The Afrikanist:innentag 2023 in Leipzig combines both canonical Africanist language research and the unique interdisciplinary approach of the Institute of African Studies within its context of nearby smaller sized disciplines (“Kleine Fächer”) of the Faculty of History, Arts and Regional Studies at Leipzig University.

As the title and outline indicate, our conference is inspired by the African Studies project Recali-brating Afrikanistik. This project intends to entrench ‘Afrikanistik’ as an integral part of African Studies within the humanities and social science’s framework. In this sense, interdisciplinary recalibration en-courages and facilitates academic exchange between the contested colonial heritage of African linguis-tics, on the one hand, and its resources on the other. For this Afrikanist:innentag we mobilise im/material heritage – here, languages, literatures, and law - as a knowledge resource to better understand the world from Africa. In doing so, literatures and law constitute a valuable knowledge resource for which we emphasize its dependency on local linguistic expression.

  • Keynote speaker: Prof. Sinfree Makoni, Pennstate University
  • Organising Committee: Ari Awagana, Rose Marie Beck, Hatem Elliesie, Lara Krause–Alzaidi

Preliminary Program

  • 4 pm
  • 5:30 pm
    Reception (Schillerstraße 6, 202, next to the Oval Office)
  • 6 pm
    Keynote speaker: Prof. Sinfree Makoni, Pennstate University
  • 7:30 pm
  • 9:00 - 10:30 Uhr
  • Panel 1 a: Nominale Klassifikation (NGW 2216)
    • Einführung Panel (Tom Güldemann, Ines Fiedler)
    • Zyklen von Klitisierung: adnominale Genus-Numerus Affixe im Niger-Kongo (Tom Güldemann, Ines Fiedler)
    • Nominale Klassifikation im Lɔŋto (Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer)
    • The Noun class system of Evand (Tivoid) (Michael Terhemen Angitso & Roland Kießling)
  • Panel 2 a: Recalibrating Afrikanistik (NGW 3215)
    • Introducing Recalibratin Afrikanistik (Flavia Aiello, Rose Marie Beck, Judith Mgbemena, Sam Ndogo, Martin Orwin, Clarissa Vierke, Simthembile Xexektwana)
    • Two Calabashes of Palm Wine and The Gospel: Rebmann’s arrival in Rabai, Mombasa, in 1846 (Jacky Kosgei, Tübingen)
    • Ritual practices in African Societies as a resource in African Studies – insights from Jukun culture (Judith Mbegemena, Wukari)
    • Extending the teaching and learning of isiXhosa for communicative purposes in teacher education for the Foundation Phase (Simthembile Xeketwana, Stellenbosch)
  • Panel 3 a: Ajami-annotated manuscripts (NGW 2215)
    • Looking back, looking forward: Appraisal of research into Borno Qur’ans with annotations in Old Kanembu and Arabic (Dmitry Bondarev)
    • Ajami annotations in manuscripts from Greater Senegambia as material for (socio)linguistic research (Darya Ogorodnikova)
    • Linguistic diversity in Ajami manuscripts of Mali: a case of Songhay dialects of Timbuktu, Djenné and Gao. (Ibrahima Maiga)
  • Panel 4 a: „Recht in Afrika“ vs. „Recht zu Afrika“ (NGW 1216)
    • Early experiences of multilingual lawmaking in Ethiopia's modern legal history: Amharic, English and French (Deginet Wotango Doyiso)
    • N.N.
    • N.N.
  • 10:30 Uhr - 11:00 Uhr
    Coffee Break
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Uhr
  • Panel 1 b: Nominale Klassifikation (NGW 2216)
    • Fruits of beancake' - the (incipient) numeral classifier system of Evand (Tivoid, Cameroon) (Michael Terhemen Angitso & Roland Kießling, Hamburg)
    • Nominal composition and derivation in Mbum (Adamawa) (Janika Kunzmann)
    • Nominale Klassifikation im Bangwinji (Julius Elstermann)
  • Panel 2 b: Recalibrating Afrikanistik (NGW 3215)
    • How to get in touch with un/racializing words (Irene Brunotti & Lara Krausealzaidi, Leipzig)
    • Re/moving and re-membering -practices of restitution in and around Grassi museum (Emma Schätzlein, Anna Grünberg, Elisabeth Scholz, Leipzig)
    • Kognition von Töpferinnen und Lexikalisierung von Produktionsprozess und Werkzeugen – eine ethnolinguistische Forschung in Westafrika (Esther Morgenthal)
  • Panel 3 b: Ajami-annotated manuscripts (NGW 2215)
    • Telling stories in Kanuri-Ajami texts by Hajj Musa Ibn Hisen (Ari Awagana, Leipzig)
