There has been a resurgence of interest in the origins, uses, and changes in African languages. From reconsidering the static ideas of orality and literacy to taking seriously the philosophical tenets of African thought and its global contributions, recent scholarship has pushed us to take a closer look from different perspectives. This panel will feature papers that discuss specifically different types and modalities of thought, philosophy, and textuality in African contexts (including the diaspora) and among African languages. Among several aspects of this theme, this panel hopes to feature such topics as ideas of gender, examples of philosophies of morality and social well-being from African languages and linguistics, considerations of new and older forms of textuality such as Ajami manuscripts and the use of social media. The panel will address questions such as, in what ways does language provide us new ways of thinking about philosophy and identity? In what ways is language gendered and how can particular concepts help us think differently about gender relations in Africa and globally? How might engaging deeply with language and thought in African contexts help us to think differently about our scholarship and approaches to questions such as development, governance, and faith?

Please send paper proposals to Emily Riley at eriley[at] by March 10.