SEALLF Conference at the University of Florida-Gainesville

DATES: October 10-13, 2019 | University of Florida, Gainesville

The South East African Languages and Literatures Forum (SEALLF) is an annual conference organized by a group of scholars working on African language pedagogy, linguistics, and literature.

Theme: African Languages & Literatures: (Re) mapping the territories, reshaping the strategies.

A throwback to the past will help us understand where we as teachers and administrators of African languages are coming from and may help shape where we are headed. William R. Parker, in an address delivered 66 years ago said “Foreign language teachers cannot alone succeed in lifting America’s Language curtain.”  During this 10th Annual conference we want to examine how far we as stakeholders have lifted the language curtain, review the nature of the fabric of the curtain and set new tasks for ourselves.

There are gains we can claim in the last two decades; one of this is the professionalization of teachers of African languages. If the definition is reviewed critically, it will become clear that teachers of African languages now, “share a common body of knowledge and use agreed standards of practice in exercising that knowledge.” There are definitely rooms for improvement and newer territories to discover in the next decade.

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At this conference, we seek papers and panels that incorporate theories with practice especially;

  • How sustainable relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Community Colleges (CC) can be extended, by promoting teaching and research on African languages, literatures, and cultures in these institutions: A review of the past and recommendations for the future will be appreciated.
  • How sustainable relationships can be created with K-12 teachers: A review of the past and recommendations for the future
  • New praxis in sustaining the development of African languages and literatures.
  • How platforms for strengthening the teaching of African languages and literatures in the southeastern region of the United States can be extended beyond the present: What are the present challenges and future possibilities?
  • Reflection on using new methods for the promotion of the interconnectedness of African languages, literatures, and cultures through, the teaching, research and study of African languages in Colleges of Business, Law, Medicine and other areas not hitherto considered
  • Reflections on collaborative work between scholars and institutions on the African continent and the Diaspora: What are the present challenges and future possibilities?
  • Reflections on cultural connections with the African continent by sharing of resources and expertise on medium and long-term basis: Challenges & possibilities.
  •   Indigenous languages and orature
  •   Language and culture for learners of the future
  •   Language policy in Africa over the years
  • Or any other topic of interest to SEALLF

Contact email for questions, assistance, and submissions: Dr. Kole Odutola,

Deadline for submission: May 20th 2019

Sponsored by:

  • Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
  • African Studies Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Center for African Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Center for Humanities & Public Sphere
  • UF International Center


From I-75

Exit 384 (SR 24/Archer Road) and head east on Archer Road for 2.6 miles to Gale Lemerand Drive (formerly North-South Drive). Turn left onto Lemerand Drive for 1/2 mile to the light at Museum Road. Turn right onto Museum Road for one block, then left into the UF Bookstore and Welcome Center’s driveway.

From I-95

Heading south toward Jacksonville, take exit 362B to merge onto I-295. Then take exit 21B and merge onto I-10 West. Next take exit 343 towards Starke and merge onto US 301 South. Follow US-301S to NE State Road 24, then take a right on University Ave, Gainesville. Take a left on SW 13th Street (US 441) then turn right at the light on Museum Road for 1/2 mile. The UF Bookstore and Welcome Center is on the right, just past Center Drive.

From US 441 (13th St)

Turn west at the light on Museum Road for 1/2 mile. The UF Bookstore and Welcome Center is on the right, just past Center Drive.

From Gainesville Regional Airport

Exit the airport drive. Right on SR 222 (39th Avenue) for 4 miles to US 441 (13th Street). Left on US 441 for three miles to the light at Museum Road. Right on Museum Road for 1/2 mile. The Welcome Center is on the right, just past Center Drive.

By Plane

The Gainesville Regional Airport is served by two airlines and is located approximately five miles from campus.

For schedules:

Delta Airlines: 1-800-221-1212
American Airlines: 1-800-433-7300

Taxi service from Gainesville Regional Airport to campus cost $12-18 depending on the number of passengers and the amount of luggage.

By Bus

Greyhound provides bus service to Gainesville. Call 1-800-229-9424 or refer to Information and reservations.
Regional Transit Service (RTS) provides bus service throughout campus and the city of Gainesville. Buses are free to UF students. Schedules and route information.

Distance from UF to Florida Cities

  • Jacksonville – 85 miles
  • Miami – 331 miles
  • Orlando – 109 miles
  • Tallahassee – 144 miles
  • Tampa – 128 miles

Hotels for the conference

Holiday Inn Gainesville-University Ctr
1250 W. University Ave
Gainesville, Florida
32601 United States
TEL: 352-376-1661 Ext 134

Check In: 3PM
Check Out: 11AM