It is becoming more and more established that when one learns a language, one develops specific thought processes in order to enter a specific world. It follows that language is instrumental in that it helps users to better interact with each other as well as with other people(s). Likewise, access to a given culture is predicated upon knowing the language that the said culture conveys. As Frantz Fanon rightly stated in his 1952 groundbreaking Black Skin, White Masks that “to speak […] means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization. […] A man who has a language consequently possesses the world expressed and implied by that language” (Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, pp. 8-9).
From the above, it appears that language and culture are not only inextricably intertwined, but also they influence each other.
This edited volume offers a space or a forum where one can investigate language(s) and culture(s) in terms of their intricacies and complexities. For example, we will attempt to answer the following questions: how do we apprehend the language/culture nexus across a variety of academic or scientific disciplines? How does language influence culture and vice versa? What are the epistemological consequences of the interactions between language and culture? What other semiotic systems and practices are there in this nexus and how do they contribute to the dialogue and/or interactions between language(s) and culture(s)? What are the ecological, political, economic, socio-cultural and ideological implications of the use of a given language?
In order to address the above questions –and most certainly other related queries– we have thought about some topics along whose lines reflections need to be oriented. The themes suggested include, among others, the following subthemes:
- Speaking/writing and development ;
- Language politics/policies in the age of globalization
- Language and deployments of social categories;
- Identity politics in language;
- Gendered expressivity and language
- Interactions of the body and language;
- Ideologies of language;
- Language and performance;
- Language and literature;
- Language and education.
All submissions should not be more than 8,000 words and should include a 200- word abstract and five keywords. The 8,000 words include references, graphics and photos equivalent to 250 words each. The document(s) should be sent as Microsoft Word and/ or JPEG attachment(s) respectively. Submission of finalized contributions should be in by October 31, 2017. Articles will be in English or French language. Expected publication of the book is April 2018. Send the contributions and any additional any enquiries to Ahmadou Siendou Konate at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.