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“Digitalizing the African Language Question”

Increasingly, universities try to teach and be “global.” But even in disciplines that lend themselves to this notion, notably African Studies or Postcolonial Studies, why do specialists confine themselves to linguistic borders, such as Anglophone, Francophone or Lusophone?

Sara Hanaburgh, assistant professor of French at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, will present “Digitalizing the African Language Question” on Friday, Sept. 30, at 12:45 p.m. in Clark Hall 309.

She will explain her digital mapping project, conceived as a database of African-language literature on an interactive mapping platform. The project aims to visualize how the study of African literature has been transformed and how it may grow rather significantly if scholars and teachers are able to break with Eurocentric paradigms to open new avenues for the disciplines of African, postcolonial and global studies.

The event is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Women’s and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies programs.

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