Symposium on African Sign Languages

Posted on 17 June 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Papers, Deaf, Events and Conferences, Middle East and North Africa, Opportunities, signed languages, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The first Symposium on African Sign Languages (SAfSL) will be held in Cologne, Germany from August 17 to 19, 2009.

The symposium, hosted by Dany Adone, Claudia Becker, and Thomas Kaul from the University of Cologne, is being held within a wider conference on African languages, the 6th World Congress of African Lingustics (WOCAL 6), held August 17-21, 2009.

Contributions to the symposium are invited on the following topics:

  • linguistic research on African Sign Languages
  • reports on undocumented or under-documented African Sign Languages
  • reports on endangered African Sign Languages
  • reports on emerging African Sign Languages
  • education and African Sign Languages
  • language policies and African Sign languages

The WOCAL congress language is English. The languages for the Symposium on African Sign Languages, however, are English and International Sign language.

If the Symposium is able to raise enough funds, then they may be able to provide some limited financial support to participants from outside Europe, particularly from Africa. Those who need support are urged to send in their detailed request together with an abstract of their presentation. Beneficiaries will be identified based on this information and will be notified.

People interested in submitting abstracts, attending the conference, applying for assistance, or otherwise learning more detail about the Symposium on African Sign Languages should please consult the conference web site at

People who still have questions after consulting the WOCAL web site can direct their queries to the conference organizers (NOT We Can Do) at You may also wish to subscribe to the WOCAL conference newsletter for further updates at

We Can Do learned about this conference via the newly inaugurated DeafStudies-Africa listserv. Further details, and part of the text for this announcement, were gathered from the WOCAL web site.

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