    • The “Letters of Knowledge” – Palaeographic Characteristics of the Minim Script of Burkina Faso (Jannis Kostelnik)
    • Ajami Manuscripts of Mehmed Basala: Turkish language in ajami form as a source for African Studies (Kerem Duymus)
  • Panel 4 b: „Recht in Afrika“ vs. „Recht zu Afrika“ (NGW 1216)
    • UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe und afrikanisches Kulturerbe (Christoph Brumann, Halle/Leipzig)
    • Rückführung von Kulturgut aus kolonialem Kontext: Schwierigkeiten mit Rechtsgrundlagen und Zuständigkeiten auf deutscher Seite (Leopold von Carlowitz)
    • N.N.
  • 12:30 - 14:00 Uhr
    Lunch Break
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Uhr
  • Panel 1 c: Nominale Klassifikation (NGW 2216)
    • Nominal classification in Akebu (Andrey Shluinsky)
    • Nominal classification in Adele (Andrey Shluinsky)
  • Panel 2 c: Recalibrating Afrikanistik (NGW 3215)
    • The Belonging of Afrika(a)ns: Or, the Enjoyment of New and ‘Old Acquaintances’ in K. Sello Duiker’s The Quiet Violence of Dreams (Brian Fulela)
    • Conceptualising poetry across two languages: Somali and English (Martin Orwin, Naples)
    • Decolonizing ecolinguistics! Lessons drawn from a double language approach to the World Water Forum 2022 in Senegal (Monika Christine Rohmer, Bayreuth)
  • Panel 3 c: Ajami-annotated manuscripts (NGW 2215)
    • Scribe and Manuscript production practice in 21st Century Ethiopia (Mengistu Addisie Yalew)
    • Multilingualism in Amharic Islamic poetry
  • Panel 5 a: „Recht in Afrika“ vs. „Recht zu Afrika“ (NGW 1216)
  • 15:30 Uhr bis 16:00
    Coffee Break
  • 16:00 – 16:30, NGW 2216
  • Eine Ethikerklärung für den Fachverband Afrikanistik (Henning Schreiber, Hamburg), Alice Mitchell (Köln), Nico Nassenstein (Mainz)
  • 16: 00 - 17:30 Uhr, NGW 1216
  • Gesellschaft für Afrikanisches Recht e.V. Mitgliederversammlung
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Uhr, NGW 2216
    Fachverband Afrikanistik e.V. Mitgliederversammlung
  • 17:00 – 18.30 Uhr, NGW 2216
    Sitzung: Lehre afrikanischer Sprachen
  • 17:30 – 18:30 Uhr, NGW 1216
    WAKHVA Mitgliederversammlung
  • 9:00 - 11:00 Uhr
  • Panel 6: Afroasiatic linguistics (NGW 2216)
    • Fedwet – Linguistic features of an endangered argot among Gurage women (Etaferahu Hailu & Ronny Meyer)
    • Logophoric pronouns in Omotic languages (Bernhard Köhler, Frankfurt)
    • Interjections in Kambaata (Cushitic) (Yvonne Treis, Paris)
  • Panel 7: African sociolinguistics (NGW 3215)
    • Political Discourse Analysis in Hausa Modern Newspapers: Education Issue 2016 (Mahmoud, Sayed)
    • Linguistic Practices And Belonging In Uganda (Deborah Wockelmann)
    • Supplementäre Rekonstruktion von Keramikinventaren am mittleren Niger (Henning Schreiber, Esther Morgenthal)
    • Codeswitching as an effect of language shift: Analysing the oral legal tradition of the Banen community (Dissake Koumassol & Midinette Endurence)
  • Panel 8 a: Ajami-annotated manuscripts (NGW 2215)
    • Big Business in Beni Shangul – how a private letter collection sketches an alternative history of the Ethiopian empire (Magnus Treiber)
    • From heaps of data to anarchist archive / Vom Datenhaufen zum anarchistischen Archiv (Hartmut Quehl)
    • „African-Cassettes“: Online-Kassettographie zur Bewahrung musikalischen Erbes in Afrika (Andreas Wetter)
    • Principles and patterns of traditional "archiving" of heritage objects: examples from private homes of "elders" to church collections in Təgray (Wolbert Smidt)
  • Panel 5 b : Describing African Languages (NGW 1216)
    • The verbal tonology of Setswana – An Overview (Christfried Naumann et al)
    • Singulative number marking in Northeastern Africa’s non-Afroasiatic languages (Jan Junglas)
    • Katlaic number systems reloaded (Ulrike Nüsslein)


  • 11:00 - 11:30 Uhr
    Coffee Break
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Uhr (NGW 2216)


How many days will you be present?


Venue Registration, Reception and Key-note: May, 4 - Schillerstraße 6, 01409 Leipzig (202, reception next to Oval Office). Conference: May, 5-6 - Beethovenstraße 15, 04107 Leipzig (2nd floor).