This panel will discuss the language question in disciplinary and professional practice. In particular, presenters will focus on the importance of vernacular language proficiency in observing, describing, explaining, solving, rectifying what we know, how we know it, and what we do with the knowledge. We will raise questions of interpretation, preservation, translation, epistemology, and ethics as we will explore examples of intellectual production in various contexts across the continent. Papers revisiting past influential studies with a lens whose focus is sharpened by linguistic considerations are particularly welcome as are papers demonstrating what cannot possibly be learned without careful attention to and grasp of the vernacular in which it is conveyed.

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Deadline of paper proposals: 5:00 pm March 15, 2015