Conversing the framing and structuring of African Languages and
Literary Studies: A snippet
The present volume gives selected insights into conversations about
framing ‘mother/woman’ disruptions, agency and struggles for
emancipation in both symbolic and literary terms. The framing we read
herein could be microcosmic of broader voices shared on the continent
and the Diaspora, notwithstanding the fact that there are as many
contestations around narratives and concepts as there are interest groups
and respective conceptual frameworks. Within the differently framed
conversations that the present journal embeds, despite the rigour that
each article exudes, commonalities do converge. Cumulatively and
collectively, the articles excavate inferiorised epistemologies, which, when
brought to the centre of conversations about the knowledge economies
from Africa, shifts about monolithic conceptions about transcendence
from positions of marginality would most............
The themes of colonisation and decolonisation dominate in this issue of JoALLS. The colonisation of African communities by European forces was so inhuman and brutal that it left skeletons of African people littered in affected areas on the continent. The trails of murder, massacre, plunder and displacement of defenceless and innocent Africans by marauding, bloodthirsty colonialists are unsavory, heart-rending and disgusting. The crucial role literature plays in documenting the trials and tribulations of Africans cannot be overemphasized. The historical novel and (auto) biography have always become handy in this regard, although caution should be taken on which perspective they are framed. As you read this issue, you will realise that the words ‘Germans’ and ‘genocide’ are what linguists call ‘collocates’; in other words, you cannot talk of one of these two words without the other as the Germans’ heinous crimes were meant to decimate the H............
My appointment as the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of African Languages and Literary Studies (JoALLS), as well as the author of the editorial note for the current second issue, testifies of how linkages in academia are not confined by geographical and institutional boundaries. The Editorial Board membership similarly demonstrates diversity of scholars that have been brought together for want of a common vision; a rigorous scholarly contrastive voice on the African experiences as is the case with establishment of Apartheid Studies in some Sub-Saharan African Universities. The publishers’ persuasion in the same vision has seen them providing virtual space with an ambience that further strengthens richer and uninhibited scholarship that nurtures rigorous criticism on African Languages and Literary Studies through double blind peer-reviews.
The collaboration has opened yet another avenue for academics to broaden platforms that they can use to creat............