Symposium Logo - Mapping Language Movement in Africa

This symposium will examine language spread on the continent of Africa.  Modern survey and mapping technology allow the observation of shifts in people’s language proficiencies over time.  These shifts can be attributed to relatively spontaneous factors such as physical geography, urbanization, and trade, as well as to more active interventions such as colonization, conquest, and government education policy.  Bringing together the insights of scholars studying history, archaeology, religion, linguistics, and political science, we hope to illuminate commonalities and distinctions in our understanding of how languages move in Africa.